|La Jouberie||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||2|
La Jouberie is an impressive ancient and fortified manor house nestled in the Normandy countryside in a peaceful setting away from hustle and bustle, making it the perfect place for a relaxing holiday surrounded by natural beauty but still within easy distance of many historic sites and fun activities.
The house exudes elegance and history with the most stunning and impressive huge fireplaces in every room, it takes you back in time as you imagine the roaring fires these massive fireplaces, keeping the occupants warm in cold Normandy winters, fortunately today we have the luxury of central heating but the fireplaces still impress everyone who sees them.
The house boasts history and comfort galore. Set in a fine half hectare garden, which is listed in the Guide Parcs et Jardins de Normandie.
From the house there are excellent, sweeping views over the famed Bocage Virois. You can drink in the view from the south west facing windows in the kitchen/lounge and formal salon downstairs or take in the views as you drink your morning coffee or a glass of wine in the evening. The bedrooms benefit from the same view so you can awake to bird song and the rolling countryside.
This is William the Conqueror country on the edge of the Suisse Normande. If you like an active holiday then the Suisse Normande is for you as it is well known for its many outdoor activities such as kayaking, bungee jumping etc.
However, if you prefer a more leisurely holiday then the area is perfect for you too as there are many places to enjoy the simple pleasures of Normandy - good food, beautiful beaches, local markets and quaint villages, plus history galore.
The nearest town Vire is a 15 minute drive from La Jouberie and it was the personal domain of Henri Beauclerc (Henry 1). Today you'll find many interesting shops, restaurants and historic sites in Vire, but the history is still evident so it really does have the best of both worlds.
Ideally situated to explore the best that Normandie has to offer both cultural, leisure and within the arena of the forgotten battle for Normandy of WWII.
The manor is a short walk from a small village with a boulangerie, hairdresser, tennis court and even a Salle Polyvalente for a ho-down if required.
You will immediately feel relaxed and at home in the large open plan lounge/kitchen/dining. The room is dominated by its spectacular fireplace with cosy woodburner, the mantle over the fire shows the history of the house as it has a shield and its date 1611 carved into the granite stone. The stone walls and huge original oak beams highlight the strength and craftsmanship of this building.
The kitchen area is practical and modern and overlooks the garden and picturesque countryside beyond.
The dining area has an farmhouse style dining table and 4 chairs with more chairs available if needed.
There are comfy sofas in front of the fireplace for relaxing evenings by the fire with a glass of wine, or just to relax and chat about your day's adventures. There is a tv and free wi-fi.
Just off of the dining area is a utility room where you'll find the white goods, larder and a place for hanging coats.
Across the hallway from the kitchen/lounge is the formal salon, this impressive room has great character with another massive stone fireplace. The central oak beam is huge and we can only imagine the tree it was honed from.
Two formal sofas and chaise lounge create a cosy place for cocktails and socialising together.
The large stone table at the back of the room is made out of a massive granite boulder, it is 15th century fridge.
Water entered and exited there until 1944. It was an ideal place to keep dairy stuff chilled.
There are many original features that hark back to by gone days when this was a working house.
Walk up the original wide oak staircase to a landing area with wc and door to the rear of the property, then up a few more stairs to the first floor bedrooms.
This huge light room is very elegant with it's high ceilings, original oak beams and beautiful pieces of antique furniture and objet d'art. It also features another impressive fireplace, this time housing a stylish round woodburner, a copy of a traditional fire, maker Godin.
The antique brass bed with crisp bedding, stylish cushions and throw will guarantee a good nights sleep and there is a comfy armchair overlooking the garden and countryside if you want to sit back and soak up the view or read a book.
Another huge light room with high ceiling and original oak beams with windows to the front and side of the house giving views out across open countryside.
The antique cast iron bed looks perfectly at place and has a cosy, restful feel with its crisp fresh bedding and hues of pink and taupe covers and cushions. The room features yet another huge and impressive fireplace.
There is a large en suite bathroom with basin and vanity unit, corner bath and a WC.
