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Aux Volets Bleus – Home 56437 House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

House / 3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

Right in the very heart of Najac, one of the most beautiful of France’s “Plus Beaux Villages”, La Maison aux Volets Bleus is a beautifully restored village house. Deceptively spacious, it has a wealth of old beams, chestnut floors and vaulted cellars. Everywhere has been furnished and equipped to a high standard; squishy settees, blonde wood, three modern bath/shower rooms (three loos), new beds and bedding and the latest in quality kitchens. There are loads of places to sit & relax, both indoors and out. The main sitting room has book cases stuffed with books, CD’s & DVD’s and the TV receives both French & UK (Freesat) channels. Wifi is also available.

It provides modern comfort and convenience in a mediaeval setting with awesome views and close proximity to some of the most magnificent and unspoilt countryside in the whole of France.

Restaurants, shops and boutiques are all within walking distance with swimming, riding, kayaking

Right in the very heart of Najac, one of the most beautiful of France’s “Plus Beaux Villages”, La Maison aux Volets Bleus is a beautifully restored village house. Deceptively spacious, it has a wealth of old beams, chestnut floors and vaulted cellars. Everywhere has been furnished and equipped to a high standard; squishy settees, blonde wood, three modern bath/shower rooms (three loos), new beds and bedding and the latest in quality kitchens. There are loads of places to sit & relax, both indoors and out. The main sitting room has book cases stuffed with books, CD’s & DVD’s and the TV receives both French & UK (Freesat) channels. Wifi is also available.

It provides modern comfort and convenience in a mediaeval setting with awesome views and close proximity to some of the most magnificent and unspoilt countryside in the whole of France.

Restaurants, shops and boutiques are all within walking distance with swimming, riding, kayaking and golf nearby. However, the main attraction must be the easy access to walks, and by car to this beautiful area, steeped in history, mediaeval villages and chateaux.

The house is not a typical rental but the lovingly restored home of its owners, who now spending most of their time back in NZ, are once again offering it for rental. A perfect base, ideal for walkers, photographers and lovers of La France Profonde.

Further details outdoors

From the upper terrace with its panoramic views, external stone stairs lead down to a large tiled lower terrace. From here the views including the floodlit ruined chateau above the village are breathtaking, day or night - a fabulous spot for watching the mega firework display on Fête night. All the views are in fact a priceless gift for anyone remotely interested in photography.

At the rear the terrace continues through a stone arch to the shaded summer sitting room – under the upper terrace - from where a short flight of steps lead down into a restored vaulted cellar and the cool summer dining room, for those days when it's just too hot to eat outside. This is equipped with its own crockery, cutlery, acrylic glassware and BBQ stuff. Behind the internal stone stairwell (which connects all floors of the house) another cellar, used mainly for storage, houses the condenser clothes dryer and an overflow fridge and freezer for your use.

Beyond the lower terrace is a gravelled area with an Adirondack chair under the peach tree for those post-lunch snoozes. A low stone wall with steps separates this from a reclaimed rough grass area, at the bottom of which the land disappears steeply off the ridge through thick bush and woodland to, ultimately, the river below. For this reason, (along with all the stone steps), we have to say that he house is regrettably not suitable for children.

The house is very well equipped for outside dining and relaxing with tables, chairs, loungers, gas BBQ and sun umbrellas.

Your car may be parked outside the house during most of the year but in peak summer the street is open just to residents (that includes you!) for access only. However, there is plenty of parking space available just around the corner

Further details indoors

At the front of the house, with double windows looking out on to the street, the kitchen has fitted units including self-closing drawers, granite worktop, induction hob, built-in dishwasher and fridge. Fully equipped with everything you might need. A table extends to seat six comfortably. This room also has a cosy sitting area with a settee in front of the log burner. (Electric panel heaters are fitted in all rooms).

The spacious main sitting room at the rear has comfortable settees, easy chairs, music centre , flat-screen TV (UK and French channels) and a DVD player. There is a well stocked bookcase which includes a wide selection of CDs and DVDs,
A large arched window with double glass doors open out on to a tiled upper terrace with glass balustrade providing stunning uninterrupted views across the tree tops and the valley of the Aveyron river to the countryside beyond.

