Welcome to our May E-newsletter!
Bonjour from Mazamet !
Well, May has come and almost gone, and it has been a very strange month of weather, not just in our region but across most of Western Europe. Our local papers are reporting it weather coldest & wettest May since the 1950's - we therefore home that "flaming June" will live up to its name !!
On May 22nd, we reached a milestone at La Villa as we commenced our 5th season here in SW France, not quite sure where the time has gone since we opened on May 22nd 2009.
In our first four years we have welcomed more than 3,500 guests from around the world, many of whom are now both return guests and friends and we so much appreciate all of the kind support, feedback & reviews from all whom have passed through our gates.
June will see the start of the four busiest months or us at La Villa and the period in which many of the great summer events & local fetes take occur. On June 21st the national "Fete du Musique" will take place with six on-street stages popping up in and around our Town centre for an evening of musical entertainment.
In July, the Sunday evening "Concert au Kiosk" commence, a free apero concert from 5-7pm in our nearby park which guests can enjoy prior to dinner; then on the 8th July and each Monday until August 26th, the wonderful "Marché de Producteurs" returns with more than 14 stalls selling food & drink and a communal table with round 200 seats in the centre of Mazamet.
Additionally, July 25th-27th will the Town hosting the annual "Rallye du Montagne Noire" with over 250 teams taking part. We are pleased to be hosting, for the 4th year running, Team Suburu from the Haut Savoire here at La Villa.
So lots going on, yet still time and space to relax and unwind here at La Villa and soak up the sights & sounds (and sun!) of SW France.
We hope that you enjoy our May E-Newsletter, thanks for reading, following us on Twitter & liking us on Facebook http://facebook.com/villademazamet - it is very much appreciated.
Latest Offers at La Villa
Last Minute June Getaways
Grab a flight to Toulouse or Carcassonne for a thee night break either June 7th-9th or 14th-16th and enjoy a 20% discount off any dinner, wines, Massages & Le Petit Spa... plus a 1/2 bottle of champagne in your room on arrival!
This offer is excusive to new reservations and recipients of this e-newsletter only, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.
Summer Saver - 20% Off From Night Three
Until October 31st take advantage of our Summer Saver offer. Ideal for those who enjoy the warmth of the summer sun and a longer break. Our Summer Saver provides a 20% discount on the 3rd and each subsequent night you stay with us.
For example, stay in a Superior Bedroom for four nights, pay 120 € per night on nights one & two, thereafter the rate reduces to just 96 € per night (with no limit on the number of nights you stay).
Autumn at La Villa
Those who have stayed with us in October and early November will know that it is a beautiful time of year as the leaves turn into their autumnal colours.
From October 1st until November 8th, enjoy 20% off any massage, use of Le Petit Spa, cycle hire and our wine list as we welcome the change of seasons. Email us to check availability email@example.com
Stay & Play
We have posted a new special offer for golf lovers as we have negotiated a special rate for green fees that reduces the cost from 55 € to just 35 € per round at the nationally renowned "La Barouge" golf club, just 5 mins from La Villa - please visit our website's special offers section for more details.
2014 (yes, you read that correctly!)
We only have a few rooms remaining for our Valentines weekend break in February 2014 - details can be found on our website here: http://www.villademazamet.com/en/specials.html
For Easter 2014, we also have a special offer and with the Easter weekend taking place later in the month of April (18th-21st) why not treat yourself well earned break in the spring sunshine (as this is the first holiday for most after the Christmas break).
To check availability for any of our special offers or late availability, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Special Offers page on our website for more details: http://www.villademazamet.com/en/specials.html
This may seem a lot of work and, to be honest, it is he first time you try it but once you do it makes for a great pudding to end a dinner party or lazy lunch with friends (and you make it in advance too!)
A "Parfait" is a frozen pudding that has the texture and taste of a rich, creamy home made ice cream. Limoncello is the Italian 'digestive' but you can equally use the same quantity of lemon juice instead.
