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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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Narbonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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16 reviews 16 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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5 reviews 5 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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Beds
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90 reviews 90 reviews
30 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is a beautiful and peaceful location, and was one of the highlights of our visit to Languedoc. As others have said the tour is only in French, but there is a perfectly adequate information leaflet in English and we were happy to walk around the abbey by ourselves. We had lunch in the cafe which was quick and convenient,... More

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a very quiet and beautiful site with a lot of history, it was very quiet when we visitied and be aware that this is not a buggy-friendly site, so bring something to carry your baby when you climb the stairs in this abbey.

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Rhone, France
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94 reviews 94 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A great venue tastefully restored and oozing with interesting history. Excellent facilities with something for most folk. The guided tour was very good and while some of our group understand French well others would have benefitted from an English speaking guide. As others have commented, given the size and scale of this tourist operation it's hard to believe that an... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This medeaval abbey is absolutely worth visiting. It has been beautifully restored and was a highlight during our holiday. The only negative thing is that guided visits are only in French (unless you are a group of more than 20). We understand French very well, but it might be a problem for a lot of visitors.

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Farmington, Connecticut
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197 reviews 197 reviews
96 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Those Cistercians! They always chose exceptionally beautiful places to build their abbeys and this one is also magnificent. The building itself is beautiful and their gardens are glorious. We enjoyed the walkways lined with different labeled plants, one held and identified four different lavender varieties along with other kinds of herbs. The courtyard with the lavender is breathtaking, even in... More

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Victoria, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This abbey is a piece of history that gives one pause and reflection. It felt like we were there at the time when this abbey was lived in and enjoyed in it's day. Each rose in the rose garden had it's own aroma and special color. The architecture was spectacular. I could picture the moat. We loved this energy of... More

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