Château de la Barre
Château de la Barre
Experience the gracious hospitality of French aristocracy...at Château de la Barre, in the Loire Valley, home to your hosts, Comte and Comtesse de Vanssay’s, family since 1404! Replete with precious antiques, family portraits and luscious designer fabrics, beauty and exclusivity meet history and heritage in this exquisite manor house, which lies secluded amidst a 100 acre private park, between Chartres, Le Mans and Tours.
Reviewed among the “50 best hotels of the world” in the Telegraph Travel Magazine 2011, and “France’s best château by a stretch” in the Sunday Times in 2008, this family château achieves a harmonious balance between refined, understated luxury, and modern comfort.
In the ornate reception rooms and 5 bedrooms and suites, precious XVIIIth century furnishings are brought to life by luscious designer fabrics reflecting the warm hospitality and joie de vivre prevalent throughout. The château itself has it’s own family chapel and is surrounded by XVIth century fortifications, at the foot of which lies a romantic fragrant garden opening up onto meadows, a pond, a river and a small forest beyond.
Twice a week, after champagne cocktails, a “Grand Siècle” Dinner is hosted in the XVIIth century dining room, with all the family silver and crystal. On other nights, a simpler supper can be served in the breakfast room with it’s impressionist art collection, or on the terrace underneath the elm trees. A wine tasting evening can also be arranged in the XIVth century “piece à feu” by the monumental fireplace… Or follow Guy and Marnie de Vanssay’s advice to discover some of the small gourmet restaurants of their region.
During the day, simply enjoy the peaceful quietude of bygone times, relaxing in the elegance and warmth of this exquisite French château, or venture out with sightseeing maps and suggestions from your hosts to explore the untouched countryside, medieval villages and famous castles nearby and further beyond.
Privatisation of the Château : For a group of 8 to 15 guests, Guy and Marnie are happy to arrange a tailor made programme, including exclusive visits at private châteaux and gardens of their region, normally unopen to the public, including luncheons or cocktail receptions hosted by the owners.
theExplorateur Exclusive Offer
-VIP welcome drink & private visit of the château with Comte de Vanssay
-Daily afternoon tea and English breakfast
-Port Wine and flowers from the garden in room upon arrival
-Wine tasting at nearby winery built into a Xth Century limestone cave
-Assistance with sightseeing maps, transfer arrangements and reservations at nearby restaurants
-Complimentary use of the internet office and onsite bicycles
Comte & Comtesse de Vanssay
Chateau de La Barre
72120 Conflans sur Anille
Pays de Loire – France
About the Loire + Le Mans
Cradle of the Kings of France from medieval times until after the Renaissance, the Loire Valley is famous for it’s hundreds of castles, from Chambord the largest to Chenonceau, the castle of the six queens and most visited site in France after Versailles, Cheverny the most magnificently furnished, Villandry’s Jardin à la Française, romantic Azay le Rideau in the middle of a lake...the list is endless.
The French Renaissance began in the Loire Valley, and Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life in Amboise, at Clos Lucé near the Royal Palace. It is possible to visit his home and even to enjoy an authentic Renaissance lunch there.
The Loire Valley has been classified UNESCO World Heritage site, as the medieval Plantagenêt city of Le Mans will soon be. Birthplace of King Henri II of England, the Plantagenêt city is now stage set to numerous historic films, and in the summer months, is lit up every evening by the most creative of light shows.
Naturally Le Mans is also famous for the motorracing, and Guy and Marnie de Vanssay can arrange (at specific dates) for guests to drive their dreamcar around the Maison Blanche track!
The high quality of the Loire Valley wines are coming to the forefront, and the Xth century limestone wine cellars of Vouvray, Chinon and Saumur Champigny can be explored before indulging in a wine tasting.
Parallel to the large Loire River, the little Loir Valley, written without an “e”, a still undiscovered jewel, lies secluded from the maddening summer crowds.
Hidden among rolling hills, vineyards and forests, quaint country roads lead to a myriad of picturesque villages with their manor houses and XIIth century romanesque chapels with amazing frescoes and high quality concerts during the second half of July.
The “most English Garden of France” of Sasnières and the romantic “shade garden of Le Petit Bordeaux” have been receiving growing international acclaim, not to forget the more famous gardens of the Château du Lude or of Valmer.
The Loir Valley also produces Jasnières white wine, described by Michelin critique Curnonsky as “Three times a century, the best white wine in the world”.