Rhubarb, Ginger & Orange Sabayon
Zingy & Zesty, a perfect pud year-round Ingredients (makes 8) 500 grams of rhubarb, cut into 2cm lengths 100 grams of caster sugar 2 star anise 200 ml of double cream, whipped 250 gram pot of mascarpone 3 tablespoons of Grand Marnier or Cointreau 3 tablespoons of marmalade 4 cm of ginger, peeled ….
Chicken, Mushroom & Leek Terrine
A perfect make-ahead starter This is a bit fiddly to make but worth it – and will portion to about 12. Ingredients Six chicken breasts Poaching spices (2 bay leaves, 10 whole black peppercorns, salt, pepper, 2 garlic gloves, 1 cup white wine) 4 Leeks 500 grams of a mix of mushrooms Bunch of tarragon ….
A Day in Castres
Mazamet’s larger neighbour “Castres” is just 15 mins away by car or train. Well worth a visit when staying at La Villa! Built around the banks of the river Agout, and pre-dating the Roman’s influence in the region, Castres’ most well known vista is of the medieval coloured houses which remind you of Florence. Castres ….
Lautrec… a quintessentially French village
Just 30 mins from Mazamet, Lautrec is full of charm & is becoming a foodie hotspot. Like many small towns & villages, its fortunes ebb & flow. Lautrec, just 30 mins (35 km) from Mazamet, seems to be on the up with a number of new eateries & boutique shops opening in recent years; and ….
Free Shuttle to the Lac des Montagnès
Fancy a cooling dip, a leisurely walk, or a long lazy lunch? Mazamet’s Lac des Montagnès is a beautiful reservoir located just 10 mins outside of the town, at an altitude of nearly 750m. With restaurants, mini golf, tree-top adventure park, Lac’Cro Parc, it’s a beautifully maintained facility and always 5 degrees cooler than ….
Heading over the border… a few days en Espagne !
Just 2 1/2 hours from Mazamet, on the outskirts of a medieval Spanish village, a haven of peace awaits. With so many wonderful places to visit & stay in France, we don’t often feature properties in Spain… so why the exception? Well, we loved it and thought you might too! And, with many of our ….
Prawn & Mango Salad
Perfect for a warm summer’s evening – our Prawn & Mango salad has been a hit this season. Ingredients (serves 4-6) 2 large, ripe, mangos 2 large juicy limes Large pack of cooked prawns (about 500 grams) 12 cherry tomatoes 4 endives Bunch of coriander & chives 2 pots of natural yoghurt Shell the ….
Markets, Fanfares, Fireworks & Rally Cars…
Starting July 8th, the summer events in & around Mazamet move into top gear. On Monday July 8th, 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 ….
Fancy a two-day break at La Villa whilst supporting Cancer Research? We have donated a prize to three lovely ladies in the UK who taking part in the Race For Life in London next weekend to help with their fundraising efforts. The prize includes a two night stay at La Villa, glass of fizz on ….
Les Amis de La Villa – 2019 intake is now open
Become a “Les Amis” member today for free and enjoy some great benefits on all future stays at La Villa ! Don’t miss out on your opportunity to join our Les Amis scheme. We only accept members between July-September each year, so the clock’s ticking to join in 2019 with September 30th being the ….