HOUSE/ GITE IN MEDIEVAL VILLAGE OF NAJAC

Maureen Anderson

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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HOUSE/ GITE IN MEDIEVAL VILLAGE OF NAJAC

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2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, plus separate WC, sleeps 2/4 people

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.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed

Maureen Anderson

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Speaks dutch, french, german, english
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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5
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House/ gite in medieval village of Najac
average rating of 4.9736843 based on 38 reviews
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Najac Aveyron
5

WHAT A GEM...

  • 5 of 5
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!
  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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Owner's Response: So happy that you enjoyed your stay.
I am glad you appreciated the "all in" tariff, it seems to be one problem which people encounter when holidaying in France, either do without or pay extra!
Wishing you many successful holidays in France.
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House/ gite in medieval village of Najac
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Najac Aveyron
5

A WONDERFUL FRENCH HOLIDAY

  • 5 of 5
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
Sheffield
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Owner's Response: You certainly made a hit with the neighbours, Maurice was telling me how "aimable" you both were!
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Najac Aveyron
5

UN BUEN RECUERDO

  • 5 of 5
Hola a todos.
La casa responde exactamente a lo dicho en el anuncio.
Es amplia, bonita, céntrica, está bien equipada (incluidos conexión inalámbrica a internet y aparcamiento cercano) y tiene unas hermosas vistas.
Maureen y Peter, los propietarios, son amables, atentos y discretos.
Najac es un hermoso y tranquilo pueblo medieval (no perderse el castillo y la iglesia) rodeado de bosques y encaramado en un risco, que por su situación (a cien kilómetros a la redonda están, entre otros lugares, Albi, Cordes sur ciel o el valle del Lot) permite conocer está hermosa región de Francia o tener, si se desea, unas vacaciones tranquilas a la orilla del río Aveyron.
Un lugar perfecto para una pareja o una familia de cuatro miembros.
Sin duda, guardaremos un buen recuerdo de él.
Muy recomendable.
  • Submitted: May 31, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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Najac Aveyron
Winchester, Hampshire
5

IN DEEPEST FRANCE - 3 YEARS ON

  • 5 of 5
Our second holiday in this attractive house (our first was in 2009 - see review submitted in November 2009!) and we were pleased that the house was as lovely as we remembered it. Although Najac had changed in some respects, it is still a delightful village to stay in. Lovely walks in and around the gorge, proximity to a number of interesting towns and villages (the Thursday market in Villefranche is a "must"), as well as beautiful scenery (the Lot valley in particular). The restaurants in Najac are adequate (the Italian one is certainly not as good as it was 3 years ago), but there are some very good ones in the vicinity. We will certainly return to Najac.
  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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Owner's Response: Restaurants are always a problem, chefs seem to change from year to year! Did you try the "Oustel del Barry" they have a superb chef and are well worth the visit.
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Najac Aveyron
Manchester, UK
5

5 YEARS ON, AND IT'S AS MAGICAL AS EVER

5 years on, and it's as magical as ever
  • 5 of 5
One of our travelling rules of thumb is not to return to somewhere you've really, really enjoyed (particularly some years on), in case you experience bitter disappointment and the illusion of having discovered some Shangri-La is rudely shattered. However, we had nevertheless always promised ourselves a return trip to Najac, and Maureen and Peter's idyllic little village house, thus breaking our own rule. How glad we are that we did! Driving (cautiously, of course) down Najac's gloriously wonky, windy and hilly main street, with that extraordinary view of the castle perched on its rocky eminence dead ahead, brought back all the wonderful memories of our 2007 visit. Once inside Le Bourguet, of course we just had to make a beeline for that delightful little terrace at the back of the house, with its fantastic views over the green and peaceful Aveyron valley. I can't think of many better places to while away a warm early autumn evening with a glass of chilled white, watching the aerial ballet of the house martins swooping and wheeling around the rooftops.

Previous reviewers have said it all about the house itself - it appears from the outside to be quite tiny, but like a Gallic Tardis, once inside it seems to expand to give you as much room as you could want. It isn't 5-star luxury - and I really wouldn't want it to be - but it's comfortable, homely, quirky (in a wholly delightful way), and very much reflects the personalities of its charming and ever-helpful owners. You will very quickly feel the stresses and strains of 21st-century life slipping away as you settle into this unique place. I can't think of anything that isn't provided, and as others have remarked, the furniture, crockery, and so on is largely hand-made by Peter and Maureen, and as far removed from corporate banality as you could imagine.

