Welcome to our January E-newsletter!
Bonjour from Mazamet !
Welcome to our first e-newsletter of 2013, we hope that all is well with our friends throughout the world as the first month of the new year draws to a close.
We have recently returned from our winter break on the beautiful island of Penang where we have re-charged our batteries and taken some inspiration from the wonderful hospitality at the Rasa Sayang Resort. It is always nice to experience a hotel as guests ourselves and remind us just how important it is to have a relaxing holiday and experience first class customer service.
Since we returned to La Villa we have been busy with our winter maintenance refreshing all of the paint-work inside the bedrooms and, of course, working on the new Deluxe Suite (we announce the winners of our Deluxe Suite Competition below!).
We have also ordered a complete replacement of our garden furniture in time for April and our new pergola with outdoor sofa and soft chairs will be ready for the warmer weather too..... so lots going on as always!
In this edition we also revisit the medieval village of Lautrec as well as give you a tasty new recipe of Pork Rougaille.
We hope that you enjoy our January e-newsletter, thanks for reading, following us on Twitter & liking us on Facebook - it is very much appreciated.
Latest Offers at La Villa
Three Nights for the Price of Two !
Our fabulous "three nights for the price of two" offer continues until the end of April (excluding Easter).
Stay for any three nights and pay for only two (or stay six and pay for just four) - any day of the week. We have very limited weekend availability w/e of February 22nd/24th and again March 22nd/24th)
For example, stay in a Superior bedroom for three nights for just 240 € - that's just 80 € per night B&B for two adults.
Our three nights Easter package (including three nights B&B and dinner on two nights), starts at just 400 € for two in a Superior bedroom, including a complimentary glass of Blanquette on arrival and a hand-made Easter egg from our local chocolatier (arrive for three nights from March 28th, 29th or 30th).
May Stay Give Away
For those in the UK, and indeed much of Europe, May is a busy holiday month with a number of bank holidays (three-day weekends).
The two main holiday weekends are May 3rd-6th and 24th-27th and we are offering a special 20% discount off Massage Treatments, Le Petit Spa & Cycle Hire over these weekends.
Summer 2013 - no price increases & 20% discount from night three
As we mentioned in an earlier e-newsletter we have not raised our prices at all for 2013 and for those that like to escape for their hoidays we are going to be offering our 20% discount from night three from May 1st - October 31st.
For our other Special Offers please visit this section of our website http://www.villademazamet.com/en/specials.html
To check availability for any of our special offers or late availability, please email: email@example.com
Deluxe Suite Prize Winner !
Thank you to all those who entered our competition to win two nights in our new Deluxe Suite.
We had more than 100 entries and the winners, drawn on January 15th, are Peter & Hannah from Cirencester in the UK who we look forward to welcoming back to La Villa to stay in our new luxurious room.
The Deluxe Suite will be open from late February.
Trip Advisor - Travellers' Choice Winner 2013
As many of you already know (as we could not wait to tell you!) La Villa has won the Trip Advisor "Travellers' Choice Award" for 2013, our third successive year of winning this accolade.
What makes this award very special for us, is that it is based purely on the positive reviews that you, our guests, have taken the time to write about your stay at La Villa on Trip Advisor.
Thank you again for your tremendous support - you can find La Villa's page and reviews on Trip Advisor here: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g196626-d1427317-Reviews-La_Villa_De_Mazamet-Mazamet_Tarn_Midi_Pyrenees.html
This is a really lovely dish that became popular with guests last year. The sauce "Rougaille" originates from the French owned "La Reunion" islands and also goes well with grilled meaty fish.
Ingredients (for four)
2 loins of pork, excess fat removed
500 grams of tomatoes, diced
2 medium onions, finely diced
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
100 grams of red chilli (to taste) very finely diced
2 tablespoons of tomato purée
250ml glass of white wine
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of sunflower oil
To make the Rougaille sauce, gentle sauté the onions in the oil for 5 mins then add the garlic and sauté for a further 2 mins (without browning), then add all of the other ingredients and gentle simmer for around 30 mins (taste and adjust the seasoning to your taste for the heat of the chilli).
You can make the sauce a day ahead and refrigerate as it enhances the flavour, then re-heat in a saucepan prior to serving.
For the pork loin, pat dry with kitchen paper and season well with salt & pepper. Add a knob of butter and a drizzle of olive oil to a non-stick roasting pan and heat in the oven (180 degrees) until sizzling. Add the pork loin and cook for around 15 mins before turning over and cooking for a further 15 mins. Allow to rest for a couple of minutes before slicing.
We arrange the dish, as in the photo, with a timbale of basmati rice which we have stirred through with some finely diced courgette & carrot (pre-cooked for 3 mins in boiling water). Place four or five slices of the pork around the rice and spoon the Rougaille sauce over and between each slice of meat - finish with a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley.
Many guests often ask us to recommend a place to visit for just a few hours and nearby Lautrec, just 30 mins from Mazamet, is always a favourite. Located amongst rolling hills between Mazamet & Albi, and just 15 mins northwest of Castres, Lautrec is a fascinating village with "Beau Village de France" status.
A former walled medieval village, you enter through one of the old "gates" and shortly after you will discover the Office of Tourisme which houses a fascinating model of how the village would have looked in medieval times, as well as one of the original communal bread ovens.
From here, visit the church of St. Remy, dating to the 14th century, and the 15th century market square where a market is still held each week. The must-see location, if only for the commanding views towards the Montagne Noire and Pyrenees beyond, is the 17th century windmill, one of the last remaining working windmills in SW France.
During the summer, Lautrec holds a number of events including an open day at the windmill where you can mill flour and visit the clog-makers workshop; to its most famous event in early August to celebrate the harvest of their renowned pink garlic (get there early to watch the parade of effigies made solely out of garlic.
For a tasty lunch, or just a drink, there is a wonderful locals bar "Cafe Plum" which houses a community library and performing arts space too.
For more information on Lautrec, visit their official website http://www.lautrec.fr/tourisme_en/index.php
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