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L'Abbaye Chateau De Camon
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Camon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 24, 2012

We only stayed for one night but loved the mix of style, informality and homeliness. You feel as if you are staying in something of historical importance but that is also a home. They haven't wiped away all the idiosyncrasies for the sake of comfort and that adds to the charm of the place. The food in the evening was outstanding. If I could add one thing it would be a second breakfast option of a croissant and a coffee for a cheaper price - it's all we needed after such a sumptuous feast the evening before.

Camon itself is small, pretty and well placed from which to explore.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Sept 24-26, 2013

After a thrilling visit to the Grotte Niaux and a tour of Mirepoix, we found our way here in a remote region of Ariege and in the village of Camon. Katie and Peter Lawton has taken on the ambitious task of renovating an ancient abbey into a upscale hotel. Much of the abbey still remains to be restored, but the hotel part appears very authentic and leaves enough to the imagination of the 12th c Order still walking the wide corridors while we are asleep.
A big problem, here more than other hotels, is the lack of a lift. The twisting stone staircase is tricky to negotiate with the dim lighting (if you remember to turn it on). The steps are pie-slice shaped and cannot be taken casually. You should ask for the lower floor rooms.
Besides the dim lighting, there are few other significant niggles. My wife found a used Q-tip in the corner under the shower curtain next to the wall. Though gone the next day, a thorough housekeeper would not allow this to happen. Another important failing was the extremely poor water pressure through the shower head. The water just dribbled over the face of the shower head. I had to hold the handle of the head and let whatever water fall on me. I had two terrible showers. One other thing was a desk lamp light that would go on and off inexplicably.
On the positives, the room was very large with a large comfortable bed. The dinner at the hotel was like eating in a medieval castle room with a huge fireplace and a stuffed boar's head. The 5-course dinner at 42€ was tasty and very satisfying. We did not try the 18€ breakfast.
The village of Camon is tiny with only a sundry shop selling coffee, pastries, and groceries. No other shop seemed open except for the home of a very kind and hospitable couple, Paul and Cassandra Einstein. Within their house, she runs an artist studio and gallery.
This was an experience ones needs to try once in a lifetime.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

We got married at the Chateau this Summer and we couldn't have asked for more. What an amazing venue....the location, atmosphere,food and wine were simply magnificant. There is a wonderful balance of french style aswell as having all the mod cons a bride needs on her big day. Everyone had a wonderful three days taking in all the area has to offer. In one word... fairytale!

Room Tip: All the rooms are equally beautiful and the attention to detail is fantastic
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We have been dining here for at least five years, and have always been delighted. The setting overlooks one of the "most beautiful villages in France", in an unspoilt countryside. It is an ancient abbey inside a castle, which has retained its sense of history. The current owners, Katie & Peter Lawton, have succeeded in creating an elegantly stylish décor perfectly attuned to its ancestry. Their welcome is warm and friendly - nothing is too much trouble, either for them or their staff. Before dinner, you'll sip an aperitif on the blossom-laden terrace, with its stunning view of the garden with all its trees and a swimming pool and the roofs of the village below forming a backdrop to the chateau. Tom the chef offers a fixed menu each evening from his constantly changing range of signature dishes - these are of mouthwatering quality and full of interest. The tables have been set up in the former abbey cloisters, sheltered but with a lawned courtyard open to the sky. Watching the twilight arrive and the odd hoot of a barn owl add to the ambience. We have not been residents in the chateau itself although we have visited the rooms on the first floor, decorated in traditional French style reminiscent of the C17th. Several of our friends make an annual pilgrimage here in search of tranquillity. The chateau is an excellent base for exploring the Ariege with its Cathar castles, as well as the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is also a stunning venue for weddings as clients have already discovered. This is a place which is remarkably different from brand chains. Our only concern is that such a positive review will make it more difficult to find a reservation there for ourselves in the future.

Definitely a destination not to be missed!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Oh my word - what a magnificent place to idle away a few days - the L'Abbaye Chateau de Camon, is a labour of love, in a magnificent setting - a former monastery, the chateau is in a serene & picturesque village. Close to Mirepoix & ideal for exploring the many amazing attractions in the vicinity. We managed a trip to beautiful Foix, Carcassonne & her Medieval city (a World Heritage site I believe), the Domaine Gayda wine farm & a day trip from Somail down the canal with Belle du Midi cruises. All truly brilliant excursions. Sadly we arrived too late to spend time at the weekly market in Mirepoix, a charming town with some very photogenic buildings.

The Chateau is not pretentious or overdone. It is comfortable, elegantly homely & makes you feel just that little bit special all at once. They have magnificently romantic gardens & a wonderful pool area complete with stylish umbrellas & elegant loungers. The breakfast rooms are perfect. Our party sat in the Kitchen room at a delicatly huge farmhouse table (only in France), although there was another room with pretty tables set or the wonderful outside area for the warm summer months. All very picturesque.

The rooms are beautiful, & tastefully done - our room was not overdone or pretentious but pretty & comfortable, & very much in keeping with the surroundings. Our room, at the top of an impressive spiral stone staircase, had a fantastic pastoral view with the Pyrenees in the distance. Katie and Peter, owners & dedicated custodians of a special piece of history, were hosts extraordinaré. They accommodated our party of 16 with grace & aplomb, & showed a genuine interest in all their guests. Constantly attentive without being intrusive & such amazing knowledge of the local area.

You definitely want to make reservations for dinner, as the food is exquisite! On 3 occasions we sampled an excellent five course 'degustation' dinner with a different but equally supurb selection every evening. Tom (the Chef) menu was well balanced, delicious, innovative, & on a par with Michelin establishments. Breakfasts were a fresh assortment of fruit, natural yoghurt, breads, cheeses, homemade jams, sausages and ham. The morning we managed to breakfast on the terrace, with its sweeping unspoiled French countryside view, was totally breath-taking.

All in all a beautiful part of the countryside in a well-kept, much loved, elegant & graceful home that just happens to also hold an extraordinary history shared by wonderful hosts. This was a superb visit to celebrate a special friend's 50th birthday. A very special visit to a very special place.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Once again, a fantastic stay with Peter, Katie and Tina the dog. Everything here is so relaxed. ALL the staff are helpful and friendly and the place itself is wonderful. Top marks, or as my dogs would say TOP BARKS! Tom's food is the best we have eaten in France and we would recommend this place to everyone! Our fourth visit says it all!

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

It's a castle! Wonderful winding stone staircase, beautiful views, serene setting.
I felt like a princess. Owners Katie and Peter are most gracious hosts and the
meals were spectacular. Don't miss dinner! We thought it was a bargain considering
the special accommodations and wonderful food. A great base for visiting Carcassonne and
the Cathar castles or just taking a walk in the countryside.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: L'abbaye Chateau de Camon, 09500 Camon, France
Location: France > Occitanie > Ariege > Camon
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Bar / Lounge
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Camon
Number of rooms: 6
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