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La Villa De Mazamet
Ranked #1 of 11 Mazamet B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

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!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

If you're planning a visit to the Languedoc-Rousillon region of France, guys- this is the place! That is, of course, assuming you like this sort of thing: a small, elegant historic inn with all the modern conveniences, swimming-pool, etc. The thing that really makes it though, is the 2 fellows who own and run it, Mark & Peter. The way that they look after their guests' comfort is quite special, always allowing you your privacy while at the same time making sure that you have everything that you want or need. Like the extra towels and the "honesty-bar" at the pool. (There's a little fridge there with a notebook on top. You want a drink? Just sign for it in the little book. There's nobody bothering you.) Now, the food: Peter is this totally amazing chef. He introduced us to the 4-course dinner, of which the 3rd course (for you non-sophisticates) is, naturally, cheese. Joanne & I have tried to bring this habit home with us, although it's sometimes hard to duplicate when your local supermarket offers, basically, American cheese, "yellow or white!" Still, we are endeavoring to follow Peter's example. I've downloaded from their web-site the recipe for his fabulous "Lamb Tagine," and will attempt it myself if I'm feeling brave. What else? Oh- they'll tell you about cool historical places to visit every day (Carcasonne, etc.) and about good places to take your morning exercise (the pretty Lac du Montagne) and keep you abreast of the local Mazamet goings-on (concerts in the park, town fetes, etc.) Lastly, the other folks staying at this inn seem, in my experience, to be a very friendly lot. Many from Britain, Scotland, Australia, etc. so we were able to break-out our High School French gradually, and could speak English "at home." Run, don't walk!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

4 nights here wasn't enough but we were the following le tour de France "en moto", in July 13 so had to drag ourselves away. Magnificent villa, wonderful hosts & delicious grub. The Black Mountain area took us by surprise & we had some crackin' trips out on our motorbike, which our hosts let us lock up in their garage each night; most appreciated. Can't wait to return & with a railway station a minute walk away what better opportunity for a French rail trip. Many thanks to Peter & Mark for a memorable stay.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We went to La Villa for a week in the middle of July and must say how fabulous it was. Before we arrived Mark and Peter tried to make our stay as enjoyable as possible, recommending restaurants for us and booking them upon our request prior to arrival. These were a michelin star restaurant and a 2 michelin restaurant which were superb. Then from the time we arrived to the moment we left we were offered unrivalled service to make sure our stay was as relaxed as possible. At breakfast (which was a lovely fresh spread everyday with local pastries and bread together with fruits, jams, cereals and cheese and meats) we were asked if we had plans for the day which, shortly after breakfast Mark would talk us through best route to go with a map, leaflets, best places for lunch and things to do. This attentiveness was evident throughout our stay.
The actual guesthouse, rooms and surroundings are beautiful, spotlessly clean and finished to a very high standard. Nothing is left to chance, I can honestly say I didn't see anything out of place during our stay.
Local area from Lakes in the mountains for a swim and a sunbathe to medieval villages for lunch at a walk, this is a beautiful part of the world and this is the place to stay when there. Thanks Mark and Peter, we will be visiting again for sure.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

This was our second stay at La Villa de Mazamet, 8 days this time. We received a warm welcome from Mark and Peter and a complimentary drink on arrival!
La Villa is such a beautiful house with very fine decor in all of the rooms and there are plenty of places to relax inside and out. The en suite bedrooms are pure luxury, with everything needed for a comfortable stay. The new Gazebo compete with luxury seating is a delightful shaded place to sit and read or enjoy a chat with other guests. Dining at La Villa is very special with meals prepared to perfection by Peter using local ingredients and herbs from their own vegetable garden, together with Mark's excellent service everything is so smoothly mastered. One day Mark and Peter provided us with a map detailing a walk around Mazamet town. This was marked with places of interest complete with translations to English of the information boards located around the town. We found this very interesting and enjoyed a recommended stop for lunch at the Salon de Te!
There is much to see in the surrounding area.
All in all a very special place to stay!!

Room Tip: We stayed in a Superior Balcony room with a view of the mountains.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2013 via mobile

This elegant restored villa in quiet, leafy Rue Pasteur is spacious and calm, beautifully presented by hosts Peter & Mark. Ensuite rooms are large and comfortable and attention to detail in every respect would be difficult to match. Expect fabulous food, professional printed tour guides for daily excursions, and a level of service which is friendly and attentive without being intrusive. Value for money would be hard to beat too. Other guests are lucky enough to be able to visit several times a year. Too far to travel for us - we are envious!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

We spent 2 nights at this wonderful hotel in July 2013 and loved every minutes of our stay here. We were warmly welcomed by Mark and the complimentary glass of wine before dinner was a nice touch. Our upgrade was a lovely surprise too.

The decor is very elegant and stylish but comfortable and inviting. The Villa has been lovingly and meticulously restored by the current owners and it is obvious that much thought, care and attention to detail has gone into the restoration. The rooms are beautifully decorated with lovely antiques, gorgeous fabrics and soft furnishings and upmarket toiletries. The lounges are wonderful to relax in and the pool looked very inviting, although we didn't use it as it was raining when we were there.

The food was delicious and we had dinner on one of our two nights there. Unfortunately Mark and Peter had a night off from cooking on our second night, but there are restaurants within walking distance and Mark was extremely helpful with suggestions and booked us a table at a restaurant close by.

This is a truly special and unique place to stay, due in equal parts to the stunning villa and to Mark and Peter's warm hospitality. We really cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 4 rue Pasteur, 81200 Mazamet, France
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Region: France > Occitanie > Tarn > Mazamet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Mazamet
Price Range: £97 - £135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
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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