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.
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event||Minimum Stay|
Oct 1 2013 - Nov 30 2013
Changeover Day: Saturday
|A £100/€ deposit on booking the balance to be paid on arrival along with a security check of £100 /€ which is refundable on or soon after departure.|
|£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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay. Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (GBP) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.