$6-Million Estate In France Was Once A Pilgrimage Stopover
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historical manor estate of saint jacques de compostelle pilgrimage 29930 Pont Aven france

The 16th-century estate, now for sale, was once a stopover on the Saint Jacques de Compostelle … [+] pilgrimage route.


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This chateau in Brittany—in the far reaches of northwestern France—holds the distinction of once being a stopover on the Saint Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage route. The often-traveled journey culminated in Galicia, Spain, at what is believed to be the crypt of the apostle.

(If you don’t recall one of Jesus’ disciples being named Jacques, that’s because the translation in English is James. Mystery solved!)

Idyllic scenery at Pont-Aven, a commune in the Finistere department of Brittany (Bretagne) in northwestern France

The estate is located in Pont-Aven, a village in northwestern France known for an artists’ colony … [+] that included Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin.


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Dating to the 16th century, the estate is in the one-time mill town of Pont-Aven, known for an artists’ colony that included Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin.

Today the village is home to the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Pont-Aven and several galleries. It continues to inspire the arts with its picturesque location at the junction the Aven River and a tidal estuary.

outside a historical manor few steps from the ocean brittany pont-aven france

The five-acre property sits near the water and features a main house, a farmhouse, a fieldstone … [+] cottage and boat mooring.


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Likewise, this nearly five-acre property sits along the water. The manor features a boat mooring, a main house, a farmhouse, a fieldstone cottage, an expanse of woods, a greenhouse and a three-car garage. In a nod to more modern times, there’s even a helipad. The stone structures combine for more than 4,500 square feet of living space, seven bedrooms and six bathrooms.

living room in historic manor brittany france pont-aven former pilgrimage stopover

The multi-story main house has an understated exterior of sand-colored stone blocks.


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The multi-story main house has an understated exterior of sand-colored stone blocks. Gentle ogee arches over the doorways and windows add an element of Gothic architecture. Dormer windows cap the pitched roof.

bedroom inside historic estate in brittany france

The main house and its surrounding structures combine for seven bedrooms and more than 4,500 square … [+] feet of living space. This bedroom takes in a view of the nearby ocean.


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Inside, the voluminous rooms have been restored and updated. Details include a massive wooden staircase and granite fireplaces. Rustic beamed ceilings and wood plank floors add character in the bedrooms.

historic brittany manor former pilgrimage stopover near ocean

The multi-story main house has an understated exterior of sand-colored stone blocks. Ogee arches … [+] over the doorways are another detail of note.


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The nearly 2,000-square-foot farmhouse contains two apartments, while a thatched cottage near the garage has a sleeping loft.

Sophie Van Cayzeele of Groupe Mercure has the listing for the estate, priced at US $5.98 million.

fieldstone cottage on a brittany france historic manor estate

A charming fieldstone cottage shares the site. Elsewhere on the grounds is a helipad.


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Beyond pilgrims and painters, Pont-Aven is associated with pancakes as well. Area creperies serve the thin cakes with such fillings as scallops cooked in garlic butter or a combination of Camembert cheese, fig and caramelized onion. Local ciders are a popular pairing.

grounds near waterway brittany france

The nearby waterway sits in the background of the estate.


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Not to be confused with the crepes are the Breton pancakes or galettes produced in Pont-Aven. The shortbread cookies are made by a local biscuit factory and sold in decorative metal boxes.

boat mooring in brittany france

Steps lead down to boat mooring.


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Other Pont-Aven attractions include a summer flower festival, a stroll on the pedestrian path along the river or a trail walk that takes in the town’s remaining watermills.


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