Welcome to Country Cousins

About Us & Contact



With more than fifteen seasons now successfully behind us, we can justifiably say that Country Cousins ¹ are the specialists in the charming and unspoilt French region of Roussillon; the Eastern or Mediterranean Pyrénées, its mountains, plains, rivers and beaches.


Founded by Jane Shulver of Norfolk Country Cousins, the "overseas" version, Country Cousins Abroad, soon passed under the wings of Peter Charles, Tim Buckfield Danny Kohler and Radia Bouziani and thrived for many years based in London. In 2004 the rental activities were transferred to France and for compliance reasons were placed under the stewardship of Sarl Anglo French based in St Génis des Fontaines. From the beginning of 2009 we move on again and all bookings made from the 15th January 2009 will be made through Eurl Can Cosins bringing the business back entirely under the control of its original creators and bringing an even wider selection of properties and activities for you to enjoy.


You may rest assured that your holiday rental is still fully protected through industry recognised guarantees arranged through SOCAF, see below or look under the "YOUR MONEY PROTECTED" Tab on the MAIN MENU here to the left.


Whether you choose a village tucked away in a fold in the foothills of the great mountain range or wish to be down on the plain or near the sea, we are certain that you will want to return with us, as many do, year after year.


It is marvellous walking country, or you can hire a bicycle. Spend a day at an outdoor pursuits centre or trace the footsteps of the Cathars, followers of the Albigensian heresy, hounded from mountain stronghold to mountain stronghold until their final fall at Castle Quéribus in 1255. You can head for the high mountains, take a breathtaking ride in an open coach on the "Little Yellow Train" (to see the Little Yellow Train page click on "INTERESTING THINGS" Tab on the MAIN MENU and then click on the train icon), go to the beach in summer and ski in winter. In contrast there are the bright lights of Perpignan to be enjoyed and three hours away, the even brighter lights of Barcelona.


Of course, you may just wish to relax with a glass of chilled Muscat in hand and watch the eagles soar over some of the most extraordinary countryside in Europe.


Don't forget to have a good look at the "HOW TO GET HERE" page, there we pass on to you our years of experience of travelling to and from Roussillon.


Do give us a ring if you would like more advice, information or to make a reservation. We will be able to match you exactly to the Property that is best for you.


Calling from inside France our telephone number is 09 75 17 01 35
from abroad that is +33 9 75 17 01 35


Call us direct from the UK using London number 020 3598 0992
from abroad that is +44 20 3598 0992


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Fax us within France on 0820 568 908
from abroad that is +33 820 568 908


There's an UK fax number too (local rate call) which is 0845 508 9490
from abroad that is +44 845 508 9490




If you need to contact us by "snail mail", our address is:


3 Impasse de la Fontaine,
66300 Thuir,


and our email address is

A bientôt!

¹ It was Jane Shulver from Norfolk Country Cousins who originally thought up the concept and the Country Cousins name back in the late eighties; she said that Country Cousins conjured up just the image and ethos she wanted to convey: smiling relatives rooted in a peaceful country idyll, arms outstretched in welcome after your gruelling journey from the city, the mouth watering smell of freshly baked bread wafting through the half open wooden door of a country kitchen somewhere in the background. Those of you who know us (and we have an extraordinarily high percentage of people who come back to us year after year) will recognize that that's exactly what we still strive to attain although the waft now comes from the boulangerie over the street!

However translating Country Cousins into French turned out to be a nightmare, the bucolic/idyllic vision evoked above just raised a wry smile from French colleagues ... "Our cousins in the country are not necessarily seen in the same light...." I delved no deeper and headed straight for the Catalan dictionary (after all, this area was Catalan until the treaty of the Pyrenees in 1690) and came up with Can Cosins, "in the country farmhouse of my cousins", assuring, I hope, continuity of Jane's and our sentiments, ethos, standards and delivery!


Legal Declaration

You make your booking through EURL CAN COSINS a French Limited Company with a Capital of 5000 euros registered at the Perpignan Chamber of Commerce, Nº 509 193 405 00016 - Code APE 6832A - RCS Perpignan. The Carte Professionnelle number, issued by the Prefecture of Pyrénées Orientales, is 66-2009-01-G and the Financial Guarantee number is SOCAF 27 336. The Guarantee is for 150,000 €. The IntraEuropean VAT nº is FR74 509 193 405.

The Domain Names countrycousins.co.uk, countrycousins.eu and the Associated Logos, this Website and the Associated Intellectual Properties are owned and managed by OPS Ltd, Garden Basement Offices, 53 Cavendish Road, London SW12 0BL, UK. Contact the Webmaster at:

Mentions légales

Votre location est fait par CAN COSINS, EURL au capital de 5.000€ - SIRET 509 193 405 00016 - Code APE 6832A - RCS Perpignan - Le nº de la Carte Professionnelle est 66-2009-01-G et le Nº d'adhérent de la Caisse de Garantie est SOCAF 27 336. La Garantie est d'un montant de 150.000 €. Le nº de TVA Intracommunautaire est FR74 509 193 405.

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Updated 5th February 2009

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