bedroom reredos & East window

bedroom reredos & East window

Nave

Nave

A friend of mine sent me information that a house-that-was-a-church is for sale in Hobart, Tasmania. It is only $Aus1,450,000! It seems to me the ideal retirement home for a liturgist! I’ve even worked out a way to finance it. Simple. If each of my appreciative followers on twitter and facebook donates only $Aus60 each (surely you can spare that!) I get the liturgist’s dream home completely paid off 🙂 [Of course you’d realised from the start the twitter & facebook pages were just money-making scams LOL!]

Built in 1852, it was formerly known as St John the Baptist Church. Now called “Pendragon Hall” it “effortlessly combines modern luxury with old world charm.”

sitting room - side chapel

sitting room - side chapel

“Inside, the former church built in 1852 has been adapted for private living, though still retaining charming ecclesiastical detail. Today, standing in the nave of the former St John the Baptist with its soaring ceiling and colonnade of interior arches you have a feeling of space, light and air. It’s not at all overpowering, despite the spaciousness and traces of ecclesiastical grandeur.

bed detail

bed detail

The master bed, at one end of the nave, is lit by a four-panel stained glass of historic importance, under which is the Reredos, which was gifted by Richard Patterson to the congregation in 1873 its inspiration was a drawing of the Mosaic picture of the Last Supper that formed part of the Reredos in Westminster Abbey. It has been the scene of elegant dinners, of relaxing days while the warm spring sunshine streams in confetti-like colours through the stained glass windows, and as a peaceful spot for visitors (usually a couple) to come back to, after exploring what southern Tasmania has to offer, in one of its latter-day guises as accommodation for tourists.”

All who contribute to the purchasing fund will, of course, be welcome any time they are visiting Hobart for a coffee or glass of wine. And should I not be home at Pendragon Hall/St John the Baptist Church, expect to find me on holiday in one of the many monasteries now “converted” into luxury hotels.

Parador de Santo Estevo - Spain

Parador de Santo Estevo - Spain

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