Fabulous Pool, 4 Large en-suite Bedrooms with Air Con surrounded by vineyards
Mike and Juliet Warburton
- English, French
About Mike and Juliet Warburton
Although we bought Rudel in 2003, we have lived in France since 2013 and as our home, we have completely renovated Villa Rudel to provide a stylish and comfortable place to stay, rather than just your average rental holiday home We love this region and believe it is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of France. We are now taking the opportunity to rent our home out during the summer months to enable us to explore more of France and enable others to enjoy both the house and the stunning surrounding area With 3 kids (now grown up) we have had many villa holidays over the years and we believe we understand what works well in making a holiday special and have used this experience to develop Rudel into an exceptional luxury holiday villa with plenty of outside space We hope you will love Villa Rudel and the surrounding area as much as we do and have a fantastic holiday that you remember for a long time Mike and Juliet Warburton
Mike and Juliet Warburton purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Mike and Juliet Warburton chose Alos
Cool and comfortable bedrooms where you can all get a good nights sleep Heatwave? not a problem at Villa Rudel with air conditioning in all the bedrooms Plenty of en-suite bathrooms so there isn't a queue for the shower after a hard day by the pool Lots of space and privacy so you can have fun without worrying that you might disturb someone A large private pool with plenty of comfortable sun loungers, solar heated shower, pool inflatables and seating in the sun or shade 2 outside terraces to eat al fresco or gaze at the clear, starry skies Plenty of things to do at Rudel such as table tennis, darts, badminton, petanque, football, a Nintendo Wii, Satellite English TV and a range of DVDs and books Guides and suggestions for activities outside of Villa Rudel including walks and trips tried and tested by us and our family and friends Beautiful bastide villages nearby, many of which are in France's top 100 most beautiful villages
What makes this Villa unique
Very tranquil yet close to great local amenities Set in beautiful countryside with lots of local wildlife and views from different parts of the house and gardens The house and outside areas are very spacious and set on a number of different levels so even when Rudel is fully occupied you have space to be on your own if you want to Fantastic mod cons in the house and outside to keep you busy whatever the weather Lovely walks from the house without the need for a car or bike A market to explore everyday of the week Pets - a well behaved small dog maybe allowed following discussion and agreement with us
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Fantastic house - beautiful setting gorgeous pool
From the moment of arrival you know this is going to be a special holiday. Juliet & Mike are wonderful hosts and think of every detail (eg there are mosquito plugs in rooms & UK/Europe adapters, cleaning products for your stay). We were met with a welcome pack of delicious local produce and some essentials to get started. The kitchen is extremely well equipped and great for those who like cooking. There are three outdoor seating areas - 2 terraces and the pool area with a lovely canopied seating area and loungers. One terrace is for early morning and evening and the other covered terrace for during the day. The house itself is beautifully restored with lots of attention to detail. All bedrooms have very comfortable beds and god quality linens and are ensuite. We were so happy here that we have returned twice since our first visit 😀 Very highly recommended.
Villa Rudel is a really excellent property. Everything inside and out is to a very high standard. Outside there are so many different areas to enjoy:- excellent pool and sunbathing space, lovely seated canopy space, several dining options,great garden and surrounding area to explore and also the fab games area where we enjoyed family competitions on table tennis, darts etc. Mike and Juliet have done a superb job of restoring the house and it is very comfortable as well as being beautifully laid out. There is everything you could need for a great holiday and the kitchen is very well equipped. The instructions given to us were very clear and helped to ensure we didn’t need to worry about anything. The welcome pack was wonderful and Juliet was very keen to ensure we had everything we needed. I have no hesitation in highly recommending Villa Rudel.
Thank you very much for your lovely review. It means a lot to us that our guests have a great time. We look forward to seeing you again
Mike and Juliet
Excellent House and Facilities
I am reluctant to write this review because it will help spread the word about how good Villa Rudel is and l will have trouble booking it again.
The house presents even better than it looks on the web. It has every facility you could want. Very clean and well presented.
Juliet and Mike are great hosts - very welcoming and very kindly provided bread, milk ,tea,coffee and especially other essentials of wine and beer on arrival.
The house is a great base for exploring numerous lovely towns in the area.
Nothing to fault and would highly recommend Villa Rudel
Thanks for your kind review. We are really pleased you liked the house and surrounding area and that your party had such a good time. It was a pleasure meeting you all and thanks again for leaving the house looking so tidy!.
We hope you will return again soon
Juliet and Mike
Fantastic house with stunning pool area
This was our second stay at Villa Rudel and we weren't disappointed. We are a three generation family group and there's something for everybody here.
Highlights for us are the stunning pool area (great sized pool, masses of seating and sun beds and lovely shaded area), spacious layout of the house (works well for different age groups), table tennis barn and bikes. There was a delicious selection of goodies on arrival and the fresh produce from the garden was lovely too.
The house is fantastically well equipped and immaculately clean. Can't fault it ... but can highly recommend it!
We enjoyed trips to Cordes-sur-Ciel, Puycelci, Albi and Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val.
Stylish stunning gem of a villa.
Villa Rudel has something for everyone no matter how old you are. The owners have thought of everything so you can relax knowing that your kids are having fun at all times leaving you time to socialise in the beautiful communal areas or find a space to be alone and really unwind.
The house boasts 4 very cool bedrooms which are all en suite. Everything works and you can't fail to have a good nights sleep. The lounge and kitchen have everything you need and there are very clear instructions to make sure everything works.
