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The village of Najac is one of the’ plus beau villages de France'
The house stands on the south side of a fine medieval street (mostly pedestrian) that leads to the Chateau.
Owned and completely restored and furnished by a potter/furniture maker to the highest standards. Inspired by the traditional inns of Japan [ryokan). It offers a calm environment created with natural materials; local woods (wild cherry, elm, oak, ash), for the furniture, raw silk, hand made ceramics and celadon tableware, original paintings. We are proud of the result and much complimented by our guests. Please note, there are no ornaments or fragile furnishings to interfere with your relaxation!
Walking:: The area around Najac is one of the finest in France for walking. The landscape is deeply cut by the winding gorges of the two rivers Viaur and Aveyron. The valleys are forested & quite wild, but easily accessible by clearly marked walks. Fine and varied domestic architecture abounds; beautiful clusters of houses in hamlets & villages often perched, like the medieval château, on prominent strategic points above the rivers. Within a few kilometres of Najac, one finds great variety of interest, Roman bridges, abandoned copper mines, & bastide towns like Villefranche-de-Rouergue, & Cordes. After eighteen years here in the Najac area, we still have much to discover and will be pleased to help our guests see some of it. We recommend April, May, June, Sept and Oct for walking. Bird watching here is excellent. Canoeing, rock climbing, & other sports are available. River swimming is first-rate and safe for all ages.
Village: In the village there are café-bars, a baker, grocery shop, newsagent and a Doctor. Good restaurants of all price ranges and in the summer months, a Sunday market. The municipal swimming pool and tennis courts are open in the summer.
Najac is well served by rail. Daily services to and from Toulouse, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Figeac, Rodez and Paris. Toulouse airport is 1 ½ hours from Najac and Rodez 1 hour.
Pottery: We are 10 minutes from the village and offer the chance to take pottery lessons. From beginner to more advanced level, all ages are welcome, please contact us for more details.
Very clean and comfortable house. Well equipped kitchen. Great location in a very lovely town, Good center for daytrips.
cannot say enough just a perfect place to stay.
modern , super clean. parking nearby,
very quiet, don't hesitate you won't find better,
thank you Maureen you really understand what renters are looking for,
Ce gîte offre à la fois une situation au beau milieu du village médiéval de Najac,où à condition d'avoir le mollet musclé ,vous aurez accès à pied à toutes les commodités, et une vue merveilleuse sur la vallée. Dès qu'on pousse la porte de la terrasse ou qu'on descend dans le jardin ,on n'est plus au milieu des touristes mais en pleine nature ,entouré de verdure, à deux pas de la forêt ,dans une quiétude merveilleuse. L'intérieur est chaleureux ,décoré avec beaucoup de goût et très fonctionnel. Vous ne manquerez pas, comme nous ,d'y passer un séjour très agréable.
Staying in this home what stands out most is the attention detail the owner Maureen has paid to making you feel at home. You'll have everything you could need, including lots of her husband's beautiful handmade pottery and furniture.
Situated at the bottom of Najac's main street, you are an easy walk from all the restaurants and shops in the town. Step out on to the terrace at back of the house and you overlook the stunning valley to South of Najac.
So long as you have a car to overcome the lack of public transport, this home will give you an charming and comfortable base to enjoy one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
This little gem of an attached townhouse is nicely located in the centre of the village. Stepping into the unassuming front, the compact but well organised townhouse leads to a lovely little balcony at the rear- with the most amazing views of the river and thickly wooded hills that surround it.
Maureen made us feel really welcome and was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. This included receiving detailed information about the house and area before we arrived from Australia, and answers to many earlier questions that we emailed the Andersons. And, no “misunderstandings” about towels, linen etc- everything is supplied and included in the tariff.
The owners have thought of everything, from wicker shopping baskets and cooler bags, to detailed maps and gorgeous kimono style dressing gowns. They have placed a lot of thought into the décor- it has a slight asian flavour that suits the unique furniture and crockery made by their own pottery. Lots of natural surfaces and textures abound- very homely and comfortable indeed! The kitchen is well set up for cooking at home and even the fridge is “hidden” so as to not intrude.
We have visited many villages in the surrounding area- and have also stayed in quite a few gites, too- but if you want to stay in a unique townhouse with ambience, supported by genuinely caring owners, in a lovely Medieval village, complete with its own picturesque ruined chateau, then Najac is for you!
We spent three wonderful weeks in this lovely house and village. The surroundings and weather ensured that we quickly unwound-helped by wine on the terrace and the swifts, swallows and martins performing their regular aerobatic displays!
The village epicerie and boulangerie are well stocked and welcoming and with the local supermarket and Sunday market provide great quality local produce. There is no need to eat out!!! With the advice from the lady in epicerie du coin I bought the correct cheese and mastered the local delicacy aligot.
The local people are so welcoming and we quickly felt the we were a part of a village community. Peter and Maureen are so welcoming too and made sure that we had a perfect French holiday.
We agree with other reviews about the wealth of places to visit in the area.
An experience that we shall certainly repeat.
Alan and Anne
Najac is perched on a ridge of rock high above a horseshoe bend in the Aveyron River. The village snakes along the spine up to the château. Most of this imposing castle is 13th century & was fortified by Alphonse de Poitiers, Comte de Toulouse, during the Albigeoise crusade (Cathar). Later, under the King, Phillippe le Bel, it was requisitioned as a prison for the Templiers. It fell into English hands during the hundred year’s war, until in 1368, it was returned to the Comte de Toulouse. Most of the houses in Najac are XVIth century & some of the older dating from XIVth century. There are two fountains, the oldest carved from a single piece of granite. This is the fountain in front of the house. The countryside is cut with deep wooded valleys, perfect for walking or visiting the historic sites nearby; hill top villages, bastide towns, the Toulouse Lautrec museum in Albi site UNESCO , or visiting the weekly markets, fetes & antique markets that almost every village has over the summer.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
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£360 / 480€
This price is for TWO people per week, including linen, towels, heating, telephone line (not calls). This now also includes a “taxe de séjour” levied by the commune. Extra people, (up to a total of 4) at £6per night (€8) (£42 /56€ per week) per person.
A £100/100€ deposit on booking the balance to be paid on arrival along with a security check of £100 /150€ which is refundable on or soon after departure.
In April, May, June I can be more flexible with dates, length of stay etc. please contact me.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (GBP) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.