Manoir de la Jouberie

Viessoix, Valdalliere, Calvados

From the grand old rooms of this style-laden old manor, set out for landing beaches, Mont St Michel – or simply Alison’s glorious garden


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Inside the farmhouse is a 17th-century manor with medieval roots, an original turret and all of four huge granite fireplaces. Add a fascinating garden, bucolic views, and secrets of the 1944 events. A friendly and dynamic fabric designer, Alison moved here to develop her brilliant gardening talent. You will enjoy it, and the high huge-beamed rooms, and the sense of history – 1611 is carved in the kitchen mantel. This big old room has buckets of atmosphere, a discreet modern kitchen that doesn’t jar the venerable aesthetic and a warming wood-burner. The finely personal décor is both stylish and tastefully cosy thanks to colourful textiles, handsome antiques and interesting objets. Gently up the gnarled staircase to the bedrooms, both big-beamed, stone-fireplaced, brass-bedded and uncluttered. One has a shower room up narrow attic stairs; the other has its own bathroom, is a bit smaller, but full of comfort and character. Alison’s plantsmanship and her local knowledge will charm those with green fingers or an interest in history—medieval to 20th century. Gardeners, history buffs, walkers: come hither.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights, 7 nights in high season. Parking on-site.
Christmas, 30 September - 9 June.
Restaurants 8km.


Nightly price
from £93
Weekly price
from £652
Extra beds available for children.
1 House for 4
From £932 beds2 bedrooms


Our family of 4 had a lovely stay at La Jouberie. Alison is a great host with an abundance of local knowledge and really made us, including our kids, feel very comfortable. The house itself is beautiful, clean, very comfortable and packed with character. We particularly enjoyed Alison's beautifully garden. Would definitely recommend a stay if you are considering it.

Ashwini, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Alison Sykes

  • Try to see Le Mont in early morning as it emerges from the mist. An incredible magical place, which dominates this part of Normandie. See it from afar, by visiting the Panorama at Chaulieu, just a very few miles as the crow flies from Viessoix
  • Take an idle stroll along the deep hidden roads of the Bocage, with banks clad in wild plants. Take a serious stride along the Chemin de St Michel. You can walk the whole way.Clamber to the top of the hill next to La Jouberie. Drink in the view.
  • Granville a town of contrasting sophisticated shopping and down to earth fishing. Ferry port and home to Dior. Narrow lanes in the Old Town and wide avenues between the Fin de Siecle Villas. Amazing gateaux and Vietnamese Nems.
  • The Normans. From Robert the Devil, William the Bastard and Henry the Clerk exuded a warring feuding personality, yet it is their art and style that survives. Here is the landscape they knew.
  • Viessoix is on the edge of "Sod Valley" site of one of the most critical and savage battles of the Blue Coat operation, known as Pave or Sourdeval. Site also of the winning of a VC by Sidney Bates one of only 2 awarded n the Normandy campaign.
  • Cheese and Apples. It is not possible to visit Normandie without partaking of the most famous soft washed rind cheeses of Camembert, Liverot, et al and in a country that produces no grape then be very satisfied by the liquors from apples and pears.