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



Updated: 28-Oct-2016
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.

  • Sleeps 3
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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.

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Speaks English, Italian

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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15 Reviews

based on 15 holidaymaker reviews


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: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 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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Everything I had hoped for

  • 5 of 5

I really have to give my thanks to Kevan and Ina for their attention to detail for every possible requirement a holiday maker could possibly have. All those bits and pieces that you don't want to have to make a special supermarket trip for like bin bags or sugar for your coffee or really anything are all in plentiful supply, not to mention the kitchen contains every cooking utensil you could imagine.

But with all this, the house itself doesn't feel even slightly cluttered, with a big open bedroom and open plan design for the upstairs kitchen and dining area, especially as it opens out directly onto the terrace; that's perfect for anyone fond of star gazing.

This house really made for a perfect holiday, so thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks so much for the glowing review Sam. We're always delighted when a guest appreciates what we've tried to do with the house. Like when someone walks into your home and says how much they like it. And thanks for being so quick and easy to communicate with. A real no-hassle guest!
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Sweet apartment in quiet village

  • 4 of 5

A quiet retreat was exactly what we were looking and this place met all of our expectations. It's centrally located to all the historic / tourist attractions in the South of France but surrounded by vineyards. Every corner of this region provided a surprise and the people were so welcoming. In our first 5 minutes following unpacking we opened up a bottle of wine, cut some pain et brie, kicked open the doors to the balcony where we were welcomed to melodic sounds of a local playing guitar on his balcony while soaking up the sun. It was truly idyllic and couldn't have been planned out better. The follow day, after a long day of touring Queribus and wine tasting we walked into a friendly game of Petanque (Boule / Boccie) and met half the town. If you're staying in Cassagnes ask a neighbor what night they are playing. This group of guys are so incredibly welcoming and have some amazing stories which can't be shared in this forum.

This apartment would not be a good fit for individuals who have trouble with steps, tight spaces, or who are nervous drivers. The road to Cassagnes and the surrounding area can either be exciting or down right scary depending on your level of confidence as a driver. The kitchen was nicely stocked with utensils and the wife and I ate dinner at home most nights. This worked out great for our needs, we made several friends, and practiced our french out of necessity.....most of the town only speaks french which was also a positive attribute for us.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review paints a great picture about the village and the area. We are so pleased that these guests enjoyed their stay as much as they did. They're right in saying that the house is not for those who don't like steps: the spiral staircase between floors is quite narrow, but we wanted it to take up as little precious floor space as possible. As for the roads in the surrounding hills, I guess they would appear steep and windy for those used to the wide open spaces of America! But all that we've come across are two lanes, with plenty of space for cars to safely pass each other, and like most French roads, in immaculate condition. I admit they are a little more daunting in the winter when under a foot of snow!
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Perfect village getaway

  • 4 of 5

A great little place to get away from it all. The house is comfortable, clean and very well appointed. The kitchen makes self catering an easy option with everything you will need to cook for yourself.

There are also some excellent dining options close by ( a very memorable meal at Belesta - La Cooperative restaurant)

You will get lots of useful information from the owners about the property and the surrounding area.

We spent a great week here exploring the area on foot and by car. It was always a pleasure coming home to this super little place.

Definitely a little home away from home and highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the excellent review — and for the comment about La Cooperative in Bélesta. We must try it out! It 's particularly good to know you enjoyed your stay so much, even though we're well into the autumn.
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Get away vacation in France

  • 5 of 5

We were so excited to get on this vacation and really needed to get away from everyday life. When arriving we were not dissapointed. It matched all our expectation, it is a calm, quite and nice little village with a bakery where we bought croissants every morning and the restaurant were open the one evening that we decided to eat there. Since we were quite late in the season that was not expected and we were also the only guests there. :-) The house/apartment were so cozy and nice. Thank you Kevan and Ina for letting us rent your "home away from home". :-)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Appreciate your commens Lotta & Anders. We are so pleased when guests find what they were looking for at Le Juchoir — and to call it a 'home away from home' is a huge compliment. A huge thanks for choosing to stay with us.
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Schöne Zeit in Cassagnes.

  • 5 of 5

Wir verbrachten einen schönen Urlaub in einer tollen Umgebung. Die Ferienwohnung ist sehr sauber und gut sortiert. Der Kontakt zu den Vermietern verlief stets unkompliziert und freundlich. Wir fühlten uns sehr wohl und wollten gar nicht mehr nach Hause fahren. Wir empfehlen die Wohnung weiter!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Frank & Monika. More happy visitors from Germany — and our first review in German! Here's my poor translation: A fine time in Cassagnes. We spent a great holiday in a great setting. The property is very clean and well organized. Contact with the owners was always straightforward and friendly. We felt very comfortable and did not want to go home at all. We recommend the house!
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

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


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
autumn + winter
15 Oct 2016 - 7 Apr 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

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

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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From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • 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 ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Video Library


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • 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

Floor Area

  • 39 m²


  • 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.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • 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.


  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 garden chairs


  • Self-catering


  • 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.

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