Floriales 2019

With a plant fayre, inter-community competition and, new for 2019, a fountain show…..Le Floriales is a great event to kick off the 2019 event season in Mazamet     From the 26th-28th April, Les Jardin des Promenades, located just 100 metres from La Villa, springs to life. It’s a great weekend for garden lovers with ….

Château de Belcastel – 1,000 years in the making

  When you think of France, one of the first images that springs to mind is Paris, its beautiful capital city. The iconic Eiffel Tower, the masterpieces hanging in the Louvre, the majesty of Notre Dame cathedral, walking hand in hand with your loved one along the Seine……But like most European countries, the wealth, culture ….

Win a superb lunch for two!

We love eating out in our region during the winter months and L’Ambrosia, near Carcassonne, has been one of our favourites for years. Run by husband & wife team Valerie & Sebastien Aliprandi, their fantastic food & warm hospitality (and great regional wine list too) has won them many accolades and a great following. The ….

Focaccia Bread

This light, airy & great for sharing Italian bread is perfect to make at home… and will be served on our new sharing platters this season too ! Ingredients 3/4 cup of warm water 1 packet (or 2 1/4 teaspoons) of active dry yeast 1 tablespoon of sugar 1 tablespoon of freshly ground sea salt ….

Chicken Ballotine

If you have some friends coming for dinner, this is a great make-ahead main course that’s sure to impress! Ingredients (makes 4) 1 medium onion, finely diced 1 glove of garlic, crushed 8 sun dried tomatoes, finely diced 12 large fresh basil leaves 4 chicken breasts 8 slices of Serrano ham Heat a little olive ….

Pristine Patagonia, a beguiling wilderness

We have recently returned from our joint 50th birthday trip to South America; a month-long adventure through four countries, in a continent we had never visited before. Whilst we encountered many iconic places along our journey, from Christ the Redeemer in Brazil to Machu Picchu in Peru, it was the Patagonian wilderness that has left the ….

Guide to Mazamet’s 2019 Spring & Summer Events

From the end of April, Mazamet plays host to a wonderful array of events… this round up, whilst not exhaustive, will give you a flavour of what’s taking place in 2019.   Floriales – April 26th-28th Plant sale, themed garden planting and an international floristry competition – all just 200 metres from La Villa in ….

Recipe – Mochachino Mousse

Silky smooth with the great coffee-chocolate combo… this mousse is easy to make ahead.   Ingredients – makes 6 100 grams of good quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) 250 gram tub of mascarpone 2 tablespoons of icing sugar 4 tablespoons of espresso coffee 150ml of double cream (plus 50 ml extra for decoration) A ….

Traveller’s Choice Winners… for the 9th successive year !

Thank you to each and every one of our guests who added a review of their stay during our 2018 season (and indeed, all those in previous years too!). No other B&B in France has won a Traveller’s Choice award in so many successive years. For 2019, La Villa is rated as the No. 6 ….

30,000 Visit Mazamet’s New Passerelle…. including us !

Le Passerelle, linking the medieval village of Hautpoul to the 14th century ruins of the Saint Saveur church is proving very popular. Since its inauguration on September 18th 2018, visitors have come from far & wide to experience the spectacular vistas on offer from the suspension bridge. Sitting 70 metres about the l’Arnette valley below, ….

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