Abbaye Cottage lies in the heart of the medieval Abbaye village of Fontevraud. The quaint cottage is a centuries old stable newly converted in 2005 and retains much of its original character with tuffeau stone walls and ancient oak beams. It has been tastefully furnished with top quality fittings and a mix of antique and chateau style furniture. Both of the 2 bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms making it perfect for couples holidaying together and families alike. Abbaye Cottage is just a stone’s throw from the entrance to the 35 acre Royale Abbaye, final resting place of Henry ll and Richard the Lion Heart. Fontevraud village is well serviced with 2 bars, 2 hotels, 3 cafes, 3 quality restaurants, tourist information, a pharmacy, bakery, post office, hairdresser, cash machine, general store, gift shop, artisan jewellery maker, illuminator, artist gallery, stained glass artisan and all the facilities within the Abbaye itself.
Cottage in Fontevraud L'Abbaye, Maine et Loire, Pays de la Loire, France - Private Walled Garden, Tranquil Yet Only A Minutes Walk From The Village Shops, Bars And Restaurants
Robert and Lucy Smith
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 4, 2018
About Robert and Lucy Smith
Robert and I recently moved from the UK to make the Loire Valley our permanent home. We now own and run Loire Luxury Holiday Cottages and have recently completed the restoration of our second holiday house. Our next project is already underway and will open in 2016. We maintain and look after the cottages ourselves -that way we can give you our personal assurance that they are furnished and kept to the very highest standards. We live only 30 minutes away and are on hand if you need anything extra during your stay.
Robert and Lucy Smith purchased this Cottage in 2008
Why Robert and Lucy Smith chose Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
We fell in love with Fontevraud during a holiday in 2007 and decided there and then it was the place for us! The Loire Valley has beautiful countryside, a rich river life, amazing chateaux and of course fantastic food and wines. There really is something for everyone.
What makes this Cottage unique
Abbaye Cottage is situated in the heart of the village, it is perfect for getting to the bakery for breakfast croissants or wandering to one of the great eateries for dinner in the evenings, or just sitting in the tranquil garden with a glass of wine! We really hope that you enjoy your holiday at Abbaye Cottage as much as we have done over the years.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A hidden gem waiting to welcome you...
Step through the ancient door and follow the path until a magic cottage is revealed...Pass beds of lavender,a hot tub and outdoor seating areas then throw back the door to reveal the beautiful,stylish interior with all mod cons available to ensure you have a relaxed and pleasurable vacation...Lucy and Robert ensure you feel welcome and warmed by bubbly,cup cakes and essential provisions on arrival,all information is to hand and every need is catered for...The magic of Fontevraud is on your rather lovely doorstep...Bliss from beginning to end...
Superb, 5star facilities!
A perfect holiday!
The cottage is completely hidden from view and just about as private as you could wish for!
Inside is typically French with an added touch of class, very clean and fresh and being met by the lovely Lucy on site who took time to explain all of the features was a real bonus.
We would not hesitate to recommend, the cottage to anyone, a real delight in a beautiful village with so much to see and do nearby. A car is a must and the rest is up to your sense of adventure!
Peaceful holiday yet close to the village. Fantastic standard of accommodation, highly recommended.
Beautiful cottage in the Loire
We had a week at this gorgeous cottage and wish it had been longer. Everything was perfect, and we really loved the walled garden, so peaceful yet right in the centre of the village. Brilliant location too, so near Saumur, Chinon and lovely walks along the Loire. Lucy was very welcoming and helpful with lots of recommendations for places to visit and restaurants. Thank you so much, we hope to return.
It was great meeting you both! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and really do hope you come back to visit us again another time.
Luxury In The Loire
What a gem! Abbaye Cottage in the Loire Valley village of Fontevraud L'Abbaye absolutely deserves its 'luxury' tag. We stayed for a week and should have booked to stay longer.
First, the village: Nestled among fields of sunflowers, Fontevraud is a film-set-perfect collection of higgledy-piggledy white stone houses fanning from a central, cobbled square dotted with restaurants, boulangerie, biscuiterie etc. It's everything you'd imagine a sun-baked French village to be, where the pastime of choice is sitting at a cafe table, sipping a coffee or cooling down by running the condensation from a cool glass of utterly superb Loire wine along your arm. That and, of course, strolling across the square to the abbey that is one of the world's great treasures...and the awe-inspiring burial place of Richard the Lionheart and Henry ll, along with more assorted royalty than you'd expect to find anywhere outside Westminster Abbey.
Better still, Fontevraud is superbly placed for the prime sights of the Loire valley. The city of Samur is less than 20 minutes away, while there are more fairytale chateaux nearby than you can shake a stick at. Especially the ultimate fairytale castle, Chateau d'Usse, where Charles Perrault was inspired to write Sleeping Beauty.
