Pilgrim-Hiusat Sünte Jaokops-Paoten
(at Saint Jacob’s Gate - "Jakobitor")
was once the name of the oldest guest house in Westphalia, dedicated to Saint Jacob, the Patron Saint of the wanderer. It stood under the authority of the Monastery of Paradiese at the Gates of Soest, which was made famous by Grimmelshausen’s "Simplicius Simplicissimus" .
Even after the change of the Convent clergy to the profane Landlords, this house kept its reputation as a particularly dignified guesthouse, continually developing for generations in the hands of the Andernach family as a benchmark for "distinguished" Soest.
The father was – as we know it from the tradition of Dutch painters - at the same time Host and painter artist.
He and grandfather collected the numerous pieces of furniture and utensils and placed them in a stylish surrounding. Actually you are not sitting in a museum but in a Guesthouse of long-time good repute, and the metre thick natural stone walls give you the feeling of wonderful security.
Also the grandfather Fritz Andernach brewed his top-fermented beer in the now called "Hanse-Stube" until the nineteen twenties.
In the year 2008 the Pilgrimhaus came in the possession of the Beck family.
Come and enjoy our best dishes – specialities are Lamb from the Soest "Börde" and Duck, just like in the old days. Culinary treats mingle with artistic experiences and historical recollections. And when you happen to be our guest on "Jacobs day" on 25 July, you will be served from the Host a glass of the "Centennial" courtesy of the "anno tobac" which was discovered during reconstruction works and is know kept, sealed in Jacob’s shrine. On Jacob’s day however it flows in the honour of the Patron Saint, whose wreath from the previous year is renewed and the candle in front of the statue is relit, vowing from here to eternity.
On the basis of scientific research of the bearing oak beams (dendrochronology) one can say that the construction of this house in green sandstone was started in the year 1294.
On 2 December 1304 the Council of the city of Soest passed a Statute to the Pilgrim House. Already in the Foundation Charter was noted that voyaging and through the fields wandering "Peligrini" should find accommodation and catering. This referred in the first order to the Jacob’s pilgrims who were on their way to Santiago de Compostella (north of Spain) and stayed in the Pilgrim houses on route.
Also the author Grimmelshausen had his Simplicissimus from Soest explain how he stood guard at the Jacobitor.
In the hotel emerged, after elaborate refurbishing, generously equipped hotelrooms that offer the guests cosy living with the most modern comfort and individual atmosphere.
» Information about the pilgrim road
- 1294 - beginning to build
- 02.12.1304 - Foundation charter as hospice and pilgrims hostel
- 1613 - the town sells the house to Thomas Merckelbach
- From 1766 on the House belongs to the family Bödecker, who runs the Haus as Innkeepers, Brandy- and beer brewers. In 1868 Friederich Andernach buys the Pilgrim Haus
- 1900 - attachments in the West (Hanse-Stube)
- 1924 - Annexing the Wintergarden
- 1986 - Renovation of the upper floor in hotelrooms
- 2008 - The Beck family buys the Pilgrimhaus
- 2009 - Expansion of the gable wall in more hotel rooms
- 2014 - purchase of the Kattenhol and reconstruction to Guesthouse
- 2014 - New construction of 3 guestappartments in the Markquardschen Hof
- 2016 - Complete renewal of the guestrooms in the adjacent Haus