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Abbaye de Fontfroide

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Address: Chemin de Fontfroide | RD 613, 11100 Narbonne, France
Phone Number: +33 4 68 45 11 08
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Description: Open all year long. Visits, Restaurant, Wines, Concerts...

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This trip was well worth the visit. The drive there through vineyards is wonderful and then the Abby itself is set in a green lush valley. The buildings are austere and lack... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This trip was well worth the visit. The drive there through vineyards is wonderful and then the Abby itself is set in a green lush valley. The buildings are austere and lack décor but show how the monks lived. The gardens are worthwhile as the 2500 roses were in bloom and the walk up the hillside to the terrace gardens... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This historic abbaye is definitely worth a day long visit. There is the stunning Abbaye itself, the flower gardens, gift store and restaurant. There is so much to see and appreciate so allow plenty of time to enjoy the peace, beauty and history fully. Words can't easily express how wonderful this place is. Parking is nearby and there is a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

An absolutely lovely afternoon out and really good value at c.10 Euro pp. Great staff who spoke English and were very helpful. Clearly an awful lot of work goes into the upkeep of the Abbaye and grounds and it shows. Very picturesque buildings and surrounding countryside. Relaxing, interesting and enjoyable - definitely worth the trip.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Lovely visit to this place during April. It's worth a stop although the admission price is a little high. Historically a significant stop off for the area.

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Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

The Abbaye de Fontfroide is a gem: very well preserved (and continuously renovated!), with a well maintained rose garden (they even have their own rose species!) and a proper tour that changes depending on the season. The abbey is located in the French countryside (a.k.a. the Middle of Nowhere) and has an interesting history, both because of its former function... More 

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Naples, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Nestled at the base of Cathar country, the Abbaye is a wonderful tribute to monastic life. This complex forces you to take a few minutes to discover quiet contemplation. Simple in design and structure the building and grounds yet exude a grandeur that can't be easily put into words. As you wander thru the property you easily picture the monks... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Visited here on a south of France road trip and it was definitely worth the stop. The buildings of the Abbaye are all in excellent condition and it has a lovely restaurant and wine cellar. You can go on a guided tour but we found it better to explore at our own pace. The buildings are all extremely well preserved... More 

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Narbonne, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I have visited a couple of times in the late spring when they hold a festival of flowers. This weekend event is for all the family, there are plants and produce for sale in the beautiful grounds of the Abbey.

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Fontfroide, Responsable relations clients at Abbaye de Fontfroide, responded to this review

Thanks a lot Gillian E ! The "Fête des Plantes" is organized every year in May, normally during the first week-end. You can find the program of this event on our website. Best regards, More 

Beziers, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

With over 100k visitors a year pick your day to visit this wonderful Abbaye. The site is very well preserved and presented, the buildings themselves are well worth the entrance fee and the beautiful gardens are an added bonus. Very good on-site restaurant as well.

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Yorba Linda, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Unlike most abbeys this is not in ruins but kept up beautifully maybe because it is privately owned. The owner gave us a tour with the history of the Abbey.;

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