2021 Early Bird Special

Planning Ahead – you could be saving 20% with our Early Bird Special!   We know many of our guests plan their trip to France many months in advance – well, in doing so, you could be saving 20% on your stay at La Villa !! Make any 3+ night reservation for any dates in ….

A Day in Castres

Mazamet’s larger neighbour Castres is less than 20km away. Well worth a visit when staying at La Villa! A bit of background Built around the banks of the river Agout, the area now known as Castres was inhabited as early as the Bronze Age (1000BCE), as evidenced by the discovery of a large necropolis along ….

Chocolate Soufflé & Orange Sauce

The lightest, airiest soufflé you’ll ever have Jump to recipe These bittersweet dark chocolate, egg-whites-only soufflés never fails to delight our guests whenever we serve them at La Villa. The “wow” factor when a well-risen soufflé is presented at their table, combined with the theatrics of pouring a light, refreshing sauce into the soufflé make ….

Winter Weekends at La Villa

Log Fires, Red Wine and Good Food: a perfect pre-Christmas break at La Villa de Mazamet This year, sit by the hearth at La Villa for three special pre-Christmas weekends. The tree will be decorated and glittering with lights, and the log fires will be roaring away to warm your toes after a walk in ….

Lautrec… a quintessential French village

  Like many small towns and villages, its fortunes ebb and flow. The medieval village of Lautrec, just 30 mins (35 km) from Mazamet, seems to be on the up with a number of new eateries and boutique shops opening in recent years. The village, one the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, was once ….

The Lac des Montagnès

Fancy a cooling dip, a leisurely walk, or a long lazy lunch?   Lac des Montagnès is a beautiful reservoir located just 10 mins outside of the town, at an altitude of nearly 750m, and one of the must-dos in Mazamet this summer. With restaurants, mini golf, tree-top adventure park Lac’Cro Parc, aquatic park Aqua ….

A midsummer night’s dream in Mazamet

What to do in Mazamet this summer   Le Marché des Producteurs On Monday July 6th, the fantastic Marché des Producteurs commences in Mazamet. This wonderful event is a showcase for local food & drinks with around 15 stalls selling their wares, a table to seat 200 and what the French call ‘conviviality’ (coming together ….

Montagne Noire East and the Minervois – Self-drive Day Tour

OVERVIEW You’ve read our articles and know Mazamet inside out? Time to venture into our neighboring départements and drive through the Hérault and Aude. This route commences in the Valley du Thoré that runs from Mazamet towards Béziers and takes in a variety of scenery along the way, from mountain pastures to vineyards, medieval villages ….

Lemon, Raspberry and Pistachio Tart

For mother’s day this year (May 12th in various countries), my family organized a Zoom session and I wanted to bake my mother a tart that I could present to her for the occasion. I had a vision of creating a vibrant treat to all senses. Something colourful, with varying textures and flavours, so I ….

UPDATE for the Winners! – #EssentialWorkers Giveaway

UPDATE – And The Winners Are… The support you’ve given the essential workers throughout this campaign on Instagram and Facebook was absolutely outstanding! Thank you so much to all of you who participated! Now, it’s time to announce the lucky winners of a 2-night B&B stay at La Villa! 🥁🥁 And the winners are… 🥁🥁 – Maire ….

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