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Design Cottage And Modern Barn Conversion with large landscaped pool - Design Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



Design Cottage

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

About the property


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 between the Cottage and the Barn. Neither is 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 Cottage and Barn have been furnished to a high standard - take a look at the photos and visit our website (click the link for owners website).

WORRIED ABOUT SECURITY? We are quite happy to organise a Viber or Skype video link so that you can see that we are actually at the property! We have successfully let our properties for years without problems. Before you arrive we send you a pack telling you all about Bois Blanc and the area - as well as detailed directions of how to find us. You can also call us on the French or English phone numbers to chat about the house.

Please note:

1. Our photographs of the property are accurate and not misleading but are non contractual as we cannot guarantee the exact pieces of furniture will be available.

2. In the high season our properties are only rented by the week (Saturday to Saturday). This platform does not allow us to set this option automatically causing us to amend bookings you send us in this period. we apologize for the platforms inflexibility.

More Details

Badger Davis
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 13, 2018

About Badger Davis

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 up and running and found it an inspiring and liberating experience which changed us for good! We have invested a lot in Bois Blanc as we believe that holidays are the most important weeks of the year for you. Everything must be high quality and special, and that's what we have aimed to create at Bois Blanc.

Badger Davis purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Badger Davis chose Verrières

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!

What makes this cottage unique

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's not even half finished yet, as for us, it's always guests first!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"You have RUINED all our holidays in France! How can we go anywhere else now?!"

"It's not often everything you see on the website lives up to expectations - but Bois Blanc does that and more! It was definitely worth the 2 year wait for us to get here!"

"We have had the most fantastic holiday here at Bois Blanc; 5 star accommodation, surroundings, hospitality and peace and quiet. Every day has been special and we would recommend a holiday here to anyone."

"We hugely appreciate your careful restoration of this cottage and the obvious attention to every single detail."

"To say it is anything short of astonishing is doing you a disservice. We will all be moving in with you!"

"This is a spectacular location and a beautiful property - you have created a wonderful atmosphere of peace and tranquility. We had great expectations before we arrived and they have been met and exceeded"
Jul 2014
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Booking Notes:
Please see our website for full booking details.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. 4pm arrival, 10am departure.

Notes on prices:
The prices are for one week, regardless of how many people are staying. We do not charge extra for towels and linen. Pool towels are provided. Your welcome pack includes your first nights 3 course meal, with wine and cognac and your breakfast for the following morning. We can accept payment in Euros if you prefer. Out of season short breaks are priced on a percentage rate: 1, 2 or 3 nights 65%, 4 nights 75%, 5, 6 or 7 nights 100% of weekly rental price.


Verrières Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Tempur Mattress. On the ground floor
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Tempur mattress
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • churches
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Bois Blanc has been carefully restored to allow for the peace and relaxation of our guests. We do not add extra beds and only have accommodation for one 'family' (max 4) and one 'couple' (max 2). This is not a gite complex but rather 2 individual, high quality, holiday venues in a very secluded location. Outside: 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. The barn also has it's own shaded private decking, with dining table and chairs. 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 two single loungers. Both the cottage and barn have a Weber BBQ. The gardens are still growing (!) but the layout provides various peaceful areas to relax in.


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Bois Blanc - A Perfect Place to Stay in France!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Bois Blanc and we love it there. We've stayed in Design Cottage and Modern Barn and they are both exceptional properties, beautifully designed and well thought through. The pool is lovely and well maintained with comfortable pool furniture around it. The properties are set amongst vineyards in the French countryside and it's beautiful as well as peaceful. We stayed a second time as there is so much to see and do we couldn't manage it in one visit. The owners, Badger and Mandie are amazing hosts and nothing is too much trouble. There are ingredients for a meal and drinks when you arrive, helpful additions such as dishwasher tablets, toilet rolls, fruit and veg generously offered from their kitchen garden and fresh bread delivered by Badger. They can also give lots of advice and tips on places to visit (saved us making a wasted journey on a French bank holiday) if you want. All in all a wonderful place to stay in beautiful rural France and we will be back as we will struggle to find anywhere else that compares to Bois Blanc!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

This is a beautiful property in rural Southwest France. It is surrounded by gorgeous French countryside and the vineyard runs literally to the wall of the cottage. Badger made us feel very welcome. Pool is excellent for relaxing in. If you're looking for a holiday which is quiet and gives you the chance to get away from it all this is the place to go.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review, so glad that you enjoyed your holiday. We were a bit sad to see that you have spoiled our 10 year, 5 star only record?
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  • 5 of 5

We have had a wonderful week despite the weather being wetter than the norm for the season. The accommodation is beautiful, comfortable and peaceful. The attention to detail makes the experience.

