Among the countless luxury hotels dotting France’s Loire Valley, Hotel Fontevraud, once a great monastic abbey with strong ties to the French royal family, stands apart from the rest. Recently revived and free from over-the-top tourist trappings, it has more regal prestige than most of the other Disneyland-esque châteaus in the countryside put together. From environmental considerations to soundproofing the great, cavernous communal areas, every aspect of the spacious and modern contemporary redesign has been treated with thoughtful consideration. While This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty Buy Now Related Stories Design Issue 42 The Low-Down An architectural conversation starter. Arts & Culture Design Issue 39 What the Duck An introduction to duck architecture. Design Issue 37 Downsizing Unable to travel during lockdown, architects Salem Charabi & Rasmus Stroyberg decided to recreate a favorite building. Design Issue 36 At Work With: Hariri & Hariri Sisters Gisue Hariri and Mojgan Hariri have always been “partners in crime." Charles Shafaieh meets them at their New York architecture studio. Design Issue 35 Spaceship House The mothership of Googie architecture. Design Issue 32 Cult Rooms For Osaka’s extravagant 1970 Expo, Isamu Noguchi created a propulsive centerpiece that married Japanese and Western traditions.