La Ribote



Gwenn-ha-Du The Breton flag.

Successful Crêperie / bar, 3 bed accommodation. Only €170,000

A lot of building, street view before opening for the day.

All this building included........

This is a unique chance to start a new life in Brittany, France. A lovely home of 3 very large bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & lounge diner on the 1st and 2nd floors, the business taking up the ground floor. The business has a great history of providing a good income. Plus this is a real bargain! The seller has reached retirement age and has now retired starting yesterday, she has recently had some health issues and is off to get a new knee installed, hence the remarkable price for this large sound building and a small outbuilding, the business & furniture, equipped kitchen for Crêpes, etc.etc. for the remarkable reduced price of £105,000 iro, (€120,000) She will even teach you the ropes and how to make Crêpes. All goodwill included. No estate agency fees payable, private sale. Legal fees for the buyer around 7-8% of purchase price, approx. 8400 euros

French-Crêpes sweet, yum!
Savory Crêpes, the complete, not many folk can manage more than one of these.
Cider is often drank with Crêpes, very popular in Brittany.

A Crêperie is a traditional Breton pancake house, serving Crêpes with either savoury or sweet fillings, sometimes flambéed with a splash of booze, yum. This Crêperie comes with its own licence IV bar, allowing you to serve any drink you wish to your restaurant clients or bar clients. . Licence  hours permit 7.00am 'till 1.00am opening. Normal dining times are quite limited in Brittany, Lunch is 12 - 2pm and dinner is 7 - 9pm with many restaurants only opening / serving during these hours. Crêpes are edible at any time and additional hours of opening will of course increase your sales. The current owner ( past 25 years) up to recently opened 5 days a week, 11am - 10pm and closes for 2-3 months each year for holidays, previously she took less holidays. Until closing yesterday, the business was run singled handed and still produced an excellent turnover and profit, but during busy weekends waiting times can climb when a second pair of hands are needed, making this a great opportunity for a couple to start a new life, earn a good living and be their own bosses.

Although the current owner no longer exploited the business to it's full potential, the bar/crêperie still produce an annual income i.r.o 100K with 75% gross on returns. Turnover would quickly be restored to double that in the right hands, which would provide an excellent standard of living. As a guide.... Building taxes (rates) 680 euros per year, Electricity approx 1500 euros per year, water charges approx 550 euros per year.

Viillage church, after a 150K internal upgrade it attracts many visitors.

This Crêperie is located in a small village facing the village church and serves a mixed clientele from within the area all year round and also some of the thousands of tourists that arrive in the locality, lots come looking for a "traditional crepe"  Being located just 10 minutes from the huge lake and 2 other major attractions, it also attracts many of the pleasure seekers during the warmers months.

 All introductions to suppliers can be arranged and assisted if required. This is a freehold sale for the entire building and there are no ties whatsoever. An introduction to a local integration society will be offered if required,  it's a lovely local group that help new comers find their way in the French system. As the owner is a very good friend of mine, but doesn't speak English, I offer my services if required as a go-between. There are also other English owned businesses in the area and they all pull together to help one another. Sainte Brigitte offers a friendly Mayor, plus his secretary and deputy mayor speak English, just in case an extra bit of help is needed.

All in all this is a great way to escape the burden of todays living and live peacefully in the beautiful countryside of Central Brittany. . If you desire a slower pace of life, long for the trust between folk that still exists here and of course to breath the wonderful fresh air, stare into dark star filled skies, drink great wine and eat great food everyday, then this is just what you need.

The Village is small, but just 10 minutes to the 3 main local attractions, which include a huge lake with beaches and motor sports, fishing, walking etc. In fact the whole area attracts people seeking the outdoor way of life. The client base consists of regular English and French clients,  with tourists from all over the world popping in from time to time.

Located in Sainte Brigitte, just 8 minutes by car to nearest town of Cleguerec, which provides 3 Banks, 2 Bakers, Tabac, Doctors, Nurse, Dentist, small supermarket, 2 Butchers and Schools etc. Nearest big town of Pontivy provides everything else, just 15 minutes away from Sainte Brigitte. Another junior school is just 2 miles away and school buses stop in the village every day to ship the children about. There are many village events throughout the year that ensure you integrate into local life, plus a half marathon every September for the sporty types!

Village hall & village green, outdoor boules are just some of the events that happen yearly, all pulling extra clients into your premises!
Village hall and Mairie, many weekends you'll find the hall in use and of course benefit from a few extra clients

Property Description.

This large property, with broadband and mains drainage, is in good sound condition with stone walls under a slate roof. Double glazed windows throughout doesn't detract from the tradition features this building offers. Exposed beams, 2 large feature fireplaces in the business space, one open and the other installed with a high output wood burner, so cosy during the winter months. Two entrances to the front of the building, one into the restaurant and one private, plus one to the rear into the courtyard. The courtyard is a shared one, but each property has taken their own little bit, La Ribote has actually made a private sitting area, which if pruned back a little, no a lot, could actually be used for clients during open hours and then privately during closed periods. There is also a small front terrace, it's provided by the commune at no charge, just keep it tidy and maybe add some flower pots etc. Lots of parking facing

Private terrace, green fingers needed here to claim back the space within.

Ground Floor.

Restaurant/Bar entrance, solid wooden door opening into a reception area of around 9 sqm, tiled flooring and exposed beam ceiling, door facing to customer toilet and beer store, stairway to owners accommodation.

Entrance Lobby, space to take off your jacket.

Restaurant main

Left from the reception area, the restaurant area of 28 sqm, a tiled floor and exposed beam ceiling, Full height front window with external shutters, normal window to rear. Large open feature fireplace with wood burner installed. Seating around 30 +/-, depending on table layout for singles/groups etc.

