Townhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
THIS HOUSE IS NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR HOLIDAY LETS.
“La Petite Maison des Nobles” was built in the early 1700's and is constructed almost entirely of stone. Providing three floors of accommodation, the house has genuine character and charm. Whilst not large, it will provide a holiday home for up to four people, in great comfort and style within it's 85 square metres of space. On the ground floor, there is a spacious lounge-diner with an intriging galley kitchen leading off towards the back of the house. The first floor has a large, spacious, airy bedroom, with a double bed. There is also a dressing area and shower-room leading off. The second floor has a small bedroom with sleeping for a further two people on single beds with a small en-suite toilet room attached.
Electricity and all linen is included in the price of your holiday at the house.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Toulouse 100 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors||
Walking in through the front door will take you immediately into the lounge-diner which has been tastefully and thoughtfully decorated with your comfort and convenience in mind. This part of the house is not light because of it's proximity to the walls of the alley outside. However, in summer, you will enjoy the benefit of it's coolness as a respite from the heat outside. Nevertheless, in winter, the lounge is a cosy and snug refuge for everyone, especially if you have spent the day skiing in one of the local ski stations! There is a wood burner with complimentary starter packs of wood and kindling as well as an electric wall heater. Another spare heater is available for this room should you experience a VERY cold day!
The Lounge-Diner comes equipped with comfortable seating for four with coffee table, dining table and seating for four, LED TV with integrated DVD. I have provided a DVD Library with over 200 films for you to choose from and the CD/Radio Stereo system has an IPOD Docking Station.
This room has a smoke alarm.
You will also find an Information Folder which I have compiled for you - About activities, maps, restaurants, local shopping etc., together with all contact details for me should you wish any further help during your stay.
Although the kitchen is a galley kitchen, it oozes charm with it's stone walls whilst providing the chef with brand new, modern equipment in which to prepare great meals for all! Actually, it's not that small, just narrow, and I can clearly remember the day I had seven people drinking wine in there! The British just love a kitchen for partying! (But...it WAS cosy)! The kitchen is equipped with a double sink with drainer, electric oven and ceramic hob, extractor fan, fridge (with small freezer compartment), washing machine, microwave, coffee maker, wine rack and the usual pots and pans, crockery (Plates, Bowls, Mugs, Coffee Cups), glassware, cutlery and utensils. As my house is a new holiday rental, then the majority of this equipment is brand new.
There will always be some basic supplies in place for your arrival such as herbs, oil, kitchen roll, salt and pepper, etc... For weekly bookings, there will always be a complimentary bottle of local wine, fresh bread and a bowl of fruit to greet you as a special welcome from me. For your own shopping needs, full directions to local shops will be in the information folder in the lounge.
THE BEDROOM (First Floor):
In contrast to the lounge-diner, the large bedroom is light and airy due to two large windows facing out, one of these being a french window with Juliet balcony. The room has lovely original beams on show.
The double bed has character in itself and dates from 1840. You will be relieved to know that the mattress however, does not and was purchased recently and is of the highest quality for your comfort! As well as the bed, there is a lovely Art Deco Bureau with chair where you can write your postcards. A further comfortable chair is provided should you wish to simply read by the french windows. The Bedroom is equipped with an additional TV and DVD and a library of books. Fresh linen is provided for the bed with an electric blanket in place for winter visitors. There is an electric wall heater in the room.
SHOWER ROOM / DRESSING ROOM:
This is the room leading directly off from the main bedroom and in the first half of the room, there is a large wardrobe area with hanging space and shelving where you can store all of your holiday clothes. Further in is the shower room area where there is an enclosed shower cubicle, privacy WC and sink unit with vanity unit below for further storage. Complimentary toiletries are included as are fresh towels and toilet rolls. There is an electric heated towel rail in this room.
TOP FLOOR BEDROOM:
Located in the roof of the house and through a door at the top of the second staircase (accessed from the main bedroom), there is a small, but charming bedroom with two single beds. This room is absolutely ideal for children as access is facilitated by a small hop over one of the main house beams required in order to access the room. Adults can also do this with ease, but it probably doesn't have the same “fun” effect! It is also a secure room as there is only a Velux type window set in the ceiling. There is an electric wall heater in this room.
En-suite to the bedroom is a further wash room containing a second toilet and washbasin. Very handy as those in the main bedroom on the first floor will not be disturbed during the night!
FINAL NOTES ON ACCOMMODATION:
Although “La Petite Maison des Nobles” does not have a garden or parking space, it's proximity in the centre of Saint-Lizier and closeness to so many wonderful things to see and do in the Ariege and Midi Pyrenees make it a perfect base for those of you who like to explore the fabulous countryside or participate in many of the local activities. Parking at the bottom of the Alley is easily possible though for offloading your suitcases upon arrival. Permanent parking is one minute away either in the main square or in one of the car parks which belong to the town. If you like to eat your lunch outside, there are public “green” areas around Saint-Lizier where you can sit and enjoy your lunch whilst admiring the fantastic views of the Pyrenees.
There is currently no WIFI available at the house (although this may change in the near future depending on client requests), but WIFI is available at the MacDonald's located at the base of the Cité in what I call “New Saint-Lizier”, a two minute drive or a 15 minute walk away.
The house has an integrated ventilation system which works simultaneously for the kitchen and the shower-room.
There are restaurants in the Cite of Saint-Lizier and currently three of these are open all year. There are also the following:
Boulangerie for your fresh bread and croissants
From Spring to Autumn, there are further coffee bars and shops open in the old town.
All year round, there are supermarkets, petrol stations, many other restaurants and other types of shop very close in “New” Saint-Lizier.
