We stayed for 3 nights in September and wished we had booked a full week. Mark and Peter could conduct classes on how to run a bed and breakfast! From the moment we walked in, Mark greeted us and made us feel so welcome. He brought us a welcoming glass of wine and sat down with us once we were settled in to help us plan our 3 days. Mark and Peter have set up 7 fully detailed itineraries: each different, complete with maps, restaurants, etc. All of it printed out so you can take it along with you! This was just one of the many wonderful, thoughtful touches.
The building itself is a beautiful, stately, well restored villa. The decor is refined luxury. In particular the beds and the incredibly soft linens! I had my best sleep here of my entire 22 night trip. The bathrooms are also spacious and beautifully restored.
The food.... was also excellent. Breakfast was simple, but everything you could want. Fresh yogurt, fruit, jams, meats, cheese and the best breads you could imagine -I am sure they are brought in fresh each morning. We had one dinner at the villa, and Peter is truly a wonderful chef. Even the wine list was great - so good that we sought out one of the wines afterward and bought several bottles for the remainder of the trip.
Finally the area and location. Mazamet is a small town, centrally located with easy access to many day trips. There are plenty of good restaurants in the town, We spent a full day in Albi, and could have easily spent more time there. On our return from Albi we stopped in at the perched village of Cordes Sur Ciel, amazing to walk along the cobblestones from the 1200's and wonder who had walked there before us! On our way back to the villa from Cordes, we made a wrong turn and had the most memorable drive of our vacation through the endless rows of vineyards. We could literally have picked grapes from the vines as we drove along narrow roadways that were brimming with farm equipment gearing up for the harvest. It made me remember the saying that on every vacation you should get lost once! The following day we went to Las Tours and Carcassone which were something to see, but we definitely preferred Albi.
Every evening when we returned to the villa. Mark or Peter would greet us and see if we needed anything for that evening or the next day. Always so helpful!
As we packed our bags and said our goodbyes, we hoped that we could return to this beautiful villa. Thank you Mark and Peter!!
As we packed our bags and said our goodbye's
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It is so pleasing to read how much your enjoyed your time with us at La Villa, from our food to the town itself.
Many guests comment on how our location provides the best of both worlds - a very quiet residential area yet five minutes' walk into the centre of the town; as well as being centrally located to explore all that the region has to offer.
Albi is certainly one of our favourite places to visit as it provides so much to see and do - and a contrast to some of the smaller medieval villages. In writing and planning our seven self-drive day tours, we have tried to give our guests a complete overview of the region (appreciating that, for many, it is their first time here), highlighting the "must see" places as well as a teaser for that return trip - which we certainly hope you will be able to do!
Thank you once again for finding us and we hope that, when your travels next bring you across the Atlantic, we may welcome you back to La VIlla.
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