Whose who in Fontevraud

Places and people of interest in the village

We are fortunate in that Chez Teresa is located in Fontevraud l’abbaye as on our doorstep not only do we have as our immediate neighbour, the magnificent Abbaye Royale, but also many other cultural gems.  For example we have some wonderful artists studios nearby and also a few useful shops and artisan’s boutiques to visit including the gifted tapissier, Michel Thibault.  In addition there are two boulangerie, a language school, two hotels, two bars, a pharmacie, a good hair salon viz Dominique, and several places to eat out to suit all pockets and a range of tastes.  There are lots of wonderful scenic places to visit from the ancient forest to the Lavoir des Roches and La fontaine St Maimboeuf  where historically clothes would have been washed at the former and the main source for water located at the latter.


Just up the road from Chez Teresa is the local Mairee/Town Hall which is situated in the main square.  Here you will find an ATM/cash dispenser and a defibrillator (hopefully you will not experience any heart problems whilst you are here, but if  you run out of funds you might – so just in case…..)

+33 241517121

Artisans du Patrimoine à Fontevraud

La  Tapissier, Michel Thibault


Along Allee Sainte-Catherine, just past the church of St. Michel, is the local tapissier/upholsterer/curtain maker, Michel Thibault.  With over 35 years experience in the trade, Michel is extremely gifted at what he does.  No job is too small or too big for him and he is as happy creating curtains for local Chateaux as he is for upholstering chairs for local people.  At Chez Teresa we are always on the look out for beautiful antique chairs and sometimes my finds are rather worse for wear, so of late we have called upon Michel to upholster two of our chairs (see pics).  The studio is run by Michel’s charming wife Michele and in situ are many fabulous fabrics for sale to suit a range of budgets.

Chair re MiThiabualt

02 41 38 75 89


Parfum de France. our local language school

For those looking to learn French, whilst on their holiday’s, or those who wish to extend their French or indeed English language skills look no further than Parfum de France.   Based just along the road from Chez Teresa at Robert d’Abrissel there are a wide range of quality French and English courses delivered by tutor Sylvie Reeves that are tailored to individual stu­dent’s needs.  Sylvie tutored us when we first arrived in France back in 2006 and we can testify to her support and indeed patience!  Classes and courses are fun, relevant and tailor-made to suit the needs of the student(s).  In addition should you wish to pursue a course with a theme such as le cordon bleu cookery or history, Sylvie is happy to tailor a workshop to suit your specific interests as she also has a passion for all things foodie and the rich history of our region..

Check out Parfum de France on the net or have a chat with Sylvie:-

Tel: +33 (0) 2 41 51 78 74 Mobile: +33 (0) 6 78 94 36 19

Highly recommended.

Students at Parfum de France


Martin de Candre, Fontevraud l’abbaye

If its gorgeous scented and unscented soaps that you are after then you can look no further than Martin de Cadre at the approach of the village as it a place well worth a visit.  It also has a museum tracing the history and method of soap making.  An Ali Baba‘s cave of an emporium full of scented wonders from aromatherapy oils to stylish accoutrements for that essential shave it is delight to the senses.

(cf documents page for more impressions and information)

Domaine de Mestré, Lieu dit : Mestré BP 4, 49590 Fontevraud-l’Abbaye, France
+33 2 41 51 75 87


Local Artists/Artisans

Einav Benzano

Next door to us at number 4, av Rochechouart is the studio of artiste-bijoutiere Einav Benzano who.  She creates her exclusive jewellery using precious and semi precious stones and metals including moon stones and meteorites…reach for the stars!

Einav's Studio

Some examples of the fabulous and chic jewellery made
by Einav in her studio
Einav has many gorgeous pieces on display, and is also delighted to take on commissions.
Contact Einav on
+33 2 41 51 79 91

Richard Leray: An Illuminated Man * see article below

Richard Leray has a remarkable talent.  At his open studio Festina Lente along St. Catherine’s Alley, just past the church at the heart of the village he creates fabulous illuminated manuscripts based on Medieval texts.  Employing ancient, traditional methods he uses the finest of paints including real gold to embellish his works.  Richard also creates large modern canvases which he calls space poetry.

Soloman's templeRichard is happy to take commissions so do contact him as follows:-

07 87 07 32 44
Website information:-


see my documents page for a special feature on the work of Richard Leray: An Illuminated Man

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre of Saumurwww.saumur-tourisme.comTown Hall at Saumur (our nearest town, about 14kms away)
www.ville-saumur.frChecking out what’s on and what to see and when to see it!For up to date information about what’s on the region check outwww.saumur-kiosque.com




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