By invitation only

It is possible, upon request and acceptance of your application, for Countess Connections to obtain a personal invitation for you to be a guest at Cheverny and/or other famous French chateaux. This opportunity for an exclusive visit with the owners is only accessible via a VIP invitation from Countess. Discover the inaccessible world of European Aristocracy most people only get a glimpse at through television and films !

Count and Countess de Vanssay can provide private invitations to meet, lunch or dine with the often-colorful owners of France’s famous castles and other elegant private chateaux, and visit parts of their houses and art collections not normally accessible to the public. Travel to and from these Loire Valley castles can be arranged by luxury chauffeured limousine or even helicopter.

Countess Connections VIP guests will benefit from Count & Countess de Vanssay’s long-standing relationships with the owners of over 10 of France’s finest historic chateaux. Therefore these unique invitations can range anywhere from a one-day helicopter or luxury chauffeured motorcar transfer to one single Castle, to a multiday bespoke itinerary, combining various chateaux, according to the owners diaries.

Countess Connections guests enjoy a pre-tour briefing over drinks, to hear about the highlights of the chateau or chateaux they will be seeing as well as to ask any questions they might have in terms of preparing for the next days’ visit.

During your transfers, marvel at the beautiful, diverse and untouched French countryside, from vineyards to bucolic rolling hills, wild rivers, and hunting forests, interspersed with picturesque villages appearing to rise out of a movie set.

Enjoy not only the grand estates, but the rare opportunity to meet and spend time with the often-colorful owners thereof. Countess Connections believe it is in fact the people “behind the scene”, rather than the houses on their own, that offer the greatest insight into the real world of the French aristocracy and landed gentry.

Learn from the stories recounted by their hosts, whose families have resided in their chateaux for hundreds of years: what life in France was like over the past centuries, through peace and in wartime, the rise and fall of various political systems, fashions and trends, and how they envisage the present and the future of their lifestyle and of France in general.

Discover the true “art de vivre” à la française, admire parts of the house and art collections not normally accessible to the public. Dine in private chateaux where traditional French cuisine is still served on fine linens, porcelain and crystal with all the family silver.

Similar private visits of the grand historic houses of Britain, Germany, Austria, and Italy can be arranged via our partners.