Welcome to our November E-newsletter!
Bonjour from Mazamet !
Welcome to our November e-newsletter, we hope that all is well with our friends throughout the world.
Our Christmas tree was delivered last night so the halls of La Villa are now well and truly decked for the festive season..... you can see photos of our tree on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/villademazamet
On Wednesday 5th, we throw open our doors to two special events. At lunchtime we have a free lunch for old people within our community who are on their own at Christmas; in the evening our "open house" will see around 75 local business people enjoy mulled wine and festive canapés.
Asides from our busy Christmas preparations, we have just finished a re-fresh of our website, where we have included plans for each of our rooms. Have a look here at a sneak preview of how our new Deluxe Suite will be laid out http://villademazamet.com/en/deluxe-suite.html
In this edition we also have a new place to discover, the village of "Roquebrun" and our top tips on creating a perfect cheese board for your dinner parties.
We will be sending our a brief newsletter just prior to Christmas, however this will be our last full newsletter until January 2013 - we can't believe that 2012 is drawing to a close, where has the time gone?
We hope that you enjoy our November 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 is now running!
Stay for any three nights and pay for only two (or stay six and pay for just four) - any day of the week until the end of April (just excluding the Easter Weekend).
For example, stay in a Superior bedroom for three nights for just 240 € - that's just 80 € per night B&B for two adults.
Easter Eggtravaganza - e-newsletter exclusive
Yes, we know it's not even Christmas but why not plan ahead and book a spring break at La Villa (perhaps as a gift for your loved one on December 25th?).
Our three nigths Easter dinner, bed & breakfast break starts at just 475 € 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)
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 have read in our October e-newsletter, we are not raising our prices one single cent next year either!
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
Trip Advisor - 310 reviews and counting!
Thank you so much to all the guests who have added digit to keyboard and written a Trip Advisor review for us - with 310 reviews on the website, we very much hope that La Villa will, once again, receive the 2013 Traveller's Choice Award.
If you have stayed with us, even if some time ago, and have not had the time to add your review as yet, it would be really appreciated if you would be able to do so prior to the end of December as this is when Trip Advisor will select the recipients for their 2013 awards.
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
Les Amis de La Villa (Friends of La Villa)
Thank you to all those who have signed up for our FREE loyal card - applications for the card, for 2013, have now closed and will re-open again after Easter.
We will be sending out the "Les Amis" card to those who have signed up just prior to Christmas, with a letter detailing all of the benefits.
Creating a Perfect Cheeseboard
The French claim they produce more than one cheese for every day of the year - so it would take you quite some time to taste them all!
Guests who have stayed at La Villa will have enjoyed a few of our local, regional & national cheeses, all purchased from our local "Cremerie" in the centre of Mazamet.
We hope you enjoy our top tips on creating your own tasty cheeseboard:
1. Choose a selection of cheeses by taste/strength, texture/consistency and milk variety (i.e. goats, sheep & cows);
2. Don't always play it safe and include cheeses you are familiar with - try some different cheeses each dinner party and learn a little about your selection before hand too (in terms of where it was made, how long it is aged, etc.);
3. Never serve cheese straight from the fridge - cheese is best served at room temperature so take your selection out of the fridge at least an hour prior to serving;
4. Always serve your cheese course prior to your desert - it is always best not to switch from tasting something sweet back to savoury at the end of a meal;
4. A variety of accompaniments like chutney, figs, grapes, walnuts enhance a cheeseboard, as does a mixture of savoury biscuits & breads;
5. Commonly red wine is served with cheese, however with strong cheeses like Roquefort, sweet white wines are a good match too.
Roquebrun - a new discovery.
We discovered Roquebrun ourselves last winter when we took a cut-through to a vineyard where we collecting some wines.
Nestled along the banks of the river Orb, Roqueburn is a picturesque village, with stunning views, and a great place to stop for a lazy lunch and a wonder around its steep and ancient streets.
Situated in our neighbouring department of the "Herault", and just 20 mins from another favourite spot of "Olargues"; Roquebrun enjoys somewhat of a micro-climate and claims to benefit from 300 days of sunshine each year (and plenty of oranges are grown as proof of its warm climate!)
The village itself is medieval in origin, although it is more than likely that it was first inhabited by the Romans who brought both olive and grape vines to the area (close by to the village is a 6th century church and the remains of a Roman villa) - today the village is home to around eight wine producers.
For those visiting the region early in the year, the village celebrates with a festival of "Mimosa" in February to celebrate the start of Spring and then from March until October the "Jardin Méditerranée", is open to the public with a wide variety of plants, cactus and citrus commonly found around the Mediterranean region.
Visitors from the USA will also be interested to take a short diversion (5 km) to the village of Lugné where a replica of the Statue of Liberty is located (donated by the captain of the ship who transported the French-made statue to New York in 1885 and who retired to live in Lugné).
If your travels to France include a visit to Montpellier/Provence, we can suggest a wonderful route that takes you through the village of Roqueburn on route to/From Mazamet. For more details, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
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