Camellia House Bed and Breakfast

426 East Rutland St. , Covington, LA 70433 USA (Show map)


The Camellia House B&B is a gracious old "Raised Louisiana Cottage" located in the heart of Covington's downtown historic district. Step off our porch and walk the town, browse our wonderful shops and art galleries, dine at our fine restaurants, enjoy our many street fairs and festivals, walk or ride the Tammany Trace, and then - come home. Come home to swing on the porch, float in the POOL, sit fireside in the garden, relax in the outdoor HOT TUB, and then nestle into a luxurious bed. Each suite is fully private and self contained and has its own PRIVATE ENTRANCE from one of our lovely porches. Each has PRIVATE BATH, WIRELESS INTERNET,cable tv, microwave, coffee service and fully stocked refrigerator. Continental 'plus' breakfast is setup in the privacy of you suite the evening before so that you may have breakfast at your leisure. Each suite is furnished with antiques and local architectural accent pieces. Our suites are extremely comfortable, have a wonderful historic eclectic flavor yet are thoroughly modern and are not fussy or overdone. We invite you to come and enjoy our B&B and experience a touch of southern "Covington" hospitality.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Nice Time

4.0 on December 21, 2016

We recently visited Camellia House for an overnight stay. We loved the precious town. Our favorite part of our stay was the private porch area that was so nicely equipped with pillows and blankets for comfort! We loved our pool view and night view of the lighted foliage over the pool. Our hostess was very friendly and well prepared for her guests. She made great recommendations for dining, even one within walking distance. Taking a dip in the hot tub was nice! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

Getaway Weekend

4.8 on August 07, 2016

My husband and I have had a hectic summer and were in dire need of a relaxing getaway. We love the area and decided to try a B&B this time. We made the right choice with Camelllia House in Covington. The decor is lovely. Our room had its own porch that overlooks the pool with a porch entrance. Linda, the owner stocks the room with delicious baked goods and quiche and fresh fruit, daily. We ate at the little table in the room and took coffee out on the porch. It feels so secluded which was just what we needed! Upon our arrival, Linda gave some stellar restaurant recommendations and told us what was happening while we were there. All her recommendations were wonderful. We'll be recommending Camelllia House to friends and family!

Best Bed and Breakfast in Covington, LA

5 on October 15, 2015

My wife and I absolutely enjoyed our stay at the Camellia. Linda and Don are the nicest people you will ever meet. The service was beyond our expectations and would recommend this to anyone looking for a quite get a way. I would recommend this B and B to everyone you will not be disappointed.

What a wonderful place!

5 on August 16, 2015

We had the most wonderful experience at the Camellia House! My husband and I were looking for a quiet, relaxing weekend before our baby comes in 2 months. This was just the place! Linda and Don are the nicest people you will ever meet, and they are VERY good at what they do! They have thought of every single detail to make your stay comfortable, enjoyable, and memorable. We ate wonderful breakfasts out on our comfortable porch, lounged by the pool, strolled the streets of charming Covington, ate at some AMAZING restaurants, and visited the local breweries and farmers market. It was the perfect weekend! The Camellia House is charming, private, quiet, clean, comfortable, and unique. We highly recommend it, and we will be back very soon!

Relaxing Retreat!

5 on October 21, 2014

Camellia house is a little slice of heaven on earth! From the moment we got there we were treated like family. Don and Linda are very gracious hosts, you will not want to leave! The rooms are very spacious and the grounds are gorgeous! My favorite was the private balcony to sit and drink coffee in the morning. We had a wonderful 1st Anniversary there and will definitely be back! Thanks for a great stay!!!

Anniversary Weekend

5 on September 28, 2014

What a nice surprise in the heart of the Covingtons historic district. The room was very charming and the porch, enchanting. We had a very relaxing weekend and enjoyed the tranquil light show at night. The private breakfast , delicious quiche, oj and fresh fruit in fridge, was a pleasant surprise. We also enjoyed Linda's recommendations of local restaurants.

