France: Loire Valley

Around Nantes

Muscadet and the Vendée
By Jim Budd

This Guide was last updated on 23 April 2011
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L'Abbaye de Villeneuve

Address: Route de La Roche sur Yon, 44840 Les Sorinières
Tel: 02 40 04 40 25 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 47:9:7N (47.15184)     Longitude: -1:32:9W (-1.53589)  

Four star hotel just to the south of Nantes – close to the Nantes ring road and 10km from the airport. It is very conveniently sited for the Muscadet vineyards and for a quick sortie down to the Fiefs Vendéens, as it is close to the A83 motorway. Although the abbey was founded in 1201 the present building dates from 18th century. It was partly destroyed during the Revolution and then abandoned after the 2nd World War. Restored in 1977, there are now 20 comfortable rooms with traditional furnishings. The restaurant L'Epicurien has a good choice of menus.

Useful information: Rooms: €95-€175; apartment: €230; breakfast €15; Menus: €25-€57. Half board terms available.

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