The Abbey Near Gavray

Hambye Abbey is a delightful 12th century abbey just a few minutes drive from Hambye in Normandy. It was once a thriving monastery but fell into decline with the last monks leaving shortly before the French revolution. It’s set in a valley in a calm and tranquil site of natural beauty. Despite being quarried, the […]

Hambye Abbey

Hambye Abbey is a delightful 12th century abbey just a few minutes drive from Hambye in Normandy. It was once a thriving monastery but fell into decline with the last monks leaving shortly before the French revolution. It’s set in a valley in a calm and tranquil site of natural beauty. Despite being quarried, the […]

A Bird’s Eye View of One of Normandy’s Finest Abbeys

The abbey at Hambye is very popular with the majority of my guests. It’s only 15 minutes away so perfect for a relaxing hour or two just wandering around. The abbey church is lacking a roof but what remains is magnificent and it’s not too difficult to imagine how it would have looked. Many of […]

Normandy celebrates its heritage

Throughout Normandy last night, the region celebrated its rich cultural and architectural heritage with two events. The first was Night At The Museums during which museums were open for special evening visits. The second was an event called Pierres en Lumières involving over 200 buildings such as castles, abbeys, churches, cathedrals, chapels, manor houses and […]

Gothic architecture in Normandy

The abbey church in Hambye, Normandy, is a fine example of Gothic architecture. The Benedictine abbey was founded in 1145 with the abbey church being built over a period of 150 years. The abbey prospered until 1810 when it was put up for sale and parts of the church were dismantled for its stone. The […]