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Practical details for a relaxing stay near Saumur
Car park, pool, reception, terrace…

From May to September you can enjoy the sun and the shade around our outdoor pool. After a day of cycling, visiting Loire Valley castles, markets and wineries a dip in our pool is the perfect way to unwind and relax . Refreshing drinks and ice creams can be ordered too. The small garden that borders the pool has been planted with shrubs, palm trees and raspberry bushes for your enjoyment – a welcome break in a busy holiday schedule.
hotel pool - great for relaxation!

Car park and directions

Parking access and directions
Car park access
We have created two maps for easy access to our hotel which you can down load. Small grey car park indicators can be found on each entrance road into Fontevraud l’Abbaye. Hotel La Croix Blanche is located opposite the abbey, however the car park is situated at the back of the building accessible via a residential area leading into a one way street towards our car park.
For electric cars: charging station at 300 metres – contact us for all the details.
The Loire Valley Unesco World Heritage area covers approx. 170 km – here are some interesting sites for you to discover.
At 100 yards : the vast Royal Abbey with it’s delightful architecture and the effigies of Richard the Lionheart, Eleonor of Aquitaine, Henri II and Isabelle d’Angoulême. Local artists will be delighted to welcome you into their work shops:  a medieval enlumineur, a jewellers, an upholsterer, a stain glass windows artist). Many itineraries for walkers (local paths as well as GR3) and the La Loire à Vélo cycle paths for cyclists.
At 2 miles: the village of Montsoreau with it’s magnificent castle overlooking the Loire, enjoy a river boat ride in a traditional wooden boat or bargain at the monthly ‘brocante’ and ‘puces’ market.  The delightful village of Candes St Martin is worth a detour too, walk up to the panorama to look out over the Loire and Vienne rivers.
At 4 miles, discover the troglodyte village of Turquant, houses and artist work shops have been partly built into the rock walls and created inside caves!
At 7 miles, visit Brézé castle, a beautiful castle built on top of an underground troglodyte castle dating back to the Middle Ages.  At Montreuil Bellay, another privately owned, castle dominates the town.
At 10 miles, the city of Saumur with its famous castle and Cadre Noire horse riding school. In summer horse drawn carts and river boats provide alternative ways of transport too. Saumur boasts the biggest tank museum in the world.  Don’t forget the well-known sparkling wine either:  Bouvet-Ladubay, Ackerman, Veuve Amiot, Louis de Grenelle, Langlois Château …  An interesting outdoor food market on Saturday mornings, shopping every day except Sundays.
At 12 miles, go and discover the charming medieval town of Chinon on the banks of the Vienne river.  An impressive fortress, the historic quarters and small shops provide a really authenic feel.  Market on Thursday. As around Saumur, Chinon also has many vineyards and wineries. Ask us for our favorites !
At 18 miles, Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Rigny Ussé, the typical ‘pommes and poires tapées’ at Rivarennes, Rivau castle and it’s not-so French gardens.
At 20-50 miles: many privately owned and famous Loire Valley castles such as : Villandry, Azay le Rideau, Chenonceau, Langeais, Angers, Tours, Brissac and Loches.
Three theme parks at approx. 1 to 1.5 hr drive: Terra Botanica (Angers), Le Puy du Fou (south of Cholet) and Futuroscope (Poitiers). Troglodyte Zoo at Doué-la-Fontaine at 25 mins.
The team
Our recipe for success :
a great young team
a large dose of local knowledge and passion for the best welcome possible
a great deal of professionalism and team work for the best result
numerous French recipes for a ‘bon appétit’
dozens of good Loire Valley wines to accompany them

and … a touch of humor
PS : add French for an authenic feel throughout your stay
Feel like joining us? Look at our decidated page for all jobs, work experience and training on offer

Jobs & work experience
Seasonal and permanent staff – we are recruting NOW!
Head of reception & receptionnist (m/f) : available immediately (permanent or seasonal contract – 39hrs/week) Your profile: excellent knowledge of French and English. Keywords: a warm welcome with a smile, efficient work method, ability to work alone. Knowledge of the restaurant business is a plus! Experience (at least one year in similar position and property) required.
KITCHEN (m/f) :
Assistant head chef with ambition to become chef – permanent contract
Cook (starters and main courses) - saisonal contract

Assistant restaurant manager - permanent contract
2x Waiters  (experienced and beginner) - permanent contract, seasonal contract

Maid or valet  – seasonal contract
all year round, all levels, any duration: kitchen, restaurant, housekeeping, reception.
On site accommodation available.
Join a winning team,  work in a historic setting with an excellent package.
Please send your CV and letter of motivation to Mr and Mrs Chabenat-Kruitwagen, proprietors
Email :
Postal address :   Hostellerie La Croix Blanche & Restaurant Le Plantagenêt
5-7 place des Plantagenêts
tel. +33.(0)

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