Cooking by the Canal du Midi

A one-day French cookery course, on the banks of the Canal du Midi, near Carcassonne. Picture the scene. A converted French farmhouse by the banks of the Canal du Midi, joining fellow foodie enthusiasts with a trained chef, learning how to cook a three-course French meal……then sitting down with a glass (or three) of wine ….

Frittata

Packed with fresh vegetables and great either hot or cold… We were kindly given this recipe by the owners of Julesy’s B&B on the island of Malta when we stayed a few years ago. At La Villa, we serve it chilled on our Mediterranean sharing platters and vary the ingredients according to season. Ingredients  1 pack ….

Winter Weekends at La Villa

Lakeside Walks, Log Fires & Red Wine – a perfect pre-Christmas break at La Villa de Mazamet This year (2019) we are opening La Villa for three special pre-Christmas weekends. The tree will be decorated & glittering with lights, the log fires roaring away to warm your toes after a walk in the Montagne Noire…. ….

Feeling Peckish? See our 2019 guide to local restaurants

Asides from the tasty offerings for dinner at La Villa… come take a look at where you can eat in & around Mazamet       With more than 10 restaurants within a short walk of La Villa and a further 12 within a short drive, there is something to suit all tastes right on ….

Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins

You can’t beat a home-made muffin fresh from the oven – and our guests love these when served at breakfast.       Ingredients (makes 12) 2 Eggs 100 grams of white chocolate, chopped into small cubes 150 grams of fresh raspberries 100 grams of unsalted butter 200 ml of semi-skimmed milk 300 grams of ….

The 9 Locks of Forseranes

Visiting Historical Béziers & the 9 Locks of Forseranes Image: France Voyage   The UNESCO World Heritage listed Canal du Midi is a wonder of construction in its own right, stretching 240km from Toulouse to the Mediterranean, it was considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the 17th century. Constructed between 1661-1681, it is ….

Our 2019 Wine List

Come take a peak at the wines you can enjoy at La Villa in 2019 & the importance of supporting local vineyards.   It has been our ethos, since our opening day, to source & buy wines from our region. You won’t find a Bordeaux or a Burgundy on our wine list… but many great ….

Food for thought !

What’s new & tasty at La Villa 2019? Taking inspiration from our travels this past winter in Spain, Portugal and South America – we decided to do things a little different at La Villa this season when it comes to dining…… At breakfast time, in addition to our continental buffet with many homemade treats… we ….

Patatas Bravas

  Always on a tapas menu….our take on this Spanish classic.   Ingredients  450 grams of new potatoes, quartered 1 large onion, peeled, halved and then finely sliced 1 green pepper, de-seeded and cut into strips 1 teaspoon of chili powder 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon of olive oil 300 ml of vegetable ….

Inspiration from the (Michelin) Stars

The epitome of French cuisine…… on the banks of the River Thames.   Tucked away, at the end of a small lane in the Berkshire village of Bray, sits the Waterside Inn. Since 1972 some the best French cuisine, in the world, has been served in this quintessentially English village by the famed Roux family. ….

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