3 Bedroom comfortable cottage with pretty garden.Magnificent mountain views and 5 minutes walk to several restaurants, bars and shops.
Three bedroom comfortable cottage with stunning views in SPA town of Luz St Sauveur. Often on the TOUR DE FRANCE route.The cottage is situated high up on the edge of the town with magnificent views of the mountains, town and the valley but only 5 minutes walk from the nearest restaurants and the very attractive old part of the town with the fortified church St Andre, the nearest restaurants, bars, shops and boulangerie and the main square. Ideally situated just 5kms from the NATIONAL PARK for a variety of outdoor activities all the year round. Walking the numerous footpaths, cycling the famous COLS OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE, mountain biking, white water rafting, birdwatching and identifying the beautiful alpine flowers. Or simply just relaxing by a mountain stream with a picnic and soaking up the magnificent scenery. In WINTER there is the largest ski station in the French Pyrenees just 10 minutes up the road at Bareges with 125kms of pistes. The ski station of Luz Ardiden can be reached by navette from the square in Luz, or by car as can the stunningly beautiful Gavarnie. Maison d'Emilie has private off road parking. There is a pretty garden with aromatic shrubs, lots of lavender, roses, honeysuckle and rosemary for dining al fresco or simply relaxing and soaking up the views. There are two wooden tables and ample chairs, parasol's and a BBQ. The front garden has views of the Chateau St Marie which is floodlit at night.There is locked cellier for the safe storage of bikes and ski's etc.and private off road parking. The long distance footpath GR10 passes 200m up our road, there are wonderful walks in the area and from the front door whether you want to conquer a peak or just take a gentle stroll to enjoy the beautiful wildflowers, the butterflies, the birds and other wildlife. There is a heated swimming pool in Luz open in the Summer and all year round there is Luzea,the SPA to ease the aching limbs after all the exercise.
Top Traveller Review
Great base for cycling and walking
About the Owner
About Monica Murphy
Since buying Maison d'Emilie In 2001we have both retired and the cottage is a perfect place to visit all year to escape. Our grown up children love to come out with their families to cycle,ski and walk in the mountains as does our Golden Retriever Darcy! We love France but we are British and would never leave England to live there permanently, France is for holidays!
Monica Murphy purchased this house in 2001
Why Monica Murphy chose Cauterets - Argeles area
We first visited Luz in 1999 for a 2 week holiday, there was so much to see and do in the area we returned the next year.Whilst we were walking along the GR 10 footpath we spotted Maison's d' Emilie being built, and thought this may be for us! We have been delighted with our buy and after 15 years we are still finding new things to see and do. Luz is the perfect place to escape to you if you enjoy the great outdoors, there is plenty to do all year round. We love the flowers in early summer, the butterflies and birds, and the skiing in winter and we walk in all seasons.
(7 traveller reviews)
Great base for cycling and walking
Our fourth visit to Maison d'Emilie and another great stay. The house continues to meet all our needs, including plenty of bike storage. It is well maintained and equipped and has plenty of local maps and guidebooks to explore the local area. The owner is very helpful and provides excellent advice and customer service.This is a great location for cyclists and walkers and anyone who loves the Mountains. The house is situated at the bottom of the Tourmalet and is so close to many other iconic Tour de France Climbs. There is plenty to do for all the family. We will be return again soon!
Superb holiday cottage
Luz is a perfect base for exploring this wonderful part of the Pyrenees and Maison D'Emilie is perfectly located within Luz. The cottage suited us perfectly and we enjoyed a week of excellent weather and some absolutely stunning walks. The cottage was easy to find (even in the dark) thanks to the excellent instructions (and Google street view!), and it was also clean and and welcoming. The library of maps and walking books was a helpful supplement to our own collection especially the walks log book. Monica also provided lots of helpful information before our visit and we loved being so close to the town for shopping and restaurants. We will definitely return. Many thanks for such a comfortable and relaxing holiday.
