The monastery has recently undergone major restoration work. The abbot’s private quarters have become lecture halls, and the monks’ dormitory is now a guest wing and activity room. The gardeners’ houses have been converted into guest rooms and a kitchen with dining room. Our fourteen rooms – seven double and seven single – are all of a good standard, and have en suite bathrooms. The olive oil press will become a museum, and in the wine cellar, with its large wine barrels, the wine can be enjoyed around the long refectory table in the evening. The dyeworks for dyeing silk remain intact.
The restoration work has been done with respect and sensitivity, leaving the original architecture unchanged. The cloister garden has retained its three-metre-high stone wall from the 16th century. Where once there was a herb garden, there is today a beautiful cloister garden with walnut and fig trees, bamboos and stone pines.
On warm summer days, one can still enjoy the cool shade of the cloisters, as did the monks 500 years ago …