Photos courtesy of Abbaye des Vaux de Cernay
Double rooms: 102–295 euros
Suites: from 360 euros
Rates include tax and service but not breakfast.
Open: all year
The Abbaye is about 13 km northeast of Rambouillet. Take D906, turn left onto D91 and another left on D24. In 2 km look for the hotel on the right. The nearest train stations are at Rambouillet and Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse (a tourism shuttle bus leaves from this station a few times a day to the Abbaye).
On site: abbey tours; seasonal swimming pool; tennis; fitness room and hammam (fee)
Nearby: Rambouillet; Versailles; Château Breteuil; walking trails; mountain biking; golf
Splendor among the ruins! Set in the middle of the Rambouillet forest, your breath can’t help but being taken away a bit when you lay eyes upon this utterly fantastic tableau of ancient history.
Your lodgings aren’t actually in the ruins, of course, but within an adjacent noble residence. The idea here is the preservation of its special heritage while you tranquilly reflect on the meaning of history.
Guest rooms vary tremendously. They could be smallish and tucked up under the mansard roof or spacious; some have fireplaces and sitting tubs; furnishings can be dated or updated. All have comfy beds and modern bathrooms with large bathtubs and/or showers. Snuggly robes and slippers are provided. Room 200 has an unusual leaded window, while the Chambre Rothschild features a plaster ceiling and wood paneling. Many rooms have views of the lake and grounds or the church and garden.
Comfortable chairs and sofas in a large public room with a fantastic vaulted ceiling make the perfect place to cozy up with a book or drink in front of a fireplace.
The medieval ambiance carries into the highly regarded hotel restaurant. Unlike some hotels, here you’ll need to make an advance reservation for lunch and/or dinner.
Don’t miss spending a little time on the grounds, exploring the abbey ruins and taking a walk around the lake.
Classified Historic Monument