Birthplace of poet and painter Max-Jacob now a restaurant
20 km from the south Finistère beaches and ports
Quimper, FINISTERE brittany 29000 FR

Location

Prior to reaching the ocean at Bénodet, a dozen or more kilometres upstream, the Odet is one of the rivers that have crossed and structured the town of Quimper since its 9th century origins. In the 19th century, numerous luggers, schooners and sloops were moored there on days of high tides. Nowadays, the river traffic stops on the outskirts of the town. But the charm and attractiveness of its river-coastal site and its old districts remain intact. Furthermore, the prefecture of the Finistère department, with its wealth of excellently preserved natural and architectural heritage, has all the infrastructures and amenities of a large, regional town.

Description

This property, with its building and restaurant business available separately for purchase, is to be found in the historic centre of this Brittany town, under the spires of Saint-Corentin cathedral. It is part of a row of terraced buildings set along a wooded embankment. A porchway leads to a private courtyard. The north side of the main building faces visitors, whilst a contemporary extension adjoins the east side at right angles.

The main building

The main building, dating from the early 19th century, is not listed or classified as a Historic Monument. It is in a good state of structural repair and full renovation works were completed in 2012. The main facade, composed of irregularly-shaped, quarry stone blocks with flush pointing, faces south. The openings are embellished with dressed stone lintels, sills and jambs. Its gable, slate roof features four hanging roof dormers.


Ground floor
The main entrance, in the centre of the building facade, is a semi-glazed door. The latter opens into a central restaurant room, illuminated via two windows. A double hall area, to the left of this entrance, provides access to a bar and the kitchen, fully fitted for professional purposes. It further includes two cold rooms and a dumbwaiter. A backdoor opens into a hall area leading outside to the courtyard. The stone of the interior walls in the restaurant room has been left exposed. Decorative wooden panelling adorns the partition walls. Joists and beams, sometimes painted, have also been left exposed. A fireplace, with stone jambs and a wooden lintel, enhances one wall. The floor is laid with painted, concrete slabs. Behind the area given over to the bar, a storeroom has been installed on the site of a little, old courtyard. This windowless room is followed by a straight, wooden stairway going up to the second level.
First floor
The stairway goes up to a function room, illuminated via four windows. The openings in the north wall provide picturesque views of the town centre and the cathedral spires. Two skylights also let in natural light. The main rafters of the roofing framework have been left exposed. A monumental stone fireplace adorns one wall. The floor is laid with robust wooden floorboards. Toilet facilities have been installed at the end of the function room. As on the ground floor, the partition walls are dotted with decorative wooden panelling. A bar conceals the hall area which provides access to the stairway going up to the attic space. Double doors in this separating wall open into a pantry. This room, widely illuminated by three windows, includes the boiler room and leads to the stairway going up to the top floor.
Attic
This level is used solely by staff. A straight stairway goes up to a landing illuminated via a skylight. Said landing provides access, on the one hand, to an attic converted into a changing room and, on the other hand, to two shower rooms, each fitted with a toilet, a wash-hand basin and a shower.

The extension

Constructed in 2012 on the site of an old building, it is set between three old, quarry stone walls. Its fully-glazed facade is composed of a metal structure, completed with wooden-framed windows. Its single-sloped roof is covered with zinc, with standing seams. This function room can be accessed from the inside via the main room on the ground floor of the original building. The floor is laid with robust wooden floorboards, the interior walls feature exposed stone, some adorned with decorative wooden panelling. It is fitted with fixed seating and a stage. Toilet facilities have been installed at one end.

The courtyard

The ground is covered with stone slabs. It spans a surface area of approx. 70 m².

Our opinion

A great tourist attraction, the capital of the Cornouaille region has not only kept and enhanced all of the authenticity of its heritage assets, but has also preserved the quality of its inhabitants’ way of life. In the midst of town, the birthplace of Max-Jacob has been given the French Ministry of Culture’s “Maison des Illustres” (House of the Famous) distinction and, without doubt, contributes to the town’s economic, historical and cultural dynamics. The former craftsman’s home, both bearing witness to past activities and lair of a writer of multifaceted creations, is now renowned as a place of artistic expression and exchange in addition to the business that it houses.
Although it could obviously continue as such in the current Quimper landscape, it could also become a melting pot for new projects once again.

720 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 585463

Land registry surface area 571 m2
Main building surface area 292 m2

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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