We all know of Southern France’s many obvious charms—Provence, the Riviera, lavender fields forever—but this tucked-away retreat in the heart of the Languedoc (a region in Southwest France) is well-worth venturing a bit farther afield. Here, outside the medieval hilltop village of Montréal where Camellas-Lloret is located, you’ll find rural rolling hills, fields of wheat, wide swaths of sunflowers and grapevines aplenty.
A Love Project We Love
Behind the unassuming vine-covered walls that line the storybook alley where Camellas-Lloret hides (you’ll be wondering if you could have possibly found the right place) is a most serene 18th century home that owners/designers Annie and Colin Moore have turned into their “love project.” Here they offer four exquisitely decorated bed and bath suites, where Colin’s found collections of old drawings and prints from the local brocantes adorn the walls. In addition to the spacious rooms, a rustic garden apartment complete with kitchenette and separate lounge area is available. Throughout the rambling, cozy home you’ll find original architectural details, marble fireplaces and a delightful mix of antique and modern design.
Beyond City Walls
Although at every turn you’ll find a homey spot you want to curl up in for the day, we strongly urge you to head out beyond Montréal’s walls and see the surrounding area. Upon your arrival, Colin will undoubtedly usher you in with a glass of rosé in the courtyard and a long list of the must see’s and do’s during your visit (all described with a captivating South African accent, to boot). The list is likely to include the nearby medieval towns of Carcassonne, Mirepoix, and Limoux—best discovered on market days. Most thrilling of all, before leaving for the day’s adventure, Annie will shower you with a spread of fresh patisserie at the communal table for breakfast and café shared with fellow guests.
Settle in for Spring
Although better suited for the crowd in need of a restorative, relaxing getaway than a wild bachelorette bash (it’s a very tiny town, with French grannies for neighbors), the whole of Camellas-Lloret is available for rent in the off-season. It’s the perfect hideaway for an intimate, jet-setting wedding with just your family or an enviable destination for a much-needed reunion with old friends.
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