La Villa de Mazamet France’s leading luxury B&B in the south of France

Deep in the south of France, nestled in the foot of the stunning Montagne Noire mountain range, which divides the departments of the Tarn from the Aude, sits Mazamet. And, nestled in Mazamet is the exquisite Villa de Mazamet, the No. 1 B&B in France on Trip Advisor…

France’s leading luxury B&B

Mazamet isn’t your average destination. It attracts international visitors who come to experience a true slice of French life without it being a typical tourist-trap. The town is an excellent base from which to explore an area not widely known nor discovered. But with Carcassonne and Albi close by and Bordeaux, Provence, the Dordogne and Barcelona all within comfy driving distance, this gorgeous B&B makes for a great place to stay.

There are several reasons that the Villa de Mazamet is so special. For starters, the five luxuriously guest rooms, each with an individually styled marble fireplace and original parquet flooring. Hotel quality beds, fine monogrammed bed linens, Tassimo hot beverage makers, flat screen TV/DVD and iPod dock (together with fast free Wifi) make you feel totally spoiled. It’s like staying in a luxury hotel but it retains the personality and individuality of a B&B. And, you can pamper yourself in Le Petit Spa with a sauna, Jacuzzi and massage treatments, and relax in the outdoor pool in the landscape gardens.


Testament to the truly special nature of La Villa de Mazamet comes in the form of winning the coveted Trip Advisor “Traveller’s Choice Award”. Not just once, but awarded for seven successive years since 2011. It’s the only property in France with such an accolade.  The B&B is also included in “Le Guide Michelin”  for its well-appointed accommodation,  Sawday’s guide to French B&B’s and The Good Hotel Guide.

Mazamet – in a beautiful corner of France you may never have heard of

Not on the traditional tourist map, Mazamet holds onto its wealthy 19th century heritage from its wool industry and lasting links with many nations from the UK to New Zealand, with whom it traded. The wealth created from the wool and leather industry in Mazamet manifested itself in the creation of many bourgeois family residences. Built between the 1850s and 1950’s – these beautiful homes line the wide streets. They’re a legacy that shows how Mazamet rose to become the 15th wealthiest town in the whole of France.

A number of the beautiful family residences have been given a new lease of life, playing host to boutique guest accommodation. The 1930’s “La Villa de Mazamet”, completely renovated by two Brits, Peter & Mark, opened for business in 2009. They like nothing better than to share the best places to go for lunch, to have a picnic, to see the gorgeous countryside or visit a picturesque village or historic town. They’ve even written a series of self-drive day tours with a map & driving directions which take in the must-see locations in the area from the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Albi and Carcassonne, to small medieval villages & vineyards.

Perfect for culture vultures, nature lovers and sports fans

For those seeking exercise over culture, the Montagne Noire provides extensive walking options. There are lakes close by for a refreshing dip as well as great road cycling. For those who like pedal power but on the level, a 65km cycle track, using the disused railway line which brought the wool to Mazamet, starts just 200 metres from the gates of La Villa (and bike hire is available too).

Guests not wishing to venture far can explore Mazamet on foot and enjoy two 35 min architectural tours. There are  three weekly markets (plus a night food market in July and August), a beautiful park, shops, cafés and bars are all within 10 mins walk. Or you can take a 15-minute train ride to explore the neighbouring town of Castres and its Goya museum and river-front shopping.

And there’s more

Five evenings a week, a four-course table d’hôte dinner is served at La Villa, poolside during the balmy summer evenings. The talented cooks use fresh local & seasonal produce to create a menu that changes daily. And, it’s complemented with a wine list of more than 25 labels the owners have sourced (and tasted!) from vineyards no more than 90 minutes away.

It’s no wonder La Villa de Mazamet is the no. 1 B&B in France!

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