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Welcome to our October

Bonjour from Mazamet !

It's hard to believe that it's late October with such warm weather we have experienced this past month.    

Apart from a couple of nights, we have not had to fire up the central heating as yet with the day time temperatures still in the mid-20's and in the teens overnight; which, for this time of year is very unusual even in SW France.

For those that follow us on Facebook will have seen the news that we have a new venture in the pipeline for 2014 - The Little Hideaway, a luxury self-catering lodge for two in a little mountain village north of Mazamet (more details below).

Facebook users may also have seen a sneak preview of our new video that will added to our website & You Tube in he coming weeks - you can view the video by clicking HERE and, if prompted, entering the password "tarn"

In this edition of our E-Newsletter we also have a recipe for our much-loved Chocolate & Chestnut torte; our latest special offers a reminder about the Les Amis loyal scheme (with just one month until we close this year's applications).  

With the year-end approaching, we also wanted to let you know that we will be closing for our annual winter break from Saturday December 7th  until Tuesday January 14th.

Thanks for reading, following us on Twitter & liking us on Facebook - it is very much appreciated.


Latest Offers at La Villa


November- last minute getaways


The colours of trees on the Montagne Noire are changing daily so why not pack a bag & grab a last minute flight !


November 12th-20th - three nights for the price of two (or stay for six nights and pay for only four! - plus a complimentary bottle of La Villa's house when you dine!


Feeling Romantic? 


Treat your loved one to 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.


Easter 2014


Enjoy a long spring-weekend here at La Villa - the first proper break since Christmas!


Arrive either Friday 18th or Saturday 19th and enjoy a three night package with dinner included on two nights, box of Easter chocolates and a glass of fizz on arrival. Prices from just 400 € for two for the three nights - eggcellent value !





Don't forget that as a recipient of our E-Newsletter if you book your 2014 stay before the end of November, not only do you pay our 2013 prices, but there is no deposit to pay, in fact not a penny until the morning you depart.



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


Les Amis de La Villa


Don't forget that you have until November 30th to request to join our free loyalty card scheme "Les Amis de La Villa"


This card is available to anyone who has stayed with us before and provides a host of benefits for any future stay with us, including:


  • Free upgrade (subject to availability) to the next available room category (or a bottle of fizz if we are unable to upgrade you)
  • 10% discount off any food, wine and other drinks
  • 20% discount off use of Le Petit Spa & Cycle Hire
  • 20% discount off any 60 or 90 min massages
  • Preferential rates for exclusive use of La Villa

If you already hold a card issued for 2013 you need not re-apply as your card is still valid. For any new applications, please email us and include a full postal address so that we may send your Les Amis card in the post by prior to Christmas. Please ensure your subject box states "Les Amis Application".


Once received, simply quote your Les Amis card when making your reservation with us and the discounts will be applied to your final bill.

The Little Hideaway - our new venture for 2014


We are in the process of buying a small property located in the village of Le Vintrou, 12 mins north of Mazamet, that we will open from May 2nd 2014 as a luxury self-catering lodge for two!


The Little Hideaway sits in 600 square metres of private land with views back towards the stunning Montagne Noire, and the facilities will include:

  • Kitchen/Diner (equipped with cooker, hob, dishwasher, washer/dryer, Nespresso coffee machine, etc. -  leading to a raised deck area with mountain views
  • Bedroom/lounge area with the same luxury king-size beds we have at La Villa; 37 inch flatscreen TV/DVD/Ipod Dock 
  • Spacious bathroom with walk-in shower, twin sinks, separate bath and under-floor heating
  • Landscaped gardens with sun terrace, decking area & BBQ (as well as private parking through an electric gate)

Unlike most self-catering "gites"in France, where you have to stay Saturday to Saturday - we will be offering guests the opportunity to stay at The Little Hideaway for a three night weekend break (Friday-Sunday); four night mid-week break (Monday-Friday) or the full seven days - with prices starting from 575 €.

The Little Hideaway is ideal for those looking for peace and quiet and total privacy with cycling, walking, mountain lakes & villages all on the doorstep.

Why not combine a stay at La Villa with a few nights in your very own private mountain retreat? To be kept up to date on developments, prices & availability - please email us.

            Chocolate & Chestnut Torte              

Chocolate & Chestnut Torte


We did feature this recipe back in 2010 but a number of guests have asked for it again - and why not, it really is delicious (and gluten free too!)


Ingredients (serves 10-12, depending on how generous you are!) 


250gms unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

250gms chocolate (broken into small pieces) at least 60% coca solids

250gms cooked chestnuts (you can buy these in cans in most supermarkets)

125ml double cream

125ml full fat milk

125gms caster sugar

4 large eggs, separated

Extra butter for greasing the tin


Pre-heat your oven to 160 degrees.


Melt the chocolate and butter in a heavy based pan over a low heat, in another saucepan gently heat the milk, cream & chestnuts until just below boiling point; remove both pans from the heat. Pour the chestnut mixture into a food processor  & blitz (using the pulse mode if you have one), for around 10 seconds as you want to keep some texture.


In a separate bowl, using an electric whisk, beat the egg yolks and sugar until pale and thick; in a separate clean bowl whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks.


Pour the chocolate/butter and chestnut mixture into the bowl of egg yolks & sugar; stir thoroughly so that everything is well combined. Finally, fold in the egg whites. Pour the finished mixture into a greased cake tin (one with a removable base) and put in the oven for 40 min.

Allow to cool and serve with a nice dollop of cr�me-fraiche or vanilla ice cream.


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.


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
October 2013
Latest Offers at La Villa
Don't forget you Les Amis de La Villa card
The Little Hideaway
Recipe - Chocolate & Chestnut Torte
Exclusive Use of La Villa