Fontevraud L’Hôtel

  • Fontevraud Abbey

    © Abbaye de Fontevraud / N. Mattheus

    Fontevraud Abbey

    © Abbaye de Fontevraud / N. Mattheus

  • Fontevraud Abbey

    © Abbaye de Fontevraud / N. Mattheus

    Fontevraud Abbey

    © Abbaye de Fontevraud / N. Mattheus

  • Room,  Fontevraud l'Hôtel

    © Abbaye de Fontevraud / N. Mattheus

    Room, Fontevraud l'Hôtel

    © Abbaye de Fontevraud / N. Mattheus

  • Fontevraud l'Hôtel

    © Fontevraud - David Darrault

    Fontevraud l'Hôtel

    © Fontevraud - David Darrault

  • Fontevraud Le Restaurant

    © Abbaye de Fontevraud / N. Mattheus

    Fontevraud Le Restaurant

    © Abbaye de Fontevraud / N. Mattheus

  • Bathroom, Fontevraud l'Hôtel

    © Abbaye de Fontevraud / N. Mattheus

    Bathroom, Fontevraud l'Hôtel

    © Abbaye de Fontevraud / N. Mattheus

Fontevraud L’Hôtel Rue Saint-Jean de l'Habit 49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye fr

Founded in 1101, Fontevraud was at one time home to more than a thousand monks and nuns, whose matriarchal order eventually stretched from Portugal to Poland. It all came crashing down in 1792, however, when French revolutionaries ordered the evacuation of all religious residences in the land. The abbey was soon converted into a prison, which earned a brutal reputation before closing in 1963. Two decades later, after extensive restoration work, it reopened as yet another deconsecrated historic monument. But this wouldn’t be the last of Fontevraud’s transformations. In June 2015, the abbey’s former leper ward (of all places) opened as a hotel designed by French-Canadian duo Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku.

Modern tech meets medieval architecture

The architects were tasked with preserving the spirit of the historic site while adding the comforts of a four-star hotel and a touch of innovative technology.The decor is refined, minimalist and elegant, featuring a range of whites and browns. Naturally, the vaulted ceilings have been maintained as a key detail of the priory's original structure. At the same time, the hotel will be firmly anchored in the 21st century, as seen in its iBar, where visitors can consult touchscreen tablets to learn about the history of the site from 1101 to the present.

The 54 minimally chic bedrooms have been cleverly fitted into priory's original structure, tucked into attic spaces and under high ceilings. Young chef Thibaut Ruggeri - winner of the prestigious Bocuse d'or 2013 award - heads up the main Le Restaurant, plus there's the Alienor Café for informal meals and the Orangerie for snacks. Everything has been painstakingly designed, from staff uniforms down to the labels on the bottles of locally sourced Fontaine d'Evraud spring water.

Custom-fit spaces

  • CONFERENCES, RECEPTIONS / MULTIPLE POSSIBILITIES IN AN UNIQUE SETTING 

Organise business meetings, a seminar, hold a gala dinner or celebrate a wedding in the shade of the Abbey Church, so many different experiences are possible in a unique setting … that of Fontevraud Royal Abbey!

  • FROM 10 SEATS TO 800 / FULLY EQUIPPED ROOMS

From small-scale meeting rooms to the 800 seats of the Abbey Church, via the elegant refectory of Fontevraud L’Hôtel, the Abbey can adapt itself to all kinds of gatherings. As with the rest of the Abbey, conference and events rooms are equipped with the most modern technology: fibre-optic, giant screens, acoustic panelling, highly adaptable lighting and temperature control.

  • A PERFECT REFUGE / WORK AND LEISURE

Spending a night at Fontevraud L’Hôtel, the guest, businessman or conference attendee will notice the warm and peaceful atmosphere that reigns over the site. L’hotel is ideal to concentrate one’s mind on life’s essentials, in the sober architecture of the Royal Abbey.

What can your clients do while they're here?

There are plenty of stunning chateaux nearby, such as Azay-le-Rideau and Montsoreau, and you can take a bike ride on the recently completed La Loire à Vélo route, stopping off for vineyard tours along the way. But as a guest at Fontevraud you'll enjoy the rare privilege of having this incredible place to yourself: setting off on night-time tours to spot ghosts, or rising early to have breakfast in the orchard then exploring the vast spaces of the abbey, which showcases centuries of architectural styles - from Gothic galleries to Byzantine-Romanesque kitchens - and 13 hectares of landscaped grounds. Almost a thousand years after it was originally built, Fontevraud is still a place for contemplation.

 

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