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Beautiful normandy farmhouse, private grounds, heated pool, newly refurbished

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,583 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

200yr old stone house set in 2 1/2 acres with glorious views, sleeps 9 + cot

When looking for a holiday home, in lower Normandy we came upon La Joliere ‘the pretty place’ an area set high in the rolling hills, on a scenic route, where the air is clean and fresh. We immediately fell in love with the 360 degree views over the glorious surrounding countryside and the large, old stone farmhouse that enjoys sole residency in this magical spot. With a wood close by that is ribboned by little streams, it is a haven for wildlife and several unusual species of birds. If you mention La Joliere to the locals, they will respond ‘Ah, La Joliere, tranquille!’ And tranquil it is with your nearest neighbours 1/2 kilometre away. However, 2 miles in either direction will bring you to 2 well-appointed villages. We are just 6 miles to the bustling town of Vire with its wealth of restaurants, shops, theatre, cinema, weekly market etc. and direct train line to Paris. We have WiFi and an indoor games room with pool, table tennis & darts. Outside - boules, badminton and heated swimming pool.

More Details

Moira & Chris Sanders
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 6, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Moira and Chris

I hope this mail finds you both well?

I wanted to drop you a note to say thank you!

We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Joliere. There are too many things to compliment you on re the lovely farmhouse however a selected few are the fabulous, well stocked kitchen with the warming log fire; the great bedrooms which have all been tastefully decorated and furnished with comfortable beds and bed linen; the very entertaining games room which kept us all occupied for hours on end during our stay; the warm welcoming hamper which you kindly left for us; the La Joliere folder on things to do was very informative – indeed everything that we could and would want was available, even down to the adapters which was a really nice homely touch.

We all continue to speak of our great experience and are even talking about when and not if we will come next time

Hope we cleaned up well enough to your expected standards and thanks once again

We will defintely be coming back

Kind regards


PS – Chris …the star gazing is out of this world…thanks for the tip
Oct 2012
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Gathemo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2583 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - shower
    Bathroom 3 - shower
  • The 2 en-suites and separate bathroom enjoy handbasin set in vanity units with mirror above as do the 2 separate toilets (one on the ground floor, one on the first floor)
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
There is a covered outdoor dining area next to the barbecue and close to the heated pool. We have an indoor games room with a pool table, table tennis table, table football and darts. Outdoors a boules pitch and badminton may be enjoyed on the front lawn.


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Beautiful normandy farmhouse, private grounds, heated pool, newly refurbished
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

The perfect property in the perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Upon arrival everybody new that La Joliere was the right choice. The property was immaculate, comfortable and superbly equipped. The gardens and entertainment areas kept everyone from 4 to 70 happy and occupied. The location was beautifully "French" and although rural, was in close proximity to amenities and towns etc. The customer service was excellent and I would most certainly recommend La Joliere.

We are already planning our return visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This house is really fantastic for a stay with children. The large garden where they can play football and other outside games, the swimming pool.

Even inside is the large play- room with possiblities to play table tennis, darts and there is a pooltable.

The nice and big kitchen gives you the opportunity to have cosy family dinners with each other! The rooms and beds are good. I really don't have any bad remark about this beautiful Normandy House. Even the owners are such lovely peoply and so willing to help to make your stay wonderful and full of nice souvenirs of Normandy!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place. My mixed age family group of seven first stayed here in 2015 and on leaving booked immediately for 2016. Nothing has changed, we did the same this year and will be back in 2017. Moira and Chris run an immaculate house kitted out with everything you need to create a 'home from home'. The grounds, pool, BBQ and outdoor eating area extend the theme of excellence. A shame that we're only there for a week.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful and so quiet

  • 5 of 5

This house is by far the best we have ever stayed in in France and there have been many over the last 15 years!! Beautifully decorated and so well equipped they had thought of everything even the picnic hamper! such a quiet location not a sound and hardly a car!! Hope to return next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful relaxing week

  • 5 of 5

Three generations - and we all absolutely loved our stay at La Joliere. The location is stunning - so quiet - until the children got in the pool (!) but then I didn't have to worry about noise as no nearby neighbours. The games room and pool were a great bonus and provided much amusement. The kitchen had all that was required; and we enjoyed a few BBQs during the week. Moira and Chris were very helpful during the week responding to the few queries we had. Such a peaceful location but only a few miles from the morning croissant - we tried the bakeries at Gathemo and Sourdeval - both good but more choice at the larger Sourdeval bakery. Also about 5 miles from Vire for the supermarket shop. We had a few days out- easy access to Mont St Michel - we went late afternoon but still quite busy. A very enjoyable few hours canoeing on the River Vire from Conde sur Vire. Browsing at a French car boot / brocante shops. The swimming pool at Vire (with slides/tubes/inflatables) also highly recommended. And finally Villedieu les poeles - for lunch out and a visit to the bell foundry (recommended). We all really really loved our time at Le Joliere and Normandy and wish to return. Thanks Moira & Chris.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful House in Tranquil Setting

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with friends in June 2015. The house is well maintained, the owners having thought of the guests every need. The house and grounds are beautiful and so peaceful, with the nearest neighbours being over 1/2 a mile away.

The owners are always contactable by phone and nothing is too much trouble, the dishwasher broke down during our stay and following a quick phone call they arrived the following day with a replacement!

If you are looking for a peaceful retreat in a beautiful setting then look no further.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Ouistram (Caen)
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A 84
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
west coast
Car: necessary

La Joliere is centrally placed to visit a host of interesting places that are easily accessible by car. Le Mont. St. Michel, rising from its island in the sea is 50 minutes, the west coast with its lovely beaches 40 minutes, Bayeux and the Normandy landing beaches 1 hour. Swiss Normandy and the castle of William the conqueror can also be reached in an hour, we have a folder at La Joliere with suggested routes for full and half-day trips out.

Other Activities: Lovely walks may be enjoyed from the foot of your drive.

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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $419.52

The mid and low season rates are for up to 6 persons with any additional guests costing £50 per person per week extra.

Easter, Christmas and New Year will be charged at £1000 per week for up to 9 persons.
The price of La Joliere is all inclusive. We have, ourselves, in the past received shockingly high bills at the end of holidays which we had neither considered nor budgeted for. Cot & highchair

25% non-returnable deposit required upon booking, the remainder due 8 weeks before arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.