Cooking by the Canal du Midi

A one-day French cookery course, on the banks of the Canal du Midi, near Carcassonne. Picture the scene. A converted French farmhouse by the banks of the Canal du Midi, joining fellow foodie enthusiasts with a trained chef, learning how to cook a three-course French meal……then sitting down with a glass (or three) of wine ….

Winter Weekends at La Villa

Lakeside Walks, Log Fires & Red Wine – a perfect pre-Christmas break at La Villa de Mazamet This year (2019) we are opening La Villa for three special pre-Christmas weekends. The tree will be decorated & glittering with lights, the log fires roaring away to warm your toes after a walk in the Montagne Noire…. ….

Feeling Peckish? See our 2019 guide to local restaurants

Asides from the tasty offerings for dinner at La Villa… come take a look at where you can eat in & around Mazamet       With more than 10 restaurants within a short walk of La Villa and a further 12 within a short drive, there is something to suit all tastes right on ….

The 9 Locks of Forseranes

Visiting Historical Béziers & the 9 Locks of Forseranes Image: France Voyage   The UNESCO World Heritage listed Canal du Midi is a wonder of construction in its own right, stretching 240km from Toulouse to the Mediterranean, it was considered one of the greatest engineering feats of the 17th century. Constructed between 1661-1681, it is ….

Our 2019 Wine List

Come take a peak at the wines you can enjoy at La Villa in 2019 & the importance of supporting local vineyards.   It has been our ethos, since our opening day, to source & buy wines from our region. You won’t find a Bordeaux or a Burgundy on our wine list… but many great ….

Château de Belcastel – 1,000 years in the making

  When you think of France, one of the first images that springs to mind is Paris, its beautiful capital city. The iconic Eiffel Tower, the masterpieces hanging in the Louvre, the majesty of Notre Dame cathedral, walking hand in hand with your loved one along the Seine……But like most European countries, the wealth, culture ….

Lac de Montagnes

Just a 10 mins drive from La Villa, our wonderful Lac de Montagnes awaits.   The Lac de Montagnes is a magical spot with something for everything – a peaceful circular (45 min) walk; a place to enjoy a picnic, a game of tennis or mini-golf… or for the more energetic the l’Acro Parc With a ….

Planning a cycle trip for 2019? – 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 ….

Chateaux de Lastours – a new adventure awaits

Photo copyright Pays Cathare Just 40 mins south of Mazamet, you can discover one of the most impressive of the cathar ruins, Les Quatre Chateaux de Lastours – as the name suggests, the site of four former medieval castles. Dating to 1603 (the site itself having bronze-age origins of a settlement dating to 585), Lastours ….

Le Tour de France – passage du Mazamet, July 22nd

THE event of 2018 in Mazamet will see the one of the World’s greatest sporting events pass through our streets – and just 100 metres from La Villa ! Here, the official announcement from Mazamet’s Mayor (in French) sets out the route and timings and what will be going on in and around town on ….

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