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Town house in Cassagnes, a friendly, pretty hill village 30 mins from Perpignan

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 419 sq. ft.
Property type house
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Double bedroom, with sofa bed in lounge, perfect for couple with 1 or 2 children

Le Juchoir is small but surprisingly spacious — with a faster Wi-Fi internet connection than we have at home in the UK!

It has a good size bedroom and a shower room on the ground floor, and a lovely light living room / kitchen upstairs, with one entire wall of oak-framed windows, opening onto a terrace with a view of the hills. It is a clean, bright, friendly house, with some interesting features, and a lot of style. Somewhere where you can really enjoy the clear light and breath the clean air of this unspoilt corner of France, while being a short drive away from one of its most colourful and fashionable cities, Mediterranean beaches, and uncrowded winter ski slopes.

It is in a very quiet street on the edge of the village. You can drive right up to the front door to unload – there's virtually no passing traffic – with a small parking place on the street just 30 metres away. Cassagnes has the perfect village shop where you can buy all the essentials, including fresh hand-baked bread and croissants from the baker next door, and a sweet little restaurant on the pretty village square. All within a two-minute walk of the house.

More Details

Owner
Kevan & Ina Pegley
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
29 November, 2017

About Kevan & Ina Pegley

We are a young couple — well actually we're not young, but we still feel it! — living in the UK. Kevan works as an independent media producer — mainly corporate videos and television documentaries (www.kevanpegley.com). Ina, who is originally from Indonesia, is an independent cook, catering for private parties and the like (www.tanamerah.com). We both work from home. We have a daughter who has just finished university.

Kevan & Ina Pegley purchased this house in 2006

Why Kevan & Ina Pegley chose Cassagnes

When our daughter was still young, and we used to do a bit of touring in Europe, we always had a problem finding places to stay that weren't hotels. Because of the economies of buying and renting property, the majority of holiday homes on the market sleep four, six, eight, or more. We always used to think that there must be many like us who prefer to stay in self-catering accommodation, but who don't have a large family, and are not holidaying in a group.

We hope that Le Juchoir represents an opportunity for such people. We found the site in 2006, through friends of ours who had moved to France, and live in Montalba Le Chateau, just eight kilometres away. It was a stone barn, built between houses in a quiet street on the edge of Cassagnes, a small but well-kept village where many people live who work in the nearby city of Perpignan, France's 30th city in population. We immediately felt at home in Cassagnes, even before we had decided to buy the barn. It is a pretty, quiet, friendly village. The sort of place where you would feel happy for your kids to go off exploring on their own.

What makes this house unique

When we bought it the barn was a roofless ruin, and it took five years to completely rebuild and convert it into a modern home.

The final stage in the conversion process was furnishing the house, which we have done throughout with new, modern furniture, designed to make the most of the limited space. So you won't find a house full of large, dark ancient French furniture, or spare bits and pieces that were lying around waiting for a home. What you will find is a clean, bright, friendly house, with some interesting features, and a lot of style.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We didn’t expect such a nice village, a great landscape, very friendly people and roads in very good conditions, which were perfect for us as we did a lot of cycling with our racing bikes.

Your home is really great for two people.

We plan to return in 2012.
Jul 2011
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cassagnes in Pyrénées-Orientales

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 419 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4 ...
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable. The balance is payable 40 days before the check-in date, and is also non-refundable.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom is also off the entrance hall. It has the usual WC and basin, a decent size tiled shower area, and a nice big heated towel rail. We've provided plenty of shelf space for toiletries. We provide a large bath towel and a hand towel for each guest.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The bedroom opens off of the entrance hall on the ground floor. It has a brand new Japanese-style king-size (160 x 200 cm) bed. We wanted to be sure you slept well on holiday, so the bed has a top quality medium firm latex mattress; four pillows of two different thickness's, so you can pick and choose what suits you; and a medium weight duvet. There's plenty of hanging space (and plenty of hangers!), and drawer space for clothes. The floor is tiled, with cotton rugs. Heating is provided by an electric radiator, and cooling by a 3-speed tower fan. There is an alarm clock / radio, and a hair dryer. A full-size automatic washing machine is concealed in a cupboard, with an iron and ironing board. We provide all bed linen.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Upstairs is the lovely bright living room. At the front are beautiful wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, oak framed windows, that open onto a terrace. Light floods through these south-east facing windows, making the living area bright and sunny, even in winter. At the far end is a well-equipped kitchen area, with electric cooker, fridge with freezer compartment, and a full complement of pots, pans, and cooking equipment. The living area has a dining table and four chairs, a sofa bed, armchair, and DVD player (and television for viewing videos). There's always a selection of DVDs, books, and games in the house, and a radio / CD player with an input socket to connect an MP3 player. The sofa bed converts to a double bed (140 x 190 cm), that would comfortably sleep two children or an adult. Two walls of the living area have been left un-plastered, to show off the beautiful original honey-coloured sandstone. There are electric radiators in the bedroom, living area (x2), and hall.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Town house in Cassagnes, a friendly, pretty hill village 30 mins from Perpignan
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5

