A beautiful stone cottage set in private grounds, down its own track surrounded by Cognac vineyards. A 200 year old exterior, with very modern 'Boutique Hotel' style interior with every comfort. Decking and outdoor furniture and use of swimming pool
Originally built in 1836, Bois Blanc was a Cognac producer's house and is set, away from busy roads, in the Grand Champagne region of the Cognac vineyards. It is now owned by an English couple who are renovating the main house. There are no immediate neighbours. The cottage is set in its own raised gardens, and the landscaping is being carefully arranged to provide privacy. It is not overlooked by the owners who live in the main house. The large 12 x 6m L shaped pool has ample space to practice lengths while the deep stepped area allows you to sit and dip your feet in the water while reading a book ... without being splashed! The accommodation has been furnished to a very high standard.
The Cottage has a traditional stone exterior and contemporary interior. The master bedroom is on a mezzanine overlooking the open plan living area. Oak beams, with modern lighting and original artwork sit comfortably with Danish BoConcept furniture and beds. The master bed is super king sized with a full Tempur mattress. The 2nd bedroom, downstairs, has twin beds also with Tempur mattresses. There is 1 wet room with modern walk-in shower. This has a rain shower head as well as a traditional shower. The fittings are modern and unusual and the water for the flat basin comes from the mirror! The imported German kitchen is top quality, with Gaggenau ceramic halogen hob, an oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washing machine. Black granite work surfaces, simple white crockery, plenty of glasses for wine, champagne and cognac! Walk out of double doors onto a decking appointed with stylish Royal Botania table and chairs. There is a Mac computer for DVD's and music with Bose speakers and wifi throughout.
Servicios y zonas comunes
Guests have access to the cottage and the gardens of the main house including the 6x12m outdoor pool and landscaped pool area with sun loungers. The Cottage is equipped for self catering and everything is provided to a high standard. There is even wifi. Check out our website at (URL HIDDEN) for more details and photos. Please note that although photos of the property are accurate they are non contractual.
Atención a los huéspedes
I will always be present during your stay, although I work in the week. I will meet you on arrival and introduce you to Bois Blanc and the Cottage. I will show you how everything works and where to find everything. I can explain to you where to shop, the very best places to visit, the local restaurants and all about Cognac production! I try and be discrete and leave visitors in peace, but am always here if you need me, and am happy to chat and share a drink. I deliver fresh bread to your door every morning and can arrange cognac tastings and visits with top quality family estates.
Otros aspectos destacables
We do have another apartment on the property, a Modern Barn but it is only for 2 people and is not always used. There are no other guests at the property.
The time is yours and you will find Bois Blanc very peaceful and relaxing as we are away from roads, people, phones, cars. Please respect this while you are here. Sorry no pets and no smoking in the cottages.
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I am a 40 something, ex Army Major who moved to France for a lifestyle change, to restore an old stone house, and offer top quality self catering holidays. I also run a small design business mainly involved in 'living space design' and 'website design'. I love my beautiful wife and family, interior design, hot weather, food and exploring different countries (I've been to quite a few with my military service) oh and photography!
I have owned Bois Blanc for 7 years building it up from derelict. I have a house in Tunbridge Wells, where my daughters go to school and I live between UK (Winter) and France (Summer). I took 7 years out of the rat race to get Bois Blanc up and running and found it an inspiring and liberating experience which changed me for good! I have invested a lot in Bois Blanc as I believe that holidays are the most important weeks of the year for you. Everything must be high quality and special, and thats what I have aimed to create at Bois Blanc.
The 3 L's (location) of house buying guided me 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 I spend lots of our time. Summers here are always good and one can use the pool until the end of September. I love the Charente region as its is largely undeveloped and unspoiled. Time has stood still here and you rarely see another English person; yet 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 is the best in the world! Bois Blanc was a literal ruin, but this gave me 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 a designer, I have made the interiors of the Cottage interesting, harmonious and inspiring. I used expensive materials and fittings to make Bois Blanc the best in the region and fitting of your holiday expectations. This is not your average Gite! 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 not even half finished yet, as for us, its always guests first!