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Chateau de La Barre, Loir Valley

Conflans Sur Anille, France

Chateau de La Barre, Loir Valley

The quality and the warmth of the welcome extended to Château de La Barre guests by the the Comte and Comtesse de Vanssay (she is Anglo-American, he is the twentieth generation to live in his family chateau) are exceptional.

Château de La Barre is also a perfect base from which to discover the untouched nature of the small Loir Valley countryside and the world famous historic sites in the Loire Valley. Guy and Marnie de Vanssay will be pleased to assist Virtuoso guests with all their timetables, rental car bookings, train and airport transfers, maps, etc.

The bedrooms, all ensuite, combine elegance and comfort. Each bedroom has its own decor, with designer fabrics, XVIIIth century antiques, embroidered linens and bathrobes, and complimentary flowers and port wine for Virtuoso guests. All the rooms offer beautiful views either over the garden and park, or else onto the family chapel and XVIth century fortifications.

The reception rooms, adorned with portraits of family ancestors and majestic fireplaces, offer one of the largest private collections of XVIIIth furniture on view in a private château. The prestigious dining room, a veritable chef d'oeuvre of the 18th century, complete with its monumental buffet, welcomes guests for candlelit dinners.

Château de La Barre Location:
Between Chartres and Tours, at the entrance to the Loire Valley

  • 3 km North of Saint-Calais off the D1 towards La Ferté-Bernard
  • 30 km N.W. of Vendôme
  • 43 km from the renowned Le Mans 24 hours circuit and beautifully restored old city
  • Fast Train (TGV) from Paris to Vendôme (43 minutes)
  • Tours is the nearest airport with direct flights from London Stansted (Ryanair)
  • Paris 170 km - Tours 68 km - Chartres 100 km - Angers 140 km - Orléans 100 km

    5 Double Rooms, 2 Single Rooms, 1 Twin Bedroom:
    Chambre Marinde Vanssay – The memorable Chambre Marin offers a king size canopy bed, an immense oak wardrobe and an important XVIIth century Florentine mirror towering over a magnificent XVIIIth century French Régency commode. Chambre Marins’ three windows overlook the garden and park. The en-suite bathroom is more than ample. Adjoining, for guests needing a suite, and sharing the bath, is the elegant Chambre Louis XV, with a double bed and exquisite marquetterie signed furniture dating back to 1750.
    Chambre aux Fleurs – In the oldest part of the château (14th century) this lovely room is now brightened by stripes and an exquisite floral patterned fabric contrasting the antique Georgian furniture. The adjoining stern watch walk, with its deep arrow slots, has been transformed into an ensuite Italian marble bathroom replete with Jacuzzi. Adjoining, for guests needing a suite, is a small single room, the Chambre Directoire, with walls livened by scarlet Napoleonic fabrics and a view onto the family chapel overlooking the defensive walls.
    Chambre Esprit de Jouy Verte – Here our guests enjoy the romantic art of French life of bygone times, as they overlook the garden and park from a small balcony. The comfortable king size four poster bed, XVIIIth antiques, oil paintings and 'toile de Jouy' fabric covering the walls offer complete elegance. The ensuite bathroom overlooks the family chapel.
    Next to this room, The Chambre Esprit de Jouy Bleue, a large single room with an authentic Louis XVI bed, blue toile de Jouy fabric on the walls, and an ensuite shower.
    Chambre Jaune – With a view over the garden and the meadow beyond, this room with its’ boiseries and walls covered in mellow golden yellow Esprit de Jouy fabric, splendid Louis XV antiques and a double bed inside an alcove dominated by a huge XVIIth century Flemish painting is often a favorite. Ensuite bath.
    Chambre Bleue - This charming room has a small balcony overlooking the garden and park, turquoise blue boiseries with oil paintings, Louis XVIth furniture and an en-suite shower.
    Chambre aux Oiseaux: - A twin bedroom with beautiful fabric depicting pheasants inside the salmon coloured boiseries, this room has a small balcony overlooking the garden and park, and en-suite shower facilities.

    Dining Experiences:
    Dinner - Dine as if you were in the XVIIIth century, in the company of our other guests, enjoying the family silver, crystal, precious china and embroidered linen. With the wines of the Loire, carefully selected and presented by your host, guests discover one of the many jewels of our region. Dinner begins at 8pm with a drink in the salon rose or on the terrace, then an entrée, a main course, salad and a selection of cheeses, and finally dessert, with two different wines being served. Then adjourn to the drawing room for coffee, tea or herbal tea and brandy. The dress is casual chic. Dinners are served on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, upon prior reservation.
    Breakfast – Using the freshest products of the country, breakfast is made up of rare teas and espresso coffee, or hot chocolate upon request, fruit juice, home made jams, fresh eggs from the farm, scrambled or sunny side up upon request, different breads and croissants from the baker, cereals, yogurts, and fresh fruit, etc...served daily from 9h30 to 10h30, unless specifically requested otherwise.
    Supper – An informal buffet supper consisiting of local charcuterie, various salads, a selection of cheeses, a fruit tart or chocolate cake, with wine and followed by coffee, served either on the terrace, in the small dining room with its collection of impressionist paintings or in the XIVth century billiard room.
    Picnic - Hop on one of our bicycles or take a stroll into the garden with a wicker basket full of French treasures. In your picnic hamper discover local charcuterie, hard boiled eggs from the farm, fruit, cheese and baguette.

    Activities on site:
    In the billiard room by the XIVth century monumental fireplace, guests may enjoy a game of billiards with a warming glass of cognac, or a programme of their interest on the satellite wide screen TV.

    On the second floor, a library and an internet room, with a fast speed connection and a computer, is available exclusively for Virtuoso guests’ use, complimentary.

    The large terrace overlooking the garden is the ideal spot for a game of croquet, and on sunny afternoons, tea and coffee are served under the centennial elm trees.

    Four themed gardens surround a fountain and a rose garden inviting you to linger in a romantic setting to complement your visits to the Loir and Loire valley gardens of Sasnières, Le Petit Bordeaux, Valmer, la Possonnière and of course, Villandry.

    Activities nearby:
    We spend time advising each Virtuoso guest according to his/her individual interests and needs. Complimentary maps and guidebooks are provided, all reservations and chauffeur service arrangements all handled free of cost by us for Virtuoso guests.
  • Hotel Facts

    Type: Castle, Coastal
    Setting: Countryside
    Style: Boutique, Historical, Intimate, Traditional
    Interest: Art, Eco-Friendly, Gastronomy, Golf, Hiking, Honeymoon, Horseback-Riding, Hunting, Relaxing, Romance, Sightseeing, Wedding, Wine
    Rates: 222 - 459 USD
    Rooms: 5
    Facilities: Golf Nearby
    Indoor Sauna/Spa
    Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
    Outdoor Dining/Lounging Area
    Private Chapel
    Private Dining Rooms
    Tennis Nearby
    Amenities: Concierge
    DVD Player
    Flat Screen TV
    Complimentary High Speed Internet
    Non-Smoking Rooms




    Pays de Loire
    Conflans Sur Anille, 72120

    Located in the midst of its own 100 acre park and garden, midway between Chartres Cathedral and Chenonceau Castle, Chateau de La Barre is a mixture of beauty, refinement, understated luxury and authenticity.

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