e-newsletter from
La Villa de Mazamet
Le Petit Spa
Luxury Bed & Breakfast in the heart of SW France

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La Villa de Mazamet 
Welcome to our May e-newsletter!

Bonjour from Mazamet !

Welcome to our May e-newsletter, we hope that all is well with our friends throughout the world.

On May 22nd, La villa de Mazamet celebrated its 3rd birthday and the start of our 4th season here in France... it is hard to believe that time has gone by so quickly.

Since opening our doors, we have welcomed more than 2,500 guests from more than 30 countries - thank you to all that have stayed with us or have us in mind for a future visit.

In this edition our our e-newsletter we have a great recipe for "Pan Perdu" (lost bread); a scenic route for those arriving by train or plane in Toulouse; our latest special offers - and details of how Le Petit Spa can be yours exclusively.
We hope that you enjoy our May e-newsletter, thanks for reading!

Latest Offers at La VillaSwimming Pool


As we write this edition, our pool is already at 25 degrees (heated only by the sun!) -


June Late Availability - with have some limited late availability during June for those seeking a last minute getaway.... email us info@villademazamet.com if you would like to check which dates & rates we can offer you.


Summer Saver


Running until  the end of October, our "Summer Saver" provides a 20% discount off the third & each subsequent night you stay at La Villa. For Example, in a Superior bedroom, you pay 120 € per night on nights one & two, thereafter the rate reduces to 96 € per night (for as many days as you can stay!).


As always, our rates are per room, for two adults; include all taxes, breakfast, & unlimited WiFi access.


Autumn Colours


Those guests who have enjoyed a stay with us late October and into November will know that the Montagne Noire at that time of the year is anything but "Noire" as the leafs turn red & yellow for Autumn.


Booking a break of at least two nights in October, before the end of June, and receive a complimentary bottle of wine with dinner and complimentary use of Le Petit Spa for two hours on one afternoon. Email us info@villademazamet.com mentioning "Autumn Colours" offer.


All of the above, and many more, Special Offers can be found here on our website http://www.villademazamet.com/en/specials.html  



Le Petit Spa


Le Petit Spa -  Your Private Oasis


For 2012 we have changed the way in which Le Petit Spa operates by offering complete privacy to just one couple at a time. 


Le Petit Spa is open from 2pm until 7pm daily and for just 35 € you will receive an exclusive 2 hour session PLUS a 10% discount off any massage on the same afternoon (or next available appointment).  


Located on the lower-ground floor of La Villa, Le Petit Spa provides a relaxation area with soft seating & complimentary bottled water; infra red sauna, jacuzzi and a wonderful ceiling mounted drench shower.


Booking can be made at the time of your reservation with us or on the day (subject to availability).




Pain Perdu

Pain Perdu (Lost Bread)


Ok, it is bread & butter pudding by another name but this receipe is delicious and made tastier by using up our mini pain au raisins from breakfast time.




16 mini pain au raisis (or you can use stale while bread and 100gms of raisins or sultanas)

4 tablespoons of apricot jam

Unsalted butter (around 50gms)

2 eggs + 2 egg yolks

40gms of golden caster sugar

2 tablespoons of demerera sugar

300ml single cream + 300 ml of milk

Zest of one large orange

4 tablespoons of Cointreau (optional)


You need to ensure that the pain au raisins (or bread) have gone stale, if they are not they will not absorb the liquid.


Butter the bottom & sides of a square/rectangle  ovenproof dish and then spread 2 tablespoons of the jam on the bottom.. Butter both sides of the pastries/bread and line the dish, overlapping each one (if using bread, sprinkle with the raisins/sultanas).


With an electric mixer or whisk, beat the eggs & sugar until light & fluffy, then beat in the milk/cream, orange zest and, if using, the Cointreau. Pour this mix over the top of the pastries/bread and push down with your fingers - let soak for 20 mins.


Heat the oven to 180 degrees. Sit the dish into a large roasting tin and pour in boiling water so that it comes 1/2 way up the side of the dish; bake for 45 mins, carefully remove from the over (and then from the roasting tray) and sit to cool on a wire rack.


As it's cooling, put the remaining two tablespoons of apricot ham into a pan with a tablespoon of water - heat until combined and then brush over the top of the pain perdu.


We serve by cutting out a circle using a chef's ring and placing in a soup bowl in which you have a ladle of creme Anglais, finish with a swirl of caramel sauce.







Facebook & Trip Advisor


We have been adding lots of new photos from La Villa, and in particular our food, to our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/villademazamet 


We are also adding recipes, news and other information which is a great way to keep up today in-between e-newsletters!


If you use Facebook, please "Like Us" we would love to try and receive 250 likes by the end of 2012.


We have now received a wonderful 242 reviews on Trip Advisor and in mid-May received a "Certificate of Excellence" for our consistently positive reviews - http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g196626-d1427317-Reviews-La_Villa_De_Mazamet-Mazamet_Tarn_Midi_Pyrenees.html


Toulouse (Blagnac) Airport to Mazamet


We have received some positive feedback about our routes to Mazamet from various airports & railway stations - this route is ideal for those guess arriving in Toulouse in the morning, or early afternoon:


When you exit the airport, you follow the signs Albi and the A68 (this is classified as a motorway but in reality it is a good dual carriageway!)  Take Exit 3 onto the D888 towards Rabastens (this is a very interesting place to stop and have a look at the red-brick architecture which is common in this par of the Tarn).


From Rabastens, head back onto the D88 and you are then heading for Lisle-sur-Tarn (Island on the river Tarn) - again a really nice place to stop, paricularly the market square which was completely rennovated in 2000 and is the largest bastide square in SW France - if you arrive lunch time, there is a good cafe on the corner that have an excellent value lunchtime menu (Bar du Centre) 


From Lisle-sur-Tarn head back on the D888 again, this time heading for Gaillac which is another village worth a stop and wonder around (it has an interesting abbey dating to the 10th century, athough mostly rebuilt in 1524).


Leaving Gaillac, pick up signs for Graulhet which is on the D964 - pass through Graulhet and then head on the D83 to the village of Lautrec - stop here for a wander around the medieval village and up to the windmill which is one of the last working windmills in France.


From Lautrec, head back on the D83 towards Castres (you need to join the D612 ring-road when you see signs for Mazamet at which point you are around 25 mins away from La Villa). The D612 will eventually come to a roundabout with Mazamet signed left on the N112, take this road without any deviation until you reach a large set of traffic lights (you will see an Aldi supermarket on your left) bare right here following "Centre Ville" signs - you can follow the directions on the pdf from our website from this point for ease of access & parking: http://www.villademazamet.com/en/pdfs/directions.pdf 

We look forward to welcoming new guests and old friends to La Villa de Mazamet during 2012. As always - please get in touch with us at info@villademazamet.com if you would like any further information, rates or to check availability; you can also keep up to date via our website http://www.villademazamet.com 

Please remember, if you have time, to forward onto a friend, like us on Facebook, or give us a on RT on Twitter - it all helps us spread the word !

With kind regards

Peter & Mark
La Villa de Mazamet, 4 rue Pasteur, 81200-MAZAMET, France
 e: info@villademazamet.com t: +33 (0)5 63 97 90 33
May 2012
Special Offers - Summer's Here !!
Le Petit Spa
Pain Perdu
Toulouse to Mazamet - the scenic route