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L'Ancienne Maison du Notaire

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 9 reviews

Najac's unique and historic castle - "La Fortresse Royale"

Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 271 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Our aim is to provide you with a level of elegance, serenity and comfort to enable you to enjoy the pleasures of Najac, the most beautiful of the bastide towns.

“L'Appartement” is located on the first floor of our house. It comprises of a suite of rooms; an entrance hall, lounge, bedroom with ensuite bathroom and a small kitchenette, in which we have now installed a cooker and a new 'fridge..

There is car parking in the square immediately outside our house or in Rue de la Gare, a couple of minutes walk away..

Size Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Narbonne Plage 271 km
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Rodez 73 km, Nearest railway: Najac 800 m
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden
Access Parking

The Midi-Pyrenees region

Najac is situated in the western edge of the Aveyron department, at the crossroads of four departments. The Tarn and Tarn et Garonne are but a few kilometres to the south and west of the village, and the Lot is some twenty kilometres to the North. So the location of the village provides the opportunity to explore the beauty and delights of all four areas.

The four main cities in the area, Albi, Montauban, Cahors and of course the capital of the Aveyron, Rodez are roughly equidistant from us. However, the closest is Albi. The market towns of Villefranche de Rouergue, St. Antonin and Caussade in Tarn et Garonne, Cordes, and Monesties in the Tarn, St Circ-Lapopie in the Lot, host wonderfully colourful markets full of local produce and arts and crafts. The market in Villefranche is reputed to be one of the largest in France. There are markets almost every day of the week somewhere in the region, many enough to fit in with your holiday plans. During the summer months, Najac has a delightful market selling gifts and a wide range of local produce. The market in Villefranche de Rouergue, reputed to be one of the largest in France, is every Thursday morning throughout the year. Other markets worth investigating are in Caussade in Tarn et Garonne on Mondays, Carmaux in Tarn on Fridays, Cordes and Albi on Saturdays and St. Antonin on Sundays.

The vinyards of Gaillac and Cahors are close by and we can certainly advise the ones to visit.

Albi – a world heritage site. Among the buildings of the town is the Sainte Cécile cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece built between the 13th and 15th centuries, the Palais de la Berbie, formerly the Bishops' Palace of Albi, now the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, is one of the oldest and best-preserved castles in France. The Old Bridge (Pont Vieux) is still in use after almost a millennium.

Cordes is home to the Museum of the Art of Sugar and Chocolate. It contains hundreds of pieces of art made completely of sugar.

Rocamadour, to the North and Millau Viaduct and the Micropolis to the east of Najac are all worth a visit.

Najac

The air in Najac has been described as intoxicating, likened to champagne! The village is a wonderful hotchpotch of medieval houses, stretching along the ridge high above a horseshoe bend in the Aveyron River. Its narrow streets are worth exploring, with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and its magnificent castle around almost every corner. L’Ancienne Maison du Notaire nestles in the heart of this Bastide village. Najac is unquestionably one of the most beautiful of the bastide towns. The centrepiece is its castle, La Fortresse Royal, a masterpiece of military medieval architecture. Its fairy tale outline, with its slender turrets and fluttering flags dominates the Najac skyline. The place du Fauburg, which marks the beginning of medieval Najac is a captivating mishmash of timber framed houses surrounding an elongated square. The village’s narrow streets are worth exploring, with breathtaking views of the oak and sweet chestnut forests of the Aveyron Gorge around almost every corner. The main or central street sweeps along the ridge to the castle and the immense Eglise St-Jean l’Evangéliste, built in 1258. Below the castle down by the river, the green meadows stretch along the river bank, providing a peaceful and tranquil setting. Najac’s swimming pool is to be found here and is open from the middle of July to the middle of September. Also located here is the centre for kayaking, trail biking and action adventures - 'Base de Pleine Nature'. For the less energetic there are beautiful walks along the Aveyron Gorge and in the meadows.

Najac has a selection of restaurants providing a wide range of cuisine. In the Place du Fauburg, is a Boulangerie, a small supermarket, a bookshop, the Doctor's surgery, and the tourist office. During the summer months, a delightful market selling local produce and gifts is in the place du Fauburg every Sunday morning. A relaxing drink at the Bar de la Plage or a refreshing cup of tea at the Salon du Thé is always welcome.

It is said that the sun always shines on Najac. Well, the village is blessed with clear blue skies for most of the year, and the summers are long and wonderfully hot, with early mild spring and late autumn and the countryside in May and June is exceptionally beautiful.

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31 Aug 2014

5/5

"Wonderful!"

Four days in Najac at this lovely old but very comfortable house. My husband and I had the well equipped apartment and our teenage daughter the 'Blue" twin room.Meg and Hugh are charming hos… More

27 Jul 2014

4/5

"Lovely apartment in a beautiful hillside village"

The apartments is situated in a large beautifully restored old home. Access is through the central staircase but the apartment is quite private. It has been furnished tastefully to reflect the style o… More

9 Jun 2014

5/5

"Excellente Chambre d'hôtes"

Nous avons séjourné a l'ancienne maison du Notaire en AôuT 2013 pendant 1 semaine .Des propriétaires trés disponible , alors que nous sommes arrivés au moment de la fête de Najac qui dure … More

16 May 2014

5/5

"Comfortable flat, tree covered hills, mists, fresh quietness: a super place to wind down."

Our flat was perfectly clean, well furnished and equipped, located on the first floor of the owner's large house: A suite of comfortable rooms in a very old stone house, with views along the alm… More

25 Oct 2013

5/5

"Delightful place to stay"

The last reviewer was very accurate in her description. I can only agree with all her comments and add that the appartment also has wi-fi and TV (shared with B&B guests). The only difficulty was findi… More

14 Aug 2013

4/5

"A comfortable first-floor appartment in a unique historic French hill village."

This apartment is on the first floor of the former notary's house. It is a beautiful well kept house with lovely staircase and other features. Hugh and Meg are very nice, friendly (but discreet) people and made us very welcome. They take time to chat with guests and are attentive to your needs; the fridge welcome pack of bread, butter , milk, jam, plus the honesty bar in the breakfast room were very welcome on arrival. The bedroom and bathroom are furnished to a very high standard - particularly the very good bed (can be a real downer in a holiday let if you have back pain).
There is a very attractive outdoor terrace with table and upright chairs which is exclusively available to apartment guests.
Kitchen - ample fridge and freezer, but cooking facilities are just a double electric hob, so if you plan major cooking this may not suit. Lots of good restaurants in the village: the pizzeria provided good pizza though the décor and interior a bit whacky; Le Salamandre was very good.
Parking - there are a few parking spots opposite the house; there is parking not too far away if you are mobile.

Thank you for this, and we have taken on board your comments about the kitchenette, and have now installed a three ring cooker with oven.

22 Jun 2013

5/5

"Perfect location, in a lovely old village."

Najac?? Where's that?? Who wants to go there?? Well, you do---even if you don't yet know it. This is not an old town surrounded by modern suburbs, but an old town period, complete with castl… More

Thank you for this lovely review. To get over the lack of response from Sat Nav, we now send out directions on how to find us with the booking confirmation.

28 Oct 2012

5/5

"The perfect place to stay in Najac!"

My husband and I absolutely loved staying in the Apartment at La Maison du Notaire last July. We travelled from California to attend a large family reunion in this charming village. The owners Meg and… More

26 Jun 2012

5/5

"Superb accommodation in a beautiful setting"

L'Ancienne Masion Du Notaire is a beautifully restored property in the heart of the charming town of Najac and Hugh and Meg Macdonald provide a warm welcome. La Chambre Jaune is charming and lux… More

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