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“Soaring spires, stories, honeyed stones and cloisters too...”
Review of Abbaye de Valmagne

Abbaye de Valmagne
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Valmagne abbey is a cistercian abbey. Since 1947, it's classified as a historical monument. In 1139, Raymond Trencavel, Viscount of Beziers founded Valmagne Abbey situated near Villeyrac, a few miles away from the port of Meze on the "Bassin de Thau". From the 12th through to the middle of the 14th Century, Valmagne was one of the richest abbeys in the south of France. You can discover the "cathedrale des vignes"(gothic church), the "conservatoire des cepages", the Chapter House, the Fountain, ... And then you can stroll in the garden, taste organic wine or eat at the "auberge de valmagne".
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 19 July 2013

This is a lovely place - an old church, gardens, vineyard and organic restaurant. Set in the rolling countryside outside of Pezenas this is a magical place. Driving along you are suddenly confronted by the warm stones of the Abbaye.

Walk through the gates and either take the tour or follow the notes. The Church was seriously damaged in the 16C religious wars but as you enter the church be prepared to see soaring buttresses, thin columns and a cool space. The acoustics were excellent and if you get a chance to go to a concert don't miss it. The Abbey is based on the architecture of Northern France but moderated for southern France. From the Abbey enter the cloisters with dappled light peeping through and spend some time here. Then out through the wine shop. All the staff were very friendly and helpful and don't miss the gardens on the way out.

If you get a chance eat in the restaurant and enjoying the stunning food.

The is a welcoming warm and evocative place - wonderful for the soul and the stomach!

Thank ESVincent
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

I had the privilege of getting a guided visit through this fabulous example of French architectural and vinicultural heritage. I was blown away by the majesty of the place! Money well spent for once. Don't forget to grab a bottle of wine. It is organic and made on site. Lovely all round.

Thank 3v4n
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

Contrary to the experiences of other reviewers here I must say my recent visit was most pleasurable. Yes, the entry charge is probably a bit expensive for what can be a relatively short walk through the old abbey and cloisters. But what an abbey and cloisters they are! Situated in a very tranquil and pleasant environment the history of the abbey envelops you as you first view the huge wine vats stored in the otherwise bare but impressively large Gothic church.

Moving out to the beautiful cloister you really get a sense of how magnificent Valmagne once was. Don’t miss the Chapter House and the Refectory with its original tiling and truly stunning fireplace. Back out in the cloister is possibly the highlight of the visit, the opportunity to sit down in the peace and quiet of the fountain pavilion just listening to the rippling of the water and the birdsong. I will concede that this may not always be possible as we were visiting on a beautiful autumnal day in the off season.

Exiting through the Abbaye shop we paused to buy some wine and beer. There was no pressure whatsoever to do so but we were very glad we did as the beer was particularly good (we haven’t tried the wine yet!).

Outside is a display vineyard with all the varieties of grapes laid out and explained, a very good idea which we found most informative. I can’t comment on the Auberge restaurant as we did not eat there on this visit. All in all, we had a very enjoyable visit to a very interesting Abbaye.

2  Thank Oilibhear
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

First of all you spend 7.80 for your entry, then the people in charge are [--] , you come in and the front door is closed, one of the 'very friendly' ladies comes and opens up the door, you walk thru the garden then you stand at the master portal which is also closed, you have to wait 20 minutes till she actually opens the doir, oh god! The whole thIng is beautiful indeed but you only need 20 minutes to finish the tour, there are no more paintings, the whole thing has been transformed in a money making business. They only make poor wine and try ti sell it to you desperately, all in all its not worth it and it SUCKS badly ,unfriendly personal and a too high entry price makes the whole thing not worthy definetely not to do!!!!!!

2  Thank Derpherp
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