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Chateau de la Barre - At A Glance
- At a Glance
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Step into the world of French aristocracy at Château de la Barre. This wonderful centuries-old home to the de Vanssay family in the heart of the Loire is now a winning château B&B.
Know It All
Hit the Spot
40 km from Le Mans, home of the famous racetrack.
Dressing for dinner is de rigueur.
Live like an aristo of old.
Rooms and suites
Five rooms, three suites
All rooms have a welcoming tipple of port wine, huge beds and fluffy bathrobes. The grand Chambre Marin de Vanssay has an antique bathtub.
Chambre aux Fleurs, with its stripey wallpaper, has a jacuzzi, while Chambre Esprit de Jouy has a real Louis XVl bed.
We loved Chambre Jaune, with its hand printed wallpaper, period panelling and bucolic parkland views. Marin de Vanssay is the grandest room.
Eat & Drink
Enjoy local produce in abundance on family silver, linen and crystal. The typical three-course French dinner is served by candlelight in the magnificent 17th century hall on a long dining table with your hosts, count and countess de Vanassay. Conversation is welcoming, lively and fantastic for those with a passion for debating. Expect to sample dishes such as the delicious Koulibiac de saumon, magret de canard, filet de veau aux morilles and the poulet aux girolles.
Breakfast is served until 10.30am. Tuck into farm-fresh scrambled eggs, croissants and baguettes from the local bakery.
No – just pop downstairs if you want something.
See & DoSee & Do
There are stacks of things to do, be it visiting wineries, seeing the famous race course at Le Mans, golfing, riding, walking through the forest, bike rides, archery and hot air ballooning. If you prefer something closer to your room, you can have Shiatsu and reflexology by prior appointment.
July and August
Le Mans play host to festive Son et Lumière shows – also occasionally held at the Chateau itself.
Enjoy the noise, thrills and spills of the Le Mans 24 hour race.
EUR 150 - 330
Closed mid January – mid February
Minimum night stay?
Welcome over ten years, and under parental supervision.
Welcome by agreement, though only in certain rooms.
French, English, German and a little Spanish and Italian
Yes – for up to 20 guests. The gorgeous family chapel has just been restored.
There is free guest parking
Vendôme Villiers station – 28km
Around EUR 50 from the station
Tours – 65km