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Chateau de la Barre - At A Glance

Elegant parkland château with a regal 600-year lineage

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.

Be Savvy
Dressing for dinner is de rigueur.

Be Smitten
Live like an aristo of old.


Rooms and suites
Five rooms, three suites

Special features
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.

Pillow Talk
We loved Chambre Jaune, with its hand printed wallpaper, period panelling and bucolic parkland views. Marin de Vanssay is the grandest room.

Eat & Drink

Dining in
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.

Room service
No – just pop downstairs if you want something.

See & Do

See & 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.

Diary Dates
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.

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Rates guide
EUR 150 - 330

Closed mid January – mid February



12 midday

Minimum night stay?
Two nights

Welcome over ten years, and under parental supervision.

Welcome by agreement, though only in certain rooms.

Air conditioning

French, English, German and a little Spanish and Italian

Wedding license?

Yes – for up to 20 guests. The gorgeous family chapel has just been restored.

Getting There

72120, Conflans-sur-Anille

There is free guest parking

Vendôme Villiers station – 28km

Around EUR 50 from the station

Tours – 65km