On the first floor front, a large double-bedded room has French doors to a balcony overlooking the street. Perfect for viewing parades at village fête time, or just watching the world go by. This bedroom has its own WC/wash room and separate shower-room on the landing. The washing machine also lives here. At the rear a second double room with twin beds and an en-suite has a double window looking out on to those fabulous views.

On the second floor is a charming double-bedded attic room with traditional “chien assis” floor-level window overlooking the street, and a modern Velux window. This room effectively has its own en-suite bathroom as the other room on this floor is closed off and only used as storage for the owners' clothes and other personal stuff.

Location description from owner

The Occitanie region

The Midi-Pyrénées region.

The Aveyron is a beautiful, peaceful and sparsely populated departement with more “Plus Beaux Villages” than any other. You will have a wonderful opportunity to explore an unspoilt and relatively undiscovered area of rural France. Within easy reach, are the caves of Roquefort, the Millau viaduct, the Gorges of the Tarn, the vineyards of Gaillac, Albi, Cordes-sur-Ciel, and many many more. There seems to be medieval architecture at every turn which, together with the stunning natural scenery, will provide you with many lovely memories of your stay in the Midi-Pyrénées.

Najac

Najac

Najac is a superb centre for a wide range of activities. Down by the river is an excellent lido-style swimming pool complex, with kayaking and fishing on the river itself. There are many country and riverside walks, a number starting from right outside your front door, while nearby there is pony trekking and golf.

The village has an excellent boulangerie-pâtisserie, as you would expect! Currently eight restaurants and cafes are within easy walking distance (the nearest being next door!) with many more in the surrounding area.

A traditional street market comes to the village square on Sunday mornings during the summer and, on Thursday mornings, a much grander affair only 20 minutes away in the beautiful central square of the medieval “bastide” town of Villefranche-de-Rouergue . The large Sunday market in nearby St Antonin Noble Val (where Charlotte Gray was filmed) is also well worth a visit.

However, the most recent innovation is our Summer Wednesday night market. Stallholders prepare delicious cooked-to-order delicacies, from sautéed ostrich to sausage & chips(!) for you to take, along with a bottle of local wine, to one of the many trestle tables set up for you in the square. The whole of France, it seems, descends on our village to eat their Wednesday evening meal together to a happy cacophony of conversation and laughter along with live music. Not to be missed!

Surprisingly, hidden down by the river, the village also has its own rail station with frequent trains to Toulouse and Villefranche de Rouergue.

In the peak summer months you will be right at the heart of busy village life with its cafes, galleries, boutiques and the local Mairie almost just across the narrow street. Outside of the main summer period the village takes on a different personality and becomes a charmingly peaceful haven, away from the real world.

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Bed & bathroom

  • 2 Double Beds, 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 En suite, 1 Shower room

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
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About the owner

Bruce & Patti M.
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated::
09 Apr 2017
Years listed:
9
Based in:
New Zealand
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish


This House has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 22 Apr 2008. Located in Aveyron, it has 4 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £700 to £800.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 09 Apr 2017.

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“Extremely comfortable and tastefully restored”

Reviewed 15 Sep 2011

We spent a week in this wonderfull location in Spring 2011 and would not hesitate to return. It has been very tastefully decorated with everything which you could possibly need. Being in the centre of the village you close to everything - boulangerie, restaurants, shops, castle. There are many wonderful talks from the town and the scennery is stunning.

“I would like to own this house”

Reviewed 12 Sep 2011

We stayed here for three weeks in September. It really is a house which is a home, not something set up as a holiday rental. There are masses of books, proper kitchen equipment, many different places to sit both indoors and outdoors, in the shade or in the sun. And there is a gas BBQ which you can use as the sun sets, the church bells ring, the train goes past deep in the valley and the bats start to circle round the castle ruins. I feel homesick for the place just writing this.

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