The Carthusian fathers lived in a hermitage where they divided their time between prayer, work and rest. The hermitage consisted of an entrance hall, called Ave Maria (where the father performed his devotions to the Virgin), the cubiculum or living room where the father had his bed, a storage unit and oratory (stall and prie-dieu), a desk for writing manuscripts and binding books, a long covered walk for meditation, a workshop and a hanging garden.