We visited on a rather damp morning so adjourned to the restaurant for coffee and a snack. There was plenty to choose from and if this had been later in the day we may well have chosen one of the hot meals on offer.
The structure of the Abbey is being repaired and cleaned so some parts were inaccessible but our overall impression was of a place of serenity and simple beauty.
The gardens were not at their best having suffered in the long winter weather but it was interesting to see the myriad varieties of lavender and the culinary and medicinal herb beds.
There are two shops, a standard gift shop and one that only sells products from monasteries and convents across Europe. The latter was particularly interesting and resulted in several purchases.
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