THE BEST OF ALL MOUNTAIN VIEWS FROM YOUR TERRACE IN ST. LIZIER!
In the historic Gallo-roman village of St. Lizier, on the Route de Sainte Jacques de Compostelle, our Garden Apartment is situated above the market town of St. Girons with a spectacular panorama of the Pyrenees. There has been a bishopric here since the 6th century and you can visit the Bishops Palace and museum, the Cathedral of Notre Dame de la Sede, the beautiful Toulousaines style 11th century church of St.Lizier with it's octagonal bell tower, serene cloisters and the 18th century pharmacy - all a stroll from the apartment. The village boasts a superb restaurant in the Bishops Palace, its terrace overlooking the mountains and just across the road from the apartment is 11 place de l'eglise where you can also eat in or outside and enjoy the view and a light lunch in the summer. Also in the summer, there is another little cafe-bar which offers snacks and drinks. This sunny Garden Apartment is on the ground floor with easy access from secure parking. It has a private terrace and the apartment has been entirely renovated providing comfortable accommodation for four with two en suite bedrooms, spacious open plan living area and French windows onto the terrace. There is a good WiFi connection.
MAKE A NOTE OF THESE SPECIAL DATES; From the end of May to mid June you can take part in the annual TRANSHUMANCES EN COUSERANS and join the walks with the shepherds and herders as they take the cattle, the sheep and the beautiful black Merens horses up to the high pastures for the summer. Bring your picnic and enjoy this very traditional Ariegeoise event en famille.
AUTREFOIS LE COUSERANS - the 23rd year of this colourful recreation of the old days in the Ariege countryside with a grand parade through St. Girons You will see the traditional costumes, the old cars and farm vehicles, and plenty of cattle, horses and goats decked out for the parade. Everyone gets into the festival mood and you could just end up with a soaking from the turn-of-the-century fire engine. www.autrefois-le-couserans.com
And from mid July to mid August, St. Lizier, and surrounding churches, play host to the annual DAVID LIVELY concert season which brings international performers and local choirs and orchestras together for an extraordinary feast of top class music. Check website www.tourisme-stgirons-stlizier.fr for dates and the programme.
And you can always check out our tourist office which has lots of ideas and information on what's going on in this area throughout the year - they're very helpful - www.tourisme-stgirons-stlizier.fr.
Top Traveller Review
beautiull countryside matched by a lovely appartment
Great gîters - come back anytime!
About the Owner
I've been living in Africa since the late 60s and have had a house in France since 1990 and enjoyed spending many holidays exploring. In 2006 I left Zimbabwe and came to live in the Midi Pyrenees and have settled very happily in this beautiful and friendly part of the country. I enjoy the fact that friends in Europe find it easier to visit me in France than they did in Africa - and of course friends from Africa just love coming here! I've started painting and gardening, love cooking and am a regular walker and I do love the fact that there is so much going on here within an easy radius - it really is relatively undiscovered and there is lots to explore. I hope you'll chose to visit Saint Lizier and see for yourself.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Now into our third year letting the Garden Apartment and I think we had all happy holiday makers last year! Many Owners Direct visitors have come to stay at a previous house I had in Lagrasse in the Aude, The Garden House. I hope very much that you will enjoy a stay in this area as much as I am enjoying living here and discovering this beautiful part of France. Please do read the reviews.
4.9 based on 7 holidaymaker reviews
beautiull countryside matched by a lovely appartment
Would definitely stay again and visit the area it was wonderfull. Jane was really helpful with suggestions on where to go ,places and activities we would have missed otherwise.
A wonderful apartment in a glorious setting
We had an extremely enjoyable week at the Garden Apartment. The apartment itself is very spacious, comfortable and relaxing. St Lizier is rich in history and very characterful. After days out exploring the local castles, waterfalls, lakes and caves, we loved spending the evening on the wonderful terrace and taking in the spectacular views.
Jane is a great host; she provided lots of information and was always on hand if we needed her (but was never intrusive).
We can highly recommend this property and hope to return ourselves one day.
A wonderful holiday in a wonderful location
The really striking thing about this apartment is the view from the balcony, which is just amazing, across a beautiful valley right up to snow covered mountains of the Pyrenees. That view just keeps drawing you out onto the balcony to take it all in.
St Lizier is a beautiful, historic little place too, and the market at St Girons is well worth a visit.
We were there for the walking and bird watching, and we were not disappointed. Several days we spent high in the mountains, where the views were even more spectacular, and where we were delighted to see vultures, and other smaller birds. All the walks were well marked.