Amazing place, cute town, kind hosts!

4.8 on November 01, 2013

This B&B is awesome. The house is beautiful, it's a block down from the main street in town, and the hosts are extremely friendly and helpful. I booked my room last minute (day before), and Linda was very accommodating. I got the small room, because I'm a student and trying to save on money, and it's perfect. The room is very small, but extremely comfortable. There is a twin bed (veryyy comfy), a tv, microwave, fridge (stocked water, food, soda, etc.), a small table and chairs, and the bathroom is stocked with everything you could need. It literally feels like my bedroom back home! She even has movies and books on the shelves above the bed. Each room is secluded, and has it's own entrance off of the porch. There are a couple of rocking chairs and blankets on the porch in front of my door, and the surrounding streets are very cute as well. Linda gave me a marked up map of Covington, with all of her restaurant recommendations, and local activities like live music and the farmer's market. She was very helpful, and showed me plenty of great ways to spend my weekend here. Everything is also in walking distance from the house, which is awesome. The wifi was fast, which I really appreciate being a student and having work to do. This place is AWESOME. I highly recommend it, and already plan on staying here again when I want a little getaway. Absolutely no complaints, no hesitation to return.

Breakfast in bed...

5 on September 24, 2013

My wife and I absolutely enjoyed our stay at the Camellia House. One the best parts was breakfast in our room (or bed) since our lovely hostess there were already pastries and quiche in the fridge. As for other notes: the bed was comfortable, the decor was refined, and they have a nice pool on property. I can't wait to stay there again.

Anniversary Get Away!

5 on September 17, 2013

We recently celebrated our wedding anniversary and couldn't have picked a nicer place to stay, and only an hour's drive from home. Mrs Linda made our stay welcome, in more ways than one, and we couldn't have needed or wanted any better! Lots of things to see in the local historical district, just a few miles drive and you could take a stroll along Lakeshore Dr at Lake Ponchatrain, We love it and Mrs Linda your crabmeat queche is to die We'll be back again.

Outstanding B&B!

5 on September 09, 2013

My husband and I biked up from Mandeville on the trace and stayed for the weekend. We had a wonderful time & couldn't be more pleased with our little adventure! The proprietress is an absolutely angel & couldn't be more delightful or accomadating. She's thought of absolutely everything & takes care of your needs while still maintaining your privacy. We're unable to get out of town very often, but this was close by but felt a world away, and allowed us to relax and enjoy our time together. We would certainly echo all of the accolades this lovely B&B so deservedly receives from other reviewers, and will highly recommend it to our family and friends. We were able to enjoy its many amenities like the hot tub and pool right in the middle of beautiful old Covington, and still get out to several of the wonderful nightclubs and fine restaurants that are within walking distance, and also very much enjoyed the sweet little consignment shops all around the area too. Thank you very, very much Lynda and Don! It was so nice to have met you! We'll definitely be back!

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Rooms & Rates

Master King Suite

Our Master Suite has its own private entrance from the front porch. Suite has bedroom, sunporch/sitting room and private bath. Bedroom has king bed, desk and small ambiance fireplace. Sunporch/sitting room has twin bed (add'l twin beds can be added), dining table and chairs, coffee service, microwave, refrigerator, cable tv, dvd/vcr and wireless internet. Step out your door onto the porch and relax in your own sitting area with porch swing and chairs. For more than double occupancy or if an add'l twin beds are add there is a $30.00 per night per extra person/bed charge. Call for any discount

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $165 - $205

King Poolside Suite

King Poolside Suite has its own private entrance from a lovely porch that overlooks pool and consists of large bedroom and private bath. This suite has king size bed (a twin bed can be added), desk, small ambiance fireplace, dining table and chairs, coffee service, microwave, refrigerator, cable tv, dvd/vcr and wireless internet. Step out your door onto a wonderful porch with your own sitting area with wicker rockers and an antique chest to put your feet up on. For more than double occupancy or if twin bed is added there is a $30.00 per night per extra person/bed charge. Call for any discounts

