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Fabulous Luxury Old French House with Large Pool, Great Facilities and Air Con



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
Luxury Villa with Fabulous Pool and 4 Double en-suite Bedrooms all with Air-Con

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

Rudel has been completely renovated to provide luxurious and spacious accommodation

Full of character with many original features, 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

a large private pool with 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

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

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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

Call Owner
Speaks English, French

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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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


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: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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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"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..."

From the Owner

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

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Toulouse Airport at 88 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Cordes sur Ciel at 9 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Albi at 34 Kilometres Nearest Train : Gare de Cordes - Vindrac 81170 at 6 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Gaillac A68 at 19 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Cordes sur Ciel at 9 Kilometres 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


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid season
24 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
15 Jul 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

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From the Owner

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

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities


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  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • 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

Floor Area

  • 300 m²


  • 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


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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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