Fontevrault Abbey – hotel and history

The quite exceptional Fontevrault Abbey (49 Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire) is not just the burial place of Richard the Lionheart, this exceptional abbey offers the visitor an impressive history of architecture and now a 54 room Hotel and gourmet restaurant .

Abbaye Royal de Fontevraud
Abbaye Royal de Fontevraud

Located in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Loire Valley (between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes) the abbey is situated between Saumur and Chinon.  With the Royal Abbey (the largest in Europe), its cloisters and spacious Romanesque kitchens and history dating back to the 12th Century, Fontevraud is always worth a visit.

A new modern art museum opens at Fontevraud Abbey this year!. The Fannnerie, the former stables, will host the rich  private collection of Martine and Léon Clignan, featuring works by Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Rodin.

Opening: May/June 2020

See a wonderful collection of images of the Abbey and its history at Google’s Art and Culture website

Fontevraud L’hôtel  – now you can stay in modern and well-equipped rooms and explore the abbey in the evenings when the day visitors have left.

Fontevraud L’hôtel is located in the priory of the historic monument of Fontevraud-l’Abbaye and as well as the high standard of accommodation (each room comes with a TV and an iPad!), there is a gourmet restaurant run by an award-winning chef!

For more info and to check availabilty at this Abbey Hotel see Fontevraud L’hôtel

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