Rustic bohemian sophistication at Camellas-Lloret
Every detail has been lovingly curated to make Camellas-Lloret the epitome of shabby-chic. Nothing feels brand-new or polished but rather elegantly lived-in. Every corner of the building looks like a snapshot from an interiors magazine, yet there’s a distinct lack of pretension. From the beautiful salon where guests share a glass of rosé with host Cathy to the high-walled courtyard in which to linger over your morning coffee, Camellas-Lloret is designed to make you feel completely at ease.
Camellas-Lloret comprises 4 unique bedrooms and a garden apartment styled from a converted workshop, each dripping in the bohemian charm. In the courtyard, delicate plants line the gravel terrace, green leaves drape across the wrought-iron furniture and pale roses stand out against the old brickwork. A stay here is like losing yourself in a daydream of cool serenity and effortless elegance. Perfectly placed to explore the surrounding medieval towns and villages, Camellas-Lloret is a blissful sanctuary of understated charm.
What we liked the most
- The marble fireplaces in every room
- The unique artwork scattered throughout the home
- The exposed brickwork and standalone tub in the ensuites
- Selecting a book from the library of travel tomes in the salon
- Gathering around the fire pit on cooler evenings
Intriguing fusions of textures from linen and cotton to marble and driftwood create an atmosphere of unpretentious elegance and comfort. In the rooms of Camellas-Lloret, you’ll find gorgeous details, hand-picked by your hosts and sourced from local markets, adding to the feeling of being in a home away from home.
Light streams in through the two French windows onto the gracefully rumpled cotton bedsheets and illuminates the pale olive-coloured walls. Outside, you can glimpse the lush ivy clambering up the sandstone of the building opposite. Chambre 1 has a rose marble mantle and a stylish leather armchair in which to linger over your morning coffee before heading to the ensuite to shower off.
This room is subtle and romantic in hints of grey-blue, with a window behind the bed letting the morning light drift in – a gentle and perfect wake-up call. Glide through the elegant arched doorway into the effortlessly luxurious ensuite and prepare for a day of total relaxation.
Dreamy rose-printed wallpaper balances harmoniously with dusty pink organic cotton bed sheets in Chambre 3. Gaze out at the trees from the French doors or relax on the daybed under the chic 70s-style lamp as you read a book and contemplate the room’s timeless style.
An impressive selection of nude sketches adorns one of the pale grey walls in Chambre 4, visible from the majestic four-poster draped in organic cotton sheets. In the bathroom, luxuriate in the standalone tub as you feel the soft breeze floating in from the French windows and contemplate the garden below.
Indulge in an afternoon of true bliss in the claw-footed soaking tub set against the exposed brick bathroom wall. The apartment is resplendent in textures of linen and reclaimed wood and comprises a queen-size bed, a lounge area with two daybeds, a kitchen and a dining room.
Services and facilities
Taste the flavors
Upon request, the hosts can arrange an evening table d’hôte featuring dishes created according to host Annie’s creativity and the produce of the season. Meals are shared among guests and taken either outside on warmer evenings or in the cosy dining room next to a roaring fire.
Cathy finds a moment of meditation as she chops fresh fruit and tears leaves of aromatic basil for the breakfast fruit salad. Accompanied by just-baked croissants and bread from the local bakery as well as creamy cheeses and jewel-coloured marmalade, the Camellas-Lloret breakfast is a lesson in beautiful simplicity. Enjoy it in the rustic, tranquil courtyard, the air punctuated with the scent of just-brewed coffee.
Like the fig tree roots, the property is constantly addressing many sustainable tourism areas and excelling in most fields.
- Although the building in itself is not using modern, Cathy is running her guesthouse with reducing her footprint in mind
- Camellas-Lloret follows a green waste management policy as cleaning products are ecofriendly, all waste sorted and single-use plastic is banned from the guesthouse
- As a guest, you will enjoy locally sourced products for breakfast and Table d’hôte. While eco-friendly amenities we and sustainably sources linen are waiting in your room.
Explore the location
Camellas-Lloret is located in the village of Montreal, a 20-minute drive from Carcassonne with its airport and walled medieval town. Toulouse is accessible by TGV (high-speed train) in under an hour.
The surrounding region, Malepère, is picture-perfect with its rolling hills and breathtaking countryside vistas. Exploring the nearby towns lets you discover classic French morning markets as well as antique fairs, where you can pick up some unique treasures. Around the Canal du Midi, which cuts through the region, there are plenty of activities to enjoy, from cycling and walking to picnics on a gently drifting canal boat.