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Article content The Eastern Townships became an orange zone on Monday, May 31, allowing for the opening of restaurant dining rooms and other businesses under certain conditions.
The picture perfect Bois Rivire, an 1880s cottage at the heart of a wooded estate, is one of the most delightful B in the Eastern Townships.
That’s high praise the historic Magog Orford region is rife with graceful old houses turned into appealing inns. But it’s tough to beat this charmer.
Bois Rivire boasts an exceptional setting, with lots of land and a gentle, outdoorsy lifestyle. Its grounds include a lush forest of century old maples, birches, firs and pines, with bursts of wildflowers such as tiny forget me nots, daisies and lupines.
A branch of the Missisquoi River runs through the property and guests have access to a swimming spot, as well as a one kilometre walking path up and down a wooded hillside. If you wake at dawn, you might see the neighbours wild turkeys, deer, raccoons and a variety of birds. To take it all in, there are benches in the woods and a furnished patio sheltered by a rock garden blooming with irises, hydrangeas and lavender.
Article content Besides being close to nature, Bois Rivire is cheery and colourful. It’s a canary yellow cottage with a large, inviting blue and white porch, and interiors in tasty hues like lemon, raspberry and blueberry. The B is decorated with antique country furniture, patterned bed quilts and lots of plants and collectibles.
New owners: You might know the place as L’Iris Bleu, which operated for 27 years, but it’s been updated and renamed by husband and wife Andr Turcotte and Nathalie Paulin, Quebecers who had moved out west. She worked in finance and he was in law enforcement; they are both outdoorsy, so they have the energy to sustain a large estate. They have refreshed the interiors, changed the mattresses and bedding, and planted berry bushes, herbs, vegetables and trees that will bear apples, pears and plums.
Modernized and beautifully maintained, Bois Rivire has three guest rooms, each with a private bathroom and a clawfoot tub.
Paulin and Turcotte are dedicated locavores. The bath products are from Oneka in Frelighsburg, and their micro boutique of crafts carries soaps by SL Peau Skin of Eastman and beaded bracelets by Paulin, who multi tasks as an artisan. The couple also tap their own trees for maple syrup and even try to stay within a 15 kilometre radius for their ingredients.
The cheery, colourful Bois Rivire is a cottage dating back to the 1880s. Photo by Bois Rivire Breakfast: Paulin loves to cook, Turcotte is a meticulous sous chef, and the solarium and garden dining areas are captivating, so breakfasts are truly special.
Article content Breakfast peaks with mains like French toast topped with oranges and berries, grilled vegetable frittata, hermes apple watch band replica
omelettes with mushrooms and cheese from the nearby Abbaye de St Benot du Lac, or crpes with strawberry compote.
Paulin and Turcotte understand flexibility, so they’ll do gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and lactose free diets, with notice.
Paulin has foraged throughout the region for her ingredients. Bread comes from Owl’s Bread in Mansonville; berries from Paradis des Fruits in Dunham; eggs from F785 Rhubarbe et Compagnie in Bolton East; and vegetables from Les Jardins Bolton, also in Bolton East.