About Us

aboutus1Catalunya Casas is a dedicated vacation villa rental agency. We pride ourselves on personalized and exceptional service, specializing in villas that are close enough to Barcelona to enjoy all the benefits the city has to offer, yet far enough ‘off the beaten track’ where our guests have the opportunity to enjoy and experience the real Catalonia/Spain.

Our mission is to offer guests an original un-hotel experience which includes hand-picked traditional tourist routes (private in-villa catering services, local attraction discounts, hiking/biking/hidden treasure tours, wine/cava/chocolate/tapas/paella tastings), all with experienced, local, and bilingual personnel who love their jobs! As we are unbiased in our opinions, we make it our duty to ensure that you choose the perfect villa for your vacation and are always happy to advise on any detail of location or property preference. We have strict maintenance and quality standards, and are registered with the regional property agents association (API 6002) so you can be assured of a reliable, trustworthy, and dedicated service.

Catalunya Casas was created by Janet Dawn Buckler, a dual Canadian/British citizen who has been living in Catalonia since 2006 with her Catalan husband and daughter. Ms. Buckler has worked internationally in various aspects of the tourism industry for the past 15 years and has brought her experience and expertise to the vacation rental sector of Barcelona.

“When I first moved to Catalonia, I had no desire to live in a popular tourist destination – I very much wanted to integrate and experience the true culture. Living among the locals and adapting to and learning their ways of life was very important to me. I figured that if I was drawn to ‘off the beaten track’ experiences, then surely there must be other families who desired the same – even for a brief vacation. Hence, Catalunya Casas was born.” (Dawn Buckler)

“Being North American born, I also have very high standards of service. I want you to enjoy a comfortable vacation in a beautiful, modern and/or traditional house at a reasonable price. It is my true belief that if you enjoy your vacation, then you will most certainly tell a friend about the beautiful villa and area you stayed in. That friend will become a client of mine, then tell another friend, and hence my business will grow through recommendations, repeat customers and old-fashioned word of mouth. It sounds cliché in these days and times, but I am not happy if you are not happy. I have had many a sleepless night thinking about ways that I can improve the holiday experience for my guests. For this reason, I only employ people who share my enthusiasm, passion, and service standards.”

Each villa is hand picked and thoroughly inspected for comfort, cleanliness, and vacation suitability. Our villas are spacious, original, and family friendly – and all within an hour’s drive to either Barcelona or Girona City Centres. We cater to both large and small families, offering every type of property from huge ‘masias’ for family reunions to small beachside apartments.

We stand out in the sector by ensuring that each of our villas has a house manual with house operating instructions, local restaurants and services, maps, directions, and tips and tricks direct from the owner.

To ensure that you don’t have to lift a finger or worry about your home away from home, our trustworthy cleaning staff is thoroughly trained to ensure your stay is on par with a hotel experience. We have bi-weekly pool maintenance checks (PH and chlorine levels are constantly monitored in the swimming pools so as to ensure that they remain at clean, safe and optimum operating levels) and 24-hour emergency maintenance/repair service. If you have a blocked pipe at 3 a.m., we will be there at 3:20 a.m. to repair it.

We not only focus on vacation rentals, but also on property sales, film, television, and advertising location productions, providing a full service to our property owners and guests alike.

We hope you enjoy our little area of the world as much as we enjoy hosting you!