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Rural Gite With Large Heated Swimming Pool And Children's Play Area In Rouede.

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type barn

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About the property

Gite in Rouede, Nr. Saint Gaudens, Haute Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees, France - The place to totally relax or be as active as you like.

Le Casteras is a village farmhouse with attached gite. Originally converted for family use, renovation was carried out to a high standard in 2009. The whole property is set in 6000m2 of gardens, mostly mown grass with plenty of space to kick a football around or play hide and seek in the orchard. Guests are invited to share the use with the owners of their fenced 12 x 6m solar heated pool (max depth 1.6m). The gite has its own patio with table and chairs for outside dining. Situated in a small village next to the church, the property is ideal for bird watching (just wait by the pool to see red kites and buzzards circle over the garden). There are some delightful, easy walks close by and a 1912 metres mountain for the energetic about 20 minutes away. The village has its own bakery and restaurant. We are 1 hour from Spain, Lourdes and Toulouse and about 2 and a half hours from both the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts.

Alison and Mike Homer
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
10 February, 2017

About Alison and Mike Homer

Mike is a former teacher and Alison is a Chartered Accountant and Business Strategist working for Airbus in Toulouse. The two girls Lucy and Lily both attend local schools and are bilingual.

Alison and Mike Homer purchased this barn in 2005

Why Alison and Mike Homer chose Haute-Garonne

We decided to move to France in 2005 whilst the girls were still young enough to learn the language. Alison formerly worked for Rolls-Royce and it seemed logical to move near to Toulouse. Two years research and many visits later brought us to Rouede. Within an hour of Toulouse and yet close to the mountains. Alison fell in love with the house as soon as she saw it, although it was very foggy at the time and we had no idea what the views were like until we revisited in the Summer to make an offer. We have found the people in the village very welcoming and we have developed friendships over here. Mike enjoys walking in the hills and mountains and Alison is a member of a local choir. The girls both attend dancing classes in local villages.

What makes this barn unique

The House is located in a very quiet and friendly village. The views and local walks sold the property to us. The weather is mild from April through to the end of October with a "hot bit" in the middle. September is a particularly lovely month to be sat out in the garden or in the pool. We usually can swim from March to the end of October. Winter doesn't really show itself until January and February, the winter season seems short here and we rarely get large falls of snow.

Guestbook comments from the owner


We have had the most wonderful time. The Gite is beautifully presented with the most magnificent views. The pool is a special treat. You could not have been kinder or more accommodating. R & D, St Andrews Scotland.

August 20th

Thank you so much for a great 2 weeks holiday. The Gite,pool, location and not least your hospitality has just been fantastic. We'd love to come back and stay with you again sometime. D & J Leicestershire.


20+ years of Gites and we seem to have found the perfect one at last! Alison, Mike and family (including Cassie) have made us most welcome. The most relaxing and comfortable holiday one could ever hope for and a perfect setting. Thanks one and all - hope to see you again. J & D Vancouver Canada.
Jan 2011
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4.8/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)


Amazing setting, huge and wonderful gardens, spacious and comfortable house

  • 5 of 5

The photos of the interior don't really do the house justice: it is more spacious than you might think from the photos. The house is very nice and full of character (old stables conversion), the pool is great for the kids and the garden is a truly amazing space. It is huge and varied, with a children's activity area (trampoline, swings etc), an orchard, a kitchen garden and several open field areas. The owners grow various fruit and vegetables: our children enjoyed the freshly-picked strawberries from the garden. The setting is wonderful, with views of the Pyrenees and many walks and scenery in the vicinity. The owners (who are English) are friendly and knowledgeable about local activities and walks. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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FANTASTIC in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Alison and Mike have created a wonderful setting for a PERFECT family holiday! We have been home now for a week and have not stopped singing their praises to friends/family and anyone else who will listen! Their gite completely equipped with everything any family would need; a pool and sun-trap terrace, trampoline, spacious garden..... more thank fully equipped kitchen, lovely light, clean bedrooms, shower and bath, extra towels sheets, pillows.... wifi, satellite TV........

and the setting.... could not be more perfect with views we found ourselves obsessively photographing at every light change........ THANK YOU Alison, Mike and girls for a truly wonderful holiday!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Great accom, Great Hosts, Great Vi

  • 5 of 5

We would highly recommend staying at Mike & Alison's gite. It was well equipped, even had food in the fridge to get you started. They brought firewood and lit the wood burner for when we returned from our outings. Their daughter entertained my two young boys and they enjoyed playing in the garden. The mountain views were sensational and very close to access the motorway. Mike & Alison made us feel very welcome and relaxed. We would definitely return and will recommend them to our other expat friends.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
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Relax and Enjoy!

  • 5 of 5

We always look forward to coming to stay at les Casteras, wonderful surroundings , great views and welcoming hosts! It really is the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday, you can sit in the sunshine and watch the swallows skimming the pool, or undertake more strenuous activities such as walks in the surrounding hills and mountains; Mike is a mine of information about the best routes. The gite is very clean and comfortable, well appointed and with the swimming pool just outside the back door, what more could you want!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
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Le Casteras - Rouede

  • 4 of 5

A delightful retreat in beautiful countryside. The welcome pack was lovely and the gite clean and nicely furnished. We enjoyed a lovely restful break and our children were thoroughly entertained with plenty to do for them in the garden and a nice pool to cool off in.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 5
5 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Rate 2
1 Apr 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Rate 3
24 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Rate 4
2 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please phone or email the owners. Booking is confirmed with a 20% deposit. The remainder is payable 8 weeks before occupancy. A breakages/security/cleaning deposit of £150/200 euros is payable on arrival.

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover in high season (July and August) but we can be flexible on Saturday/Sunday changeover in mid-low season

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Rouède in Midi-Pyrenees

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Upstairs bathroom with bath and shower attachment, separate shower cubicle, hand basin and toilet. Toilet with hand basin downstairs.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1. Double bed, wardrobe and dresser. Large windows with lovely views of the sun rising over the hills. Bedroom 2. Bunk beds, wardrobe, chest of drawers. Large windows with views of the mountains. Both bedrooms have central heating.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Outside: Guests are welcome to use the extensive gardens. There is a children’s play area with swings, slide and large trampoline within easy view of the kitchen window and terrace. Guests are invited to share the owner's pool, which is adjacent to the terrace. The terrace contains a large table with seating for eight and a barbecue is available. The solar-heated pool is 12 metres x 6 metres, with a maximum depth of 1.6 metres and a sloping shallow end with wide steps for easy access. The pool area is surrounded by an approved safety fence in accordance with French law. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedlinen are provided. We also provide towels to be used at the pool.

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