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Entire loft hosted by Rebecca
3 guests1 bedroom1 bed1.5 baths
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Unique rustic loft in early 19th century townhouse in the heart of town, by the steps of a beautiful 11th century church. Quiet (except for the occasional church bells), light, with authentic historical atmosphere. Three minutes walk to supermarket, cafes, restaurants. Large double room with sleeping platform, kitchenette/day room, plus eating table/study space. Free use of equipped yoga studio, and personalized yoga lessons for reasonable fee. Eccentric cat and owner in house.

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1 double bed, 2 floor mattresses


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Parthenay, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

The Saint-Laurent church s an emblematic monument of Parthenay. It has the tallest steeple in the Deux-Sevres visible for miles around. The church has dominated the town for over a thousand years, undergoing numerous transformations over the centuries. Of the original 11th church, only the sculptures on the facade remains. The porch tower was replaced by a steeple in 1870. The church contains three beautiful Gothic bays. The stained glass windows of the apse date from the 15th century. Currently, the church is the subject of extensive interior restoration works. In the third century AD, Saint Laurent (Lawrence) was made deacon under Pope Sixtus II, and as such was in charge of the treasury. Emperor Valerian, during a purge of the Christian hierarchy had pope Sixtus killed and demanded that Saint Laurent hand over the treasures of the church. St Lawrence asked for three days during which he distributed the Church's property to the poor. On the third day, he presented himself to the prefect of Rome accompanied by the poor, widows, orphans, and the disabled, and declared that these were the true treasures of the Church. This act of defiance led directly to his martyrdom. He is the patron saint of firefighters, cooks, wine makers, archivists, comedians, and of course, the poor. Saint Laurent's feast day is August 10. Since this day often coincides with the Perseid meteor shower, this shower is known as "the tears of Saint Laurent".

The Parthenay Effect: How a Small French Town Could Save Civilization

Hosted by Rebecca

Joined in July 2015
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I am English by birth but international by nature. I have lived in California, India, and now France. I am also a writer and love to collect stories about traveling and voyages of discovery. My favourite city in the world is Varanasi on the river Ganges. I love to cook, especially to learn new French recipes, I enjoy good wine, and meeting new people, always believing that everyone is a storyteller at heart! I am a teacher of yoga and have recently started teaching English professionally. My music taste is very eclectic, everything from Buena Vista Social Club to David Bowie. I adore my hometown of Parthenay and wish to share it with the kind of people who can understand how special it is.
I am English by birth but international by nature. I have lived in California, India, and now France. I am also a writer and love to collect stories about traveling and voyages of…
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I am happy to engage with my guests. I adore this gem of a town and I love to share recommendations of places to eat, local walks, and historic places of interest.
  • Languages: English, Français
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Check-in: After 4:00 pm
Checkout: 11:00 am
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
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