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Luxury French House with Air Con, Large Private Pool, WiFi and Great Facilities

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Fabulous Pool, 4 Large en-suite Bedrooms with Air Con surrounded by vineyards

Villa Rudel is a beautiful French white stone house built in 1870 set in a peaceful location, yet 10 minutes from Cordes sur Ciel, 20 minutes from Albi and close to good local amenities

Rudel has been completely renovated to provide luxurious and spacious accommodation and is full of character with many original features, oak beams and floors as well as an extensive range of facilities and mod cons to make your stay as comfortable, easy and as fun as possible

Rudel sleeps 8 (+2 *) and features:

4 large double, air-conditioned, en-suite bedrooms - baby gates available for the stairs if required

a large private pool with plenty of comfortable sun loungers, sofa and chairs

several outside sunny and shady seating and dining terraces

a gym and games room

SMART satellite TV with English channels

WiFi throughout the house and by the pool

*a sofa bed and put up bed are available for children under 12 years old on request

Completely private and set in 5 acres of land surrounded by open fields, vineyards and beautiful Bastide villages, at Villa Rudel you can enjoy an extensive range of indoor and outdoor facilities, explore the tranquil French countryside, sample the local wine and delicacies or simply chill by the pool - no matter what kind of group you are, adults and children will find plenty to do, both at Villa Rudel and the surrounding area

Rudel has a large, fantastically equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven, hob, fridge/freezer, separate drinks fridge, seating area and satellite TV with English channels, The kitchen also has a coffee machine, food processor as well as lots of utensils, crockery and cutlery. Walking from the kitchen you enter the open plan lounge/dining area with a Smart satellite TV with English and French channels, a DVD player, lots of comfortable seating and a dining table and chairs. Staying on the same floor you have a spare WC and walk through to Bedroom 1 - a large, double height room with king size bed (with Tempur mattress), individually controlled Air-Con and large en-suite bedroom with a walk-in shower, bath, large sink and WC.

Taking the stairs up from the lounge, you come to a mezzanine with lots of board games, books and DVDs. You also have Bedroom 2 which is a large attic family room with lots of oak beams, twin beds (or a large king) a very comfortable sofa bed and spare put up bed (on request). The room has individually controlled Air-Con and a TV with DVD and Wii console with lots of games available for use. At the far end of the room, there is an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, sink and WC.

Taking the stairs down from the lounge there is a large hall with a table with lots of information, maps and books of the local area. To the left of the hall you find Bedroom 3. A large room with twin beds (or large king), individually controlled Air-Con, tea and coffee facilities, French doors opening out to the lower garden with views of local fields and woods with its own patio with table and chairs and an en-suite with walk-in shower, sink and WC. To the right of the hall you find Bedroom 4. A large room with a double bed, individually controlled Air-Con, tea and coffee facilities, French doors opening out to the lower garden with views of local fields and woods with its own patio with table and chairs and an en-suite with a bath, shower, sink and WC.

The lower garden also houses a covered games area with a table tennis table, a darts board, full size table football and some bikes (with helmets). The covered area leads to the exercise/facility room with has a range of fitness/exercise equipment, a washing machine, tumble dryer and chest freezer.

Outside the kitchen there is a covered terrace with large outside dining table and chairs as well as the BBQ. Round the corner there is another outside terrace with large table and comfy chairs with views out to the surrounding fields and woods. Taking a few steps up, you come to the 11 x 5m private pool. The pool has salt water and a solar pool cover which helps keep it warm if required. There are plenty of sun loungers, small tables and pool inflatables as well as a large shady pergola with comfy sofa and chairs and a double hammock. WiFi is available up by the pool.

Continuing up, you will find a vegetable patch and sandy play area with a large football goal as well as private land for you to stroll around.