Saint Girons (only about one mile away) also has many lovely specialist shops and restaurants open all year and is really well worth several visits! The market on Saturday is very well known and regarded by many to be the premier market in the region with genuine regional products and wonderful fresh produce on sale - a real experience of France. Friends of mine will travel from up to 40 miles away to go to this market!
The Midi-Pyrenees region
The Ariege is one of the departments of the largest and one of the most beautiful regions of France, the Midi Pyrenees. Explore the stunning mountain scenery by car, air, foot, canoe or horseback - the sparkling rivers, the verdant valleys and charming mountain villages; it's all there to be enjoyed and savoured. Being in the centre of the Pyrenean mountains, it is also quite possible to visit either the beach resorts of the Atlantic or Mediterranean on a one day trip, provided that you leave fairly early in the morning. To explore, there are the numerous castles of the cathars to explore on the Cathar Trail including Foix and Carcassonne, prehistoric caves in abundance with wall paintings and subterranean lakes, animal and bird parks, the "high Pyrenees" themselves with the Pic du Midi, Cirque de Gavarnie and Col du Tourmolet and beautiful cities and towns. There are many local ski stations, the most local to Saint Lizier being Guzet Neige, but other higher statioins can be easily reached for a wonderful days skiing.
Saint Lizier sits high up on rock overlooking the very animated Salat river and modern day life below. It is a Gallo-Roman "Cite" and there are still many artefacts remaining that you can see. It states that there are 2000 years of history in the story of Saint Lizier. Unfortunately, part of the town was destroyed by fire and much of what you see now dates from the early 17th Century...including my house! However, the Cathedral dates from the 11th Century and has painted frescoes which date from this period. Adjoining the Cathedral are the Cloisters, a haven of peace and quiet whilst looking at the Roman columns. The Bishops Palace (Palais des Eveques) towers over the town and dates from the 17th Century. Recently renovated, it houses a museum, a modern tourist residence to it's rear and apparently, a rather good restaurant on it's front terrace - very handy from the house.
At the beginning of August each year St Lizier hosts a two- week festival of classical concerts in the cathedral, for which early booking is recommended.
Saint Girons nearby has a folklore festival in mid-July and a theatre festival in early August. With it's many fine old buildings, it is a great place to shop and eat, especially in the evening. It is a colourful and lively place to be all year round.
I have mentioned earlier the castles in the region and the closest is Foix (about 30 minutes) with it's attractive town, again full of shops and restaurants. Monsegur which stands alone high up on a stone hill is 30 minutes from Foix and is set in some of the most lovely scenery in the local region - very wild and moody on a cloudy day which befits it's turbulent history. Carcassone of course is a well known medieval castle city and is very well worth a day trip. Allow 2 hours to get there.
To visit a local area of outstanding beauty and a place to find real peace, I can highly recommend the Lac du Bethmale, a small lake located high up in the local mountains and situated in a huge natural bowl of mainly beech trees. The surface of the lake is so still, that many of your photos will confuse you in which way up to view them - it is a natural mirror with it's turquoise waters and teems with mountain trout. I visit it during all seasons. The perfect place for a picnic.
Activities in the nearby area include the following:
IN THE AIR: Gliders, hot air balloons and small planes (available from Saint Girons airport), parachuting, paragliding, hang-gliding, etc.
BY FOOT: Walking and hiking - explore the many footpaths in the high mountains of the Pyrenees (maps will be provided in the information pack in the house)
BY HORSEBACK: There are many horse riding centres offering lessons to day treks locally.
CYCLING: A beautiful and famous region for cycling (with it's frequent connections to the Tour de France) and in fact the Ariege will host a major mountain stage in July, 2012. Mountain-biking, or VTT (vélo tout-terrain), is also very popular here and many tracks have been created and adapted for all levels. (Maps will be provided).
Although your bikes cannot be stored inside the house, I can provide details of cycle hire in the area and will endeavour to provide some kind of outside secure storage should you wish to bring your own bikes. (Although, to be honest - if you don't mind the ambiance of the lounge being disrupted, I really don't have a problem with inside storage on the ground floor).
In 1995 St. Girons was the starting point for one of the stages of the Tour de France. Less than two hours later, at the col du Portet d'Aspet, the Italian rider Fabio Casartelli was fatally injured in a fall. There is an impressive memorial to him which can be reached by bike through some very nice countryside.
SWIMMING: The local municipal pool is one mile away in Saint Girons. I haven't tried it myself, but it looks a lot of fun during the months of July and August! Should you wish to swim in one of the many mountain lakes or rivers, full information on this will be provided for you.
FISHING: Mainly Trout, a special 2-week tourist fishing permit is available and is valid between June 1st and September 30. You can buy it online at www.ma-carte-de-peche.fr. There are many rivers and lakes in the Ariege, but there are different rules for each area. I will research this soon and provide further clarification for you if fishing is your sport.
WHITE WATER SPORTS: The department of Ariège has a wealth of torrents and rivers on which to practice canoeing, kayaking and rafting as well as hotdogging, white water swimming, kayak polo, etc.
ROCK SPORTS: Includes Caving, Climbing and Canyoning.
ADVENTURE PARK: Ideal for the children with climbing, crawling, jumping and sliding on bridges and through trees etc., all properly supervised! There is a park situated quite close to Saint Lizier - about 20 minutes drive away.
SNOW SPORTS: The Ariege has 10 ski stations and provides most winter sports: skiing, cross country skiing, snow-boarding, sledging and snow shoes (raquettes) for walking through the snow. If the Ariege ski stations fail to please, then there are many other superb facilities in the Haute Garonne (next door to the Ariege).
THE INFORMATION PACK IN THE HOUSE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO PROVIDE FULL DETAILS OF ALL PLACES TO SEE AND ACTIVITIES TO DO IN THIS WONDERFUL REGION.