Having the obvious advantage of the village facilities on hand means that you really don't have to drive every day - the boulangerie will provide all your bread and cake needs, and the small Sunday market is worth a browse for local produce. Catching the train on Thursday to Villefranche-de-Rouergue for the splendid market is also a very enjoyable alternative to driving. In fact, Najac makes for a brilliant base to explore what I honestly think is the loveliest part of France - try Cordes-sur-Ciel and Albi to the south; the gorgeous Lot valley to the north and west; Espalion, Estaing and Conques to the north-east - and don't overlook Figeac - a gem!
  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
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England
5

PERFECT HOUSE IN PERFECT LOCATION

  • 5 of 5
We've visited Najac on several occasions but this is the first time that we were privileged to stay in the village itself. The house is beautiful with lots of special touches to make it feel like home from home. The dishwasher was an added bonus as was access to the internet. Everywhere was spotless when we arrived and it was a pleasure to be surrounded by beautiful pottery, paintings and hand made linen. We were even provided with kimonos - one of which Rachel finally persuaded Maureen to sell !! The view from the balcony is stunning and we spent many an evening watching the sun go down whilst drinking wine! Nothing is too much trouble for Maureen who ensures everything is to hand - even to the coin for the local supermarket trolley, cool bags and shopping baskets! We were there for lots of village celebrations from the Assumption day celebrations to the Fete de la Fouace. We attended a village meal organised by the Fete committee and met local people who made us feel welcome. The three days of celebrations were fantastic - get involved - and make sure you go to the night time market when you buy food from the vendors then sit at long tables alongside the locals - an amazing atmosphere.
If you want a rare treat, try L'Oustal del Barry - we had the special meal with wine to complement the courses for Rachel's birthday. We tried all the other restaurants and it is possible to have reasonable meals in fantastic locations - though of course you might want to just sit on the balcony and have a barbecue as we did sometimes. The best place for a salad is the campsite and if you're feeling brave, from there, you can go canooing - I stayed on the balcony reading whilst Archy and Rachel dared the river! The weather was, according to everyone, unusually hot so it was particularly refreshing for them when they fell in.
Finally, we are already missing the house and have already booked for next year.
Gill,Archy and Rachel (Derbyshire)
  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Car: recommended

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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2 people rate
Apr 30 2014 - Nov 1 2014
7 night minimum stay
£360
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
 
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7 night minimum stay
£360
 

Additional information about rental rates

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.
Notes £360 / 420€
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.
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Amenities

Najac House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 86 m²
Location Type:
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • Bathroom: Generous shower room with W.C. and hand basin. Separate WC: with hand basin. The washing machine, ironing board etc are in a separate cupboard next to bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Main bedroom: This has king size bed with a good quality firm and comfortable mattress. The furnishings and fittings are handmade. In the bedroom there are some interesting prints from renaissance Italy and Pompeii and Herculaneum. There is ample cupboard space. Bed linen and towels are provided. There is a choice of blankets and quilts. Attic: This area has been developed and it is possible to sleep a further two people comfortably, in two single beds, at an extra charge of 7€/ £4.70 per person, per day. Fans are provided and there is an option of air conditioning on the first floor. (£20 per week)
Entertainment:
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Living room: A spacious open plan area with comfortable seating (a long sofa for siestas!), large coffee table, DVD player housed in an original piece of furniture and a dining area for four. This joins the kitchen, well equipped with a multi-function oven (microwave, conventional, fan and grill), induction hob, dishwasher and fridge. The floors are tiled and easy to clean. Terrace: - off the kitchen, south facing with uninterrupted views over the gorges of the Aveyron river, forested hill and distant landscape. A table, chairs and parasol are provided for eating and relaxing outside. A barbeque is available. A spiral staircase leads down to a level area for sitting and a small herb garden. The lower garden is used by a neighbour for vegetable growing. The house is very spacious and comfortable for a couple. It is decorated with original oil paintings and drawings. It is not a house that is suitable for infants.
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