Now the cottage: Set behind walls, literally just seconds from the glorious Abbey is Abbaye Cottage. Built in the same creamy-white tuffeau stone it is an oasis of cool and chic. The owners have thought of everything...bubbly, cakes and fresh bread on the kitchen table to greet you, Egyptian cotton sheets on the beds and even wonderfully scented soap in the two ensuite bathrooms. There were just the two of us, but there's plenty of space for four...including in the hot tub in an unoverlooked garden where you hear only the faint hum of bees in the lavender.
For quiet nights in, there are UK channels on the TV, but we spent most evenings exploring the lovely restaurants in and around the village.
Downsides? We couldn't find any. Maybe the village square could have done with a little music in the night but, on the other hand, that might destroy the perfect peace of the place. We've never come home from a holiday so relaxed, or so determined to go back.
Fancy a day at the beach? The nearest beach is under 2 hours away. Or you can use the river beaches 4 kilometres away.
Tours Airport and Poitiers Aiport are both 1 hour away by car. There are regular Ryanair flights from Stansted, Edinburgh, Manchester, Dublin.
Nantes Airport is 3 hours by car, flights from Stansted, Manchester, Leeds, East Midlands with Flybe and Ryanair.
Paris CDG, connect with the high speed TGV to Tours and Saumur. Ferry routes to Calais, Caen and St Malo from the south of the UK.
Eurotunnel run trains every 20 minutes in the high season
Chateaux within 20 minutes drive: Montsoreau, Montreuil Bellay, Breze, Saumur, Chinon.
Chateaux within 1 hrs drive: Langeais, Rigny Usse, Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Brissac, Angers.
Family Attractions in the region: Doue Zoo Bio Park, Poitiers Futurescope, Saumur Cavalry Museum, Saumur Cadre Noir Equestrian Shows, Doue Rose Gardens, St Hillaire Mushroom Museum, Saumur Tank Museum, Fontevraud Royale Abbaye, Fontevraud Martin de Cadre Artisan Soap Factory, Quince Brissac Parc-Etang.
Walking: There are dozens of way marked paths in the area and a range of guide leaflets is available from the local Tourist Offices. Guided walks through the vineyards are also available in season.
Cycling: The Loire is at the centre of a regional initiative “La Loire a Velo” which supports cycling in the area. There are miles and miles of cycle paths and routes, from gentle, flat riverside paths to more adventurous hill and forest tracks. There are even guides for cycle tours of the local vineyards.
Equestrian: Saumur and its region is at the centre of equestrian life and is home to the noted Cadre Noir –France’s leading military equestrian school. You can visit the school that has an extensive museum and offers regular guided tours. During the summer there are regular public displays of exceptional horsemanship in the ménage and several evening ‘Spectacle’ events.
If you prefer riding to watching, there are many stables within a short drive where you can hire horses individually or as part of a group to hack in the woods and local countryside.
Canoeing and Kayaking: The River Loire (and Vienne) is minutes away and there are several places where you can hire canoes/kayaks by the hour or day. All equipment is provided and some operators offer a collection service if you prefer to head for a destination (e.g. Chinon) -or paddle in just one direction.
Golf: There are around a dozen golf courses within 45 minutes’ drive, with the nearest just 5 minutes outside the village. (Visitor daily green fee €45)
Other Activities: Swimming. You can find indoor and outdoor pools at Saumur, Montreuil Bellay and Doue, or swim in the Loire from the river beaches just 3 miles away.
Karting, course is 10 minutes away. Hot Air Balloon rides across the Loire valley. Flying Lesson in a light aircraft available at Saumur. Gyrocopter rides over the Loire and Fontevraud Abbaye available from Saumur.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: A security deposit of £225 (€250) is payable on booking, the balance payable 90 days before the arrival date. If your booking is within 90 days of arrival, payment in full is required at time of booking. On arrival the deposit is automatically converted to a refundable security deposit. The deposit will be returned within 14 days of departure providing that there are no damages or breakages. Payment may be made by bank transfer or credit/debit card (a service fee applies for card payments) Changeover Day: Preferred change over day is Saturday, however there may be some flexibility so please enquire. The cottage is available from 3pm on the day of arrival. Please vacate the cottage by 10am on your departure date. Notes on prices: Payment may be made in GBP or Euros. Low Season Weekly Rate in Euros 905.00 Mid Season Weekly Rate in Euros 1035.00 High Season Weekly Rate in Euros 1165.00 Short Stays may be available in Low and Mid Season. Please enquire if you would like to discuss an alternative length of stay.