Wake to the scent of a rose garden at Valloires abbey

Close your eyes and transport yourself for a moment to a beautiful bedroom suite in a perfectly serene building brimming with history. A delicate yet intoxicating scent urges you to approach the cool stone window where you’re struck by the breathtaking sight of a perfect rose garden. Well, if the thought alone has given you an instant lift, maybe it’s time to make reverie a reality on a romantic weekend break at Abbaye de Valloires in Northern France’s Argoules. In an exceptional setting near the Somme Bay (and just an hour from Calais), explore the 12th century cistercian abbey and its gardens ‒ and if you’re familiar with the horticulturalist’s household-name David Austin, you’re in for one more treat…

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  • Abbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern France. Visit the abbey and gardens ‒ and stay for the night!Abbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern France. Visit the abbey and gardens ‒ and stay for the night!
  • Abbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern FranceAbbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern France
  • Abbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern FranceAbbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern France
  • The abbey cloisters at Abbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern FranceThe abbey cloisters at Abbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern France
  • The hallway leading to your suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern FranceThe hallway leading to your suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern France
  • The ‘Roseraie’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Roseraie’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • The ‘Roseraie’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Roseraie’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • The ‘Roseraie’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Roseraie’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • The ‘Roseraie’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Roseraie’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • You can purchase local Northern France specialities at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceYou can purchase local Northern France specialities at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • The ‘Abbé’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Abbé’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • The ‘Abbé’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Abbé’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • The ‘Abbé’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Abbé’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • The abbey cloisters at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe abbey cloisters at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Northern France ‒ not just somewhere to visit but somewhere to spend a special night too   Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Northern France ‒ not just somewhere to visit but somewhere to spend a special night too
  • Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceAbbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey gardens in Argoules, Northern FranceAbbaye-de-Valloires abbey gardens in Argoules, Northern France
  • Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey gardens in Argoules, Northern FranceAbbaye-de-Valloires abbey gardens in Argoules, Northern France
  • The vast dunes at Fort-Mahon beach ‒ picture-postcard Northern France and a sight to beholdThe vast dunes at Fort-Mahon beach ‒ picture-postcard Northern France and a sight to behold
  • The ‘Sentier du Royan’ pathway, a pleasant walk from the town of Fort-Mahon right down to the seaThe ‘Sentier du Royan’ pathway, a pleasant walk from the town of Fort-Mahon right down to the sea
  • Romantic moments at a beach so vast you often have the place to yourselvesRomantic moments at a beach so vast you often have the place to yourselves
  • The ‘Iris’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Iris’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • The ‘Iris’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Iris’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • The ‘Iris’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Iris’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • The ‘Tulipe’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Tulipe’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • The ‘Tulipe’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Tulipe’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • The ‘Tulipe’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Tulipe’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • Breakfast at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceBreakfast at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • You’ll access your suite via Abbaye-de-Valloires’ grand 18th century staircaseYou’ll access your suite via Abbaye-de-Valloires’ grand 18th century staircase
  • The ‘Lys’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Lys’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • The ‘Lys’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Lys’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • The ‘Lys’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern FranceThe ‘Lys’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France
  • There’s an unbeatable view over Abbaye-de-Valloires’ gardens from your suiteThere’s an unbeatable view over Abbaye-de-Valloires’ gardens from your suite
  • Inside the church at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Northern FranceInside the church at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Northern France
  • Inside the church at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Northern FranceInside the church at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Northern France
  • Inside the church at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Northern FranceInside the church at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Northern France
  • The abbey boutique at Abbaye-de-Valloires in Northern FranceThe abbey boutique at Abbaye-de-Valloires in Northern France
  • Rest up in Abbaye de Valloires’ gardensRest up in Abbaye de Valloires’ gardens
  • A walk in the marshlands of the Authie Bay protected nature areaA walk in the marshlands of the Authie Bay protected nature area
  • A walk amongst the sea lavender at Cap Hornu, just around the bay from Saint-Valery-sur-SommeA walk amongst the sea lavender at Cap Hornu, just around the bay from Saint-Valery-sur-Somme
  • A stroll around the quaint old streets of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme in Northern FranceA stroll around the quaint old streets of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme in Northern France
  • Saint-Valery-sur-Somme’s medieval quarterSaint-Valery-sur-Somme’s medieval quarter
  • Discover the dunes around the Platier d’Oye national nature areaDiscover the dunes around the Platier d’Oye national nature area
  • Le Crotoy beach on the Somme Bay is revealedLe Crotoy beach on the Somme Bay is revealed
Abbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern France. Visit the abbey and gardens ‒ and stay for the night! Abbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern France Abbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern France The abbey cloisters at Abbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern France The hallway leading to your suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires in Argoules, Northern France The ‘Roseraie’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France The ‘Roseraie’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France The ‘Roseraie’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France The ‘Roseraie’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France You can purchase local Northern France specialities at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France The ‘Abbé’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France The ‘Abbé’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France The ‘Abbé’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France The abbey cloisters at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Northern France ‒ not just somewhere to visit but somewhere to spend a special night too   Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey gardens in Argoules, Northern France Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey gardens in Argoules, Northern France The vast dunes at Fort-Mahon beach ‒ picture-postcard Northern France and a sight to behold The ‘Sentier du Royan’ pathway, a pleasant walk from the town of Fort-Mahon right down to the sea Romantic moments at a beach so vast you often have the place to yourselves The ‘Iris’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France The ‘Iris’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France The ‘Iris’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France The ‘Tulipe’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France The ‘Tulipe’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France The ‘Tulipe’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France Breakfast at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France You’ll access your suite via Abbaye-de-Valloires’ grand 18th century staircase The ‘Lys’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France The ‘Lys’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France The ‘Lys’ suite at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Argoules, Northern France There’s an unbeatable view over Abbaye-de-Valloires’ gardens from your suite Inside the church at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Northern France Inside the church at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Northern France Inside the church at Abbaye-de-Valloires abbey in Northern France The abbey boutique at Abbaye-de-Valloires in Northern France Rest up in Abbaye de Valloires’ gardens A walk in the marshlands of the Authie Bay protected nature area A walk amongst the sea lavender at Cap Hornu, just around the bay from Saint-Valery-sur-Somme A stroll around the quaint old streets of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme in Northern France Saint-Valery-sur-Somme’s medieval quarter Discover the dunes around the Platier d’Oye national nature area Le Crotoy beach on the Somme Bay is revealed

