£ 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 ….

Traveller’s Choice Award 2019

As of writing this post, we have received a staggering 747 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 and property owners alike, become a powerful tool. ….

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 ….

Making the most of your journey to Mazamet

With stunning and varied scenery, even over a short distance, why not make your journey to Mazamet from the airport or your previous accommodation, a part of your holiday?   New for 2018, we have written a series of 6 scenic routes to Mazamet from the most popular regions (Provence, Bordeaux & the Dordogne) as ….

There’s nothing quite like a French Christmas market

If your travels being you to France during the winter, a must see is a French Christmas market (Marché de Noel) and there’s nowhere better than than the Alsace for such a magical experience. There are a number of towns you can visit, but high on your list (as was ours) should be the picture-perfect town ….

Finding ‘Shangri-La’ in Paris

  Six years ago, Paris welcomed a new luxury five star hotel to the City’s tree-lined avenues, the first European property for Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. Joining some illustrious, and well established, names on the hotel scene of France’s capital, the property would see the merger of French ‘art de vive’ with Shangri-La’s ….

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