Decorating your fireplace for Christmas

Here at La Villa we are getting into the Christmas spirit – here’s our step by step guide to creating an impressive decorative fireplace.   We are very fortunate to have some magnificent fireplaces at La Villa, each made from locally quarried marble from either Sidobre of Caune Minervois, from where the pink marble in ….

Château de Labro – a weekend away in the Aveyron

We wanted turrets, log fires and good food – Château de Labro delivered all of these… and much, much more!     Two hours north of Mazamet, in our neighbouring Département of the Aveyron, sits the city of Rodez (just one hour north of Albi). The city, like its Tarnais neighbour, has a stunning 13th ….

Tomato & Gin Soup

Believe us, this combo of flavours works perfectly for this tasty soup that we recently served at our first ever Gintastic weekend Ingredients (serves 6) 1 kg of ripe tomatoes, halved 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped thyme 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped sage 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped (or dried) oregano 1 large onion, roughly ….

Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons

Raymond Blanc’s French Masterpiece   Just 8 miles from the spires of Oxford, set amongst resplendent gardens, chef Raymond Blanc has created his French masterpiece – the 2 Michelin Star Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons. Rounding off our joint 50th birthday year, we were treated by dear friends to a wonderful lunch, 10 years since ….

Competition Time

Win one of three France 2020 Calendars! With a great photo of France for every month of the year – you can circle the dates you’ll be staying at La Villa in 2020 !! We are giving away three copies in our October 2019 competition – with a simple question: When will La Villa de Mazamet ….

Traveller’s Choice Award 2020

  Could it be 10 in a row? As of writing this post, we have received a staggering 793 reviews on our Trip Advisor page. The generosity of both time & kind comments of our guests is always very much appreciated and the reviews heartwarming for us to read. Trip Advisor has, for both travellers ….

Ratatouille

There are few dishes more French than ratatouille… my recipe is far from traditional but, dare I say, one of the best you’ll ever taste !   I have been making ratatouille at La Villa for more than 10 years.  It’s a great accompaniment (especially in spring & autumn) for a number of main courses ….

Simply B&B

We are extending our 2019 season into November & December….     This year, we are going to be extending our season for mid-week stays into November & December. From Monday-Thursday evenings*, come & stay at La Villa for as little as 85€/night (for two, inc. breakfast). We will not be be serving any meals, ….

Mini Banana Breads

Our little breakfast treats are always a favourite with guests… and our mini banana breads are THE most popular   Ingredients (Makes 9) 75gms of soften unsalted butter 143 grams of plain flour 112 grams of golden caster sugar 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda 50ml of milk 2 ripe bananas 1 egg 1 teaspoon ….

Best Pasta Sauce – ever!

If you love pasta, you’ll love this tomato & basil sauce     I make this in a large batch as it’s perfect as a sauce over plain pasta or filled ravioli; fantastic for adding into dishes like lasagne or baked cannelloni – or, reduced down, can even be used as a pizza sauce too. ….

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