Tucked into the hills of the Langudeoc Region of France, staying at Camellas-Lloret is one of the best boutique hotel experiences near Carcassonne. This charming b&b featuring four bedrooms and a one-bedroom apartment is the ultimate retreat in the French countryside.
Staying at Camellas-Lloret Near Carcassonne
It’s hard to capture the feeling of staying at Camellas-Lloret in words. When I search for words, the best I can find are sharing our actions — we came for two nights and ended up staying for four. This charming boutique hotel near Carcassonne is a destination in itself. You could easily pass the days lounging about the restored 18th century house, or explore the endless sights in the region. There’s certainly no wrong answer for how to spend your days here in the untouched region.
Created out of love, Camellas-Lloret is the home of Annie and Colin Moore. Annie an American and Colin a South African, met on a train thirty years ago in Paris and fell in love. Fast forward to today, after calling France home for the past decades, this is their haven and retreat for travelers. Their care and attention for detail created a space that transports guests to an otherworldly place.
A look into a day at Camellas-Lloret.
Mornings starts downstairs. As Annie brews a French press to accompany the fresh croissants, Colin has pulled us into the room. He’s asking us our interests — what we had in mind for our time. A few exchanges and sitting down to breakfast, he returns with a piece of paper. On it, there’s a self-drawn map that has our curated itinerary for the day. His ability to understand who we are no doubt comes from his work of being a life coach and chiropractor (yes, you can schedule an appointment with him!).
The adventurous day sets out and with winter hours, the light starts to slip away. Returning back for a glass of wine in the saloon, Pixie and Olive (their incredibly sweet Jack Russell Terriers) join for some time in front of the crackling fire. There’s nothing quite like winter light in a French home with a good book in hand to end the day.
Somewhere between a conversation with Colin on his adventures in South Africa and sitting in the kitchen talking with Annie while she prepared her recipe for homemade nutella, it dawned on me. Staying at Camellas-Lloret is much more than a place to lay our bodies at the end of the day.
It’s a place to call home. Camellas-Lloret is a retreat, a place to be restored and rejuvenated. It’s somewhere to get an understanding of the region through their in-depth experience. And most importantly, it’s the reason we choose to travel — to learn, to open our perspective, and to connect.
Thank you to Camellas-Lloret for filling us up when we needed it most. À bientôt, see you soon. Head here to book your stay at Camellas-Lloret.
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