Gite in Rouede, Nr. Saint Gaudens, Haute Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees, France - The place to totally relax or be as active as you like.
Alison and Mike Homer
- english, french, german
About Alison and Mike Homer
Mike is a former teacher and Alison is a Chartered Accountant working for Airbus in Toulouse. The two girls Lucy is at University and Lily attends a local school. Both are bilingual.
Alison and Mike Homer purchased this Barn in 2005
Why Alison and Mike Homer chose Rouède
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 covered in snow 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.
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 warm 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.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Minimum booking of seven nights in July and August. Minimum booking of three nights the rest of the year
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
In a very small countryside town,but perfect. Quiet, except for birds, cows, church bells, and occasional dog! Remote but 10 minutes +- from three good resturants and a large Intermache. The Auberge in town is excellent. Pool which is solar solar heated was 28 C in mid Sept. Owners, Alison and Mike were perfect hosts. Available but non intrusive. For a tranquil getaway visit them. Everything was 5 Star.
We have just got back from our amazing holiday in Rouède. I could not be happier with the gite; the views are incredible, the pool amazing and Alison and Mike made us feel properly welcome.
The gite was the perfect size for our family of 4, well equipped with all the essentials and then some. As previously mentioned the pool really made the holiday for us as it allowed us to relax and our girls absolutely loved it. I’m afraid our paddling pool will be a crushing disappointment to them now! Mike really looks after it and it’s always clean and ready for use.
Thanks to the great recommendations from Alison for places to visit we really experienced some of the most wonderful scenery and activities that we wouldn’t have even thought of. We even went to Spain for a day- well worth a visit to Aran Park.
You will definitely need a car if staying here as it is quite remote (which was exactly what we wanted) but it’s lovely to walk down to the boulangerie in the morning sunshine to buy fresh croissants and enjoy them with some of the delicious home made jam our hosts left as part of our welcome pack.
In short, we had the best time and would not hesitate to recommend Casteras to anyone thinking of visiting this beautiful part of France. We will be back one day!
A peaceful retreat
We had a wonderful stay here. We loved the peace and quiet and the views were stunning. The mountains (walking, caving, climbing) were a short drive away when we wanted some activity.
Alison and Mike were welcoming and very helpful.
Great gite in beautiful location
Beautiful location with stunning views of mountains, clean and comfortable gite with friendly and welcoming hosts, and a great pool! Would highly recommend.
Amazing setting, huge and wonderful gardens, spacious and comfortable house
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.
FANTASTIC in every way!
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!!!
We are 2 hours and 30 minutes from both Biarritz on the Atlantic coast and Narbonne Plage on the Mediterranean.
Rouede is 15 mins from the A64 motorway. Toulouse Blagnac airport is 1 hour away, Carcassonne and Pau are both 1hr30
The nearest supermarket is 15 minutes away at Mane. There are weekly markets at Aspet, Salies du Salat, St Gaudens and St Girons. St Gaudens, our nearest city, is 25 mins. There is a small resturant and a pizza/bread shop in the village.
The area is ideal for walking, from gentle strolls, to hill walks and for the more energetic there is the Pic de Cagire at 1912m, with magnificent views as far as Luchon. Vultures can usually be seen circling the peak. Bears have been re-introduced to the region, although visitors returning from walks in the mountains have not claimed to have seen any. We assume those visitors who didn't return have! Toulouse has a number of museums, the Cité d'Espace (Space City) and Airbus site tours. For children, Pyrenee Ho (tree climbing etc) is 45 minutes away. Auzas, with electric boats on a small lake is 25 minutes. Animaparc with small animals, bouncy castles and other amusements is 1 hour 10minutes. Lourdes is well worth a visit at 1 hour away. There are markets at Salies du Salat, 15 minutes, Aspet, 15 minutes, St Gaudens 25 minutes and St Girons 30 minutes. The local supermarket is 10 minutes away at Mane.