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3 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 7
2 doubles, 1 room with 3 beds
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 7
Minimum age of primary renter:
Joch is a small attractive, flower-filled, traditional village with tiny cobbled streets on a hill side above the beautiful valley of the Tet. Our comfortable and airy house, with its large roof terrace, is situated to take full advantage of the stunning views over the valley and towards the high Pyrenees in the west. It offers the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday and for exploring the many attractions of the surrounding area.
Our nearest small town - Vinca which is less than two miles away, has a range of local shops including artisan bakers, local produce, a small supermarket and a pretty lake-side swimming beach with lifeguards.
The Mediterranean coast (the Cote Vermeille) with wonderful beaches (we particulalry like the sandy beach at Argeles) and attractive small towns including Collioure and Banyuls sur Mer is easily accessible in around 45 minutes, There is excellent mountain walking on nearby Mt Canigou and in the area around Mt Carlit, together with a wide range of sporting and adventure activities close by, including white water rafting, canyon walking and good local rock climbing. St Thomas les Bains has outdoor thermal hot springs in the mountains 40 minutes away. Local bird watching is excellent.
The area offers a wide range of cultural activities, including major international festivals in Perpignan and the Pablo Casals festival in Prades. There are Cathar castles at Peyrepertuese and Queribus, Romanesque abbeys, monasteries and churches, including St Michel de Cuxa and St Martin de Canigou nearby and the walled town of Villefranche - a UNESCO World Heritage site is 30 minutes away. The pretty little town of Ceret has a modern art gallery which includes works by Picasso, Derain and Matisse.
Excellent local wine and good local markets are to be found across the whole area..
Further afield Carcassone is around an hour and a half away, Barcelona around two and a half and Cadaquez where Salvadore Dali lived and worked about an hour and a half.
Michael Day/Jean Scott
- english, french
About Michael Day/Jean Scott
Michael is a professor and head of the School of Education at Roehampton University, London. Jean works part time as an education consultant. We live in Windermere in the Lake District and have six grown up children. We first visited Joch for a holiday in 2001 and bought our house the following year. All the family love to spend time in Joch whenever we can.
Michael Day/Jean Scott purchased this House in 2000
Why Michael Day/Jean Scott chose Joch
We purchased this house after enjoying a family holiday in the village in 2001. It required substantial modernisation, extension and renovation to create a comfortable and attractive holiday home for our family and friends. We did much of the work ourselves , employing local craftsmen only for the major building work, such as creating the roof terrace and the upstairs bedroom. We love the village and the surrounding area and spend a lot of time here with friends and family. Family members also frequently use the house for holidays.
What makes this House unique
The house is very much a home for us and is furnished and equipped to reflect this. Renters often comment on the good quality furnishings and equipment (see guest comments). The village of Joch is a very friendly place and residents are very welcoming of visitors, often stopping to chat and exchange the time of day. Buying bread in the morning is a very social occasion! Our caretakers (Michel and Tanya) live in the village and are always ready to help out or provide information.