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Large 200 Year old Granite Farmhouse set in substantial countryside grounds

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 10, Not overlooked, great base for Normandy beaches, many historic sites

At the end of its own private road, La Jouverie stands surrounded by acres of its own farmland. Built over 200 years ago, it has spent most of its life as a small farm and more recently up until the 80's as a cider and calvados producer. Today its surrounded by a beautiful garden with apple orchard and its own fields which are still farmed by the neighbour. The old cider press sits in the garden as a reminder of the past as does the old bakery/wash house.

Owned for the last 30 years by Andrew and Emma, the house has been tastefully renovated to an exceptionally high standard. The accommodation offers a large country farmhouse kitchen with Rangemaster cooker. A generous dining room with substantial granite Normandy fireplace and a huge salon with wood burning stove. Stone floors run throughout the ground floor, with oak flooring upstairs.

There are exposed oak beams throughout as well as exposed stone walls. This is an ideal family home with acres of space for children to run around in and to get a feel for the real Normandy countryside.

The village of Coulouvray is a short walk away where you can buy warm bread and croissants from the baker and where you can find local groceries from the "open all hours" alimentation.

A ten minute drive away is the beautiful town of Villedieu Les Poeles which is full of shops, restaurants and history. Villedieu has been making their world famous copper pans since the middle ages and you can visit workshops to see this ancient skill still being used. You can also visit the bell foundry where the bells of Notre Dame in Paris were made or just enjoy a glass of wine sitting in a cafe in one of the mediaeval streets. Tuesday is market day and a large market takes over the streets of the town where you can buy all sorts of locally grown produce as well as freshly caught seafood. There's a separate seafood market on a Friday morning too.

La Jouverie is a perfect base from which to explore the Normandy landing beaches, or the Bayeaux Tapestry, or the world heritage spectacle of Mont Saint Michel. You're spoiled for choice for perfect sandy beaches, but our favourite is at "Les Salines" - about 30 minutes away by car north of the lovely seaside town of Granville, where you can pick mussels from the sea and cook your own Moules Marinier.

More Details

Emma and Andrew Muir
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2018

About Emma and Andrew Muir

Emma and Andrew love their home in France and run their own marketing and business coaching businesses in the UK. Click on the location tab to see their description of the area and some of their favourite places to visit and things to do.

Emma and Andrew Muir purchased this house in 1979

Why Emma and Andrew Muir chose Coulouvray-Boisbenâtre

Beautiful spacious Normandy farmhouse with acres of grounds. Near to dozens of interesting sites to visit and beautiful sandy beaches well within reach.

What makes this house unique

The house and grounds was the site of an intense battle in WW2 between the Germans and Americans and we have actually dug up quite a few relics from that battle. They can be seen on display in the house.


Coulouvray-Boisbenâtre House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • En suite 1 - toilet , shower , En suite to master bedroom
    En suite 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , En suite to bedroom 4
    Family bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - Twin room - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Oak beams and floors
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , High ceiling, exposed beams
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Lots of exposed beams
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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Large 200 Year old Granite Farmhouse set in substantial countryside grounds
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Relaxing holiday is stunning house in rural Normandy

  • 5 of 5

A group of eight of us have just returned from a relaxing holiday rural Normandy. We arrived at the house to gasps of delight. A country lane led up to the beautiful house surrounded by a large garden. This in turn was surrounded by stunning countryside.

The house was very spacious, meticulously appointed, comfortable with a stunning well equipped kitchen. The bedrooms were large, the beds comfortable, all had great views. The bathrooms were clean and modern with good showers and plenty of hot water.

A short walk to the local Boulangerie was a great way to start the day and the local town Villedieu-les-Poules is charming to visit.

Our stay was short but we enjoyed visiting Granville and its nearby uncrowded beaches and spent half a day canoeing at Conde Sur Vire. Had we needed it there were more than enough activities and places to visit to fill our week.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased your group enjoyed our Normandy home and enjoyed some of the many things the area has to offer. We hope you will come back another time to see some more.
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Probably the finest holiday home available in northern France.

  • 5 of 5

Approaching La Jouverie down its narrow country lane we came over a small rise to be greeted by the sight of this beautiful granite farmhouse. Our first impressions were of complete privacy surrounded by fantastic French countryside. The driveway, gardens and surrounding paddocks are huge and an absolute dream to our little cocker spaniel !

