Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud
The burial place of Richard the Lionheart and his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Stunning Abbey, beautiful gardens. A calm and serene atmosphere. The hotel on the corner outside has the best Earl Grey tea I have ever tasted!
Not a Chateau... but a beautiful Abbey built in the 11th century. One of the largest surviving monastic cities from the Middle Ages. Art installations, lovely gardens. There is a café and brassiere and a Michelin star restaurant.
Fontevraud Abbey, founded in 1101 is the largest monastic site in Europe and is 18km La Maison Tumtum Arbre. Spread over 13 hectares it was the original site of the tombs of King Henry II, his wife Eleanor and their son Richard I (The Lionheart)
In the heart of the Loire Valley, site of the biggest abbey in Europe and tomb of Richard the Lionheart
“Lovely day out for all the family with well cared for animals and plenty of space.”
“Sits proudly on a raised rocky area above the Loire and the town of Saumur. An imposing sight at any time, looks even more splendid when lit up at night.”
“The troglodyte village at Rochemenier is a must see and inexpensive experiance. The caves were occupied until the 1970's”
Point of Interest
“Our favorite place so far for picnicking. Pack a lunch, head up there and find a spot at the base of the chateau, near the lake, and enjoy the view!”
“Classified as a historic monument and located 10km from Saumur, the Chateau de Breze invites you to discover its architectural treasures, as well as its network of tunnels carved into the rock.”