Le Pigeonnier de Salesses

Najac, Aveyron
+44 (0)7957 351458

Nestled in a quiet wooded enclave with views to Najac’s medieval castle, a convivial country house and pool for families and friends


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

Children welcome

The Experience

Greenery scampers up the walls of the three-storey stone house with its pretty dovecote. Terraced gardens and woodland encircle it: figs and plums, a duck pond, fragrant rosemary and mint. You can dip in the large pool, laze under a parasol, and barbecue under a honeysuckle-strewn canopy – don’t worry about breaking the silence, your only neighbours are deer. Light and airy with splashes of Provençal blue, the shabby-chic living area has a ceramic wood stove to snuggle by, angled lamps, and a gramophone and film projector in place of a TV. You can knock up a feast in the oak-lined kitchen and dine together on one of several terraces. Candles and monogrammed linen add a creative touch to the two simple bedrooms, and there’s space to squeeze more in with two single beds; one in a bedroom, the other on the landing. The hilltop village of Najac and its castle, lit up spectacularly at night, is a 30-minute stroll. The river Aveyron offers swimming, fishing and canoeing, and there are VTT routes and horse-riding nearby. A creative spot to enjoy solitude and silence – or simple fun with family and friends.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights. Parking on-site.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 20-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £129
Weekly price
from £900
Damage deposit
£300 cheque
Extra bed available at no extra cost.
1 House for 4
From £1292 bedrooms


We thoroughly enjoyed our week at this wonderful property. The house is absolutely beautiful, well equipped and has everything you need for a long stay. The pool is excellent and the outside space: terraces, gardens and pond are fantastic to explore. The surrounding area is a nature-lover's dream, and the village of Najac with its ancient castle and buildings is historically significant. We would love to return.

Liz, Enfield

Wonderful coverted piegonnaire in idyllic surroundings overlooking a river in Aveyron. The house itself has been very tastefully converted with wooden floors throughout (other than the kitchen) and simple but evocative furniture. Good sized kitchen for cooking and a pull down screen for watching movies, which is a nice touch (with lots of DVDs on hand). The outside terrace is big and comfortable for lounging on with views of the nearby village and its castle. a big pool completes the package. A perfect getaway with bags of charm.

marcus, London

Incredibly relaxing setting in the woods, a stones throw from a picturesque village. Comfortable accommodation, great pool and well organised owner.This was our second visit and would recommend for those who really need to recharge their batteries.

Ros, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Gill Higgins

  • Leave tranquility behind and head up to Najac's authentic Sunday morning market for coffee in the "Bar de la Plage" which stays open all year round.
  • Walk down from Le Pigeonnier to the 13th century bridge "Pont St Blaise" on the Aveyron river and swim, picnic, fish or kayak to your heart's content.
  • The view of Najac's castle from Le Pigeonnier should be enough to entice you to visit this remarkable 12th century monument complete with stunning views of the village and surrounding gorges. The climb is worth it!
  • Drive to the medieval town of St Antonin Noble Val with its beautiful squares and Sunday market. Heading on to Bruniquel and Penne, take "Route de la Corniche" on your left and experience the delights of the restaurant "La Corniche" , booking essential.
  • Drive 25 mins to the bastide town of Cordes-sur-Ciel - a well preserved medieval town with dozens of narrow streets to explore. With a buzzing Saturday morning market, it is one of the most remarkable hill top towns in France.
  • Head to the thriving market town of Villefranche de Rouergue - a 20 minute drive. The market is popular with tourists and locals and is held every Thursday morning.