You cannot beat such a setting for unexceptional beauty and cultural heritage.The hotel has been newly refurbished and guests will fall in love with the Abbey’s truffeau stone walls and luxurious bedrooms providing a peaceful ambiance.  Wooden shutters and vaulted ceilings add to the lovely atmosphere and natural materials of stone, oak and grey slate are in abundance.  

Naturally, the hotel has a long history and the friendly staff are always happy to impart their knowledge to guests.  Within the former chapel is the hotel’s bar which is light and welcoming, leading to the restaurant.  Be prepared for creative, contemporary dining as the talented young chef Thibaut Ruggeri tempts guests with dishes prepared using local produce.

It is worth exploring the fantastic scenery by bicycle.  There are paths following part of the 500-mile Loire à Vélo cycle route that winds along France’s longest river to the Atlantic. The path takes in the region's wineries, the many grand Chateaux so loved by French Renaissance Kings and the valley’s unusual cave-villages.

You do not have to be religious to enjoy a stay at such a monastic site.  Most people will feel in awe of the scale and spectacle of the Abbey just steps away from your accommodation.

The amazing towering columns reach to the skies in a vast illuminated space that dates from the 12th century and houses the tombs of Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine. There is no doubt that guests will feel immersed in the centuries of history all around them.

For further information please visit www.fontevraud.fr/en

Please note that British Airways offer direct flights from London City to Angers. www.ba.com