…is the hotel located at the Fonteraud Abbey and close to Saumur. (About two hours from Paris.) It was built in 1101 and is one of the biggest monastic communities.
Richard the Lionheart is buried here along with Eleanor of Aquitaine (Queen of both France and then, England). Once a prison under Napoleon’s reign, it recently debuted as a hotel designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku. Each piece of furniture was custom designed for this hotel.
Expect to receive an IPad when checking in – it’s for videos and loaded with helpful apps and allows for free phone calls. In the IBar, you will order your libations on a touch screen. This bar is in the former cloister and its centerpiece is a fabulous long,”altar” bar made from centuries old wood beams with leather seating beneath.
Local vegetables are used for many of their signature dishes and their cheese tray is a sight to behold-and delicious too. Your dinner experience at the hotel eatery starts with a amuse-bouche which is a simple soup served with handmade bread.
You’ll enjoy breakfast in an area which was once the cloister and you’ll sit at tables facing their interior garden. In nice weather, you may opt to dine al-fresco. Much of this garden is filled with herbs used in cooking. Strolling the abbey gardens in the moonlight is not to be missed.
Only 54 rooms and suites comprise the Fonteraud Abbey Hotel Royale. For families with children, their two story suites are ideal. In each well-appointed bathroom, look for glass bottles which hold spring water which is sourced on the property. Each room has an espresso machine and the natural mattresses are made by Biosense.
Several family activities are easily planned and children are frequently invited into the kitchen to help prepare various desserts.
Please call us at 559-324-8150 to help plan an extraordinary vacation to the Abbey Fontevraud, a “grand” hotel.