The apartment was clean and well equipped. Jane, the owner, was an absolute treasure, very helpful, and if she didn't know the answer, she knew someone who did! We would love to go back some time soon.
We had a lovely week at this apartment. The apartment is clean, well-equipped and comfortable with fabulous views from the terrace overlooking the Pyrenees. Jane, the owner, couldn't have been more pleasant and helpful and even organised bikes for us to hire before our arrival. St Lizier is a lovely village and there are some great restaurants, walks and bike rides in the area. A perfect place for a holiday - and there was nothing nicer than sitting having a meal looking out at the view after a lovely day in the hills. Highly recommended!
Garden Apartment, St Lizier
We had a wonderful holiday here and stayed on a few days longer than booked as we liked it so much! The accommodation is excellent - everything you need and very tasteful/restful. The views of the mountains are beautiful and the terrace area in front of the property faces the view, is sheltered and sunny, and also overlooks the pretty garden. In good weather it is lovely to open the doors from the main bedroom and enjoy the scenery and when its stormy in the mountains, its nice to pull the shutters closed and let it all pass by!
The very friendly owner lives in the apartment above and is quiet, discreet and extremely helpful. We might have felt that being in such close proximity would be a bit of a problem, but it really isn't - a positive advantage in fact.
The area allows for a mix of activities. We went for the walking and there are many possible routes to suit all levels of fitness etc. The tourist offices provide good information on walks. We found we drove to Seix and to the Bethmale valley to start most of our walks but really enjoyed the Cirque de Cagateille ( not sure of spelling) as well as local village walks (again easy to choose a route and very pretty).
Meanwhile Foix is not far and a nice town to visit. St Lizier itself is quiet-ish, interesting and has a nice salon de the plus a supermarket a few minutes away by car. St Girons Saturday market is good, although we spent limited time there.
Easy drive from Toulouse - good choice - highly recommended!
A perfect stay
We spent a fabulous week at this lovely property in the heritage village of St. Lizier, centrally located for all activities in the Ariege. A very warm welcome and clean, well appointed property, with all our needs catered for. Highlights were the newly restored Palais d'Eveques literally yards away, and the fantastic views of the Pyrenees. Highly recommended.
From the Owner
“Well it was the view that initially sold me. A breath-taking view across the foothills of the Pyrenees to the snow capped mountains. Then it was the garden - I have been waiting for five years to begin a new garden and now I have my garden! And I love the area for it's beauty and the calm laid-back atmosphere. And I love the fact that I can be shopping in Toulouse in an hour, or lunching in Spain in 90 minutes, in Bilbao at the Guggenheim in four hours, or I can be picnicing with friends in a high mountain meadow filled with summer wild flowers and watched by the black velvety Merens horses. If I want to be remote, I can be remote, and if I want to join the hustle and bustle of the city, I can do that too, so easily! For me, I couldn't ask for more - the Midi Pyrenees is the best!”
Activity and Interests
NEWS FLASH: TOUR DE FRANCE, STAGE 13 BEGINS IN ST. GIRONS ON JULY 14 2017 FRANCE'S NATIONAL DAY - MAKE SURE YOU'RE BOOKED WITH US IN ST. LIZIER FOR A REALLY MEMORABLE SPORTING SHOW.
Special interest holidays: July through mid September, painting courses at the St. Lizier studio of English artist David Sawyer. Check his website www.davidsawyerrba.artweb.com
In September you can join us for a celebration of top quality pan-European art and craft in St. Lizier bringing together artists and craft practitioners from across the south of France.
In June we have the Transhumance - when the sheep, cattle and horses are walked from the farms around the Ariege, up into the high summer pastures. This event is well planned and many visitors join the walks or ride with the horses. It's a great experience and offers a window onto the traditions of this area.
AND see the TOUR DE FRANCE riders as they race through the town or take a high vantage point and watch the race as they climb in the Pyreneen peaks.
And almost best of all - we have GREAT trekking and walking.
And since May 2016 we have a brand new indoor swimming pool with 250sq.m pool, paddling pool, sauna, hammam and jacuzzi in St. Girons - really good entertainment for the whole family, and at the Hotel Eychenne, also in St. Girons, you can book a little bit of pampering at their excellent spa which has the best masseuse in the whole Ariege!
The Midi Pyrenees is pretty much in the middle of the south of France as its name implies! But a three hour drive through Foix, Mirepoix and Carcassonne will bring you to the Mediterranean coast and Cathar country. A three hour drive west will bring you to the Atlantic coast where you can easily drive into Spain or enjoy the beaches of St. Jean de Luz, Bayonne and Biarritz. However, right here in the Pyrenees, there are many mountain lakes and streams for swimming - bracing, but beautiful!
