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Welcome to our August E-Newsletter
 

Bonjour from Mazamet !  

Where did August go?  Another busy month of guests from around the globe have passed through La Villa's gates and it's fantastic to be receiving quite a number of reservations for 2015 already.

We have just taken a quick drive up to see progress at The Little Hideaway, we can tell the seasons are starting to change as the chestnuts are well formed & the colour of the leaves are changing (and this past week we started to see a greater array of squashes & potiron on the markets). 

As we move into September, our menus will start to reflect the seasonal produce and guests can enjoy the local chestnut festivals, perhaps going hunting for Cepes on the Montagne Noire or visit a vineyard to see the start of the 2014 harvest.

Today we achieved our 450th Trip Advisor review which is a fantastic result as you, our guests, have been so generous with your time & feedback and very much hope this will help us achieve a further Traveller's Choice Award in 2015 - so if you have not had the time year, please do add digit to keyboard as it makes the world of difference to us.

In this edition of our E-Newsletter we have a recipe for (dare I say it!) a fail-proof soufflé; September & October late availability offers; a reminder to join the "Les Amis de La Villa" loyalty scheme and a snapshot of last nights final Marché du Producteurs.

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Late Availability & Special Offers at La Villa

  

September Offers

 

15th-19th (four nights)

 

We have a Superior Balcony and a Deluxe bedroom available and are offing 20% discount off our rack rates on ALL nights.

 

22nd-27th (six nights)

 

Stay any three nights plus, and receive a complimentary upgrade to the next room category when you book PLUS 25% discount on any dinners.

 

October Offers

 

We have just a few dates now remaining for our fantastic October Offer whereby we are giving you the opportunity to bring friends or family  for free (they just pay for dinner) - email us for availability for this offer.


 
Relax & Escape

 

Exclusively available in October (& April) this two-night getaway includes dinner on both evenings (with a bottle of La Villa's wine) and complimentary use of Le Petit Spa on one afternoon - prices start from just 365 € per couple.

 

2015 Offers 

 

La Villa will open from April 1st until October 31st 2015 - book any stay during our 2015 season by September 30th 2014 and take advantage of our 2014 prices PLUS no deposit is due until January 1st.

 

Don't forget - here at La Villa our prices include:

 

  • Breakfast
  • Unlimited WiFi access
  • A complimentary welcome drink
  • All taxes
  • No credit card fees
  • Discount from the third night onwards

 

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

 

Marché de Producteurs

                             

On August 25th, Mark and I managed to visit the final Monday evening producers' market in the centre of Mazamet, this annual event grows in popularity each year and takes place each Monday evening in July & August in the carpark outside of the Office of Tourism. 

 

With a choice of 15+ food & drink stalls (selling everything from local pasta, fois gras, confit du canard, ice-cream, etc.) the event is great for soaking up a slice of local life here in SW France.

 

Sitting amongst the locals last evening, from young children to their grand parents, it reminded us of one of the pleasures of living in France and the 'conviviality" that good food, wine & friendship brings together (not forgetting the beautiful summer sunshine too!).

 

So make a date for your diary, the 2015 Marchés will commence on July 6th.                             

        

"Best of Both Worlds"  Offer

 

From Easter weekend 2015 why not treat yourself to our "Best of Both Worlds" offer and stay at both La Villa de Mazamet and The Little Hideaway?

 

The seven night package, available April, May, Sept & October combines a three night stay at La Villa with a four night stay at The Little Hideaway.

 

Based on staying in a Superior bedroom at La Villa for three nights and four nights at The Little Hideaway - for an inclusive price of 900 €

 

(In June, July & August we also offer one week at La Villa & one week at The Little Hideaway as a special package - please email us for further details & prices).  

 

For further details on The Little Hideaway's amenities, please click HERE or email us to check availability for your chosen dates for this great opening offer.

 

Les Amis de La Villa - 2015 Membership Now Open!

                             

Each year, from August until the end of October, we invite guests to become a "Les Amis de La Villa" (Friends of La Villa) 

 

As a member you receive a number of exclusive benefits here, including: 

 

  • Booking for the following calendar year at the current year's prices
  • No deposit on future reservations
  • Free upgrade to the next room category on arrival*
  • 10% discount on any dinners
  • 10% discount on any wine & drinks 
  • 10% discount on any massages & use of Le Petit Spa
  • ...and for 2015 - enjoy 10% off any week-long stay at The Little Hideaway

To apply for membership, please send us an email (subject box "Les Amis Application") and include your full postal address so that we may send you a welcome letter an your personal Les Amis membership card.

