Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 3 9.6/10
|Bois Blanc Design Cottage||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1||None|
Originally built in 1836, Bois Blanc was a Cognac producer's house and is set, at the end of its own track and away from busy roads, in the Grand Champagne region of the Cognac vineyards. The Cottage has its own raised gardens, and the landscaping is arranged to provide privacy.
The exterior of the Cottage has been carefully restored to its original condition and the interior has been completely modernised. There is a spacious kitchen, dining and lounge area open to the full height ceiling, a mezzanine master bedroom on the upper floor and a twin bedroom and modern bathroom on the ground floor. The Cottage is well appointed with good quality fittings and furniture. The beds all have Tempur mattresses and linen by the White Company. The furniture is all Danish by BOConcept and the kitchen and bathroom come from Germany. There is an Apple mini computer for music and dvds and a built in Bose sound system. The Cottage has wi-fi.
The cottage has 2 private terraces - North and South so there is usually a choice of sunshine or shade.There is an outdoor dining table and chairs as well as a Webber charcoal barbeque. The pool is 12m x 6m, making a L-shape with the steps which are 4m x 4m. Around the pool there are 2 double bed loungers, and 2 single loungers. The pool area is landscaped with river gravel and natural stone terracing.
A modern german kitchen with granite work surfaces and good quality appliances (eg Gaggenau). Dishwasher, halogen hob, microwave, oven, fridge, washing machine and a good range of utensils for self catering cooking. There is a glass topped table with 4 chairs for dining. There is also an outside table and 4 chairs on the terrace through the double doors.
The living room has a sofa, armchair and 2 large cube seats with coffee-table rug and bookcase. All the furniture is BOConsept. It has a Mac mini computer for music and dvds and a Bose sound system. There are books, dvds and some games as well as lots of information about the area. There is a map of the area to use while you are here.
The master bedroom is on the mezzanine first floor and looks out over the living area. It has a king sized bed with tempur mattress. All our linen is by the White Company. There is a set of draws for clothing, bedside tables and lamps, 2 modern hanging spaces an armchair and footstool and large mirror. There is an electric fan.
The twin bedroom has 2 single beds both with tempur mattresses. All our linen is by the White Company. There is a set of draws for clothes, bedside table and lamp.
The bathroom has a modern german walk-in shower, sink, storage cupboard and toilet and heated towel rail.
The cottage has gas underfloor heating and hot water.
The cottage has wifi internet access, a selection of books and dvds, a Mac computer for music and dvds and a built in Bose sound system. There is lots of information about things to do in the local area.
There is a large wooden decking terrace with outdoor table and 4 chairs by Royal Botania. There is a Webber charcoal barbeque. There is a private garden and access to the main garden and pool.
The pool is 12m x 6m with a 4x4m steps. It is set in a landscaped enclosure with natural stone terrace and river gavel 'beach' areas. There are 2 large double sun beds with cushions and 2 single sunloungers.
There is a separate parking area for guest parking at the end of our private drive.
The large pool is surrounded by a landscaped area which is entered through a lockable gate. It has different areas delineated with planting, river gravel and a natural stone terrace.
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!|
Find out how Cognac is made by visiting a single estate cognac house. See the whole prosess from vine to bottle and visit the distillery and aging cellars. Finish your tour by tasting the range of finished cognacs. A 5th generation cognac house with a proud tradition of exquisite cognac production and 13 international gold medals to prove it! In our local village and free to visit.
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