The only mistake we made about La Villa de Mazamet was staying only two nights! All of the reviews are accurate and it is indeed very difficult to come up with any different or original superlatives to describe this wonderful place. It is beautiful, immaculate, and serene. Mark and Peter must have brainstormed for years with "what ifs" to make sure every possible request or expectation could be met before opening this truly first class manor home. Mazamet’s website (and their pre-arrival communication with guests) is the most thorough of any establishment at which we've stayed in Europe. Your only question when you arrive should be "What are you serving for dinner tonight?" Before dinner, and weather permitting, guests are served their favorite beverage outside. If you like wine, ask for one of their local selections. While we were enjoying wine in the gazebo, I was thinking of how soon we could come back for a longer stay!
We are not novices to wine generally, or to French wine in particular. Mark and Peter have put together the kind of wine list that we love. Most of the wines are locally sourced, the selections are well researched, very reasonably priced, and both gentlemen are very familiar with each producer. It is a place where you can feel comfortable asking them to select a wine to be served with dinner and know that you are in for a treat. Dinner was truly amazing! It was presented beautifully and was delicious.
These two can turn on a dime and are gracious to boot. They are generous with their time and attention. Mark suggested a day trip to Saint Chinian about 45 minutes away where there is an outdoor market on certain days. The scenery in and around Saint Chinian, especially the surrounding vineyards, is beautiful, and the wines from Saint Chinian are exceptional. Unfortunately, you rarely see wines from the Saint Chinian appellation imported to the US.
Mark and Peter do it all (or almost all) running the manor home and they seem to orchestrate every task with the moves of a symphony conductor. Bravo and merci beaucoup for an extraordinary stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Villa de Mazamet is a stunning 1930’s property located in the Tarn department of SW France providing the highest quality Bed & Breakfast accommodation. Overlooking the Montagne Noire (Black Mountains), La Villa provides five sumptuous guest rooms all with ensuite facilities and amenities normally only found in high standard hotels. Other guest facilities include a table d'hôtes restaurant, TV lounge, small library, private walled garden with swimming pool and sun terrace. Le Petit Spa at La Villa provides a sauna, jacuzzi and a choice of massages. Mazamet provides an idea base from which to explore the region with two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Carcassonne and Albi) just 45 mins away. Cycling, wine tasting, mountain lakes, walking, markets, the Canal du Midi, medieval villages and a host of other sites & activities are within one hour of La Villa. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Villa De Mazamet Hotel Mazamet