The Boutique Vibe

Location

Saint-Génis-des-Fontaines, France
Saint-Génis-des-Fontaines, France

Romantic, Family-Friendly Occitanie Retreat Close to Cities, Beaches, and Mountains.



Domaine de Castell de Blés is a rustic, yet stylish mansion house offers a romantic, peaceful retreat and family-friendly getaway. Walking through the grounds, centennial trees flank pretty terraces and a crystalline swimming pool where lazy days can be spent. Surrounding, ancient vineyards line verdant landscapes, orchards bloom with peaches and apricots and majestic horses graze in fields beneath an idyllic Pyrenean mountain backdrop. The elegant mansion’s interior emanates a chic retro vibe.

Unusual artefacts pepper the lobby and games room, and a sweeping red-carpeted staircase leads to guest rooms and suites. A peaceful reading area offers respite from the midday sun and myriad terrace spaces allow you to soak up picturesque vistas of the great outdoors.

Activities can be enjoyed inside and outside the boutique hotel with beauty treatments available poolside or in your room, plus, there’s walking, cycling, fishing, and even helicopter rides on offer. A traditional Catalan breakfast is served in the dining room or on the terrace - a veritable feast of organic jams, fruits, cheeses, cakes, and bread. Guests also have the freedom to prepare their own lunches and evening meals in the kitchen or use the outdoor barbeque.
Property Type
Guesthouse
Rooms: 5

What we liked the most

 

  • Easy access to historic Perpignan, sandy beaches, and Pyrenean villages.
  • Aquamarine swimming pool, beautiful gardens, and plenty of family-friendly activities.
  • Characterful, yet modern guest rooms with park and countryside views.
  • Organic breakfast is taken on the garden terrace with home-made bread, jams, and pastries.
  • Opportunity to explore the local area with curated walks, helicopter rides, and cycling tours.

Discover the rooms

Castel de Blés has 5 spacious rooms and 2 cottages overlooking beautiful, ancient tree-lined parkland, allowing guests to wake up to spectacular views every day. Each room is spacious, yet cozy – a home-away-from-home, a combination of contemporary and traditional styles equipped with all the little extras you could possibly desire during your stay.

Côte Cour
2 guests
View into the park

Decorated with original hardwood floors, wooden ceiling beams, and interior shutters, this spacious modern room with traditional flourishes is the perfect place for relaxation. Stylishly dressed in crisp white linens, painted in muted heritage shades, and with exquisite park views, it’s the ideal room for a romantic stay.

Cote cour room features:

Double bed 160 x 200 cm, sitting area with armchair, TV, minibar, air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with shower, sink and toilet, pink stone décor typical of the Pyrenees.

Delightfully spacious guest room characterized by half-timbering, wood floors, and windows with original shutters. The room is decorated in rich amethyst shades with muted pale greys and light wood. It features a super king bed, lounge with convertible small double sofa bed, and en-suite facilities. Views are of the centennial trees and pretty parkland.

Côté Parc room features:

a Super-king bed, lounge with convertible cm sofa bed, desk, TV, air conditioning, mini bar, free WiFi, and en-suite with large shower and separate toilet.

A spacious guest suite of 60m2 with two separate adjoining rooms for privacy. Perfect for extended family or friends, this generous suite is modern, light, and airy with traditional wood beams, hardwood flooring, and traditional touches like antique chandeliers and ornamental tables.

Family suite features:

2 Adjoining rooms for privacy, living room with a single bed and convertible sofa. Master Bedroom features a super king bed, bathroom with large shower, sink, separate toilet, and hairdryer. Space for an extra bed or crib.

A cozy, characterful room designed for 2 people decorated in neutral color tones with antique furnishings and charming flourishes throughout. This romantic room offers en-suite facilities, beautiful courtyard views, and cailleroux architecture typical of the region. It boasts little extras too, such as toweling bathrobes and air conditioning to ensure a comfortable stay.

Lou suite features:

Queen sized bed, air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet,.

This ambient guest room is decorated in muted lilacs and heritage greys and adorned with rich textiles and floor-to-ceiling windows boasting park views. There’s a large lounge area complete with TV, a standalone dressing area, and the elegant room is punctuated with unique antique furnishings throughout.

Madeloc suite features:

1 x 180 x 200 cm bed, lounge area with TV, air conditioning, free WiFi, en-suite with large shower, sink, hairdryer and bathrobes, separate toilet.

Services and facilities

Services
  • 24/7 reception
  • Air conditioning
  • Baby cots
  • Children games and toys
  • High Speed Wi-Fi
  • On-site activities
  • Daily maid service
  • Massage and wellness services

Facilities
  • Bar / café
  • Garden
  • Indoor pool
  • Lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Soundproofing
  • Playground
  • Terrace

Taste the flavours

Morning Catalan Feast

Good conversation, hearty Catalan breakfasts, and self-catered meals.

Served in the quaint dining area or alfresco on the terrace, this boutique hotel spoils its guests with wholesome Catalan breakfasts consisting of cakes, bread, cereals, eggs, cheeses, fresh fruit, and juice and organic jams. Throughout the day, tea or coffee is available and the hotel kitchen and barbeques are at guests’ disposal.

Explore the location

Set on the outer fringes of Saint-Génis-des-Fontaines, 25 minutes’ drive south of Perpignan and 15 minutes from sandy beaches of Argelès-Sur-Mer, Castel de Blés is in a prime location from which to explore the romantic Occitanie region. Explore the town’s Romanesque church and former Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Michel, delve deep into medieval history at nearby Elne, or venture to the coast and marvel at cobbled streets and scenic views of Collioure which captured the canvasses of Picasso and Matisse.

Focus on sustainability

Like the fig tree roots, the property is constantly addressing many sustainable tourism areas and excelling in most fields.

With its 2 hectares domain of greenery, Domaine Castell de Blé offers to experience nature.

  • The restored building kept the traditional architecture features adapted to the climate: thick stone walls, wood ceilings. The rooms are furnished sustainably giving a “second life” to the furniture.
  • The domain is ticking all eco-friendly boxes: no single-use plastic, renewable energy systems are installed, waste water is treated and reused while trimmings and food are composed.
  • Sustainability is making the guest’s experience unique as you are invited to enjoy fresh eggs from the domain, and fresh local produce for the evening’s tapas and barbecue.
  • You could also enjoy the company of the domain’s chicken, horses, and peacocks. Sustainability as an experience!