Fontevraud Abbey, located on the borders of the regions of Anjou, Touraine and Poitou in the West of France, is one of the largest monastic sites remaining from the middle ages (and Europe's biggest abbey!). It's a UNESCO-classified historic monument and one of the Loire Valley’s major tourist destinations. 

Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku from design firm Agence Jouin Manku enlisted the help of countless regional artisans to give the Saint-Lazare priory a complete overhaul. Now it is open to the public – and one of the most breathtaking hotels we have seen in a long time.

Custom-built furniture and wall panels reflect the quietness of the space, the colors are mute, but inviting, and the whole space oozes an almost majestic quietness. The 54 rooms are located throughout various parts of the priory and they are shaped by the architectural spaces around them: some rooms are duplexes, others are sloping attic rooms or have extremely high ceilings. Throughout the building particular attention has been paid to acoustics and lighting in order to create a quiet, intimate refuge suited to meditation and contemplation. 

Click through the slide show above to see many more pictures of The Fontevraud and if you ever travel to the Loire valley, be sure to make a stop!

Fontevraud // Fontevraud-l'Abbaye // website

Images // Nicolas Matheus for Agence Jouin Manku