Welcome to our October E-newsletter!
Bonjour from Mazamet !
Welcome to our October e-newsletter, we hope that all is well with our friends throughout the world.
This morning we have put the winter cover on the pool and all the pool furniture away - a true sign that we passing from summer to autumn - and with a light dusting of early snow on the Montagne Noire this past weekend, we know that winter is not far away too!
Last week we planted 200 spring bulbs and all the winter bedding plants - and next week (yes, we know it's only the first week of November!) we order our Christmas tree which comes from the nearby forest ready to be decorated for the start of our first pre-Christmas weekend on November 30th.
Talking of our pre-Christmas weekends, we still have some availability and in our special offers section this month you will find details of this and other offers during the winter months too.
On October 24th we learnt for sure that Le Tour de France 2013 will pass through both Albi & Castres which is very exciting for guests to be able to view the 100th anniversary race (more details later below).
We hope that you enjoy our October e-newsletter, thanks for reading, following us on Twitter & liking us on Facebook - it is very much appreciated.
Latest Offers at La Villa
Treat yourself to winter break to soak up the sights & tastes of the Tarn in the run up to Christmas.
Three Nights for the Price of Two !
It's BACK ! From November 1st until April 30th our fantastic 3-4-2 offer recommences.
Stay for any three nights and pay for only two ! For example, stay in a Superior bedroom for three nights for just 240 € - that's just 80 € per night B&B for two adults. (and if you would like a longer break, you can double up a enjoy six nights for the price of four!)
Weekend Winter Warmer
From November 2nd, why not treat yourself to a two or three night mini-break at La Villa?
The price for a two-night Winter Warmer break start at just 400 € for two, including dinner on both nights, use of Le Petit Spa and a choice of either a 30 min massage each or a bottle of wine with each dinner.
PLUS - stay any weekend between November 30th and December 16th and there will be present under the Christmas tree to take home with you.
To check availability for any of our special offers or late availability, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2013 Reservations - no deposit until January
Book any stay for 2013 and we will not ask for any deposit until January 31st...and as you will read below, we are not raising our prices at all for next year either!
All of the above, and many more, Special Offers can be found here on our website http://www.villademazamet.com/en/specials.html
You will be pleased to read that we are not raising our prices of our rooms, dinners, drinks, Le Petit Spa nor massages at all in 2013, our 5th year here at La Villa de Mazamet.
We know that economic times are still pretty difficult around the world for many and one of our consistent aims at La Villa is to provide excellent value for money for guests who stay with us
We continue to provide a very simple pricing for our rooms which you can view at any time on our website here http://villademazamet.com/en/rooms-tariff.html
... and as always our prices are fully inclusive of taxes, daily buffet breakfast, and WiFi.
Les Amis de La Villa (Friends of La Villa)
Last chance to sign up for Les Amis card for 2013 - our free loyalty card for returning guests.
The benefits include:
- Complimentary upgrade on arrival to the next room category when booking a stay of three nights or more (subject to availability, if we are not able to offer you an upgrade we will give you a complimentary bottle of fizz!)
- Exclusive card -holder weeks (April, June, October & December) with special dinner bed & breakfast rates.
- 10% discount of all food & drink throughout your stay
- 20% discount of any 60 or 90 mins massage treatment
- 20% discount on use of Le Petit Spa
- Advance notice of special offers
To join our new "Les Amis de La Villa" email email@example.com with your full postal address and we will send you your loyalty card at the end of 2012. APPLICATION CLOSES NOVEMBER 30TH
Raspberry Clafoutis - a French classic
I recently read that clafoutis is to France what bread & butter pudding is to the UK - but I disagree; this light & fluffy recipe really is so different and a delicious end to a meal at any time of year.
Ingredients (enough to make 6)
250 grams of caster sugar
4 medium eggs
2 tablespoons of ground almonds
1 tablespoon of plain flour (sifted)
150 ml cream, whipped
Enough fresh (or frozen) raspberries for six per dish
You can (as we do and as in the above photo) make individual deserts or you can pour the whole mixer into a larger ovenproof dish.
To make the clafoutis, pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Beat the eggs and sugar for five minutes using a hand-whisk or electric mixer (the consistency should be very light, fluffy and at least three times in volume to the initial ingredients).
Gently whisk in the flour/ground almonds and then fold in the cream.
Place the raspberries on the bottom of the baking dish and spoon over the mixture (do not fill them to the top); bake in the oven for around 12 minutes for the indiviual ones or up to 20 for one large one (depending on the depth of your dish).
Serve straight from the oven with vanilla ice cream.
Out & About From La Villa
This month we are not featuring one specific place to visit when staying at La Villa but to let you know about what we are planning to do this winter with our "Self Drive Day Tours" so many of our guests have enjoyed this summer.
Firstly, as we have mentioned before, we are adding an 8th tour which takes in the stunning medieval "bastide" villages of the northern Tarn, dating to the darker days on the 13th century when the Albigeon crusades against the Cathars.
Secondly, with an increasing number of guests arriving by bike or train, we are writing a guide of places to visit locally on foot or by public transport - this will take a similar format to our self drive day tours and will incorporate the two guided walks of Mazamet & it's architecture.
Thirdly, we are producing a summary leaflet of all 8 tours that will be placed in our bedrooms for guests to enjoy and help plan their stay with us.
Fourthly, we are adding to our website personal recommendations of other Chambres D'hotes that we have enjoyed in France and can, therefore, suggest as places to stay on route to/from us.
Finally, we are writing a series of directions to and from La Villa for guests arriving into Carcassonne, Beziers, Barcelona, Perpignan, Toulouse & Montpellier airports and looking for more scenic, non-motorway, routes. (& for guests driving to La Villa and on to another destination, we will continue to provide suggested routes to help make the most of their time in France).
Le Tour de France 2013
"Le Tour" will celebrate it's 100th anniversary in 2013 and will commence on the French island of Corsica June 29th.
For fans of Le Tour & Le Villa, the great news is that on July 5th the tour will arrive in Albi on a stage from Montpellier and then on the morning of the 6th will depart from Castres on route to Ax-les-Termes - you can see the whole route & map for the race here http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2013/us/overall-route.html
We have a minimum three-night stay between the 4th - 7th and with Albi just 45 mins away and Castres (by train or car) only 20 mins La Villa is an ideal base to view both a start and finishing stage of the race - and you can whisk yourselves off by car to see the race in action as it passes close to Revel, Castelnauldry and Limox before heading into the foothils of the Pyrenees.
We expect a very high demand for these dates so advise booking early - email us firstname.lastname@example.org
to check availability.
We look forward to welcoming new guests and old friends to La Villa de Mazamet in the coming months. As always - please get in touch with us at email@example.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
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With kind regards
Peter & Mark
La Villa de Mazamet, 4 rue Pasteur, 81200-MAZAMET, France