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Address: 1 Abbaye de Fontdouce, 17770 Saint Bris des Bois, France
Phone Number: +33 5 46 74 77 08
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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 18:30
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Founded in 1111, the abbey associates Romanesque architecture and Gothic...

Founded in 1111, the abbey associates Romanesque architecture and Gothic style. A visit for the whole family with "The Quest of the Lost Manuscript", an initiation to stone cutting, exhibitions, concerts...

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In its hayday this abbey housed over 100 monks and was a theological centre for the region. During the French Revolution it suffered and was partially destroyed leaving the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 October 2014
Margaret W
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stuck for something to do on a cold and rainy day we took a chance and headed for this Chateau. We were in luck, it was open. Initially it didn’t look like there was too much to look at but we followed the guide and headed down the steps to an attractive garden and cloisters. The English booklet was very... More 

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Winchester, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

For those people complaining it was not worth the visit, I feel sorry for them. This place is absolutely magical and the family who own and maintain it (the same family since the revolution) obviously care a great deal about their responsibility for looking after this wonderful historic place. We met the owner by chance and when he told us... More 

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Thibaud B, L'équipe de l'abbaye at Fontdouce Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you for these kind words ! It is always nice to see that some visitors actually notice and value the efforts that the owners have been investing in the restauration for decades. We sure hope to see you soon at the abbey ! More 

Maidstone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2014

In its hayday this abbey housed over 100 monks and was a theological centre for the region. During the French Revolution it suffered and was partially destroyed leaving the amazing structures still to be viewed. It is well worth a visit with extensive grounds to walk around.

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Thank Margaret W
Thibaud B, Responsable relations publiques at Fontdouce Abbey, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit and for the time you have spent writing a commentary! We will be pleased to welcome you again! More 

Ault Hucknall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2014

Lovely garden and buildings, we spent a few hours here, well worth taking a picnic. There is a great mix of history and info and the kids didn't get bored (which was an added bonus !)

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

A very tranquil spot to spend an hour or two. The English self guide was reasonable and we spent a happy time in the grounds and in the abbey. Not a huge place but a good stop and maybe also a place to recharge the batteries !!

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Thibaud B, Responsable relations publiques at Fontdouce Abbey, responded to this review
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Bonjour, Merci beaucoup pour l'excellente note attribuée à votre visite à l’Abbaye de Fontdouce. Nous tenons à profiter de votre... More 

Hayling Island
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2014

I felt quite sorry for the two work experience language students tied to the entrance desk because they had no internet and not a lot to do. The Abbaye is nicely situated, is very peaceful and has a wonderful history, but not enough is made of the ruin. It's mostly neat and tidy. I lost the will to live a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

We saw this abbaye on our way from Cognac to Saintes. We were dissappointed because the website makes it seem a lot larger than it is. We spent maybe 45min-1hour exploring the building and the grounds. There is only really one room that is worth seeing the building (the one with the arches that you see in all the pictures).... More 

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France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2012

lovely position, very historic and has occasional concerts in the evenings. Musical events take place regularly within the actual buildings and gardens.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2012

This was among several places we have visited with high expectations and been very disappointed. There were no facilities, not even a coffee shop. The staff seemed more interested in themselves than the visitors, but we have come to expect this in France.

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