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $165 - $205

Queen Poolside Suite

Queen Poolside Suite (NOW HAS KING BED) has its own private entrance from a lovely porch that overlooks the pool. Suite consists of bedroom and private bath. There is a KING BED (a twin bed can be added), dining table and chairs, coffee service, microwave, refrigerator, cable tv, dvd/vcr and wireless internet. Step out your door to your own porch sitting area with daybed and wicker chairs. For more than double occupancy or if a twin bed is added there is a $30.00 per night per extra person/bed charge. Call for any discounts.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $155 - $195

Petite Suite

Petite Suite has its own private entrance from the front porch. Consists of small bedroom (petite) with queen bed and private bath. - this suite is very small but very charming. Can accommodate a couple and is most economical for the business traveler or the single traveler looking for a retreat. Suite has queen bed, dining table and chairs, coffee service, microwave, refrigerator, cable tv, dvd/vcr and wireless internet. Step out your door onto the front porch to your own sitting area with rockers and chairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 1
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $155

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Location Type

City w / Small Town Feel, Downtown Historic District


New Orleans, LA (MSY) 40 miles

Directions to property:

Exit off I-12 at Covington/Madisonville (HWY 21) - go north - at 3rd red light past I-12 intersection (St Tammany Hospital is at this red light) take right on 8th Street - go till 8th Street ends - take left at Jahncke Ave - stay on Jahncke (mile to mile half) til get to intersection at Rutland Street- 4 way stop sign - look across intersection to left corner - you are here - be mindful of speed limit on 8th street and Jahncke Ave - these are neighborhood streets and have reduced speed aave - neighborhood streets

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, St Tammany Trace, Swamp Tours, Alligator Farm, New Orleans, Global Wildlife , Mississippi Gulf Coast, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

On-site amenities


Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Hiking trails, Farmers Market, Local Fairs & Festivals, St. Tammany Trace ( 31 miles long bike/hike trail, art galleries and antique shopping, porch sitting, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only outdoors only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes close adult supervision
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required @ innkeeper discretion w/ restrictions/confirmation required
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: some weekends/holidays may require minimun stay - check w/ innkeeper
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full prepayment required as deposit via credit card or check 30 days prior to first day of reservation for Holiday/Specail Events and 14 days prior to first day of reservation for all others.
  • Cancellations: Prepaid deposit is 100% refundable if the reservation committment is cancelled at least 30 days prior to first day of reservation for Holiday/Special Events and 14 days prior to first day of reservation for all others (non holiday and non special events reservations). Any request made to cancel LESS THAN 30 DAYS prior to arrival for Holiday/Special Events or LESS THAN 14 DAYS prior to all others (non holiday and non special events) will be subject to a cancellation fee of $35.00 and the cancellation policy which states that deposit is non-refundable unless the reservation can be rebooked for all or part of the committed booking. In the event that only a portion of the commitment can be rebooked only that portion will be refunded minus a $35.00 cancellation fee. Example: If reservations are confirmed for three nights and Camellia House can only rebook two of the three nights committed to, two nights will be refunded minus a $35.00 cancellation fee and the third forfitted. If all three are rebooked, all three will be refunded minus a $35.00 cancellation fee. Reservation confirmation can be supplied if requested by e-mail or US postal service.
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Linda Whitsett Chambless and Don Chambless

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Resident Pets

Dogs , our dogs are small dogs

About the innkeepers

Linda and Don are native New Orleanians who escaped the big city 20 years ago to experience the sense of community and small town feel that Covington offers. Their lives changed - they opened their own business - a lawn and landscape maintenance business - and then a bed and breakfast. They are living their dreams. Don loves to work outside, exercise and live healthy. Linda loves to garden (La. Master Gardener class of 1998), collect antiques and architectural salvage, and renovate old homes

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: at your leisure - self serve
  • Serving Location: taken to porch or poolside, privacy or your suite or can be

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