Ingredients (for six servings)
1 Egg plus five egg yolks (keep the whites as they make an excellent pavlova!)
100 grams of caster sugar
zest & juice of two large lemons
1/2 sheet of leaf gelatine (you can buy this in most supermarkets)
60ml of Limoncello
300ml of double cream, lightly whipped
Place the lemon zest & juice, eggs & sugar in a large heatproof glass bowl and sit over a saucepan of simmering water (make sure the water does not touch the bottom). Using a metal whisk, beat the mixture for at least 10 mins until the mixture has doubled in volume, is pale & think. Remove from the heat and (if you have one) pour into the metal bowl of an electric mixer and mix on medium speed for 5 minutes this increases the volume again and cools the mixture down (if not, continuing whisking by hand and you will have burnt off enough calories to enjoy the pudding later!)
Soak the leaf gelatine in cold water and, at the same time gently heat 1/2 of the Limoncello (or extra lemon juice) in a pan - squeeze the water gently out of gelatine and stir into the warmed liquid. Add the remaining Limoncello and allow to cool slightly before gently whisking into the egg mixture.
Finally, fold in the whipped cream. If you have metal "chef" rings these are ideal and you simply place a sheet of baking paper onto a flat tray, place the rings on top and spoon in the mixture - freeze for at least 4 hours over overnight.
To serve, take out of the freezer and let sit for 5 minutes, place the ring onto you serving plate and gently push down the pafait with the back of a spoon whilst pulling the ring upwards. We serve (as in the photo) by scooping out a small well and filling with a mixture of fresh raspberries and a raspberry coulis and finishing wit a sprig of mint).
NB - If you don't have chef rings, you can spoon the mixture into small glass serving dishes and you don't need to remove to serve.
|Exclusive Use of La Villa
Did you know that you can "take over" La Villa exclusively for you and your friends/family - a great place to spend a birthday, special anniversary or just a get-together!
We can put together a bespoke package including meals, day trips, wine tasting golf - and with you own "chef" and "masseuse" on hand, what could be more perfect?
La Villa can sleep up to 14 guests for exclusive use (in 7 ensuite bedrooms) so why not think of an occasion to celebrate and email us email@example.com to check availability and let us put a personalised quote together for you.
From Provence to La Villa de Mazamet
Following on the theme of scenic routes to La Villa, this month we are featuring the journey from Provence to Mazamet With Many of our guests arriving in Provence to start their holiday in France (or heading there after a stay with us) this route takes in some of the stunning scenery of the far eastern edge of the Tarn into the neighbouring Herault - it is also an ideal route in reverse order too).
Firstly, head on the main "Peage" (toll road) in the direction of Montpellier/Beziers/Barcelona - this is the A9/E15/E80 (very common in France to have multiple numbers for the same road!)
If time allows, Montpellier is a beautiful city and, in our opinion & experience, much nicer than Nimes. After Montpellier (or if you continue past without stopping) you then exit at junction 34 for the town of Pezanas which is a very interest town of Roman origin. There is one of the region's largest markets (Saturdays) and is also well regarded for its antique shops which are be found on the N9 (the old Beziers road) and normally open Tuesday-Saturdays.
Leave Pezanas on the D13 in the direction of Roujan and then Gabian, you will take this road through to village of Faugeres - this is vineyard countryside and very pretty, (Roujan is a nice place to stop for a drink and/or lunch). Leaving the village of Faugeres, take the D909 which, after a short time, will spilt and you take the left fork which is the D909a towards Herepian.
At Herepian, you will turn left onto the D908 in the direction of Olargues, make time to stop at Olargues which is one of the "Les Plus Beau Villages de France; continue left from Olargues on the D909 and you will (after 15/20 mins) reach an intersection with the main road (D612) turn right in the direction of St. Pons de Thomieres and this is the main route through to Mazamet which you will reach in around 45 minutes (you can then pick up the directions here on our website under the section Montpellier/Beziers http://www.villademazamet.com/en/pdfs/directions.pdf)
[NB. Should you have the time (and your journey after La Villa will not take you back along this route) just prior to Olargues you can take a de-tour to visit the village of Roquebrun which sits on the banks of the river Orb. Take the D14 on your left, over the metal bridge, and follow this road down through the stunning scenery of vineyards, deep valleys, and rocky outcrops - there are a couple of places to have lunch in Roquebrun itself too. When you leave Roquebrun, return on the same direction you arrived and turn left after you re-cross the metal bridge onto the D908 towards Olargues]
We look forward to welcoming new guests and old friends to La Villa de Mazamet during 2013. As always - please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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With kind regards
Peter & Mark
La Villa de Mazamet, 4 rue Pasteur, 81200-MAZAMET, France