Château de Labro – a weekend away in the Aveyron

We wanted turrets, log fires and good food – Château de Labro delivered all of these… and much, much more!     Two hours north of Mazamet, in our neighbouring Département of the Aveyron, sits the city of Rodez (just one hour north of Albi). The city, like its Tarnais neighbour, has a stunning 13th ….

Traveller’s Choice Award 2020

  Could it be 10 in a row? As of writing this post, we have received a staggering 793 reviews on our Trip Advisor page. The generosity of both time & kind comments of our guests is always very much appreciated and the reviews heartwarming for us to read. Trip Advisor has, for both travellers ….

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 ….

Traveller’s Choice Winners… for the 9th successive year !

Thank you to each and every one of our guests who added a review of their stay during our 2018 season (and indeed, all those in previous years too!). No other B&B in France has won a Traveller’s Choice award in so many successive years. For 2019, La Villa is rated as the No. 6 ….

£ to € Exchange rate – fixed for UK Guests

With many people concerned about the potential outcome of BREXIT on the exchange rate between the £ and the € we have some good news ! For any guest staying at La Villa in 2019*, we will guarantee a rate of 1.14€ to £1 (the inter-bank rate as of December 1st 2018). So, when you ….

Two great new magazines being launched in the USA

We are delighted to announce that we will be contributors to two new magazines being launched in the USA; Bed & Breakfast magazine and Chateaux & Castles Quarterly. Look out for the premier issues coming this autumn – you might recognise a certain luxury B&B in SW France in the Bed & Breakfast magazine, as ….

New Driving Regulations from July 1st in France

Despite much protest, July 1st will see a change of the national speed limit from 90 kph to 80 kph. The national speed limit applies to roads outside of the boundaries of towns/villages (not on on the main autoroutes which remain at either 110 kph or 130 kph). With an increasing number of speed cameras ….

The New Regions of France

Do you know the new “Regions” of France? Although the map of France changed in 2016, many are still unfamiliar with the new “super” Regions and their names which have, in some parts, caused a heated debate. Administratively, France is divided into Regions (which hold major administrative and some devolved power as well as economic ….

Finding Your Shangri-La in Paris

If you are travelling to Paris, as with any major city, there are a plethora of accommodation options. For that something special, a stay within the Shangri-La’s palatial surrounds is a must for a special occasion. Before we opened La Villa, we had a wonderful holiday on the island of Penang (Malaysia), staying at Shangri-La’s ….

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