|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Casa Olympe (previously known as Casa Campana, until we changed the name to reflect the house's history) is a sympathetically modernised and comfortable village house in the pretty village of Joch in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The spacious, bright living/dining room, with wood burning stove, and the large fully fitted kitchen have stunning views over the Tet valley. There are 3 light, airy bedrooms: a ground floor double bedroom with adjoining bathroom, a large bedroom with 3 single beds, and en-suite bathroom, and the main bedroom which has an en-suite shower room. Outside the attractive south facing sheltered patio is a sun trap all year and the large roof terrace has breathtaking views. Situated at the foot of Mt Canigou there are lovely walks from house and a lakeside swimming beach in Vinca 5 minutes away. The nearby Pyrenees offer excellent walking and climbing and there are Mediterranean beaches and picturesque towns within 45 minutes drive. Throughout the area there are Romanesque monasteries, vineyards and colourful local markets. Suitable all year round for couples or families. Midweek bookings spring/autumn.
Comments from previous guests:
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 Surrey 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
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.
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.
'The house itself is wonderful both in its location and its facilities. As for Joch itself, what a friendly place. I spent time everyday conversing in franglais with all who passed by. We are already talking about returning next year.(Sept 2005).
'We would just like to tell you we enjoyed the house, the view and everything about the property and the area.(June 2005)
'Just a quick line to say how much we enjoyed staying in your house. It was a great holiday in a superb location. We would like to stay again next year.' (September 2005)
Many thanks for letting us stay in your lovely house. What a fantastic position with stunning views. House was extremely well appointed, one of the best we have stayed in on our French hols. Such a lovely area, so much to see and do.(Dec 2005)
It was the nicest house we have rented in France. To have a garden and a roof terrace was a treat and enabled us to sit outside most warm evenings until late and eat breakfast outside every day.(Sept 2006)
We spent a week at this property at the end of August. The views from the property across the valley are stunning and a real delight to relax and enjoy. The property is of a very high standard and very well equipped, the booking process was also very efficient. We enjoyed many days walking in the hills and mountains close by as well as many of the local cultural sites. A wonderful property we would happily return to.
Very comfortable house in small village at the base of the Pyrenees. It was a perfect location to explore the wonders of this area. We had an easy day trip to the lovely town of Collioure on the coast. But be warned, the traffic can be horrendous, especially on market days. We explored numerous Cathar Castles perched high on rocky outcrops, and ventured through the Gorges de Galamus. There are numerous pretty villages to explore, and plenty of mountain hikes to attempt. Other reviewers have commented on the church bells, and they are very close, but after a few days we didn't really notice them. We actually didn't mind them and they do not ring from 10.00 pm to 8.00 am so don't interfere with sleep. The house has been nicely renovated and contains all the necessities for a short or long stay. We certainly would have loved to stay much longer. The house was perfect for a couple, a family, or a group of friends. We would stay there again if we are lucky enough to return to the area. Keith and Glenda, Australia.
A breathtaking view from this traditional village house which has been modernised without losing any of its traditional French country character. Very well equipped with many extras such as excellent WiFi and a good selection of books, CDs and DVDs. The surrounding area is full of interesting small towns and villages and also has several important abbeys and churches. We especially enjoyed visits to St Martin du Canigou; St Michel de Cuxa; Serrabone Priory and the church at Marcevol. We attended several concerts in small churches, including two in the beautiful local church at Vinca. Our only regret was that we were too early for the world famous Casals Festival in Prades. Local transport by train is cheap and a good way to visit places like Perpignan and Collioure if you fancy a break from driving.
We are 2 couples, from opposite sides of the world, who have rented several properties together over the years in Italy and France. Whilst all have been lovely, Jean and Michael's property has been by far the best value.
With a bathroom and a bedroom on each level, it is perfect for friends or intergenerational families. The huge kitchen is very well equipped and allowed us all to pitch in when preparing meals. The upstairs bedroom is palatial, and all rooms overlook the valley, providing stunning views. The house is equipped with a wide variety of books, games, DVDs and CDs. It is clean and well maintained.
The local area is full of beautiful towns and villages, forts and castles, galleries and monuments - 3 weeks just wasn't enough time!
Although a car is necessary, we also made use of the one euro train from Vinca into Perpignan. The Yellow Train from Villefrance de Conflent into the Pyrenees was a delightful trip into the mountains.
Our flight arrived in Girona, Spain and we drove up to Joch, which was surprisingly east to find. Although there are no shops in the hamlet, everything that you could need is in Vinca, and larger supermarkets in Prades and Ille sur Tet.
We made longer journeys to Carcassonne - go overland the scenery is beautiful - Girona, Figueres and 2 nights in Barcelona.
Our holiday was in September and the weather was hot during the day. The mornings and evenings were cool and fresh.
We had a superb holiday in this lovely corner of France, with the locals being very friendly and welcoming. The Catalan accent however is very strong and will put your French to the test.
A simply wonderful holiday!
My husband and three young children traveled to France in mid-March. After a visit to Paris, this was a wonderful, relaxing home base to explore the Lanquedoc-Rousillion region of France. The house was perfect and had everything we needed. We enjoyed the nearby markets and enjoyed stunning views of the snow-capped Pyrenees. The pink and white blossoms on the fruit trees were spectacular! Some of the highlights included hiking Queribus, exploring the Cathar region, the market in Prades and the town Carnival celebration, the Mediterranean Sea town of Couillure, and the hike to St.Martin du Canigou. This region is France is very authentic. The bread truck came every morning and there was something very charming about the church bells ringing throughout the village during the day and evening. The views from the terrace are wonderful and we enjoyed many meals and glasses of wine on the back patio. The evenings were cool so the cozy fireplace was a nice touch. Our family loved the home and look forward to our return.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful French home. What a wonderful time we had with fabulous vista's from every window and the upstairs terrace was the icing on the cake. From the moment we pulled up to the front of Casa Olympe, the blue shutters, the entry garden and walked into the kitchen we knew were in the perfect place.
We woke up to the bells and their morning song, made french press coffee, ate fresh croissants and we were on our way to explore the beautiful environs of the valley. We put over 1000 km on the car getting a real sense of the Pyrenees Oriental. The weather was lovely and I went swimming in the Med at Collioure, climbed to the top of L'Abbeye de St Martin du Canigou and took the tour with the french nun. We visited all the abbey's and the Priory of Serrabone is not to be missed.
We shopped in Prades at the Super U which had everything-plus. Bought fresh vegetables, goat cheese, and the best roasted chicken with potatoes at the Vinca market on Thursday morning. For lunch we sat on the terrace enjoying our roasted chicken with a glass of chilled rose and a fresh baguette. It doesn't get better than that!
The kitchen had everything an avid cook might need. We enjoyed our evening meal at the dinning room table with the fireplace glowing. Romantic, cozy and the perfect way to end a big day.
The little village of Joch has a lovely lookout by the castle and we walked up every evening after dinner and enjoyed the peace and quiet of the valley.
We even took the bikes out for a late afternoon spin and found a small road in the valley that lead us through the orchards. The Tet Valley mountains are truly magical always changing with the light.
The owners were wonderful to work with and provided us with prompt response to our communications. We would highly recommend Casa Olympe for the perfect French Vacation stay.
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.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£178|
Our rates include final cleaning and bed linen and towels (but not beach towels).
We offer a £75 discount for a two week booking and £100 for a three week booking.
We offer midweek to midweek bookings for cheap flights in spring and autumn.
There is a heating supplement of £30 per week in October to March and £45 per week in November - February