Outside are two sunny or shady tables to eat and the BBQ is a design triumph (I have already ordered one). Perhaps our favourite area was the pool located slightly above the house with a great Ibiza style chill out zone and lots of sun beds to relax on. The pool is a great size for keeping fit or playing games with the kids - and it felt very safe. Just a perfect focal point for families to enjoy their time here. There are also bikes, a table tennis table, darts and a gym!
We really appreciated the effort the owners have made to make a home from home which feels really contemporary and comfortable. The decor is subtle, sublime and absolutely spotless. The attention to detail is better than a posh hotel without any of the pretentiousness.
What was also great was the very generous welcome pack of locally sourced goodies which were delicious. There is also lots of very useful information about where to go and what to do. The kayaking is a must as well as a tour of nearby Cordes Sur Ciel.
Villa Rudel is without a doubt the best villa we have ever stayed in and can't wait to go back. A total joy.
Thank you very much for your very kind review. We really appreciate it and are delighted you and the kids had a great time. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
Mike and Juliet
Great in every respect!
Fantastic venue for a family holiday. Beautiful house - really well equipped with lovely pool and great outdoor facilities - in a stunning part of France (gorgeous countryside, not too touristy). Lots to do at Rudel and further afield, plus plenty of shops and restaurants within half an hour's drive. No complaints!
Thankyou very much for your kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and it was lovely to meet you all. We are already looking forward to seeing you again next year.
Mike and Juliet
There are many beautiful walking and cycling routes/circuits directly from Villa Rudel and in the surrounding area for you to explore the stunning scenery and picturesque villages. These can range from 20 minutes – 8 hours
The Grésigne Forest is a natural site near Castelnau-de-Montmiral, laced with paths and tracks perfect for walking, cycling or horse riding. With its 3,600 hectares, it is one of the largest oak forests in Europe, classified by the European Commission as a area of outstanding natural beauty, approximately 25 minutes drive from Villa Rudel. We have a number of books and maps at Villa Rudel showing local walks and cycle routes for you to use as well as descriptions of some of our personal favourites
Most local villages have markets and a Vide Grenier (attic sale) during the summer months where you can pick up local produce such as bread, cheese and vegetables as well as a French antique or two
There are an abundance of local vineyards for you to visit. Taste the local wine during the day, or at night, try one of the many apero evenings for a local meal, live music and dancing
In the summer many of the villages hold a fete: meet the locals and join them for a night of live music, dancing, a 3 course repas (meal) and wine tasting
Cordes is a large fortified Bastide village. Its’ position on top of a hill overlooking the beautiful Midi Pyrenees countryside earned Cordes its name ‘Cordes in the Sky’ to indicate its height above the clouds
Cordes has dozens of medieval narrow streets, fascinating Gothic architecture and an interesting array of art galleries, museums, shops and restaurants. Cordes is a lively and fascinating place to visit especially in the summer, when it holds numerous festivals some of which literally take over the town and therefore it was of no surprise that it was voted French village of the Year 2014. There is a tourist train every 20 minutes that takes you up to the top of Cordes and drops you off if you are feeling the heat or simply want an easier afternoon out
Gaillac is a lively old market town on the river Tarn. It has an impressive Abbey as well as many other historical buildings. During August it has live music in the local square every Friday night.
Albi, situated on the River Tarn is the capital of the Tarn and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a small, bustling city with good shops, several excellent restaurants and a great bar and café culture. Dominated by a massive pink brick, gothic cathedral, it has a museum dedicated to famous French artist Toulouse Lautrec, which houses the largest collection of his works in the world. Albi is a great place to visit during the summer, offering lots of live music, a new theatre with cinema, and plenty of cultural experiences including boat trips and river cruises on the river Tarn, horse drawn carriage rides, and a covered market.
Saint Antonin Noble Val is situated on the Aveyron river, in the heart of the Aveyron Gorges amid spectacular countryside. It is a Medieval town which still retains an atmosphere of the Middle Ages. The town hall built in 1125 is the earliest example of civil architecture in France and now houses the Museum. St Antonin offers you culture and history as well as an extensive range of outdoor activities: fishing, canoeing, climbing, caving, cycling, swimming, tennis, horse riding and rambling. The area is rich in flora and fauna with many beautiful walks along the river or through the gorges. St Antonin has a range of different bars and restaurants and hosts an excellent very large market every Sunday morning which is well worth a visit.
Bruniquel, Castelnau de Montmiral, Najac, Monesties and Puycelci are medieval Bastide villages and are included in Frances’ top 100 most beautiful villages. All have lovely restaurants and a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside - well worth a trip out.
As well as golf, canoeing, cycling and horse riding nearby there is an Outdoor Leisure Complex (with swimming lake, slides, boating lake with pedalos, fishing lake, tennis, crazy golf, play area for toddlers, football pitch, bar and restaurant) at Base de Loisirs, Castelnau-de-Montmiral, 15 minutes
An Outdoor Adventure Park (with lake, beach, boating, diving, water skiing, skiing/sledge, zip wires, mountain bikes, skate park, go-karting, paintballing) at Cap’ Decouverte, Le Garric 30 minutes
A Swimming Lake (with dedicated beach, fishing, jogging tracks, picnic areas with bar-b-q's, childrens play area, fitness trail, pedaloes, canoes and windsurfing) at Base de Loisirs de la Roucarie, near Monesties, 40 minutes