The house itself though is something else, we couldn't believe the incredibly high standard of finish. Our first (and lasting) impressions were of complete satisfaction. Rather than renting a holiday cottage it was more like borrowing a good friends home for a fortnight. Everything is to the highest standard, the kitchen is fully equipped plus some, the dining room and lounge with their open stone fireplaces and comfortable furniture, the bedrooms with oak flooring and sumptuous beds, the show house bathrooms all brought beaming smiles to the faces of all of our party.

We quickly had the car unloaded and settled down in the sun on the lovely patio to a cold glass of wine from the fridge.

We soon found that La Jouverie is situated in a good location in Normandy, only quarter of an hour from the lovely little market town of Villdieu, half an hour to the port of Granville with its numerous little restaurants along the harbour front and fine beaches to the north and south, similar time the Avranches and not really that much further to Mont St Michel and the gorgeous port of St Malo. Caen, Bayeaux and the D-Day beaches are a little more than an hour up the motorway. There is really so much to see and do, in fact the kitchen window sill has a mountain of books, maps and guides to the local area. There is incidentally a good pair of binoculars which you should take to Arromanches if you go, preferably at low tide !.

A ten minute walk from the house is the village of Coulouvray which has a nice little shop to get your fresh bread and milk from in the morning. There is also a small bar where we sat some evenings in the sun drinking cold beer and having long jovial conversations with the locals, surprising really as none of us had a common language !!.

But back to the house, we really cant praise it highly enough, even on the odd day when the weather wasn't kind at least we could go back to our welcoming and comfortable home.

Emma and Andrew were a joy to deal with, always answering our (at times many) queries instantly, thanks to you both for a wonderful and memorable holiday.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing house and gardens in beautiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

We spent a fabulous two weeks in your lovely Normandy home this summer. The house has everything needed to have a relaxing holiday and it is very well positioned to enjoy all the great sites of Normandy. We made great use of the large gardens and loved the quiet, country location. Nearby Villedieux les Poeles is a pretty town with a great market and fabulous range of lovely French shops. There is so much to do and see in this area we will need to come back to finish it off.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jill, We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and found everything you needed in La Jouverie. We look forward to your return visit to finish off the sites. Best wishes Emma and Andrew
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Comodidad, amplitud y tranquilidad.

  • 5 of 5

Hemos pasado unos días fenomenales en esta casa, ideal para relajarse y bien ubicada para hacer excursiones por Normandía y Bretaña. La casa tiene todas las comodidades necesarias, y cuenta con habitaciones, cocina y salón muy amplios.

Los propietarios han sido muy simpáticos y nos han provisto de una completa información, tanto sobre la casa como sobre sitios que visitar, donde comer, etc.

Muy recomendable.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Angel Luis, Many thanks for your lovely review of La Jouverie, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday in our Normandy house. I hope you don't mind but I have translated your review below for our future English guests. We hope that you will return in the future. Best wishes Emma and Andrew English Translation Comfortable, spacious and tranquil We have spent some fantastic days in this house, ideal for relaxing and well located for trips through Normandy and Brittany. The house has all the necessary amenities, and has rooms, kitchen and living room very spacious. The owners have been very friendly and have provided us with complete information, both about the house and about places to visit, where to eat, etc. Highly recommend.
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Coulouvray is a small village on the edge of the St Sever forest. It has a church, bar, baker, restaurant and grocery store. Historically the local industry has been granite cutting.

The St Sever forest provides lovely walking opportunities and two lakes that can be walked around.

The nearest town is the historic town of Villedieu-les-poeles - a 10 minute drive away. Villedieu is steeped in history and has been the centre of copper pan production (used by top chefs all over the world) since the middle ages. Visit one of the copper workshops and treat yourself to a set of the best pans you can buy. Or visit the historic bell foundry - one of the few remaining ones left in Europe. Walk the ancient streets, try the bars and restaurants and don’t forget the Tuesday market. On Tuesday morning, streets are closed off and dozens of stalls sell fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood. Local small holders set up stalls to sell off any excess production they have that week. A small fish market also sets up on a Friday morning in the smaller of the two main carparks near the tourist info office.

Do pop in to the tourist info to get details of places to visit. Some of our favourites are:-

Beaches around Granville (Les Salines is our favourite where you can collect your own mussels from the sea)

Le Mont St Michel

The Normandy landing beaches

Bayeaux and its world famous tapestry

L’Hermitage cider farm to see how cider and calvados is produced. Tastings and sales of product available.

L’Abbaye Hambye – superb ruins of a great abbey

Granville old town – walled citadelle with remains of German gun emplacements still evident. Have a seafood meal at one of the restaurants below in the port.


Rates & Availability

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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