Category: Connoisseurs Stays
Location: Pays de la Loire, FranceClick Here for detailed information on France)
A gem of a private chateau in the Loire Valley, brimming with period antiques and designer fabrics, reviewed in top design & art magazines.
By "Invitation Only", it is possible to stay at Chateau de La Barre, as warmly welcomed guests of the Count & Countess de Vanssay, in their ancestral home, which has been in their family for more than 600 years.
Chateau de La Barre, less than 2 hours from Paris, lies secluded amidst a 100 acre private park, and is the ultimate private chateau for those travellers wishing to discover the heart and soul of the Loire Valley.
With precious antique furniture and vibrant designer fabrics (Guy and Marnie renovated and redecorated their family estate when they took over in 2002), it offers an elegant and serene combination of beauty, unpretentious elegance and all modern comforts. The large, fragrant garden at the foot of the XVIth century fortification walls, was planted in 2005, and offers an ideal place for a romantic picnic or evening stroll.
Guy and Marnie de Vanssay gladly assist with all sightseeing arrangements, infrastructure (English breakfast and afternoon tea are served daily, buffet suppers and Grand Siecle dinners can also be hosted in the evenings) and activities ranging from hot air balloon flights departing from the Chateau park to exclusive private viewings of neighbouring chateaux and gardens, unopened to the public, including hosted teas and luncheons there.
Guests enjoy exclusive use of the Grand Salon drawing room, 1000 sq feet, virtually intact since it was decorated for the marriage of the Marquis de Vanssay in 1778, as well as the XVIIth century Grand Salle Manger with it's important burnished dresser for dinners. In addition, there is a small breakfast room with impressionist paintings, a billiard room and bar with a XIVth century monumental stone fireplace and an elegant 580 sq foot more cosy drawing room ,the Salon Rose.
A XIVth century winding staircase leads up to the bedrooms, three king size double rooms, two queen size double rooms, two twin rooms and two single rooms, all en-suite, as well as two single rooms sharing a bath with a double. An ideal sleeping arrangement for 12 to 18 guests. On the second floor, there is a small library and Internet office.
Adjacent to the chateau is a self catering cottage, which offers, if need be, an extra three en-suite double/twin rooms, and two fully fitted kitchens.
Minimum stay of 3 nights
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