THE BEST OF ALL MOUNTAIN VIEWS FROM YOUR TERRACE IN ST. LIZIER!
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About Jane Lee-Oulton
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.
Jane Lee-Oulton purchased this Apartment in 2011
Why Jane Lee-Oulton chose Saint-Lizier
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!
What makes this Apartment unique
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.
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Jane was a perfect host and very attentive
The apartment is lovely and peaceful with beautiful views
The gîte is situated in a premium position in Saint-Lizier beside the church square and just below the fortified Palais d'Eveques. The kitchen, living area, one bedroom and terrace overlook the valley and mountains. The house is beautifully decorated. The kitchen is spacious with good workspace. The beds are comfortable and there are ample drawers and hanging space. When we had two couples in the house, the two ensuite bathrooms were useful. Most evenings we ate at the large table on the terrace.
The owner was most welcoming and provided cold sparking wine of the region and a huge bowl of season fruit upon our arrival. We also appreciated having soap in the bathrooms and detergent for the dishwasher, washing machine and starter contributions of tea, coffee and milk.
There are quite a number of 'off-road' walks in the hills above the village that one can access without a car and many more when visiting the local villages by car.
The supermarkets are a few minutes by car.
We enjoyed our stay and hope to return.
Thank you Ross and Marie for your lovely review. I very much enjoyed meeting you both - two very interesting and well travelled lovers of France!
I hope that the rest of your holiday in Europe goes well and that you'll come back to St. Lizier one day.
Ideally located - best view in town!
This was an excellent base to visit the town of St Lizier and the surrounding area. Jane (the host) was very welcoming and helpful.
Thanks a lot guys and it was really good to meet you all.
Don't forget to let me know when your bnb is up and running because
I want to explore the Vendee.
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.
Hi Karen, thank you so much for the nice review and I'm really glad that you had a good time. I enjoyed meeting you all, and thank you for leaving the apartment so clean and tidy when you left. Loved Steve's little artwork!
Great gîters - come back anytime!
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.
Hi Rebecca and Steven,
Thank you for your great review! It was good to meet you both and although I didn't see very much of you, I was so glad that you really made the most of your trip and visited so many places in this beautiful part of the Ariege. And thank you for leaving the apartment spotlessly clean and tidy!
Hope you'll come back again - we have unfinished museums and more to discuss!
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.
Hi Moira and Ken,
Thanks so much for your review, greatly appreciated. I really enjoyed your visit - you were so enthusiastic and even the weather didn't phase you. I do hope you'll come again; you will be very welcome and hopefully the weather will be more cooperative!
best greetings to you both
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