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From keeping the hedges manicured to placing a tiny chocolate on our pillows, hotel staff silently tend to our every whim, so we rarely get to ask about theirs. We chat with the folks at the Hotel Fontevraud about working within the stunningly refurbished walls of one of France’s most beautiful abbeys.

Among the countless luxury hotels dotting France’s Loire Valley, Hotel Fontevraud, once a great monastic abbey with strong ties to the French royal family, stands apart from the rest. Recently revived and free from over-the-top tourist trappings, it has more regal prestige than most of the other Disneyland-esque châteaus in the countryside put together. From environmental considerations to soundproofing the great, cavernous communal areas, every aspect of the spacious and modern contemporary redesign has been treated with thoughtful consideration. While

  • Words:
    Alice Cavanagh
  • Photography:
    Anders Schønnemann

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  • Words:
    Alice Cavanagh
  • Photography:
    Anders Schønnemann
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