Janice’s Lemon & Raspberry Madeleines

My little golden treats – perfect to make-at-home I love baking these little golden treats – whether it’s for hosting family and friends on weekends, or for a charity bake sale, or just because (and mostly, Geoffrey is a big fan of madeleines).  I have made them in rose, chocolate, matcha, lavender & earl grey ….

So, what is there to do in and around Mazamet?

That’s a question guests often ask before booking a stay with us and, in no particular order, these are our top 10 right on the doorsteps of Mazamet: Montagne Noire – Mazamet’s wonderful backdrop is the stunning Montagne Noire montagne range which, despite is name, is an oasis of green for most of the year ….

Our Shangri-La

The Pearl of the Orient – our own Shangri-La Our first experience of Malaysia came in 2003. On that trip, and the 10 we have enjoyed since, we have stayed at their wonderful Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa, located in the Batu Feringgi district of Penang. Part of the renown Shangri-La group of hotels & ….

Flash Sale !

February 29th 2020 – 24 Hour Flash Sale You’ll have noticed by your calendars that 2020 is a leap year so one day longer – in fact a bonus day to enjoy! To celebrate, we have a 24 hr flash sale (Central European Time) on February 29th. Book any three night plus stay within this ….

Bienvenue from Geoffrey & Janice

Welcome to the new owners of La Villa de Mazamet We would like to say bonjour as new owners of La Villa de Mazamet. Geoffrey is from Saint Germain les Corbeil, a small suburban city located 40 kms south of Paris (and a mouthful to pronounce!). While pursuing a Master’s degree in Bordeaux, he studied ….

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 ….

Beef Encroûté

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 ….

Quiche Lorraine

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 ….

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