Library Journal’s review of LODGING IN FRANCE’S MONASTERIES

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Travel writer Barish adds a third volume (along with Spain and Italy) to her series on unique and inexpensive accommodations in monasteries, convents and religious guest houses, many of which are located in some of the most beautiful towns and villages in France. Travelers can stay, for example, in a 16th century building just a few feet from Chartres Cathedral or in a former castle in the village of Moulins-les- Metz in Lorraine. Most of the more than 150 institutions profiled accept guests without any religious obligation but some of them offer only spiritual retreats. Each entry includes information on the number of rooms, amenities, cost, availability of meals, any special rules, directions and contact information, and two to four pages on local tourist attractions. The average cost per person per night is $30 (meals may add $5 to the cost) and some monasteries ask only for a donation. Barish has also included a reservation form letter in English and French. This is a worthwhile addition to any travel collection and will intrigue travelers on a strict budget and those who want a holiday with a twist.

Linda M. Kaufmann,
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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11 Comments so far ↓

  1. rachel mestrovich says:

    Hello!! I was reading your book back in the US…but i don’t have it with me! I need a monastery to stay at near Bordeaux. Is there any way you can send me some info??? I would be very grateful. Thank you so much.


  2. Céline Berthelot says:

    Mrs Barish,
    Using your book, I have been trying to contact the ”
    Association Marie-Clotilde ” , in Nice.
    The e-mail and the phone number don;t work. So, I wrote to them.
    However,would you know of a different e-mail or phone number ?
    Thank you,

  3. Andi Szanti says:

    Are there any convents or monasteries in Paris that are available for overnight stays?


  4. rosemary garbarino says:

    I saw somewhere info on a monastery in Montmartre in Paris. can you give me any further info especially on price? thank you.

  5. eileen says:

    Hello Celine – I am sorry you are having difficulty contacting the monastery of your choice. As happens many times, phone numbers and email addresses change and we are not notified. I hope you get an answer to your inquiry. Best of luck. Regards, Eileen Barish

  6. eileen says:

    Hello Andi – there is one monastery offering lodging in Paris and it is covered in The Guide to Lodging in France’s Monasteries.” I hope you enjoy your travels. Regards, Eileen Barish

  7. eileen says:

    Hello Rosemary … all the information on monasteries is contained in my book The Guide to Lodging in France’s Monasteries.” Thank you for writing. Regards, Eileen Barish

  8. eileen says:

    Dear Andi – there is a monastery in Paris that is available for overnight stays. You would have to purchase the book in order to get this information.If you do, enjoy your stay. It will be an experience that will stay with you forever. Best, Eileen

  9. eileen says:

    Hello Rosemary – There is a monastery for overnight guests in Paris. The information is included in my book,The Guide to Lodging in France’s Monasteries. If you’d like, you can purchase the book on this site. If you go, enjoy your visit. Rest assured you will have a wonderful experience. Best, Eileen

  10. Tiana says:

    Hi all,

    I wanted to check if anyone knows of a monastery for the Nice, France area? Any help would be great 🙂

  11. eileen says:

    Hi Tiana

    My book “Lodging in France’s Monasteries” list a couple of beautiful places. Get it here:


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