|Bois Blanc Modern Barn||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1||None|
Our Modern Barn is a 200 year old agricultural barn that has been completely renovated in a modern style, whilst being sympathetic to the original structure.
The whole end of the barn has been removed and replaced with floor to ceiling windows with sliding double doors leading to a decking area. The inside is very modern with stone and glass fittings and the original beams and walls that have been tastefully exposed. The barn is decorated in modern Danish Bo Consept furniture with a high quality German kitchen and bathroom.
Well insulated to withstand the heat of summer and chilly winters the barn has underfloor heating.
The modern German kitchen with granite work surfaces is well equipped with oven, halogen hob, extractor, dishwasher and fridge. It is well equipped with utensils and crockery for great self catering cooking. There is a modern table with barstool seating for 2 to eat at.
The living room is bright and airy with a great view across the gardens and vines.
It has a huge L shaped BoConcept sofa and iMac computer for music, internet and playing dvds. There is a lovely lounge low table containing a selection of books dvds and information on places to visit as well as a local map. There are large sliding doors which open onto a private decking and access to the gardens and pool.
The bedroom is on the first floor mezzanine reached by a spiral staircase. It has a huge automatic blind that you can control to make the bedroom private from the breathtaking views across the gardens and vines. It boasts a king size bed with Tempur mattress and white company linen. Bedside tables with changeable LED lamps sit beside the bed and there is a chest of drawers for clothes and an area for hanging clothes with coat hangers.
There is an electric fan.
The bedroom has a huge sandblasted exposed beam, exposed stone walls and an old pigeon hole stone neets box, now a window.
The bathroom is accessed from the bedroom on the first floor and has walk in German shower, washbasin, light up mirror, toilet as well as a heated towel rail. It has an exposed beam.
The Barn is heated by underfloor heating and the hot water comes from a solar system on the roof of the main house.
The barn has an iMac computer for music, internet and dvds. There are a selection of books and dvds. The Barn has internet wi-fi.
Outside the Barn is a wooden decking with stylish table and chairs for 2.
Private guest parking is in a special area at the end of our private drive.
The Barn was created just for a couple to enjoy. It is not suitable for children but we can provide a cot for babies who are not walking.
The barn has access to a huge 12x6m pool with landscaped areas and stone terrace. There are double and single sunbeds with cushions provided around the pool. You can use the pool whenever you like. The pool area is lit in the evening and the pool has in-pool lights.
We are Badger and Mandie Davis both in our 50's with 2 teenage daughters. We have owned Bois Blanc for 15 years building it up from derelict. Badger is an ex Army Major, running a small design agency (specialising in interior design) in France and UK. Mandie runs her own French language educational business in the UK. We have a house in Tunbridge Wells, where our daughters go to school, and we live between UK and France. We both took 7 years out of the rat race to get Bois Blanc renovated.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||The 3 L's (location) of house buying guided us to Bois Blanc, as it is literally in the middle of the vineyards of the 'Grand Champagne' Cru of cognac (the most prestigious cru). At the end of its own track with no neighbours, Bois Blanc is a peaceful and beautiful setting. It is also within 45 minutes of the magical South-West coast, were we spend lots of our time. Summers here are always good and one can use the pool from May until the end of September. We love the Charente region as it's largely undeveloped and unspoiled. Time has stood still here and you really can relax from the moment you step out of the car and breath the fresh air. There is lots to see and do; the famous islands of Ré and Oleron are easily accessible, as are Bordeaux (for civilisation) and St Emilion (for wine). Finally the cognac here in the Grand Champagne is the best in the world!|
|Unique benefits of property||Bois Blanc was a literal ruin, but this gave us scope to renovate the traditional stone exteriors and then add completely modern interiors. Thus we have all the beauty of an old house with all modern conveniences. Being designers, we have made the interiors of the Cottage and the Barn interesting, harmonious and inspiring. We used expensive materials and fittings to make Bois Blanc the best in the region and fitting of your holiday expectations. These are individually tailored holiday apartments not Gites! The gardens and pool have had the same treatment to give Bois Blanc the luxury of a hotel, without the impersonality and the exclusivity of a villa, without the isolation. Our own house...........it's not even half finished yet, as for us, it's always guests first!|
If you come to this region you must make a visit to see how Cognac is really made. We have a good choice of single estate cognac houses in our local area as we are in the Grand Champagne, premier cru of Cognac. We can arrange a free visit so you can see how cognac is made and visit the distillerie and aging cellars. Finish with a tasking of some of the most exquisite cognacs in the world!