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Abbaye de Fontfroide

Chemin de Fontfroide | RD 613, 11100 Narbonne, France
+33 4 68 45 11 08
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Ranked #2 of 16 Attractions in Narbonne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wineries, Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Description: Open all year long. Visits, Restaurant, Wines, Concerts...
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

If you have spent any time at all in the Aude/Cathar region of France, you know that there are a multitude of abbeys and castle ruins to visit. Each starts to look like the previous after a while. Fontfroide was another of these- ancient by American standards but well reconstructed and accessible, but still no real furnishings from the period.... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The abbey is the first place I visited after arriving in Barcelona earlier that day. It's in a beautiful secluded location and perfect for a contemplative visit. The courtyards and garden were lovely as was the architecture and associated history of the abbey. With making a stop if you are en route to Carcassonne or in the vicinity.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This a spectacular example of the rich Cathey trail buildings which are a feature of the South of France, encompassing the rich history that these buildings offer, open for a free roam around its grounds is a departure from the normal conducted tour around the building and grounds, the main purpose of our visit on this occasion was to view... More

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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The name of this Abbaye suggests Cold Water, which used to run under the Abbaye, but the welcome is nothing like that. What a spectacular place and worth a visit when in the area. The Abbaye has been lovingly maintained. It just looks loved. The owners try so hard with the upkeep of the property and gardens. It is quite... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Abbaye is a lovely, atmospheric place and well worth wandering round for a few hours. We weren't offered a tour, but having read the reviews here we were happy with a self-guided map and took our time to wander round. We were out in the rose garden when the heavens opened and we were treated to a huge downpour... More

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Saint-Pierre-la-Mer, France
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Do not miss this Abbaye if you are in the surrounding of Narbonne. It a place well kept and the tour is well documented. During summer there is a lot of musical presentations, worth to assist. A min point is the restaurant, very basic. Rita

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Narbonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Wonderful to visit the Abbaye de Fontfroid. A great way to spend a day and enjoy an afternoon lunch in the amazingly delicious restaurant.

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Black Mountain, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The Abbaye was a terrific experience. It has been beautifully restored and the gardens are lovely and peaceful. We enjoyed our best meal of our trip at the restaurant.

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

Dear Judi_and_Duane, thanks for your post ! We are pleased to know you enjoyed your 'trip' to the abbey and the restaurant ! Best regards, More

Languedoc Rousillion, France
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17 reviews 17 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

very disappointing.nothing memorable or comparable to uk stately homes.Not worth going out of your way to visit.

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

Dear jainsusan1960, i am a little bit surprised by your post : Fontfroide is considerated as one of the best preserved cistercian abbeys in Europe. Are you sure you have visited its cloister ? The church ? The refectory ? The sleeping room ? The Chapter hall ? The Court of Honour ? The Lay brothers passageway ? See the... More

Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Beautiful building. Good service (although slightly too efficient at times, taking away some plates before all diners had finished eating), very interesting menu, including children's menu (e.g. foie gras). Not cheap but well-priced.

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