In Search of Nomadism

In Search of Nomadism – An interview with Mathieu Rosa One of the most rewarding aspects of running La Villa de Mazamet is the stories of guests from different walks of life who visit. We recently hosted Mathieu Rosa and his brother Charly, who were visiting Mazamet on business. Mathieu is the owner and manager ….

Quiz: Gaillac Wines

Test your knowledge of the wines of Gaillac After reading our post on Gaillac wines last month, you must be an expert on one of the most famous AOCs in the Tarn. If not, it’s not too late to brush up! Pick your brain with these five questions. 1. In the 14th century, what were ….

The Wines of our Region – Gaillac

This month, we take you to the Gaillac wine region, where rolling countryside meets vineyards and sunflower fields.     An ancestral wine region The AOC of Gaillac is one of the oldest wine regions of the ancient region of Gaul (an area of Western Europe that stretched from Italy to Spain and as far ….

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 ….

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 ….

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 ….

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 ….

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