We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Martin de Candre

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Lieu Dit Mestre, 49590 Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, France
Phone Number: +33 2 41 51 75 87
Website
Saturday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 19:00

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 56 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 8
    Excellent
  • 3
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
A quirky step back in time

Fontevraud is also famous for its soap factory, which is actually just outside the village boundary, in a complex of buildings which houses a hotel and a fine restaurant (the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Michelin M
,
Okehampton, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

56 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 12: English reviews
Okehampton, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fontevraud is also famous for its soap factory, which is actually just outside the village boundary, in a complex of buildings which houses a hotel and a fine restaurant (the latter reviewed separately) . Plenty of parking. You can't actually visit the soap factory but you can the shop which is well worth the trip. The smell on entering is... More 

Helpful?
Thank Michelin M
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic shop, great for gifts and all the products smell wonderful. The lady who served us even kindly gave us some complimentary soaps!

Helpful?
Thank SOscar17
Spilsby, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Worth going for the smell which is wonderful, locally made soap for sale. Lovely presents but expensive.

Helpful?
Thank Hagmanor
Caterham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
186 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This is fairly close to Fontevraud and used to be a farm for the abbey. It is a lovely place, where you can stay, or visit for the soap museum and shop. There is also a restaurant there as well. Lovely feel to the place. The soap is expensive but is very much artisan, hand made. Would make lovely gifts... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jimvin
Cannock, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Very helpful and obliging staff lovely soaps etc ideal for gifts for self and family and friends a great variety of choice, and the lovely aroma just follows you and stays with you very unique and personal experience

Helpful?
Thank Christine B
Keswick, Va
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2015

Natural soaps and other toiletries, situated right inside the Domaine de Mestré. A wonderful place to Christmas-shop for all your friends (they ship).

Helpful?
1 Thank mnkicq
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015

Worth a visit, very tranquil spot, beautiful range of soaps, made to feel very welcome by the lady running the little shop.

Helpful?
1 Thank Jennifer W
Paris, France
Level Contributor
13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2015

Charming place and such a warm welcome from the family that run this beautiful soap factory. The quality of their products are also wonderful and I still use them!

Helpful?
1 Thank Renee A
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

Beautiful. Paid for the I-pad which was a great way for the children to learn about the history in an interactive way.

Helpful?
Thank RoentgenBoy
London
Level Contributor
17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

Worth doing your research first before heading out to explore this gem of a place. A step back in time.

Helpful?
Thank Chewebacca

Travellers who viewed Martin de Candre also viewed

Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Maine et Loire
Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Maine et Loire
 
Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Maine et Loire
Breze, Maine et Loire
 

Been to Martin de Candre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Martin de Candre staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?