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 ….
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 ….
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. ….
Planning a cycle trip for 2020? – look no further than Mazamet!
Come take a look at why choosing La Villa de Mazamet would be a great choice for your next cycling adventure. Mazamet really does have it all for those who love to cycle. With 28 pre-planned cycle routes, stunning vistas & quite roads, a 65km cycle path….and the 120km training route of Mazamet’s cycling legend ….