Excellent place to discover the Languedoc region

  • 5 of 5

We found this property one of the best (and cleanest) properties we've ever rented (and we've been doing this for all of our holidays over 10 years). Kevan is very responsive and answered all our mails promptly. The use of space is remarkable and everything you could ever need is present without making the place feel cramped. The location is perfect if you enjoy hiking and coming home to a (very) quiet village in the evening. There's lots of places to visit (you'll need a car for those) The orgues are a must see, as is Perpignan. There's also plenty of beautiful ruins in the area and if you don't mind getting up early, even a day trip to Barcelona is a possibility. The nature is one of the most beautiful we've seen in France, and whether you like mountains or beaches, they're both within an hours drive (well, for the mountains, you just have to leave the house). If we ever decide to visit the area again we will definitely come back to Cassagnes.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nothing to add! This is a genuine review from the perfect guest. Thanks Yvo. We'd love to have you back.
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4

A mountain hideaway offering peace and tranquillity

  • 4 of 5

Tucked away in a sleepy mountain village Le Juchoir offers simple but very well equipped accommodation.

The mountain drive to the accommodation is not an easy night time drive. This, for us in mid October, prohibited eating out at night in other villages and towns. Unfortunately the local Auberge was closed for holidays!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that guests enjoy the peace and tranquility of Le Juchoir. Yes, there are a lot of bends between the Têt valley (Millas or Ille-sur-Têt) and Cassagnes village. However we'd like to explain to potential visitors that the roads concerned are proper, two-lane affairs—no having to stop to allow oncoming traffic to pass (unlike the lanes around where we live in Hampshire!). They are also beautifully surfaced (unlike the lanes around where we live in Hampshire!). There are several restaurants in other towns and villages quite close by. And if you head north-east from Cassagnes, towards Latour-de-France (home of our favourite eating place, just 6 km away) and Estagel there are very few bends at all. We manage to go out and eat every night when we stay at the house!
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A charming, quirky (in a good way!) village house

  • 4 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week in this lovely well-equipped house in a charming village. Plenty of walks around, including through the vineyards and down to the lake, and within easy reach of interesting places for days out. We had a day in Perpignan and looked around various other local villages. The Orgues at Ille sur Tet were amazing. Then back to the house to enjoy a glass of wine on the roof terrace - so relaxing!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We like "quirky (in a good way!)". And we are delighted that people continue to appreciate the fact that our house is well equipped (we do try hard!) and that the village is charming. Thanks to Sue and Mike for being perfect guests.
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5

Beauty and total bliss in the Mountains

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our little house in the very pretty and friendly village of Cassagnes. It was immaculate when we arrived and had everything we needed for a extremely comfortable stay. We did a shop in nearby Ille-sur-tet to stock up on essentials before we arrived and then bought newly-baked bread, croissants and anything we ran out of, from the the small village shop/boulangerie. Once settled, and contrary to previous holidays elsewhere, we only ventured out once in the car (to see the sandstone rocks -Les Orgues). Instead, we rambled every day along well-maintained but deserted tracks among the vineyards and breathtakingly beautiful countryside in the mountains.It was hot but we were cooled by the breezes that are a feature of the area and there is always the lake in Caramany where we saw people swimming - we just dunked our feet! Kevan and Ina provide a comprehensive guide to the house and area and we used their restaurant recommendations as the end goals on many of our walks. If you feel lazy, there is also an auberge where we had a simple, cheap, but delicious meal and stopped at other times for a relaxed drink in the square. We cannot recommend this place highly enough for those who enjoy a simple life, stunning countryside, tranquility and walking. Thank you so much Kevan and Ina - we are renewed!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This really is a genuine review! We have been asked in the past if the house is suitable for guests without a car. Charlie and Al have shown that it certainly is—and they were there for a full two weeks. It was so great to have them stay, and get the most out of what the local area has to offer. Thanks guys!
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Excellent

  • 5 of 5

Excellent benefits, vert good amenities,ideal geographical location, vers good advices for arrival, installation, and stay.THANKS

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed your stay. And very pleased we could get the place ready for you with only 24 hours notice! We'd love to have you stay longer next time. Meilleures salutations!
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5

Le juchoir is just as described, delightful.