One bathroom on 2nd floor, one en suite bathroom in bedroom 2.
Central heating and logburner.
A set of logs will be available left by the logburner. More logs can be supplied if required.
Tvs (both with Sky and Freeview channel) , books, wi-fi.
We also have lots of card games, Jigsaws and board games such as Cluedo...etc.
Fine half hectare gardens, listed in Le guide des parcs et jardins, with views across open countryside.
Plenty of space to eat al fresco under the stars, there is a Firepit /BBQ, or soak up the sun in the gravelled Cour. Take your lounger and relax under a tree. Remember to bring your paints and sketch books and do not forget your binoculars to do a little nature watching while you chill out.
Parking directly outside house.
Not suitable for those unable to climb stairs.
Alison is the British owner of this impressive property and runs a small, unique plant nursery in the extensive grounds.
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||I chose this location because of the peaceful, natural setting in the rolling Normandie countryside. Normandie has a lot for you to visit. For example, Falaise castle is where William the Conqueror was born.|
|Unique benefits of property||La Jouberie is an impressive ancient and fortified manor house nestled in the Normandy countryside in a peaceful setting away from hustle and bustle, making it the perfect place for a relaxing holiday surrounded by natural beauty but still within easy distance of many historic sites and fun activities.
The gardens give you plenty of space and are an ideal place to relax in after a day of exploring all that Normandie has to offer.
La Jouberie is ideally located for ease of access to landing beaches and all other arenas of commemoration and celebration throughout Normandy in this last year to recall history in living memory.
This segment will be updated over the next months to give an overview of events both local and further afield, which will be held throughout the whole summer.
A must for any visitor to this part of Normandy. Try to see it for the first time as I did, in the early morning, emerging from sea mist. If you can't actually visit, then the Mont dominates the landscape. You can see it from the tops of hills even as far inland as Viessoix and there is a wonderful Panorama at Chaulieu around 20 minutes drive away.
A bustling town of distinct parts. The port, the old town, the shopping lanes and the Fin de Siecle new town on the cliffs to the north, which received a great deal of coverage during the 2016 Tour de France.
A place to eat excellent seafood, poke around the specialist shops, take a cup of tea with fine pastries at Picorette, be blown from the parapets of the old town by the wind and visit the Dior Museum. This the family home of Christian Dior. The exhibitions are not permanent thus twice yearly new garments on loan are put on display. Seen in recent exhibitions the little black number modelled by Marilyn Monroe and the cream above the knee dress so amply filled by Liz Taylor.
A landscape of dramatic highs and lows. En route to Falaise the birth place of William.
All activities are represented here from Kayaking to climbing. Visit the web site of the tourist office at Conde s/Noireau for all the details, but most of all enjoy the drama of this very special area.
The landing beaches are a must. From the American beaches of Utah and Omha to the Allied beaches of Gold, Juno and Sword. Do not forget to turn inland and visit the charming little town with Chateau at Creully. The Chateau was the base for the BBC during the Normandy campaign and the town was visited by King George V1, Churchill and Montgomery. There is a permanent exhibition of photos of that period.
The landings were not the end of the story. Operation Bluecoat began in tandem with the American operation Cobra.
Just a mile, as the crow flies, from La Jouberie is the site of one of the most crucial battles of Bluecoat. Explore the battlefield around the tiny hamlets of Pave and Sourdeval and reflect on what might have been if the Grenadier Guards and the Royal Norfolk and Monmouthshire Regiments had failed to repel the German Panzers from the hill and road
A lovely Manor House set in beautiful grounds offering simple, great value accommodation in an attractive part of Normandy. Easy access to lots of great days out; particularly recommended is the beach at Coudeville; William the Conquerors castle and all the usual Overlord sights.
Alison made us feel very welcome throughout and provided lots of useful information for our days out.
All in all we had a great two weeks here.
Fairly remote location so very peaceful amidst lovely countryside. Local town offers shopping and restaurants. Handy position for exploring and charming owner to hand should you need anything.