Abbaye De La Bussiere

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Welcome to the Abbaye de la Bussière Website.

We are now in our fourth year since the acquisition of the Abbaye in 2005. Prior to our arrival, the Abbaye was a spiritual retreat for religious groups and pilgrims.  Founded in 1131 by an Englishman, Stephen Harding, third Abbot of Cîteaux, the Abbaye’s origins are deeply rooted in the Cistercian Order’s long tradition of humility, peace and hospitality.

Set in 15 acres of beautiful parkland, the old buildings have been transformed into a luxurious country house hotel where you can relax and enjoy the unique, refreshing atmosphere of this ancient place.
The monks have long gone but Abbaye de la Bussière still retains an air of tranquillity, hard to find in the modern world. 

The Abbaye offers an individual and unique experience, not only historically with the buildings but professionally with the staff, cuisine and amenities.  It is the very epitome of the values of the 5Cs philosophy of Relais & Châteaux: Courtesy, Charm, Character, Calm and Cuisine.

Following the successful entry into the Relais & Châteaux association and achieving our Michelin star in 2007, we began 2008 with the prestigious award of Andrew Harper ‘Hideaway of the Year 2008’.

In June 2009, we finished the renovations of the Orangerie to create a superb facility for seminars and private functions.

2010 got off to a good start when we learned that the Abbaye, with our head chef Emmanuel Hébrard, retained its Michelin star.  Our congratulations to Emmanuel and all the team.

We continue to live with in the Abbaye park with our children and pets, including two miniature Shetland ponies who on occasions roam the park.

We hope to be able to welcome you soon.

Clive and Tanith

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