St.Lizier is a 60 minute drive from Toulouse Blagnac for international flights. There is a train service from Cazeres, 35kms from St. Lizier to Matabiau station Toulouse, with a bus or tram to the airport. EasyJet flies to Toulouse and Tarbes/Lourdes, 90 minutes from St.Lizier and Ryan Air flies to Salvaza Airport in Carcassonne which is two hours away. The main car hire companies are represented at all three airports, but it is advisable to make car hire bookings before arriving in France.
The pink city of Toulouse on the Garonne is an hour from the village and offers visitors museums, churches, markets, beautiful architecture and great food and shopping. Andorra and Spain are also easily accessible for day trips but closer to home are many delightful villages and small market towns that are well worth exploring especially those in the mountains. During the summer many have colourful local fetes and concerts. The east/west A64 motorway is 30 minutes away.
This is an undiscovered secret - the Ariege in the Midi Pyrenees! Green and lush, dramatic scenery, historically interesting, culturally exciting and so easy to get to. The Ariege offers visitors an enormous variety of things to do both culturally and in the area of sporting activities and they are all relatively close to hand. The winter months are for skiing, hiking, biking and cross country skiing.
Throughout the summer months, there is a huge choice of music, theatre, dance and sporting activities - St. Lizier hosts a four week international music festival which takes place in the church and venues around the department and in August St. Girons holds a colourful parade, Autrefois en Couserons bringing back the traditions and costumes of the olden times in mountain villages - traditions that still live on today in many villages.
And for a bit more sporting action, the Ariege has plenty to offer including walking, riding, gliding, trout fishing, paragliding, golf and swimming. Throughout the area walks are clearly signposted and information is available from the tourist offices - the office in St. Lizier is a five minute walk from the apartment. In May and June you can join the Transhumances en Couserans, and walk with the shepherds when they take their sheep and cattle to the high pastures for the summer and in July, you can be guided on Le Chemin de la Liberte or Freedom Trail which follows the escape routes over the Pyrenees into Spain that were used by allied soldiers and airmen during WW2.
This really is a very beautiful, friendly place to spend a holiday discovering the Ariege with its gentle climate and lots to do - but if you prefer to just take it easy, soak up the sunshine, enjoy the view from the terrace and some gourmet dining - well you can do that too!
St. Girons has a good selection of shops, supermarkets, restaurants and a colourful Saturday market where you can buy local produce or just people watch on one of the many cafe terraces
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
22 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
15 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Changeover day is normally Saturday with arrival after 3pm and departure by 10am on the day you leave. If you need to have a different arrival and departure date and the booking period is available, please ask the owner. A deposit of 50% of the total rent is required when booking and receipt of the deposit confirms your booking. The balance is payable on or before one month prior to your arrival. Bookings will be canceled and the deposit held, if full payment has not been received two weeks before the due arrival date.
Bookings of three nights will be considered subject to availability and excluding July and August.
Prices are shown in Pounds Sterling and there is a great 10% discount on the second week of bookings of two or more consecutive weeks and an additional discount is offered for bookings over one month.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The Garden Apartment is completely independent with its own entrance and terrace and you have secure parking. There is a boulangerie in the village and its just a five minute drive or a 15 minute walk for all other shopping, supermarkets and even some stylish boutiques. There is a really good Saturday open air market in St. Girons which is a popular place to meet friends and you have a choice of three good restaurants within walking distance of the apartment in St. Lizier, including the Carre de l'Ange in the old Palais des Eveques with its terrace and panoramic views and there are plenty more good restaurants in the adjoining market town of St. Girons, but if you prefer to stay in and eat alfresco, you can cook up a feast or barbeque on the terrace and enjoy the views.”
- Air Conditioning ...
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- Games ...
- Satellite / Cable
- Television ...
- non smoking only
- autumn foliage
- live theatre
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- golf pass optional
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- water tubing
- whitewater rafting
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- Large en-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, double wash handbasins and wc and towel warmer En-suite bathroom to bedroom 2 has a shower, wash handbasin and separate wc.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has twin beds, dressing table, chest of drawers, hanging space and French windows onto the terrace. Bedroom 2 has a double bed, chest of drawers, hanging space and looks onto the garden and Bishops Palace. Both bedrooms are en-suite.
- Bicycles ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Tennis ...
- 1 bicycles
- Notes on accommodation: Electric fans are provided for the bedrooms and radiators provide heating for cooler autumn and winter months. Smoking is not permitted. There is WiFi access. The apartment is comfortable and attractively accessorized and there is a selection of books - St. Lizier does have its own lending library!