In this region characterised by sleepy villages, age-old cottages and little country roads, legend says that in 1916, a resting British soldier encountered a girl tending roses in a quiet Somme village. Finding the poignant scene to be in complete contrast with the suffering on the Front, he wrote the poem ‘Roses of Picardy’ and in turn, UK rose specialist David Austin was inspired by the simple story to create the rose of the same name. You’ll find this unique beauty ‒ a simple rose of pink-red petals adorning a delicate stem – in the rose garden here at Abbaye de Valloires.

Not surprisingly, the abbey is one of France’s most precious listed ‘Monuments Historiques’ and it’s easy to see why when you visit its chapterhouse, cloisters, salon, vestry and church, with fascinating stories and anecdotes bringing it to life. You’ll be equally enchanted by your room, a suite on the first floor that’s accessible via a grand 18th century wooden staircase. Once a monk’s private quarters, indulge in the elegant period features like parquet flooring and impossibly high ceilings ‒ and the pièce de résistance… the view over the gardens.

No less than 5,000 species are presented in different themed settings – including the English gardens, the French, the sensory, and the rose garden ‒ home of course to the famous Rose of Picardy ®. Then, continue your journey through nature at the sandy beaches, dunes and pine forests of the Northern France coast only 30-minutes’ drive from here, discovering magical Le Crotoy and Saint-Valery-sur-Somme as you go. Senses filled, why does something tell us that this serene corner of Northern France ‒ and the Rose of Picardy ® will forever be a symbol not just of union between two countries but of peace and hope, love and romanticism…

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- 1 night for 2 people in a suite dating back to the 18th century with view over the gardens

- Breakfast for 2 people

- A 1-hour guided tour of the abbey (in French only. If you prefer, you can pick up a free visitor-guide in English at the entrance)

- Entrance to the gardens for 2 people

- 2 complimentary drinks at the end of the gardens visit ‒ a choice of rose kir or a floral tisane (herbal tea)

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Local produce, markets and cute cafés and bistros, here are our suggestions nearby really make your experience special.
Saint Christophe Conserverie
The Somme Bay saffron farm
Delobel et Fils ‒ producer of ‘La Perlé’ apéritif
Caseus Cheesemongers
Natura Flora
Immerse yourselves in one of northern France’s natural spaces. The best way to clear the head, take in fresh air and rejuvenate
Discover the Authie Bay on foot
Plage de la Maye beach
Le Touquet beach
When stopping over you might not have a lot of time to spare, so here is a list of the best local attractions that are well worth squeezing in.
Bike hire
Sand-yachting
Golf de Nampont golf course
Val d’Authie pottery studio
Cité des Artisans makers
Romantic weekends are often about taking the time to appreciate just being with each other. What better way than exploring French gardens, forests and villages.
The old-town walls and historic streets of medieval Montreuil sur Mer
The walled town of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme
Les Jardins de Valloires
The grounds of Regnière-Ecluse château
A pathway through nature to the sea
The port of La Madelon in Authie Bay
Maintenay Mill
We have hand-picked a selection of restaurants close by that we think are really great.
Auberge du Gros Tilleul restaurant
Auberge les Contrebandiers restaurant
Hippocampe restaurant
Au Petit Chaudron restaurant
La Table du Jardinier, Abbaye de Valloire’s on-site restaurant
Estaminet de l'Andouiller restaurant
Le Val d'Authie auberge-restaurant

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