When booking a room in a historic place, I look for authenticity that doesn't compromise comfort or cleanliness, an atmosphere that lends itself to conversation, and an overall experience that has a sense of place. The Abbaye de Reigny delivers on all those counts.
Awarded for their restoration efforts by the French Historical Society, the hosts have turned the abbey into an ongoing labor of love. Restoring as funds allow, the main building contains a scale model of the abbey as it once was, which helps to appreciate the remaining structures. Take a tour and see the space in context. Walk around the grounds and stroll along the river and you'll see the ancient remnants of hydraulic engineering. From there, you can gather an impression of the site as it was, calm and beautiful. If you're feeling active, you can take the flat-bottomed boat out onto the river and paddle upstream to really get away from it all.
The rooms are comfortably appointed and respectful of the past. The thick masonry walls helped to keep the space comfortable even as the mercury rose to record levels. The bathroom had all of the conveniences, and the double entry to the room ensured privacy. There is a more modern common space on the upper floor outside the rooms where the wifi can be easily accessed, and guests can relax and mingle. The small fridge and coffee maker are a nice touch.
Breakfast is offered out on the terrace in pleasant weather and provides another moment for contemplating the outdoor spaces and the dovecote. Upon request and when possible, guests can opt for a dinner at the hosts' table in the dining room which is nicely presented and tasty.
For those who wish to organize a wedding or other event, the large-capacity refectory can also be rented.
It is a very convenient location from which to visit the various sights and villages in the Yonne region.
Families with children are easily accommodated, but the bedrooms would not be ideal for handicapped or mobility-impaired individuals due to the large and broad staircase it is necessary to climb to reach them.
Overall, I highly recommend this charming abbey for those who wish to surround themselves with the heart and history of the region.
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