Great for a family ski/hiking holiday
We have kept coming back here to Luz many times over the years, attracted by the charming town (easy walk down the hill), and great location to explore a variety of ski areas (Bareges/La Mongie, Gavarnie, Ardiden etc). The cottage is perfect for a family or small group. It is modern, comfortable and warm (excellent wood-burning stove). The thermal bars nearby are excellent and in a spectacular location. In the summer there are superb cycling and hiking opportunities from the doorstep. Highly recommended as a great base for an adventurous holiday!
Superb base for Pyrenean ski trip
I have stayed at the house on several occasions, using it on each occasion as a base for exploring the local ski resorts - primarily Bareges / La Mongie / Tourmalet but also Luz-Ardiden and Gavarnie. It is very well-located, combining easy road access for early mountain starts with convenient proximity via a short stroll to the well-maintained old town with its collection of attractive restaurants and bars. I and the group I travel with have been enticed back by the quality of the house; it is warm, immaculately presented, well-equipped (the woodburner being a particularly popular feature on a cold winter evening) and excellently located. No hesitation in recommending it to others looking for a winter (or indeed summer) break.
Great base for Winter Skiing
Our 5th stay in this house, it comfortably accommodates a family of 5. We use it a base for skiing, well located as only 10 mins drive to the ski slopes. We keep coming back as the Pyrenees' are better value and just as accessible for a young family learning to ski than the Alps. Expect to be back in 2015.
revisiting the pyenees
We had a fantastic stay at chez emilie. The owners have meticulously planned and left information for a perfect stay. It was wonderful to have walks, restaurants and activities suggested and a lot of thought has gone into planning the needs of visitors. The accommodation is cosy, modern and fully functioning with again excellent use of space and really well stocked with equipment and furniture. Luz has everything for families with young children teenagers or older. We used the heated lido in Luz, walked, sampled the baths, ate, relaxed, cooked, cycled and visited Gavarnie, Barege and a lovely couple of valley walks. Would go back again like a shot, and would love to visit in the winter. Highly recommended.
From the Owner
“We first visited Luz in 1999 for a 2 week holiday, there was so much to see and do in the area we returned the next year.Whilst we were walking along the GR 10 footpath we spotted Maison's d' Emilie being built, and thought this may be for us! We have been delighted with our buy and after 15 years we are still finding new things to see and do. Luz is the perfect place to escape to you if you enjoy the great outdoors, there is plenty to do all year round. We love the flowers in early summer, the butterflies and birds, and the skiing in winter and we walk in all seasons.”
Activity and Interests
Nearest beach at Biarritz 2 hours by car.
How to get there:
By air: nearest airports are Lourdes 30 minutes. Pau 1 hour, Bordeaux 2.45, Toulouse and Biarritz 2 hours. Ryanair fly from Stansted to Lourdes & Biarritz. Easy jet to Toulouse, Bordeaux, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester & Newcastle, Air France Pau to London City
By car: drive from St Malo 7.5 hours or Caen & Le Havre 9 hours. Santander 5 hours, Bilbao 4 hours. A car is recommended but not essential.
Train to Lourdes then connecting SNCF bus service to Luz.
World heritage site Gavarnie 25km. Lourdes 20km. Bareges 10 minutes.
Cauterets Pont D'espagne 40 minutes. Luz St Sauveur 5 minutes on foot. Col du Tourmalet 30 minutes. Pyrenees National Park 5 kms. 14 minutes to Luz Ardiden and Domaine du Tourmalet ski stations There are buses all year to Gavarnie, Bareges, Cauteret and Lourdes.
