“The elegant 14th to 19th century Chateau de la Barre has been in the Vanssay family for generations – and now Guy and Marnie, the present Comte and Comtesse de Vanssay, personnally welcome guests to their ancestral home. The Chateau lies in the rolling hills of the Petit Loir, between Vendome and Le Mans. It’s set in 100 acre of parkland with its own chapel, flower garden, pond with swans, woods and 16th Century fortifications. The interior breathes sophistication, elegance and warmth and each of the B&B rooms is individually designed and colour-themed, furnished with exotic fabrics and fabulous antiques. It is possible to rent the entire chateau,with 10 en-suite bedrooms, for a week’s stayand there are also 2 self-catering cottages to rent in the grounds. Grand it may be, but guests are made to feel really comfortable and at home, whether joining their hosts for tea in the Salon Rose or under the centennial elm trees. Drinks before dinner are served in the pure 18th Century Grand Salon with its high ceilings, ornate chandeliers and furniture which has never left the room since the wedding of the Marquis de Vanssay in 1784. Later, a candlelit dinner will be served in the Grande Salle a Manger with its exquisite china collection. The food is, of course, very French and the wines superb – all served using the family silver, porcelain and crystal. Guest have the run of the grounds and can book treats like hot air balloon ride, vintage car hire and private chateau tours.
In Dream Holiday Stay in FRENCH ENTREE MAGAZINE March-April 2014.