5 Bedroom (Sleeps 10) Gite in Fontevraud-L'abbaye

Au pied de l'Abbaye

At a glance: Child Friendly, Pet Friendly, Wifi, Parking, Heated Pool, Private Pool, Garden.
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Owner/Property Manager: Ian Bowler
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Property Type: Gite
Sleeps: 10
Bedrooms: 5 Bedroom
Bathrooms: 5
Minimum nights stay: 3
Low season price per week: £1350
High season price per week: £2600
Average price per week:£1975
Please contact the owner directly to confirm the price and availability


Luxury gite sleeping up to 10, with heated swimming pool in enclosed pretty garden. Within a short walk of both village and woods. Rated 4-star by Anjou Tourisme.

Welcome to this characterful detached stone-built house, sleeping up to 10 people. It has two sitting rooms, so is ideal for family groups.

Enjoy the heated outdoor swimming pool in the large enclosed mature garden, and the South-facing enclosed patio, perfect for eating outside.

Stay a stone’s throw from the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud , with marvellous views of it from most of the bedrooms and the grounds.

Fontevraud's classic French square is just 300 metres away, with a bakery, three restaurants and two bars, as well as the stunning Abbey …

… and yet the house and garden are tranquil and on the edge of the woods with walks and cycle rides starting from the end of the drive.

The downstairs living and dining area is light and open area with exposed oak beams and the region’s typical tuffeau stone, and large south-facing windows overlooking the garden. At one end a large dining table by the traditional stone fireplace seats 10, and is adjoined by a comfortable seating area to relax; while at the other end there is a large leather sofa and additional seating together with a large television (and DVD player).

A second lounge area is found upstairs with two sofas, a piano, a ‘smart’ TV, books to tempt and large French windows facing east which catch the morning sun.

The house’s rustic style and oak beams continue into the fully equipped kitchen. Outside the kitchen is a sun-trap terrace with electrically operated sun shade for the hotter days and an outside dining table seating 10 people.

Upstairs there are four large en-suite bedrooms: three overlooking the garden and Abbey, one with windows facing north.

There is also one large en-suite bedroom downstairs, with a view across the garden from its south-facing windows.

All of the en-suites have a shower, toilet and washbasin; the one downstairs also has a full-size deep ‘peninsula’ bath.

The downstairs bedroom, and three of the four upstairs, can be arranged with a king-size bed or two single beds. The master bedroom upstairs has a king-size bed.

The garden is fully secure and occupies the south side of the property, with a 10 by 3.5 metre heated swimming pool at one end, two swings at the other, and enough space in between for boules - or for the whole family to relax in the sun. There’s also a full-size outdoor table tennis table and barbecue available to use.

At one end of the house there is a separate courtyard garden where a bed of different mint varieties can be picked for fresh mint tea.

Fontevraud’s picturesque village square is less than 300 metres away, complete with elegant town hall and fountain, and overlooked by the ancient parish church. The square is served by 2 bars, 3 restaurants and a tea room, together with a classic bakery and a mini-supermarket.

The entrance to the Royal Abbey is on the square. Find our house on the wooden model in the rear cloisters!

5 Reviews - 5/5 Average Rating

The perfect place for a family holida

By Anna Hannay on 29-Mar-2024

We recently spent a week at the beautiful Au pied de l'Abbaye - as a family group of nine the house gave us all the space we needed and more! The hosts have really thought about what might be needed on holiday and provided everything needed to make our stay comfortable and easy. Right from the beginning Ian was super helpful and communication was easy - with lots of hints and advice to make the most of our stay. The house itself is in the perfect location - a short walk to the village centre and short drive to nearest towns and attractions. It was honestly the best holiday we have had together and we were all very sad to leave - we hope to return to Au pied de l'Abbaye soon! Thank you Ian and Tracey!

Owner response on 11-Apr-2024

Thank you so much for this generous review. We are just delighted that you all enjoyed your holiday and that our gite was part of that. We have set it up to work well for family groups, and we are always pleased when we hear that it has. It is a privilege to have it used for family gatherings at special times like Easter and Christmas. We hope we will see you and your family again soon, Anna, maybe to enjoy the delights that our lovely region has to offer at different times of the year.

An excellent location for exploring the region.

By David Reeder on 16-Sep-2023

Nine of us, all adults, recently spent a very enjoyable week 'Au pied de l'Abbaye' this September. The house has ample space, is comfortable and well appointed. The enclosed garden, terrace and pool surround provide plenty of opportunities for relaxation and there is space to park several cars. The centre of Fontevraud, the abbey and art museum is less than 10 minutes away by foot and offers a range of very good restaurants and a boulangerie. A host of interesting towns, villages, chateaux etc are within easy reach by car and comprehensive guidance on all of this as well as shopping, medical, recycling and emergency information is provided by the hosts.

Owner response on 01-Oct-2023

Thank you for this kind review. We are delighted that you enjoyed our house and garden and appreciated our guidance. We love our village and region and all that they have to offer, and are glad to be able to share them with guests like you.

Family break with friends

By Lucy Clarke on 19-Aug-2023

Ian and Tracey, are fantastic hosts on hand to answer any questions and to do anything they can to make your holiday memorable. We’re already planning to go back next year, this should tell you everything you need to know. Au pied de l’Abbaye is perfectly located in the picturesque village of Fontveraud, in walking distance of everything you need but secluded enough for you to sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquility. The kids loved the pool and the adults all had plenty of places to relax whether that be in sun or shade.

Owner response on 31-Aug-2023

Thank you, Lucy, for this kind review. We are very glad that your group enjoyed themselves so much. We have set up the house so that family groups can be together but have space, and it is always lovely to hear of that being appreciated. We look forward to welcoming you again next year!


1 July to 2 September 2600
2 September to 30 September 1775
30 September to 28 October 1350
23 March 2024 to 11 May 2024 1400
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25 May 2024 to 1 June 2024 2100
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6 July 2024 to 31 August 2024 2700
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Children Welcome
Pets Welcome


Coffee Maker
Dining Seats
Dining Room
Linens Provided
Washing Machine
Tumble Dryer
Living Room
Ironing Board
Video Library
Table Tennis
Heated Pool
Private Pool


Away from it all
Tourist attractions