CYCLING- The area is a mecca for cyclists. The tour de France comes thro' Luz on July 9th 2016 and passes th end of our road as it climbs the COL DU TOURMALET,on the stage from Pau to Bagneres de Luchon.Many favourite cols are nearby the Col Du Tourmalet, Luz Ardiden, Hautacam, Col D'aspin and Col d'Aubisque, also the climb up to the Col des Tentes at Gavarnie.For mountain bikers there are lots of trails around Luz St Sauveur and Bareges.There is an off road cycle path from Pierrefitte Nestalas either down to Lourdes Le Voie Verte. It is possible to hire bikes in Luz all year.
WALKING -There are numerous high and low level walks, many from our door including 2 peaks! The GR10 long distance footpath across the Pyrenees passes
a few metres up the road. There are maps and guide books also a book where we have entered some of our favourites to give our guests some idea's.
NATURE -The National Park is 5km and a haven for birds, butterflies, wild flowers. Marmots are everywhere & it is easy to spot izards. Raptors abound especially griffon vultures. More of a rarity are the bearded vulture, golden eagle, black woodpecker and wallcreeper.
The Alpine flowers are stunning especially in May, June and July.
SPA - St Sauveur is the spa side of town. Les Thermes have been recently upgraded & are luxurious, there is the leisure pool, Roman baths, jacuzzi's, eucalyptus steam room and sauna's. You can also take 'le cure' the waters are especially beneficial for ear, nose and throat and respiratory problems.
SHOPS - There is one large & one small supermarket which both open on Sunday mornings, several boulangeries, butchers, outdoor gear shops incl ski hire, newsagents.
RESTAURANTS etc- Several very good restaurants & bars can be reached on foot one of which also has bowling. Some with wi-fi.
Maison De La Valle is the cultural centre with exhibitions, with National Park office and info. There is cyber centre after 4pm or Wi-fi during opening hours & a small cinema.
White water rafting, canyoning, parapenting, canoeing , tennis and fishing are all available locally
Pic Du Midi Observatory by cable car from La Mongie.
SWIMMING. A large heated swimming pool in Luz, a smaller one in Bareges.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
8 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
For bookings under the minimum 7 day period, please enquire from the property owner.
Book by online payment , by email or by telephone. A 50 % deposit secures the booking. Balance to be paid one month before the date of holiday, a £200 cautionary deposit is also due then, this is returned after the return of the keys if everything has been left in good condition.
Saturday is changeover day in July and August. Low season or winter we can be more flexible, do ask! Arrival time after 4pm and we ask you to vacate the property by 10am.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Washing Machine ...
- Wood Stove ...
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items ...
- Refrigerator ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- Games ...
- Stereo ...
- children welcome
- non smoking only ...
- pets not allowed
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- ski lift pass
- ski pass optional
- whitewater rafting
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Upstairs WC, shower and washbasin. Downstairs cloakroom with WC and washbasin.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) ! double, 1 twin and single Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed & views of the Massif Ardiden Bedroom 2 with twin beds, with mountain views Bedroom 3 with single bed and a view of the floodlit Chateau St Marie Cot, highchair,& stairgate available The bedrooms have large fitted cupboards and wooden floors.
- Golf ...
- Garden ...
- Barbecue ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Tennis ...
- Notes on accommodation: The house is very well insulated which keeps the rooms cool in summer and warm in winter. There are very efficient Atlantic electric heaters in each room and a wood burner in the salle de sejour which makes it ideal all the year round. We do prefer to keep Maison d'Emilie a no smoking zone. Outside: Sunny back garden with rockery, and flowering shrubs including lots of lavender and honeysuckles . A wooden table, chairs parasols and BBQ for alfresco dining, with views of the Massif Ardiden. Another rockery in the front garden, more lavender and little buxus hedge, ideal for a coffee in the sun in the mornings or enjoying the shade in the afternoon & a great view of the Chateau St Marie. There is a locked cellier for the safe storage of bikes or skis, and a marked off road parking space. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is provided (by arrangement). Towels are not supplied. Tea towels supplied. Other: The downstairs rooms have parquet floors and beams. There is a dining table and six chairs. Light and airy landing and hall thanks to our recently fitted Velux window!