About the home
La Bernarde is the last word in undisturbed tranquility. Beside the cottage is a generously proportioned salt-purified chlorine-free swimming pool for the exclusive use of the cottage's occupants. Both pool and cottage have uninterrupted views of the Serene valley and enjoy all day sunshine.
Approaching La Bernarde you cross the Serene via an old stone bridge, dating from Roman times, which leads to a 17th century mill. You then continue along the single dirt track lane through dense woodland for another half a kilometre until you reach La Bernarde itself at the end of the lane.
Just downstream from La Bernarde the Serene flows over a series of cascades caused by granite outcrops. Some of these can be used as water slides by those who enjoy river swimming. The path to this part of the stream passes through completely uncultivated woodland with a spectacular view of the cascades below. En route you will pass wild strawberries and you may be lucky enough to spot some of the abundant local wildlife. Hen harriers and buzzards circling overhead are an everyday sight. This woodland belongs to the property.
La Bernarde is a stone's throw from the riverbank where you can spend the day enjoying the shade and chilling drinks in the Serene. The nearby Roman bridge is a popular subject for artists. This is a particularly undisturbed part of the Serene valley and it is possible to walk for miles through wild woodland which starts on your doorstep. If you prefer something less adventurous and with more chance of finding a bar or restaurant there are many official 'Grandes Randonnées' nearby.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||TV, CD player|
|Standard:||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Linen provided, please check with the advertiser regarding towels|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
Further details outdoors:
Pool measures 11.5m x 5.5m. The depth of the pool is 2.4m at the deep end reducing to 1.2m at the shallow end. The pool's purification system is based on salt rather than chlorine so the water is very pleasant to swim in and has none of the odours associated with chemical based treatment systems. Underwater lighting for post-barbecue nighttime swimming. The pool is entirely private for the occupants of the cottage.
There is an outside dining area beside the pool.
*The pool is closed from October until May.
Changeover day is Saturday.
Changeover day Saturday - before 10:00 am for departure and after 3:30 pm for new arrivals.
In the event of a cancellation we will endeavour to re-let the property. If successful the deposit will be returned after deduction of a small administration charge.
The Midi-Pyrenees / Aveyron region
In the area you will easily find facilities for canoeing, windsurfing, hot-air ballooning, pony trekking, mountain bike riding, and visits to limestone caverns. The Aveyron Gorges are nearby, the Tarn Gorges are a morning's drive away to the east and the Pyrenees are the same distance to the South West. If you prefer you can simply enjoy the undisturbed peace and quiet of La Bernarde and just venture out to sample some of the many fine restaurants in the area or to visit the vineyards of Cahors and Gaillac. There is a golf course at Albi, 30 minutes away.
The Najac area
The cottage is situated in the historic commune of Najac, which is listed as one of the prettiest villages in France. It is a town which, apart from being spectacularly picturesque, has a long history and retains many features from the days when its chateau was established as a fortress for the Count of Toulouse. A short drive away is the splendidly preserved medieval hilltop village of Cordes sur Ciel. A little further, and still within an hour's drive, is the red-brick medieval town of Albi with its famous cathedral and Toulouse Lautrec museum. Within easy reach are Villefranche de Rouergue, Rocamadour , St. Cirq Lapopie, Bruniquel, and many bastide villages - most with local markets.
How to get there
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By Air: Ryanair flies from Stansted to Rodez(1 hour) & Carcassonne(2 hours). Major airlines also fly to Toulouse.(90 minutes)
Activities near Najac
Tennis in town
Rural / countryside retreats
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Winter2011||12 Dec 11||28 Apr 12||£ 250||-||-||1 Week|
|May2012||28 Apr 12||2 Jun 12||£ 400||-||-||1 Week|
|June2012||2 Jun 12||30 Jun 12||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|JulyAug2012||30 Jun 12||1 Sep 12||£ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|Sept2012||1 Sep 12||29 Sep 12||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|Oct2012||29 Sep 12||27 Oct 12||£ 400||-||-||1 Week|
|Winter2012||27 Oct 12||27 Apr 13||£ 350||-||-||1 Week|
|May2013||27 Apr 13||2 Jun 13||£ 400||-||-||1 Week|
|June2013||2 Jun 13||30 Jun 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|JulyAug2013||30 Jun 13||1 Sep 13||£ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|Sept2013||1 Sep 13||29 Sep 13||£ 500||-||-||1 Week|
|Oct2013||29 Sep 13||3 Nov 13||£ 400||-||-||1 Week|
|Winter2013||3 Nov 13||27 Apr 14||£ 350||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
25% deposit with booking. Balance plus £200 security deposit (refundable) 8 weeks before start of holiday.
Security deposit cheque is cashed on receipt and refunded in the form of a cheque after the gite has been cleaned for the new arrivals. It is usually posted on the Monday following departure. We do not accept an uncashed cheque as a security deposit.
Out of season, i.e. between October and April, the price is £350 per week The heating is by wood stove and prepared dry wood is supplied.Enquire now
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