Les Plus Beaux Villages de France
What’s in a Name? When you travel throughout France, you are spoilt for choice for the variety of beautiful villages, many dating back to medieval times. For our guests, it never ceases to amaze at how well preserved these century-old villages are. In 1981, the mayor of Collonges-la-Rouge, in the Corrèze, read an article in ….
Albi – a city of superlatives
Come discover this UNESCO World Heritage City – and firm favourite with our guests for a day trip from La Villa. No matter what time of year, Albi is a magnificent city; the prefectoral capital of the Tarn Département and the number one place our guests choose to visit during their stay in the ….
These individual beef encroûtés are a dinner party show stopper! Ingredients (for 6) 1 kilo of trimmed filet of beef 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard 2 egg yolks Ready made puff pastry 1 kilo of firm white mushrooms 1 large onion, finely diced Knob of butter Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper Start by making ….
Perfect for festive buffets at home over the Christmas period, this French classic is great served hot or cold Ingredients 250 grams of aged Comté or strong cheddar 100 ml of milk 200 ml double cream Fresh ground black pepper & sea salt 1 teaspoon of fresh or dried thyme 200 grams of lardons/pancetta 5 ….
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 ….
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 ….