La Forêt Souriante

Najac, Aveyron, France
Immersed in Nature

French writer Victor Hugo once wrote, "La nature sait le grand secret, et sourit".  Nature knows the big secret... and smiles. 

These words have become the motto for a trio of cottages in the French countryside owned by a Dutch couple, who fell in love with the area when they discovered it in 2018. The land is now known as La Forêt Souriante - or the smiling forest. The owners live in one of the cottages, and the other two are available for rent, each sleeping two guests.

Tucked into the southern French countryside near the beautiful village of Najac, the homestead is surrounded by 11 hectares of woods, lending the property a very secluded feel. There is one traditional French gîte, Albizia, which still has its original slate roof, old stone walls, low wooden beams and authentic French doors opening onto a private terrace. The other cottage, Lilas d'été is the more modern of the two. Its large living area has an open-plan kitchen, plus a grass garden and private terrace with striking views of the castle of Najac.

This is a lovely vacation home rental in France, perfectly suited for a quiet, rural getaway in the middle of nature, eating fresh croissants on the terrace, reading a book in one of the hammocks, picking fresh flowers and herbs from the garden, and listening to birdsong from the surrounding forest. But if you feel like wandering, you can stroll into the woods around the homes, or explore the towns and villages of the region.

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This property has two separate cottages, each of which sleeps two guests.


ADDITIONAL FEATURES

The owners provide a welcome hamper on arrival, with products from the region. They also organize art workshops for groups of six people, and during those weeks only workshop participants stay on site. Please inquire for further details.


AROUND

This vacation home rental in France is located 5km from the center of the village of Najac, one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France - the country's most beautiful and culturally significant rural villages. It is five minutes by car and one hour on foot. 

Najac is built around a beautiful stone fortress, along a rocky ridge above the gorges of the Aveyron. There are various notable events in the village, including a large open-air Brocante market in the Place du Faubourg between mid-July and mid-August, and ‘Les marchés nocturnes’, where attendees sit at long tables and eat the specialty foods of the Aveyron.

The local area is known for beautiful walking and cycling routes, and there is a good selection within half an hour by car. There are also many scenic gardens, lively markets and great restaurants in and around the villages and towns of Aveyron, Tarn, Tarn et Garonne and the Lot. The owners have put together five recommended day trips that they are happy to share with guests.


LOCATION

Close to Najac, Aveyron, Occitanie, France. Nearest airports: Rodez (36km), Toulouse (96km).


BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring to fall, but the property is open March to November and Christmas holidays.

 
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La Forêt Souriante
Najac, Aveyron, France
La Forêt Souriante
Najac, Aveyron, France
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La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
La Forêt Souriante - Najac, Occitania, France | vacation home rentals | vacation home rentals
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La Forêt Souriante
Najac, Aveyron, France
The Smiling Forest

Tucked into the southern French countryside, these two small cottages are surrounded by nature and located just minutes from the historical village of Najac.

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Gîte Lilas d'été 1 Br 1 Ba Sleeps 2 Min 7 nights
from €93 /nt
Lilas d'été is the more modern of the two houses. Its large living area has an open-plan kitchen, and its large bedroom has a king bed and bathroom with rain shower. There is a grass garden and private terrace overlooking the castle of Najac.
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Overview 100% cotton sheets, super soft 600g towels.
TV We provide a laptop with Netflix.
Heating Yes
Kitchen Fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven, induction hob, luxury cookware, electric kettle, toaster, hand blender, basic provisions, and a French press with a can of freshly ground Lavazza coffee.
Internet Free WIFI and a strong 4G signal
Washer Shared with the other gîte and the owner in a separate room
Dryer Shared with the other gîte and the owner in a separate room
Bedrooms 1
Bed Type Queen (160x200 cm) in the master bedroom
Kitchen Fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven, induction hob, luxury cookware, electric kettle, toaster, hand blender, basic provisions, and a French press with a can of freshly ground Lavazza coffee.
Bathrooms 1
Accommodates 2
Kid-Friendly Not kid-friendly
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 7 nights
Check-In 4:00PM
Check-Out 10:30AM
Cleaning €50
Tax 0.00 % for total rate
Sec. Deposit Due No security deposit required
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes Electricity, the final cleaning and tourist taxes are included in the rates.

No smoking accommodation

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Gite Albizia 1 Br 1 Ba Sleeps 2 Min 7 nights
from €93 /nt
Albizia is a typical French gîte which still has its original slate roof. There is a living area downstairs with an open-plan kitchen, old stone walls and exposed beams. French doors in the living room open onto a private terrace with hanging chairs and a dining table. The bedroom is upstairs, reached via beautiful stone stairs, and has a high wooden ceiling with original beams. People taller than 1.80m will have to bow their heads for the middle beam!
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Overview There is a king size bed and rain shower. 100% cotton sheets, super soft 600g cotton towels.
Heating Yes
Kitchen Fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven, induction hob, luxury cookware, electric kettle, toaster, hand blender, basic provisions, and a French press with a can of freshly ground Lavazza coffee.
Internet Free WIFI and a strong 4G signal
Washer Shared with the other gite and the owner in separate room
Dryer Shared with the other gite and the owner in separate room
TV We provide a laptop with Netflix.
Bedrooms 1
Bed Type Queen bed (160x200cm)
Kitchen Fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven, induction hob, luxury cookware, electric kettle, toaster, hand blender, basic provisions, and a French press with a can of freshly ground Lavazza coffee.
Bathrooms 1
Accommodates 2
Kid-Friendly Not kid-friendly
Pet Friendly No pets allowed
Min. Stay 7 nights
Check-In 4:00PM
Check-Out 10:30AM
Cleaning €50
Tax 6.00 % for total rate
Sec. Deposit Due No security deposit required
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Covid-19 Policy
Only In the event the cancellation is a direct result of the pandemic (government orders the stoppage of vacation rentals or the authorities decide to restrict travel from the country of origin or to the country where the property is located), guests will be given the opportunity to receive full credit for their reservation if they rebook within one year. If the guest is unable to take the credit, the guest will receive a full refund if the booking is cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. If the guest cancels 1 -14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.
Notes Electricity, the final cleaning and tourist taxes are included in the rates.

No smoking accommodation

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Gîte Lilas d'été
1 BR | 1 BA | SLEEPS 2
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