Saint-Ybars is a sleepy medieval village perched on a hill in the wide valley of the river Leze about an hour away from the foothills of the Pyrenees. The remnants of the 13th-century outer wall are still visible and the small narrow streets with their ancient stone and wood houses are typical of the region. Saint-Ybars is surrounded by pretty rolling hills, woods and fields and has the most stunning uninterrupted views of the full range of the Pyrenees.
It has a small but thriving community (also very friendly!) and hosts several little shops including the all important bakery, an "epicerie du terroir", a post office and a pharmacy. Below the hill is a small park with a 15 acre lake, offering fishing and tennis courts, besides a pleasant cafe/bar which is open during the summer months.
About 5 minutes drive away, in Lezat, you'll find all the amenities of a french market town, such as a good supermarket, banks, bakeries, butchers, antique shop, a vet and doctors surgery. Larger towns nearby include Pamiers (25 km) Foix (40 km) Toulouse (45 km) and Carcassonne (120 km).