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Le Juchoir - Village House Holiday Rental in Cassagnes, Pyrénées-Orientales, France
Newly Converted Self-Catering Holiday Home in Languedoc
Le Juchoir (The Roost) is a small but surprisingly spacious house in the little hill village of Cassagnes, just 30 minutes from Perpignan. It is perfect for a couple with one or two children, with 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.
We, the owners, remember always having a problem finding places to stay on our holidays. We were generally looking for somewhere for the two of us and our young daughter, but because of the economies of buying and renting property, the majority of places 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 are not holidaying with a large group. We hope that Le Juchoir represents an opportunity for such people. We found the site five years ago, through friends of ours who had moved to France, and live in Montalba Le Chateau, just 5 km 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. The barn was more or less a roofless ruin, and it has taken those five years to completely rebuild it and convert it into a modern home.
The final stage in the 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 charming but large, dark antique 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. 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 its most colourful and fashionable cities.
Holiday Accommodation at Le Juchoir
Le Juchoir's open plan living area, including kitchen and terrace, is upstairs, and the bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor. The house is quite small, but clever design ensures that it feels light, spacious and airy. We've provided lots of storage space for everything you might bring with you, including your clothes.
The solid oak front door opens onto a hall with an open spiral staircase up to the living room. Off the hall:
- The bedroom 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 thicknesses, so you can pick and choose what suits you; a medium weight duvet, and a pure cotton candlewick bedspread. There's plenty of hanging space (and plenty of hangers!), and drawer space for clothes. A full-size automatic washing machine is concealed in a cupboard, with an iron and ironing board.
- The bathroom has the usual wc and basin, a decent size tiled shower area, and a nice big heated towel rail.
The staircase takes you up to:
- A 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.
Between the kitchen and the terrace is a dining area, with a table and four chairs, and a lounge area, with a sofa bed, armchair, television and dvd player. 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 – this is the 'spare bed' shown in the facilities summary below), that would comfortably sleep two children, and we have provided the same pillows and duvet for the sofa bed as for the main bed. We feel it would however be stretching the capacity of the accommodation to say it would sleep four adults, which is why we show the property as sleeping three.
One side wall and the rear wall of the living area have been left unplastered, to show off the beautiful original honey-coloured sandstone. The floors throughout, including the terrace, are cream-coloured ceramic tiles. There are electric radiators in the bedroom, living area (x2), and hall. They are more than capable of maintaining a comfortable temperature, even with the 30 cm of snow we had at the beginning of March!
The terrace is the perfect place to enjoy an evening aperitif, or a barbecue, using the simple charcoal grill supplied.
About Cassagnes in Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc Roussillon
Le Juchoir is in a very quiet street on the edge of the hill village of Cassagnes. You can drive right up to the front door to unload, and there is virtually no passing traffic. There is a small parking place just 30 metres away.
The village has a perfect little shop where you can buy all the essentials, including fresh bread and croissants from the bakery next door. (The baker is the shopkeeper's husband.) There's also a really sweet little restaurant, Auberge des Capitelles, a bar, and a post office. All these are within two minutes walk of the house. A butcher's van, and a clothes stall, also visit once a week.
Cassagnes, on a hill overlooking the Agly River, is surrounded by stunning and dramatic scenery, close to the area known as the Fenouillèdes. Set between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, the rocky landscape is covered with a mat of low lying shrubs – 'garrigue'. Aromatic shrubs such as lavender, rosemary and wild thyme flourish along with juniper and holm oaks, interspersed with Côtes du Roussillon vineyards clinging to the rocky slopes.
The area offers excellent walking and bird watching right on the doorstep. And the Agly is a favourite destination for rafting and canyoning. Cassagnes is just a half-hour 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.
To the east, Cassagnes is just 45 km from miles and miles of sandy Mediterranean beaches, and even closer to one of France's prettiest and liveliest cities, Perpignan. During the summer months Perpignan hosts all sorts of attractions, from jazz and music festivals to street fairs and art exhibitions. With its strong Spanish and North African influences, it offers many restaurants, cafes, and bars, as well as some of the most interesting shops you're likely to find anywhere.
See Local guide and map for information on nearby towns and facilities.
How To Get To Cassagnes in Pyrénées-Orientales, South of France and the Riviera
Perpignan airport is very close: just 30 km. Close enough to take a taxi if you don't want to hire a car. From the airport you take the D117 towards Axat. At Estagel turn off for Latour-de-France, then follow the signs for Cassagnes.
See Local guide and map for information on nearby towns and airports.
Facilities at Le Juchoir
|Type||Village House (Self-catering)|
|Living Area||45 m²|
|Suitability||Non-smoking, Suitable for children over 6 only, Touring motorcyclists welcome, Unsuitable for wheelchair access|
|Internal facilities||Board Games, CD player, DVD player, Electric heaters, Exclusive rental, Fans in rooms, Hairdryer, Owner not on site, Radio, Roof Terrace|
|Kitchen facilities||Electric hob, Electric oven, Fridge-Freezer, Ironing facilities, Microwave, Washing machine|
Full-width terrace off the living area, equipped with barbecue grill, and with scenic views of the surrounding hills.
Availability at Le Juchoir
Availability last updated on: - Tuesday, May 7, 2013
- Booked / Unavailable
|Accommodation rental period||Tariff|
|24 February 2013 - 24 May 2013||
£280.00 per property per week
|25 May 2013 - 5 July 2013||
£295.00 per property per week
|6 July 2013 - 30 August 2013||
£310.00 per property per week
|31 August 2013 - 23 May 2014||
£285.00 per property per week
Additional price information
The changeover day is flexible, to allow guests not tied to weekend-to-weekend holidays the option of mid-week travel. If your planned dates leave a gap of a few days after the end of a previous booking or before the start of the next one, we may offer a special rate for you to extend your visit to fill the gap.
The difference between our low and high season prices may seem small compared to some other properties. This is simply because our prices include water and electricity consumption, regardless of season, while many properties charge extra for electricity for winter rentals. We think this makes things more complicated for you, and gives a misleading impression of the rental cost during colder months. Our prices also include bed linen, towels, and cleaning after you leave.
We are happy to accept payment into our UK bank account, in pounds sterling, or our French account, in Euros. You can make an electronic transfer to either, which is the quickest and easiest way. You can also pay via PayPal, in pounds.
A 30%, non-refundable, deposit will secure your booking. The balance, also non-refundable, plus a damage deposit of £150, is payable six weeks before the start of the rental period. The damage deposit will be returned, minus the cost of repairing any damage, or replacing any broken items, within 14 days of your departure. Please make sure you have cancellation insurance in place before you pay the deposit, since all payments made, except for the damage deposit, are non-refundable.
Contact us if you would like to discuss a special rate for rentals of four weeks or longer.
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