Charming cottage - In a quiet hamlet,with lovely views in Najac. Sleeps 4 in two bedrooms
- english, french
About Karen King
I am a retired senior bank executive and my wife is a social worker. This property is a labor of love for us and we are delighted with the way the renovations and upgrades to the property have created a tranquil and relaxing setting. Our Property is managed by Karen and David King, an English couple, who have lived in the area for twenty years. We are in a position to provide you with excellent advice on places of interest, restaurants and outdoor activities to make your holiday truly enjoyable.
Karen King purchased this Cottage in 2005
Why Karen King chose Najac
We have been visiting France for the past twenty five years and fell in love with Southern France a long time ago. Najac has history, unspoilt countryside, excellent restaurants, modern conveniences and generally no crowds.
What makes this Cottage unique
All our rooms rooms are bright and airy and the views from our rear garden is truly memorable. Great blend of tradition with comfort inside the cottage by preserving it's stone walls and exposed beams.
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Great house in a fantastic location
We had a chance to visit Maison Jasmine in September along with our 2 kids. The house is in a great location near the town of Najac and has a number of fantastic restaurants and beautiful cities to visit close by (our favorite restaurant was Relais de mont valor). The house itself was great, rooms were spacious and very charming. We will likely be back.
Lovely property but sadly property manager unreasonably withheld £25 from damages deposit.
We had a very pleasant stay at Jasmine and made great use of the lovely garden and pool. The sink is in a different room to the rest of the kitchen which is unusual and when carrying hot pans rather dangerous.
You are expected to do a lot of cleaning on departure, we left the property very clean and tidy but were still charged £25 after much negotiation.
We have been renting on Owners Direct for the past eight years. Unfortunately this is the first time we had to charge our guests a cleaning fee as the property was left in a very unsatisfactory condition.
Great property with everything you need for a wonderful time in the Najac area
The exterior photos of the property & grounds don't do it justice, it's even nicer in reality.
It has all mod-cons, everything is in a very good condition. The beds are super comfortable.
It's a decent leisurely 40 minute walk into Najac (or 5 min drive) which is a brilliant large village with superb night markets on Wednesdays.
There are some fantastic vineyards in Gaillac, about 30 mins' drive south.
We had some niggles: the property is not as secluded as we'd have liked - only about 30% of the grounds are not overlooked in some way. The kitchen sink is strangely in a separate galley - not the end of the world. Either the dishwasher isn't great or French dishwasher tabs aren't great. Some of our questions to the owner/manager remained unanswered. All in all though we really enjoyed spending 2 weeks here.
Excellent rural chill-out zone
This pretty little gite is well set up for a relaxing French-style holiday....no microwave meals here! There is a little raised pool to cool off and relax by, pretty gardens with extensive views, birds by day and bats by night (along with a friendly owl or two). The lovely neighbour is currently refurbishing a house/gite opposite, but they work very slowly and quietly. The Campsite along the lane has a bar and also serves food.
It is a 20 min walk into Najac for bread and basic provisions, and a 10 min drive in the opposite direction for the Intermarche. The only comment we could make is that a welcome pack would have avoided that initial strain of finding and doing the shop immediately...but perhaps we are novices (or have been previously spoiled)!
The one small problem (with the tv) was quickly resolved...at least to our satisfaction.
We would go again, if only to do more stargazing and to enjoy the pastoral peace.
Maison sympa et fonctionnelle, dans un environnement calme. Elle est bien équipée, notamment pour cuisiner.
Les alentours sont très beaux et Najac est une ville magnifique.
deux petits points a noter et à savoir avant de réserver : il n'y a aucun volet, donc maison a éviter pour les gros dormeurs car la lumière entre très tot le matin / les cloisons entre les salles de bain et les chambre qui n'est pas complète, pas dingue pour l'intimité
Special interest holidays:
Just three kilometres away from Maison Jasmin is the beautifully preserved, fairytale-like, fortified bastide of Najac. The old town occupies a long and narrow rocky ridge overlooking a bend in the Aveyron river dominated by an impregnable castle. Laid out in the Middle Ages, the main square accommodated large markets and fairs and continues to do so today. Sunday market in Najac is very popular with the local residents as well as tourists.
There are several excellent restaurants ranging from 2 Michelin recommended restaurants to an artisanal bakery to several family-friendly establishments in Najac. (All have outdoor dining areas and many have stunning views of the surrounding valleys). For the more active, there is kayaking, rock climbing, horse back riding, tennis and fishing. Najac is a place you will never forget.
Maison Jasmin is situated in Sourbins, Najac with vistas of rolling hills in the lush countryside.
A20 motorway affords easy access to channel ports and the rest of France
Fly Ryanair to Rodez (1 hour from Rodez airport)
Fly Easyjet, BA or Flybe to Toulouse (80 minutes from Toulouse airport)
By road from channel ports is about 8 hrs via toll-free A20 motorway
Nearest Travel Links
Airport: Rodez: 70 km
Railway: Najac: 5 km
Convenient air links and the new A20 motorway have recently enabled access to the department of Aveyron, one of the few unspoiled areas of France where traditional French country lifestyle still remains. It is an area of hidden valleys, stunning river gorges (the Aveyron, Lot and Tarn rivers are all nearby), rolling wooded hills and superb cuisine.
Villefranche de Rouergue, a famous bastide town with the highly popular Thursday market and three superstores, is a 15 minute drive away. Also easily accessed are World Heritage Site Conques, the amazing Cathedral and Toulouse Lautrec Museum at Albi, Cordes Sur Ciel (an ancient, well-preserved hilltop village), Belcastel, Saint Antonin de Noble Val, and many other ancient villages set on the Aveyron and Lot rivers. A visit to the Roquefort cheese caves, the vineyards of Marcillac, Gaillac and Cahors or Norman Foster's breathtaking new bridge at Millau all make for an interesting day out.