Welcome to Château de la Barre by Invitation Only
Eternal France : do more than visit it, experience it …
Château de la Barre, the beautiful home of the Vanssay family since 1404, is an exclusive Château offering tailor made sojourns in the most authentic tradition of French aristocracy. It is located less than 2 hours from Paris at the beginning of the Loire Valley, with its famous castles. Transfer arrangements : private chauffeur, cabriolet rental car, etc can easily be arranged.
Suites & Rooms
Prestigious family suites and elegant rooms in the Château as well as charming self catering flats in the Cottage. Discover this luxury Château hotel with its 100 acre private park, its romantic gardens surrounded by XVI century fortifications, its family chapel, its magnificent collection of antiques, oil paintings and tapestries.
Countess Connections, your on-site Travel Agency
Countess Marnie de Vanssay, via her travel agency Countess Connections and its wealth of information can offer you access to hidden gems and assist you in organizing not only your stay in the Loire Valley but also your travels in France and Europe.
At the Château de la Barre, the Grand Siècle Dinner is an unforgettable and magical moment, a unique experience of French art of living. Be invited to enjoy the warm and elegant setting of La Grande Salle à Manger, an exquisite refinement, worthy of the aristocracy of the 18th century.
Countess de Vanssay 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.
For your reservations, you can contact the Count and Countess of Vanssay directly. They both speak English fluently.
Tailor-made Stay in Europe
Let our onsite travel agency, Countess Connections assist you in organizing your trip in France and in Europe. We will handle the details for smooth transfers, provide you with the best guides, and arrange exclusive, after hours or behind the scene visits. Leave all the coordination to us, so that you can do all the enjoying !
Grand Siècle Dinner
The Grand Siècle Dinner is an unforgettable and magical moment, a unique experience of French art of living. Be invited to enjoy the warm and elegant setting of La Grande Salle à Manger, an exquisite refinement, worthy of the aristocracy of the 18th century.
By invitation only
For those who enjoy the privileged experience of the Grand Siècle Dinner, Count and Countess de Vanssay can also provide private invitations to meet, lunch or dine with the often-colorful owners of France’s famous castles and other elegant private chateaux, visit parts of their houses and art collections not normally accessible to the public.
Say YES ! What could be more romantic than to unite for life at Château de la Barre, a setting both glamorous yet with the warmth of a private home ? The Countess will make the most beautiful day of your life an exceptional moment.
Château de la Barre has been in the Vanssay family with unbroken lineage since 1404. Staying at Château de la Barre with Count and Countess de Vanssay is a unique opportunity to experience the authentic and gracious way of life of French aristocracy. The château is located in the heart of a bucolic valley, amidst a large private park with colourful and fragrant gardens and surroundings.
Two drawing rooms, two dining rooms and a billiard room, replete with family portraits, post-impressionist paintings and remarkable antiques, provide a charming environment full of understated elegance and refinement.
The family chapel sits next to the Château. And outside, beyond the large terrace and at the foot of the XVIth century fortification walls, the fragrant gardens and 100-acre park lend themselves to a romantic escape in peaceful countryside.
The warm and international welcome extended by Count and Countess Guy and Marnie de Vanssay – he is French, she is Anglo-American – is complemented by special suggestions such as: a balloon flight over the Loire Valley, race car testing on the legendary 24 Hours le Mans track, discovering the famous as well as private chateaux, (upon request, with a VIP visit and even lunch with the owners themselves) hidden gardens, gourmet restaurants, farmer’s markets and selected local wineries, or taking a cooking course based on saffron, the most expensive spice in the world…
This prestigious family home offers a top-notch mixture of gracious hospitality, joie de vivre, and elegance. A stay needs to be requested via a person already known to the owners, who will then issue a personal invitation.