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Welcome to our August

Bonjour from Mazamet !

What a lovely month of sunshine we have enjoyed here in SW France.

August has really been a wonderful month of weather with a record number of nights dining besides the pool which is always a pleasant way for guests to end their day.

The Sunday night concerts in the bandstand and the Monday evening producers markets have continued and have been enjoyed by all. We will be sad to see them end next week as it's a sign that the long summer evenings of light until late will soon be drawing in (in fact we have noticed that already it is dark by 9.15pm!).

As September is knocking on our door we look forward to different produce appearing at the local markets with potirons, chestnuts and other tasty autumnal ingredients... and then of course the autumn fayres that take place in and around Mazamet including the Open Farm Sunday where you can enjoy lunch at one of 20 + local farms.

In this edition of our E-Newsletter we have a tasty recipe for our very chocolaty "Mocha Pots"; two unique activities to enjoy on a day out in the Minervois; our latest special offers for Autumn & Winter plus seeking your feedback for ways in which we can improve the experience of staying at La Villa.

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Latest Offers at La Villa


September Stays - last minute getaways


5th-8th September - we have four nights available for the price of three in a Superior or Deluxe bedroom (due to a recent cancelation).


21st-27th - 20% off your total stay for any five nights in a Superior or Superior Balcony bedroom.


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.


... and don't forget you will receive 20% off from night three onwards or, staying after November 1st take advantage of our "three nights for the price of two" which recommences for the winter. Email us to check availability.


Pre-Christmas Break


We have just one weekend remaining for a pre-Christmas break between November 14th and 18th (stay three nights and pay for only two; or stay for six and pay for just four!) - and yes, our Christmas tree will be going up in time for this, our first, pre-Christmas weekend!


Feeling Romantic? 


We have just two bedrooms remaining for our 2014 Valentines Weekend Break.


Arrive on either Thursday 13th or Friday 14th February and be pampered for the weekend with fabulous four-course Valentines dinner with champagne, free use of Le Petit Spa for two hours on your choice of afternoon and a 20% discount on any 60 or 90 min massage treatment.  Email us to check availability & prices.




We are going to have a slight price increase (only 10 € per night) for 2014 (our first since 2011) due to an increase in TVA (VAT) that comes into effect January 1st:


Classic Bedroom -             105 € per night

Superior Double/Twin -     130 € per night

Superior Balcony -            140 € per night

Deluxe Bedroom -             160 € per night

Deluxe Suite -                   185 € per night (unchanged)  


However, for our E-Newsletter recipients, book any 2014 break at La Villa by the end of November and you will pay our 2013 prices PLUS no deposit to pay until the end of January (return guests do not pay any deposit). 


To check availability for any of our special offers or late availability, please Email or visit the Special Offers page on our website for more details: Special Offers


Olive Groves & Lazy Boats


One of our most popular self-drive day tours takes guests into the famous Minervois region - a scenic 60 min drive from La Villa.


Whilst famed for it's vineyards and medieval villages, like the stunning Minerve, there is also the opportunity for something completely different on your day out!


With the Canal-du-Midi winding it's way through the region, why not take a lazy boat trip for two hours along an interesting stretch?


Departing from the village of Homps (just 15 mins from Minerve) the trip takes you over an aqueduct, through locks and under bridges, dating back as early as 1688. The trip includes a commentary in English, Spanish & French.


We have the timetable and are happy to call ahead to make a reservation for you (necessary during peak summer months). You can visit the website for this trip here.


If boating is not for you, why not learn about Olives with a unique visit to an olive grove where you will be taken for a walk into grove, learn & see how olives are pressed to make oil and end the tour with a brief lesson in how to taste different qualities of olive oil.


Located in Bize Minervois (again just 15 mins from Minerve) this is a great way to spend a few hours and also buy some tasty holidays gifts. You can visit their website here or ask us for more information and the times of their daily tours in English.


                      Mocha Pots  

Mocha Pots


These puddings are a favourite with guests and, considering the ingredients, quite light too!  The recipe works well in multiples if you have lots of friends for dinner (or this recipe would also make 8 if made in espresso cups for a small pudding).


Ingredients (serves four) 


One 250 gram pot of mascarpone

2 tablespoons of icing sugar

4 tablespoons of espresso coffee

100 grams of good quality dark chocolate (broken into small piece)

150 ml of double cream, whipped to soft peak stage (plus 100ml extra for decoration)


First make the coffee and allow to cool slightly, melt the chocolate either in a heavy-based non-stick pan on a very low heat or in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water (you want to use the chocolate & coffee when they are both still warm).


In a large mixing bowl, beat the mascarpone and icing sugar together well. Add the melted chocolate and coffee and whisk until fully combined. Fold in the whipped cream and spoon into coffee cups - cover and place in the refrigerator for at least four hours.


Remove from the fridge about 5 mins before serving; place a tablespoon of whipped cream in the centre, dust with chocolate or cocoa powder and serve with your choice of biscuit.


(these puddings will keep for a couple of days in the fridge if you want to make them ahead of time).


Help us to improve....

We never take it for granted that what we do is all we can do when it comes to the service & amenities we provide here at La Villa..... and we always welcome feedback and take action!


If you have any ideas or suggestions after your stay with us for things we may improve, or add, please let us know.


You may have seen something on your travels or during a stay at another property, you may feel that there was something that would have made your stay even more comfortable... please let us know info@villademazamet.com


Exclusive Use of La Villa Private Dinner Table


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 to check availability and let us put a  personalised quote together for you.


Could it be 4 in a row?


As we move into the final quarter of 2014, our eyes turn (daily!) to Trip Advisor and our reviews in the hope that we will, for the fourth year running, receive the Traveller's Choice Award.


The Traveller's Choice Award is given to a small selection of properties in each country based purely on the number and consistency of positive reviews.


For a small business like La Villa, Trip Advisor is a hugely influential website helping guests from around the world (a) to find us and (b) to ensure that we are right for them by reading the impartial reviews of guests whom have already stayed.


So, if you have the time to add digit to keyboard, even if your stay was some time ago, we do really appreciate your support.


Please click HERE to visit our review page on Trip Advisor


We look forward to welcoming new guests and old friends to La Villa de Mazamet. As always - please get in touch with us via Email if you would like any further information, rates or to check availability; you can also keep up to date via our Website
Please remember, if you have time, to forward onto a friend, like us on Facebook, or give us a RT on Twitter #villademazamet - it all helps us spread the word !

With kind regards

Peter & Mark
La Villa de Mazamet, 4 rue Pasteur, 81200-MAZAMET, France
 T: +33 (0)5 63 97 90 33
August 2013
Latest Offers at La Villa
An afternoon in the Minervois
Recipe - Mocha Pots
Help us to improve
Exclusive Use of La Villa
Traveller's Choice Award