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 ….

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, ….

A Brief History Of Mazamet

Mazamet sits in a natural valley, le Thoré, at 280 m altitude, between the two mountain ranges of the Montagnès Noire and the Monts de Lacune, both rising to 1,200 m. Considering its geography within SW France, it surprises many that both ranges are the furthest outpost of the Massif Central. The mountains that surround ….

2018 Les Amis Christmas Raffle !

Thank you to all our Les Amis members who have claimed their prize…the deadline to claim prizes has now passed (Dec 31st 2018) – good luck in next year’s raffle!  

Tomates Farcie

We have served these stuffed tomatoes at La Villa since our opening year (2009) – they are always a hit with our guests. Ingredients 6 large beef or Marmande tomatoes 50 grams of finely diced onion 30 grams of carrot (cut in half length ways then finely sliced) 30 grams of of finely sliced celery ….

£ to € Exchange rate – fixed for UK Guests

With many people concerned about the potential outcome of BREXIT on the exchange rate between the £ and the € we have some good news ! For any guest staying at La Villa in 2019*, we will guarantee a rate of 1.14€ to £1 (the inter-bank rate as of December 1st 2018). So, when you ….

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