Monastery stay in London and/or Paris

Old Jan 7th, 2011, 05:23 PM
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Monastery stay in London and/or Paris

Anyone ever stay in a monastery in either city with a family?
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 12:22 AM
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As far as London's concerned, the answer is really "not for the past 500 years"

London's monasteries were abolished, and their propert seized, in the 1530s. The term "monastery" has simply not been used to describe religious communities in Britain since then: it's restricted to describing communities abroad, or pre-1530 English institutions.

There's a tiny group of convents and retreat centres in the London area that offer some temporary accommodation, though often way out of town or with severe restrictions. Those under the jurisdiction of the Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster are at those controlled by the Anglican Diocese of London at

If your interest in staying in a convent or abbey is to do with cost-saving, you're likely to be a great deal better off in London using Priceline for hotels or renting a flat. If the interest is religious-based, has a few leads - but scarcely any in London, unless you're attending a fully-fledged retreat. By and large, the few British religious communities with spare accommodation use it to shelter the otherwise homeless.
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 11:48 AM
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I've never stayed in one, but here are two books to look at, the Guide to Lodging in France's Monasteries is excellent,

And, Europe's Monastery and Convent Guesthouses,

There seems to be only one convent guesthouse in Paris,
Prieure Saint Benoit in Montmartre,

...'Maybe it is not a hotel you are looking for, but a place to be silent and alone.
Try a monastery. Paris has many which will accept visitors who don't come to pray but just to stay in a cheap but beautiful place. The Prieuré Saint-Benoit scholastique, overlooking the city from its Montmartre perch, is one of these islands of peace. Couples and even children are welcome. The young nuns can take care of the baby sitting if need be!
Meals are taken in the big refectory with all the nuns....'

You might also like this, a Zen retreat with studios in the 12th, near la Bastille,
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 12:26 PM
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never heard of such a thing in Paris (or France anywhere), except in the case of brothers who are actually running foyers for French students. Not for tourists.

Why do you even want to do this in the first place, I don't get it. If you think you are going to save tons of money over secular hotels, I think you should just look for a cheap hotel. That became popular in Italy because the Italian govt supported it financially, it was to the convents advantage to do that in some way (they got subsidies or tax benefits or something). I think it started when there was a shortage of tourist rooms for some famous event in Rome and it lives on.
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 12:42 PM
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@ Christina -- Well, we have a history buff in the family and as a parent we are looking at all the options that we can think of. It is not a money issue as much as it is the experiences of life.
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 04:04 PM
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Not a convent -- but there is a hotel in a hospital on the Ile de la Cité. This is an interesting place to stay in an amazing location

Even if there was a monastery or convent (which I've never heard of in either city) I can't imagine staying in one w/ a family/kids.
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