The hosts are friendly, welcoming and informative and manage the balance between presence and privacy perfectly.

We would love to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A high quality property in an attractive region

  • 5 of 5

Executive summary for Design Cottage: this is a very good quality property. It is located in an interesting region. Book without hesitation. Highly recommended.

We are no strangers to renting French holiday homes, so it takes quite something to impress us. Badger's cottage did.

From the minute you arrive, it is obvious that it has been prepared by someone who wants the property and the experience to be 'just right.' It is. The cottage is a tastefully done. It contains everything you need and nothing you don't. Those who rent often know exactly what I am saying here.

Conveniently, there is a small Carrefour about 6km away. A good road system allows easy access to many places.

We were not familiar with the Charente area prior to this trip. It has many enjoyable short and long trips to keep you fully occupied. When you do not wish to be occupied, the pool area is the nicest we have had.

We wondered how a different region would compare with Dordogne, Lot and Garonne visits. I can assure you it compares very favourably. We absolutely loved our trip to the Ile-de-Re. Talmont is a pretty village. The Charentaise style has a lot to recommend it.

Badger has perfected the home owner art of being there when required and subtly absent when not. He is an interesting and lovely chap.

We thank you for quality beds and bedding; comfy pool furniture and a great pool area; a very clean house (I am super fussy about cleanliness); tasty courgettes and green beans fresh from the garden; delicious fresh bread in the morning; all of the useful tips about where to visit; making our holiday peaceful and memorable; and taking the time to give of yourself.

I am sure we will be making a return visit.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Another fantastic week

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Bois Blanc Cottage and once again it did not disappoint. The cottage itself is a delight; a modern, relaxed and fantastic place for our family to stay. It provides an oasis of tranquility, peace and quiet in order to get away from it all yet remains close enough to so many great places that my wife and i plus our 2 teenage boys are never bored. The pool and outside space are great for enjoying the sun and having great family time and Badger remains an excellent host being welcoming and only too happy to help and offer ideas yet giving you the space to relax and unwind in peace. Highly recommended.

Andy, Joanna, Rory and Jack

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing place to stay , book it!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing place to stay inside and outside. Great house, garden and pool with fab views of the vineyards. So much to do in the surrounding area it was difficult to choose. Badger gave us some great ideas for trips out. A highlight for our family was the Chateau des Enigmes. If this place is free, book it.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Bordeaux or La Rochelle
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Verrieres Village
Nearest Golf
19 Kilometres
Nearest Train
36 Kilometres
Angoulême TGV
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
A10 Pons Junction
Nearest Restaurant
19 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

If you have an interest in cognac, we can arrange visits to some of the smaller producers as well as the larger cognac houses. If you are visiting over the November to January period, there would be the opportunity to see the distillation process carried out on traditional stills. Please email us if you want us to arrange this for you or to put together a cognac lover's package including lots of visits and tastings. Have a look at our websites for various packages we offer.


About 50 mins drive from the coast. You can explore the Gironde estuary, the beaches around Royan, La Palmyre and the Cote Sauvage. The Ile de Ré and the Ile d'Oleron are close enough to make a day trip. All the beaches are sandy and it's easy to find secluded spots.


Nearest airports - La Rochelle (1 and a half hour's drive), Angouleme, (1 hour), Bordeaux, (1 hour 10 mins), Poitiers (2 hours). Due to the isolated location a car is quite important, but not essential if you just want to chill out here and not go anywhere. We can arrange pick up from a station or airport (at an additional cost).


Nearest village is 3km with small shop, post office, bar, cafe (it's all in one!). Cognac is the nearest town, about 15km away with restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping . St Emilion 80km, Bordeaux 90km, Angouleme 45km, La Rochelle 65km, Ile d'Re 70km.

Further Details:

Plenty of historic towns to visit within an hour: Cognac, Saintes, Angouleme, Royan, La Rochelle, St Emilion and Bordeaux. Fantastic scenery, stone villages and a sea of cognac vines. Outdoor activities include: canoeing, cycling, walking, swimming. There are miles of off-road tracks through the vines which are great for walking, cycling or riding. The Atlantic coast and the famous islands of Oleron and Ré. Quaint costal villages, huge stretches of sandy, dune backed beaches. Oysters, Seafood, wine, cognac and pineau. Lots of independent Cognac estates to visit. International Blues Passions event (awesome!) in Cognac (2011 Moby, Morcheeba, ZZ Top - 2012 The Cranberries, Sting, Hugh Laurie). Street theatre festival in September. Fete d'Cognac outdoor music and food festival (fantastic). Contact us if you want to know if anything is going on when you visit.


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