Abbaye de La Celle

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Abbaye de La Celle
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The monastery of La Celle, better known by the name the Abbey of La Celle, is an emblematic monument of 13th centyry Romanesque Provençal art. Classified as a historical monument in 1886, the abbey was acquired in 1990 by the county of the Var.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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4.5
126 reviews
Excellent
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m.demas
Paris, France4 contributions
Peaceful countryhouse style hotel with excellent gastronomy
Apr 2019 • Friends
We stayed here for one night and enjoyed the small hotel and restaurant. The setting is beautiful, it must be even more beautiful on a summer night.

The rooms are designed with the typical Southern French style and are spacious. The luxury of this hotel has nothing to do with new technology or super fancy design. Its the very calm athmosphere, beautiful nature and small details such as Nuxe bathproducts, breakfast of excellent quality - fresh herbal teas, Kusmi tea, crispy bread etc- and the laidback yet correct service.

The chef Nicolas Pierantoni was friendly, welcoming and humble. We opted for the set menu and liked every course a lot. A fun detail was the red wine called Chateau Margui- Titien de Margüt that was served, as its owned by Starwars director George Lucas.

Merci a vous!
Written April 7, 2019
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Robert F
Villecroze, France121 contributions
A little known gem
Sep 2018 • Couples
The Abbaye de la Celle is a little known alternative to the Abbaye de Thoronet.
However this Abbaye is free to enter and offers an interesting half hour / hour and longer when there are mid year exhibitions.
Parking is a short distance away.
Written October 29, 2018
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Michael W
Bath, UK242 contributions
A really beautiful abbey
Sep 2018 • Couples
We arrived on the dot of midday and we were very lucky that the man on the desk let us in as they close for a couple of hours over lunch.

This abbey is partially restored and some restoration work is going on which means that some elements are blocked off but we loved the cloister and the abbey church itself. Very calm and very peaceful with hardly anyone there. Well worth a visit if you are nearby.

There were a number of Roman artifacts in the museum in one of the rooms that were truly fascinating - see my photos.
Written September 17, 2018
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502Ton
Diest, Belgium42 contributions
A small abbey already partly restored
Aug 2018 • Family
We were surprised by the simplicity of this small historic monestary. A large part of the building has been restored and can be visited. A smaller part is being restored and we have been told the excavation work has been finished; Currently a rather small exhibition of roman relics- funeral rites -A journey on the shores of the Styx- has found a superb surrounding in the dormitory.
The entrance of the abbey and the exhibition are free as well as a guide book.
(Next door is a Michelin star restaurant)
Written September 17, 2018
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juliethetraveller123
Greater Manchester, UK198 contributions
12th Century Abbey
Sep 2018 • Couples
Free entry included a Visitor Guide Booklet and Exhibition booklet A Journey on the Shores of the Styx. The Cloister galleries were impressive with the restored carved capital and bases of the columns, one being a small curled up animal. The Church of St Mary has a simplicity to the Romanesque architecture like Thoronet. The Chapter house was not accessible on our visit, possibly being used for another purpose, although its ribbed vaulting was mostly visible through the internal windows. The refectory and dormitory house exhibitions with roman relics and unusual 17th century urn made of carved stone with lettering. There is a toilet accessible via the modern stairwell linking the two levels. Not sure why the Alley was free to enter as it is definitely worth a fee. The village has information panels on points of interest.
Written September 13, 2018
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Vsm09
Mount Pleasant, SC538 contributions
Nice
Jun 2018 • Couples
A lot of restoration has been going on at this abbey over the years. Beautiful construction and nice exhibits. Free entry !
Written June 8, 2018
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John J
90 contributions
Chez Ducasse
Aug 2017 • Business
Fine dinning at its best. reasonably priced for lunch with menus. Night time things go upwards. Not surprising, its owned by one of the worlds top chefs Alain Ducasse. Hotel de Paris Monaco etc.The garden is simply wonderful a small parc. There is a crypt and you can visit the entire abbey. In fact parties are held in the crypt as are weddings and birthdays etc.
Written February 12, 2018
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Karl M
403 contributions
Excellent Abbey (not restaurant) visit
Nov 2017 • Couples
Smaller than Le Thoronet, Senanque and Silvercane abbeys this abbey in La Celle is authentically renovated in super condition and comes with a very informative leaflet explaining it's Roman origin. Wonderful XII century architecture, but I'm not sure, whether the leaflet is available in anything other than French. This IS an abbey and don't confuse it with the restaurant of a similar name which is just next door! Plenty of parking available 50m away. We visited today (mid-November) and we were the only people visiting.
Written November 18, 2017
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Jeff and Evelyn... W
158 contributions
Lovely
Nov 2017 • Couples
It's very simple but gives a taste for life 800 years ago. Restoration has been done well and it does not feel overpowering like Le Thoronet . Parking may be tricky. The restoration includes good access for the disabled though the access slope is the wrong way round for the main door and the lift structure is not pretty. Excellent toilets.
Written November 17, 2017
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Samleigh1936
London, UK64 contributions
Great location-cuisine very diappointing
Jun 2017
We went to Abbaye de la Celle for dinner with another couple last month [18 June 2017]
The location is beautiful set in the grounds of an old abbey. The weather was warm and tables where outside in the lovely gardens.
Service is first class with very efficient and professional staff.
All this is let down by the food which is extremely ordinary and bland for a restaurant which boasts a Michelin star.
The cheapest menu is €78 for which one should expect a very decent meal. Unfortunately it has no 'wow' factor at all and is a great disappointment. The same thing happened last September. We thought we would try it again as it does have the reputation of being the best restaurant in this area of Provence.
The friends that came with us felt exactly the same as us.
Great location-poor value for money.

Sam Leigh
London
Written July 13, 2017
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Abbaye de La Celle is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Tue - Sun 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM