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 ….

Inspiration from travel

As we come to the last week of our 9th season running La Villa de Mazamet, we look forward to having time to gain new insights, experiences & inspiration from our own travels. Many guests who pass through our doors comment on our attention to detail. This is something we very much pride ourselves on ….

So, you would love to stay at La Villa – but how do we travel to Mazamet?

  When we were searching for a property to run our B&B, accessibility was one of our key priorities and La Villa’s location, and ease of travel to Mazamet with its proximity to good transport links, helped with our purchasing decision! Some guests choose La Villa as their single-holiday accommodation for a week or longer ….

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