La vallée de Chevreuse. Hôtel de l'Abbaye des Vaux-de-Cernay à Cernay-la-Ville

Hotel of the Week: Paris Society’s Newest Property Transforms a 12th-Century Abbey

Medieval architecture meets romantic opulence at the sumptuous l’Abbaye des Vaux-de-Cernay, located in the French countryside

Steeped in history and surrounded by natural splendor, an enchanting new hotel from Laurent de Gourcuff’s buzzy hospitality firm, Paris Society, thrillingly blends medieval architecture with romantic opulence. Set on 185 acres in the French countryside, about 30 miles from Paris, l’Abbaye des Vaux-de-Cernay dates from the 12th century and served as a Cistercian abbey before becoming the summer compound for Baroness Charlotte de Rothschild. The landmark recently underwent a $65 million transformation, helmed by designer Cordelia de Castellane, who channeled Anglophile glamour to ground every space— from the banquet-style chapter house to the 147 guest rooms and suites—with a timeless essence.

Explore the enchanting property below.

Located in the heart of L’Abbaye, the illustrious James’ Bar is named after the esteemed brother of the Baroness de Rothchild. Photo: ERIC MARTIN

La suite du Baron features drapery, woodwork and carved pilasters. Photo: ERIC MARTIN

Le Réfectoire des Moines is a spectacular setting to enjoy breakfasts and brunches. Photo: ERIC MARTIN

Les Chasses serves traditional and elegant French cuisine in an imaginative manor house-style setting. Photo: ERIC MARTIN

James’ Bar. Photo: ERIC MARTIN

The entrance gallery features an original chandelier and fabrics by Cordélia de Castellane. Photo: ERIC MARTIN

La suite de la Baronne is a tribute to Charlotte de Rothschild, the former mistress of the Abbey. Photo: ERIC MARTIN

La suite de la Baronne’s bath. Photo: ERIC MARTIN

The music living room features William Morris wallpaper and Pierre Frey fabrics. Photo: ERIC MARTIN

Once home to the estate's former stables, les Haras is set around a verdant courtyard and features attic rooms decorated with tapestries and canvases by Jouy. Photo: ERIC MARTIN

Chambre Tiny in les Haras, the estate's former stables that now house attic guest rooms. Photo: ERIC MARTIN

The baths in le Haras rooms. Photo: ERIC MARTIN

One of the luxe treatment rooms at the spa. Photo: ERIC MARTIN

Cover: La vallée de Chevreuse. Hôtel de l'Abbaye des Vaux-de-Cernay à Cernay-la-Ville


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