Resturant view as you enter, during the winter a lovely fire burns in the wood burner
Resturant view towards the rear of the building

Bar area.

Turn right from the reception area and you enter the bar restaurant 33 sqm, tiled floor and exposed beam ceiling. Seating another 20 clients for those busy times. Corner bar with coffee machine, beer taps, cold drink fridges, glasses, stainless steel sink etc. pause for a coffee or a small wine, bar stools for 5-6. Front window with Shutters outside, glazed door to the rear for courtyard access, another large feature open fireplace, door into kitchen.

Bar view as you enter from the lobby, a really cosy space, cool in summer, lovely and warm in the winter with that big open fire burning.

Kitchen. 10sqm

This has been equipped to produce Crêpes, an upgrade would be required if you wanted to offer a full restaurant menu, allow 10,000 euros approx. to upgrade. As is, it offers a window to the rear over a stainless steel sink, Stainless steel work surfaces, tiled floor and applicable tiled wall spaces. High speed dishwasher, fridge and freezer included as is the ample shelving with plates etc. 2 Crêpe hotplates are housed under the extractor.

Door leading into the storage area 10 sqm, housing the hot water tank, plumbing for washing machine and space for stock of beer wine etc. Stairs take you up to a 20 sqm room spanning the Kitchen and storage rooms together, with front window views over the church. This piece is used as additional storage for bits and pieces, but would work well if integrated with the other 1st floor rooms. It currently is open to the rafters so lots of possibilities.

Kitchen, equipped with everything you need to make delicous Crêpes.

First floor.

Reached from the reception area via an original solid oak staircase lit by a courtyard window on the way up. Arriving on the landing of solid wood floors and exposed beams, as are all the rooms on the first floor, Doors lead to;

Master bedroom, around 28 sqm, this is a huge bedroom, windows to the front and rear and a stone fireplace to open up, means you'll never want to leave this piece of heaven. Currently houses, large double bed, 3 wardrobes, 3 piece suite and more!

Bathroom, around 7 sqm, window to front, vinyl floor protecting the solid wood flooring under. Electric heater under the window.Large corner bath with shower attachment, wash basin in a vanity unit with cupboards under, toilet. This room needs redecoration, but not much more.

Lounge, around 36 sqm, there is more than enough room for your family to visit and not get under your feet in the this room. This room offers double aspect windows, overlooking the church to the front and the courtyard to the rear plus a stone fireplace to open up. Like some other parts of this building, a fresh coat of paint would really bring it back to life.

Master Bedroom, a big room, 3 piece suite, large double bed and 3 wardrobes, yet still space to move around, if you like a good bedrrom size, you'll love this room.
Master bathroom, needs a little TLC but all the important things are there, declutter, decorate and enjoy.
Lounge view as you enter, another large stone fireplace to re-open if desired.  A huge 36 square metres of space  to enjoy.
Lounge Dinner view looking back to the entrance, the current owners even placed a dining area by the door as there is so much space available.

Second floor,

Continuing up the staircase you arrive on the second landing, being some 10 sqm, there is still a comfortable feeling of space, a Velux window floods it with light, Laminate flooring. This  whole floor would be great if you have children or even for family / visitors as it has it's own bathroom  This whole floor is in great condition and needs no work at all, just furnish and move in.   Doors open into:

Bedroom 2, around 25 sqm, having Velux window and wood panelling to the ceiling, offers an exposed 'A' frame, and has electric panel heating. Laminate flooring

Bedroom 3, around 25 sqm, having Velux window and wood panelling to the ceiling, offers an exposed 'A' frame, and has electric panel heating. Laminate flooring

Bathroom, around 10 sqm, Tiled floor, Velux window to the front, again overlooking the pretty church and wood panelling to the ceiling, offering a fully tiled shower cubicle , a wash basin over pedestal and low level WC. Very nicely finished.

Bedroom 2, a spacious, light room that will benefit from being furnished more  comfortably.
Bedroom 3, like bedroom 2, A spacious, light room that will benefit from being furnished more comfortably
Bathroom 2, hard to photograph, but is more spacious than it appears in the pictures, I never banged my head once!
The actual view from the bathroom on floor 2

Small outbuilding (available if required, €5000)

Just across the courtyard is another small building to renovate, built of stone under a good roof and with electricity connected. Entered by glazed doors, single room of 23 sqm, concrete floor and stone fireplace plus window onto the courtyard. Exposed stone walls, ladder access to loft space also 23 sqm with solid wood flooring. It's currently used as storage, but with a little work would make a nice studio or even garage for a motorbike, it's up to you.

Outbuilding exterior, needs cleaning up a bit.
Outbuilding ground floor, great potential for a studio or?
Outbuilding fireplace
Outbuilding 1st floor

On top of this already great deal, the owner is proposing to refund the cost of a nights accommodation for 2 if you stay locally, if you visit the premises and subsequently buy.

Any questions are welcome and I will reply quickly if the answer is known, otherwise I will contact the owner for further details and get back to you as quickly as possible.

Nb. all sizes are approximate. The purchase must be completed in Euros by a French Notaire under French law.

I am your first point of contact for all aspects of the sale. I can be contacted quickly on or telephone +33 297 39 40 19

Thank you for your time and interest, Martin

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1. The drinks licence has now been upgraded to a Licence IV which is the full drinks licence. Included in the sale

2. The building will benefit from some repairs and or updates inside. Whilst structurally sound there are bits to do and improve/bring up to date

Also, we are sorry, but this property will not be offered as a rental. It is for sale in Euros. A part mortgage could be arranged subject to lenders conditions. No swaps of any kind will be considered. But thanks for the offers of swaps received so far!

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