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Visit of the Abbey of Fontdouce | Charente-Maritime

Discover an ancient Benedictine abbey near your place of residence


Visit the Abbey of Fontdouce in Saint Bris des Bois.


A history of nearly a century in a preserved environment


From its foundation in 1111 to its sale as a national asset to the ancestors of the owners after the Revolution, the Abbey has an incredible history. In spite of important destructions during the successive wars, the site knew its apogee since the XIIth century. Many mysteries still reign over the true story of the place.

The kings of France were chained one after the other to the monastery of the Abbey. It is at the end of the Renaissance, after having been partially demolished, that a merchant of goods of Saintes buys the domain. Fontdouce Abbey has been in the same family for over two centuries.


Visits according to your desires


With family or friends

Individual or guided excursions are offered to discover this historical monument of Charente-Maritime. Explore the site at your own pace and discover all the secrets of the Abbey. Treasure hunts and enigma games are organized so that the whole family can enjoy a fun program.

Night visit

Turn on your flashlight and take advantage of the night to discover the site with a different eye. Everything seems mysterious in the dark. An unusual and picturesque visit is in store!

Visit with tasting

What if we finished the guided tour of Fontdouce Abbey with a Pineau tasting? It's possible! During the tour, listen to the anecdotes of the owners about the history of the place and all the restorations made since many years.

Along the water

Take to the sea to visit the monastery in a different way.

Courses, workshops and exhibitions

Each season, the owners of the Abbey of Fontdouce prepare beautiful surprises for its visitors:
  • Easter egg hunt;
  • Ghost hunt at Halloween;
  • Christmas tree...

Also, painting exhibitions, wellness workshops or artistic courses are organized in the monastery.


Staying in Saintes


Drop off your luggage at The Originals Saintes Recouvrance during your stay in Charente-Maritime.

Less than 25 kilometers from Fontdouce Abbey, our rooms will allow you a pleasant rest near the city center of Saintes.

Book your stay with us quickly in order to benefit from the best rates. We look forward to seeing you!
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