 

PLEASE NOTE - membership is only available to previous guests of La Villa. If you have joined in a previous year, your membership is continuous and you need not apply again or 2014.  

 

* subject to availability, if we are unable to upgrade you, you will receive a complimentary bottle of champagne on arrival

 

  
                  
"Twice Baked Comté Soufflé"

 

If you feel that soufflés are just too difficult and stressful for a dinner party, think again. This recipe for twice-baked soufflé has been a great hit this summer here at La Villa and you could be impressing your friends & family too with your culinary skills!

 

You will need to use individual soufflé dishes which are not expensive and available from all good cook-shops and online. Even though you may not be serving 10-12 guests, make this full batch and then select the best shaped ones to serve (keep the others for yourselves as they re-heat for a third time perfectly!)

 

Ingredients (for 10-12)

 

200 grams of aged Comté, grated (or a good quality mature cheddar)

80 grams of plain flour

80 grams of butter (plus extra for greasing)

600 ml of full-fat milk

One large onion

One Bay leaf

Pinch of ground nutmeg

Bunch of fresh chives (finely chopped)

2 Teaspoons of Dijon mustard (or one of English mustard)

6 Eggs (separated)

500 ml single cream

150 Grams of grated Gruyere

 

You need to be quite organised in making these so make sure you have all of your ingredients weighed and ready to hand plus two saucepans, large heatproof bowl plus a another very clean bowl for whisking the egg whites; a heatproof 1lt measuring jug, sieve and an electric hand whisk. Heat the oven to 200 degrees; butter (using soft butter and a pastry brush) your ramekins, and place a circle of baking paper in the bottom of each.

 

Firstly, place the onion, milk, nutmeg and bay leaf in a saucepan, add freshly ground salt & pepper. Slowly bring to the boil and then sit to infuse for 10 mins; strain and reserve 500ml.

 

In a separate clean saucepan, melt the butter and then add the flour, combine together and stir continuously for a minute. Slowly add the milk, it may appear a little lumpy but keep stirring and you will be left with a very smooth, thick, paste.

 

Remove the saucepan from the heat, stir in the mustard and grated cheese until fully melted & combined. Adjust the seasoning to taste and then spoon the mixture into a heatproof (large) bowl and let rest for five mins.

 

Whilst the mixture is resting, whilst the egg whites until the stiff peak stage. Next, stir two tablespoons of chopped chives into the warm mixture and then one egg yolk at a time until fully combined. With a large metal spoon, stir 1/4 of the egg whites into the mixture to loosen it before carefully folding in the remainder.

 

Spoon the mixture into your ramekins, but not filling to the top (leave around a 1cm gap), place on a baking tray and bake for 15-18 mins and DON'T open the oven door until finished (keep an eye on them, depending on how your oven operates you may just need 15 mins).

 

Remove from the oven and you will start to see the soufflés sink which is fine.  When cold, run a sharp knife around the edge and remove, place on a lined baking sheet, cover with Clingfilm and place in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

 

To re-heat, pre-heat your oven to 200; remove the Clingfilm, drizzle a little cream over the top of each and a good pinch of the grated Gruyere. Place in the oven for 12-15 mins.

 

Whilst the soufflés are being second-baked, add the 500 ml of cream to a saucepan, season generously and bring to the boil and then simmer for 5 mins, stir in the remainder of the Gruyere until melted (you may need to add a little corn flour/water mix to thicken).

 

To serve, spoon a little of the Gruyere cream into a serving bowl, place a soufflé carefully in the centre and add a sprinkle of chopped chives - how can your friends failed to be impressed when you serve this dish at your next dinner party?

 

Bon Appétit !

 

We look forward to welcoming new guests and old friends to La Villa de Mazamet in 2014. 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
  
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With kind regards

Peter & Mark
La Villa de Mazamet, 4 rue Pasteur, 81200-MAZAMET, France
 
 T: +33 (0)5 63 97 90 33
August 2014
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