More Details

Mike and Juliet Warburton
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
1 July, 2018

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

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Fantastic house - the best house we have visited in 25 years visiting France! Sympathetically refurbished. We loved the spaces inside and outside the house - the different areas to sit outside, providing shade when needed were perfect. Fabulous pool and gazebo, lovely terraced landscaping. We were a party of 3 generations and everyone was very happy. The most striking aspect is the thoughtfulness of the hosts - from the welcome pack to the mosquito plugs to basic kitchen supplies. Idyllic - already planning our next visit! "
Aug 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Alos in Tarn

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , heated towel rail
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , heated towel rail
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , heated towel rail
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All bathrooms have cotton bathrooms towels as well as a large pool towel per guest
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Twin beds can be fixed together to make a king size bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Large bedroom with double height ceiling
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Sofa bed would suit 2 small children
  • All bedrooms have original oak beams, exposed stone walls, individually controlled air-conditioning, comfortable mattresses, a range of pillows, cotton bed linen and bathroom towels and hairdryers Bedrooms 2 and 3 have twin beds that can be made into a large king size bed on request Bedroom 1 large double height bedroom with king size bed, wardrobe, dressing table, en-suite with bath and large French doors out to patio front garden 2 very large loft family room with twin beds, sofa bed ( can sleep 2 small children), TV with DVD player and Nintendo Wii console and games, chest of drawers, large cupboard with hanging space, en-suite with shower 3 large double bedroom with twin beds, wardrobe, chest of drawers and en-suite with shower 4 large double bedroom with double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and en-suite with bath Rooms 3 & 4 have kettle with tea and coffee making facilities and French doors out to paved garden area with table, chairs and views over fields and woods
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Tranquil yet lots of space and facilities to have fun and play. The large pool is completely secluded and surrounded by woodland to ensure that you can make as much noise as you want without disturbing anyone. The only noise you can hear at Rudel is from the local deer, other wildlife and birds. At night look out for owls and be amazed at the clear and starry skies. Although tranquil it is close to great amenities and places to see and things to do.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Excellent House and Facilities

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Phil 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 Kind regards Juliet and Mike
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Fantastic house with stunning pool area

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stylish stunning gem of a villa.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Great in every respect!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. Kind regards Mike and Juliet
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Maison très agréable à la campagne

  • 5 of 5

Très belles prestations intérieures/extérieures pour cette maison située dans une campagne très agréable. Le calme, sans l'isolement grâce à la proximité de petits bourgs. Accueil charmant et très attentionné de la part des propriétaires.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup pour l'examen très généreux. Nous apprécions vraiment de prendre le temps de nous dire ce que vous pensez. Nous espérons vous voir et votre famille l'année prochaine Meilleures salutations Mike et Juliet
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Saint Antonin Noble Val is situated on the Aveyron river, in the heart of the Aveyron Gorges...
Cordes is a large fortified Bastide village. Its’ position on top of a hill overlooking the ...
Albi, situated on the River Tarn is the capital of the Tarn and is a UNESCO World Heritage S...
Gaillac is a lively old market town on the river Tarn. It has an impressive Abbey as well a...
Bruniquel, is a medieval Bastide village and included in Frances’ top 100 most beautiful vil...
Nearest Airport
88 Kilometres
Toulouse Airport
Nearest Barpub
9 Kilometres
Cordes sur Ciel
Nearest Golf
34 Kilometres
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Gare de Cordes - Vindrac 81170
Nearest Motorway
19 Kilometres
Gaillac A68
Nearest Restaurant
9 Kilometres
Cordes sur Ciel
Car: necessary

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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Alos, Midi-Pyrenees

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2018 High Season
21 Jul 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2019 Low Summer Season
25 May 2019 - 14 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2019 Mid Summer Season
15 Jun 2019 - 19 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2019 High Summer Season
20 Jul 2019 - 23 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer Season 2018
24 Aug 2019 - 19 Oct 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £500
Stay tax £1.00 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Small well behaved dogs potentially allowed following discussion and agreement with us
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