Less than two hours from Paris, between Chartres and Tours, at the entrance to the Loire Valley is Château de la Barre, a magnificent chambres d’hôtes with luxurious guest rooms and suites, sumptuous reception rooms and fine antiques throughout. It is surrounded by a private, 100 acres park with 16th century dry moat fortifications, its’ own chapel, flower gardens, fountains, and pond. It was recently reviewed by the Sunday Times as “France’s best chateau -chambres d’hôtes- by a stretch”.
The individually decorated, guest rooms and suites feature beautiful period antiques, oil paintings, tapestries and offer splendid views out onto the vast garden. All rooms have modern, private bathrooms. Breakfast, tea, water and port wine is included in the rate. For those who like to self cater, a cottage and flat are available on a weekly basis.
A number of activities and transfers can be arranged, including golf (3 beautiful courses nearby), horseback riding, and hot air ballooning over the Loire. The famous castles of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO heritage site and cradle to the French kings. SO are the picturesque and untouched villages of the Loire valley, with their romanesque 12th-century churches and unique frescoes, the old city of Le Mans, and numerous vineyards and wineries. Guest can tour the countryside in a 1940s Citroen Traction Avant or drive a race car on the Maison Blanche track in Le Mans. And of course, many gourmet restaurants and local country bistros are there to discover!
Your hosts: Guy and Marnie de Vanssay
✅ free Wi-Fi • 11 rooms, cottages & suites (20-82m2) • hotel opened: 2004 • bathroom amenities: Chopard ✅ free on-site parking • no pets allowed • facilities for weddings • open all year • minimum stay winter: 3 nights • minimum stay summer: 2 nights • possibility to rent the whole chateau
The DNA: The Comte and Comtesse de Vanssay (she is Anglo-American, he is the twentieth generation to live in his family chateau ad. 1404), welcome guests like friends into their private home, a unique opportunity to experience the authentic and gracious way of life of French aristocracy. The couple regularly host a “Grand Siècle Dinner” with wine pairing in the château’s opulent dining rooms while Marnie will enjoy having tea with you in the drawing room where she will provide you with an introduction to their region. She can also provide private invitations to meet, lunch or dine with the often-colorful owners of over 10 of France’s finest historic chateaux and visit parts of their houses and art collections not normally accessible to the public. Guy is a wine expert and will help you choose, from the amazing wine list of the Château, the nectar of your dreams.