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Symbol of the medieval Poitou region’s religious vitality, this abbey founded at the end of the 12th century, on Plantagenet lands, is but 45 km from Poitiers, former capital of the French Empire. Now the second largest city in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, it is in an ideal location between Paris and Bordeaux, both of which can be reached in 70-minutes via the TGV train line. Charles-de-Gaulle airport is 2½ hours away by TGV train. Poitiers airport has flights to London, Manchester and Lyon. The religious vitality has now given way to an economic vitality, supported not only by agriculture but also by cutting-edge technologies, notably in the field of mechanics.
The monastery building
This abbey was founded in the 12th century, but destroyed during the One Hundred Years War. Its renaissance took place over several centuries and it is the 18th century monastery building that is present today. Laid out in a T-shape, it spans two levels and is topped with a flat tile roof. It is flanked on the west side by a tower, converted into a neo-gothic chapel, and on the east side by a church.
The abbey house
Constructed in the 18th century, its lack of embellishment is reminiscent of the site on which it was built. Exposed stone, with traces of rendering, and a tile roof make it extremely plain. The main building adjoins an outbuilding.
The porch, composed of four arches, supported on slightly engaged columns, with refined capitals, is topped with a wide opening which should house stained glass to filter the divine light. On the upper corners of this facade are two bartizans. The roofing framework is no longer in existence but the spiritual imprint remains courtesy of the fact that the architectural and decorative vestiges are reminiscent of the rites associated with the premises. Its nave is flat. The cloister nestled between the church and the monastery building.
The outbuildings are composed of a first building, a 350 m² wine storehouse, an old tithe barn, of which only the walls remain, a 130 m² caretaker’s lodge and a mill, currently missing its wheel. Constructed from exposed stone and topped with tile roofs, these outbuildings act as a reminder of the manual labour that, together with prayer, filled the days in order to ensure self-sufficiency.
The parklands and the land
The grounds are laid out on either side of the river. On the nearest bank, the abbey parklands reflect a simple combination of lawns, enhanced with decoratively trimmed yew trees, in keeping with the historical austerity of the premises. Meadows then border the monastery buildings, followed by 9 ha of farmland and a first wood. The second wood, on the far bank, can be reached via a ford.
This old abbey bears witness to local, national and international history. It has resisted historic ingratitude but now deserves to have attention paid to its architecture in order to restore its former glory. The renovation works required are equal to the size of the premises. Patience will be necessary but the satisfaction gained from the task will be as great as its spiritual imprint. This will then be the start of a new era, whether used as a private residence or for a profit-making activity.
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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.
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