Reference to the Robert Redford movie in Montana, the Charente river really runs through the AOC cognac vineyards from east to west. A quiet river which plays with landscape and flows into Atlantic sea just face to the famous “Fort Boyard”. Hop on board, imminent departure.
It was a shelter for the winegrower in the past time. The caburote, little house in the middle of the vineyards has no use nowadays. Some of them fall into ruin. It’s really to bad as they are the witness of a no so distant past. They deserve to be restored as an genuine element of the landscape in cognac vineyards.
Since this first days or this new year, winter is there in cognac region, with its white mornings, frozen fields and vineyards, frozen grass glittering in sun like today, in short, a “temps de saison” as we say in french. And an opportunity to take photos and share them.
The scottish photograph, Mark Unsworth, is the guest of Cognac Museum till mid january. Famous specialist of food and beverage world, and more specially of the distilleries of Islay island where he lives and works, he has brought a fresh look on cognac distilleries of small properties. And for him, it has been the story of a nice discovery. Continue reading In the privacy of cognac distilleries
Let me tell you the true story of a sleeping beauty in cognac vineyards and of two princes of design, elegance, and creativity coming for Miami. For Pierre and Max, it has been love at first sight for this 15th century manor left to rot for a too long time.
“In twenty years when I look back on this chapter of my life, I hope I will remember most the regular walks we take around the Logis with our three dogs, and our cat Nelson. We walk, the dogs unleashed and totally free, for hours-on-end and pass through forests and farmland, by lakes and rivers, and rarely see anyone. The communal destination-of-choice is a source which was framed in carved limestone over 600 years ago and where today the dogs love to swim. And then I think, “Where else in the world in 2010, and only 2 hours from Paris by train” ?
This poetic words, Max wrote them in the agenda he created to highlight “the best of Charente”. Since 2010, 7 editions have beeen printed for the new year, each of them with a special tone : stone of Charente, gastronomy and cognac, roman art, skilled artisans, history and so on…
Belgian native, Pierre worked for a long time in States and felt the desire to return back in Europe, and Max, american citizen, who studyied for a while in Firenza, dreamed to live on the old continent. One day, they left their superb property of Miami and travelled a lot, mainly in Italia and South France, to find their new restling home : need of wide space for their animals, and sun for them. The quest finished as they passed the imposant front porch of the Logis : it was there and nowhere else.
They did not know anybody when they arrived, they are famous nowadays, here and not only. Max and Pierre have restored the manor in a magistral manner, in a total respect of the architecture and with a mad skill for interior design. Working with local crafstmen, they used simple, rough material found on the site : wood, steel, old farm tools… an incredible mix of modern design and re-interpreted old materials. After 3 years and half of hard work, the Logis recovered his past beauty..The result is so successfull that Pierre and Max opened a boutique in the barn, called “Sortie de grange” featuring decorative objects, antiques, lighting, gifts, fabrics and finds.
And in the outbuildings, overlooking the nice courtyard, they have nestled their B&B, 3 stunning bedrooms, and a guest cottage, each of them named after a former owner of the Logis. International livestyle, design, tourism and architecture media regularly publish on Logis de Puygaty and their gifted owners.
Max always thought that Charente, which is the adminstrativ area of Cognac region but not only, was not enough known. During 7 years, he edited a luxury agenda called “Best of Charente” to highlight the hidden facets of the region. Max is one of the best ambassadors or Charente in the world. ” There is, here in Charente, a heritage which must be know all around the world. To make it known, I have had the idea of the agenda”
Who hasn’t dreamed of such a place ?
Good new, you can spend a few days in Logis de Puygaty, so kindly welcomed by Max and Pierre and their good fellows, Farouk, Jackie, Alzane the dogs and Nelson the cat.
You will discover a discret lifestyle, the location is utterly serene and peaceful, and you never forget the stunning welcome of Pierre and Max. The guest book speaks for them.
Thank you so much Dear Max.
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