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A taste of the sweet life

The beginning...


front x adAs it is Springtime here in the South of France - I've decided to share with you today a beginning...Over 10 years ago I arrived in Azille after having lived near Dijon in the Burgundy region for a period of time.

Actually this chapter in my life was a continuation of the desire & passion I'd always had for living in France.  Never being able to place my finger on it, until the end of my volunteer job in Bolivia when I made a bold statement about getting here and running a B&B in a small village.  This became my life when I arrived here less than 5 years later in this perfect town of Azille.

I found the house that would be my home, and yours, and began the transformation of its many rooms and charming hidden corners.

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I met some wonderful local residents, one couple becoming my pseudo-parents who have been my saviors on many occasions, Annie & Michel.  They, among many others, have shared all their know-how and love of this land giving me a wealth of information about life and living here in the south.

In the beginning...I went through each room, pulling off wallpaper, repainting, cleaning and re-wiring.  Then the fun began, choosing my room decoration and watching the house turn into a very comfortable & homey place to invite you all to come and enjoy our laid-back lifestyle here in Azille.

If you want to learn more about the Minervois and the South of France, click here for a Free Guide that I've written for you, full of good tips for traveling in the region and creating a fabulous holiday - Welcome to La Dolce Vita!

Mother's Day Special


As we near the end of Winter, Mother's day approaches.

And no matter which country you are in or which day you celebrate it, let's pay respect to our mothers, grandmothers, ourselves as mothers, and don't forget our daughters who may one day become Mothers.

So to celebrate Mother's day on Sunday March 30th of this year in the UK, we want to offer you a Special weekend at La Dolce Vita.


Mother's Day Weekend Special comes with 2 nights (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday), a Gourmet 2-course meal complete with aperitif, amuse-bouche, homemade ice cream or sorbet & coffee on Saturday evening, then we'll celebrate our Mothers on Sunday morning March 30th, with a Bubbly Mimosa breakfast and all the works (local sausage, eggs, crepes & more), plus a few suggested visits in the area and Mother will feel Special all over again!  Book now to get the room Mum wants.

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                   Mothers & Daughters                                      My Mother & My Daughter


Make note of these upcoming Special Mother's days still to come:

French Mother's Day is Sunday May 25th

USA - German - Italian Mother's Day is Sunday May 11th

Spanish Mother's Day is May 4th

Motorcycle Rally Azille


25th Annual Picrate's Motorcyle Rally

 As promised, details of the upcoming local motorcycle rally are here.  This is the 25th invitation from the Picrate's to their annual biking event, and it promises to be as good as ever.  The time of year is key here, as the weather is usually at it coldest in February, so only "real" bikers need apply!


The 22nd and the 23rd of February, 2014 the Picrate Moto-Club would like to share their time with you.  There are meals, a  25 year pin, a bar, live music, a bike tour, a convivial offering of oysters on the half shell & apertif to all who would like to partake on Sunday afternoon, and this year a CD with 25 years of Picrate rallies' photos available as well.  Come one come all and join us for a rumbling good time.

Don't forget your leathers, your tent & a warm sleeping bag...and your motorcycle!

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If you would like to join the bikers for the whole weekend, for only 24 € you will get two hot meals - a country style dinner on Saturday & a grilled pork lunch on Sunday, breakfast on Sunday morning,  one free drink, your 25 year pin and a place to stake your tent.  Sign up is mandatory to insure your meals (contact Sonia or Michel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the 15th of February).

You may sign up for half-weekend at 16 € and if you want to stay on Friday night as well, with a hot meal, it is 5 € extra. You may also purchase the CD with 25 years of Picrate memories for only 10 €.  Please reserve before the 15th of February.

Saturday's live music, Sunday's bike tour and the oyster & wine aperitif is free and all the village is invited and welcome.

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Stay tuned for photos and follow-up in March...


Holiday Time


Happy Holidays to all!

We have finished our simple yet effective decorations for all to enjoy...!


Laiyla's annual decorations, one a year from her Grandparents...



...and our homemade tree, decorated with care.


Haunted House 2013


This year was a success, a ghostly time - as pictures speak louder than words, our Haunted House :






Join us next year for another frightfull night - oooooohhhhaaaaahhhhaaaoooooooooo......!!!!!