  • 5 of 5

Le juchoir is just as described, a delightful gite with a full range of facilities. The internet connection is fast. The outside living space is perhaps the only thing I would criticise as it's a bit small, however it's in keeping with the rest of the village. Cassagnes is a real working village which the villagers look after, lots of benches and flowers. It's very quite and suited us as did the area, this part of the Pyrénées is a gem. I would happily recommend and I would return to le juchoir. Thank you Kevan

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another super review with which to end the season. Every time we stay at the house ourselves we just wish that the internet back at home in the UK were as fast! The terrace is not huge, that's for sure. We figured we would make it big enough for a couple to sit and enjoy a meal outside — any bigger and we would have necessarily eaten into the space available for the living room upstairs, and the bedroom downstairs. And with the big doors open it manages to combine the outside space with the inside.
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Location

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Perpignan
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Cassagnes
Nearest Ferry
580 Kilometres
Bilbao
Nearest Golf
23 Kilometres
Golf de Marcevoll, Arboussols
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Ille-sur-Têt
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Perpignan
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Auberge des Capitelles, Cassagnes
Nearest Ski
72 Kilometres
Pyrénées 2000
Nearest Beach
43 Kilometres
Canet-Plage
Car: recommended

Cassagnes, on a hill overlooking the Agly River, is surrounded by stunning, dramatic scenery. Bordered by the Pyrenees mountains and the Mediterranean, the rocky limestone and granite landscape is covered with a mat of fragrant, low-lying shrubs – 'garrigue'. Aromatic plants such as lavender, rosemary and wild thyme flourish along with juniper and oaks, interspersed with Côtes du Roussillon vineyards clinging to the rocky slopes.

The vineyards are everywhere you turn. The combination of Mediterranean climate, higher, cooler slopes, and granite-rich soil makes Roussillon one of the most productive wine-producing regions in the world. The best wines may use the appellation Côtes du Roussillon Villages, and there are four communities that enjoy a further refinement, adding their name to the end. One of these, Côtes du Roussillon Villages Caramany, includes wine from the slopes around Cassagnes. In the village there is a wine-maker – vigneron – whose wife gives tours of the local vineyards (details on our own website, a link to which is at the bottom of this HomeAway page).

The area offers excellent walking right on the doorstep. And the Agly is a favourite destination for rafting and canoeing. Cassagnes is just a 30' drive from Queribus, the last Cathar stronghold, and one of the most atmospheric. Closer still are the pretty fortified villages of Latour-de-France and Bélesta, previously frontier towns between France and Spain.

Cassagnes is just 45 km from miles of sandy Mediterranean beaches, and even closer to one of France's prettiest and liveliest cities, Perpignan. With its strong Spanish and North African influences, it offers many restaurants, cafes, bars and shops.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Cassagnes, Pyrenees-Orientales

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
autumn 17 + winter 18
14 Oct 2017 - 23 Mar 2018
1 night minimum stay
£86
for 1 night
From
£36
£300
 
 
Easter + early summer 18
24 Mar 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
1 night minimum stay
£90
for 1 night
From
£40
£330
 
 
high summer 18
23 Jun 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
1 night minimum stay
£95
for 1 night
From
£45
£360
 
 
late summer 18
25 Aug 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
1 night minimum stay
£90
for 1 night
From
£40
£330
 
 
autumn 18 + winter 19
20 Oct 2018 - 12 Apr 2019
1 night minimum stay
£86
for 1 night
From
£36
£300
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£86
for 1 night
From
£36
£300
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50
cleaning, inc laundry £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

The prices shown in the above table include the charge for cleaning. We don't think this is made at all clear. The £50 charge includes bed linen and towels. This may seem high but we don't live nearby, and we have to pay someone to drive up to the house from the nearest town for every changeover. We have set our rental rate for a week accordingly, so that the total cost for a week, shown above, is a good deal. For just one or two nights though the total cost is disproportionally higher — since we still have to pay the same amount for the changeover.

On the question of shorter rentals, we are happy to consider stays of any length — but please note that we reserve the right to not accept bookings of less than five nights during high summer.

If you are interested in a longer term rental, do please contact us.

The difference between our low and high season prices is smaller than some other properties, because ours include water and electricity, regardless of season, while many properties charge extra for electricity for winter rentals. We think this is misleading.

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  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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