Chateau de la Barre



Chateau de la Barre is an elegant boutique chateau hotel at the entrance to the Loire Valley in the midst of a 100 acre private park. Passed down through the Vanssay family, the current Count and Countess Guy & Marnie represent the 20th generation, and the chateau is exquisitely appointed with rare antiques, oil paintings and portraits, luscious designer fabrics and family heirlooms. Nestled between Chatres and Tours, less than 2 hours from Paris, this is the perfect place from which to discover western France. This grand estate is also ideal for small weddings, anniversaries and celebrations and is also available for exclusive rental.


In a region famous for its gardens, Chateau de la Barre has four of its own designed in Italian, Japanese, American and Inca styles surrounding the rose garden and fountain at the foot of the 16th-century fortification walls. Whether you have come to the region to explore the wineries & vineyards, the untouched countryside, the Romanesque churches and Renaissance chateaux or simply to brush up on your French while experiencing the gracious hospitality of French aristocracy, your hosts will gladly organise the perfect sojourn to suite your every wish.  For those who wish to explore by horse, there is a riding school in the forest of Vibraye less than 6 miles away or borrow a bicycle from the chateau and discover the Perche. A hot air balloon ride is a good way to take in the magnificent scenery while garden enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with the nearby Le Jardin du Petit Bordeaux, the Garden of Sasnieres, the National Forrest Park of Bercé and other specialist gardens. For golf enthusiasts, try one of the 3 golf courses around the chateau with discounts and extras available for guests.  Back at the chateau, enjoy a relaxing in-room massage before retiring to one of the six grand salons, decorated with fine embroidery and fabrics, antique crystal, family silver and rare Persian rugs. The Pièce à Feu salon has a billiard table and a satellite TV and is a great place to enjoy a cognac with fellow guests and the castle's resident Macaw parrot, Kakou!


Afternoon tea is served daily on the sunbathed terrace overlooking the gardens, or by the majestic fireplace in the elegant Salon Rose.  In the evenings, discover the many gourmet restaurants nearby, or twice a week, enjoy a Grand Siècle Dinner hosted in the 17th-century dining room with all the family silver and crystal which can be hosted upon prior reservation, min 4 guests at €165, including champagne cocktails in the drawing room or on the terrace, a four course dinner, 2 different wines, followed by coffee and brandy in the large drawing room. On nights when the Grand Siècle dinner is not being served, we offer a supper/dinner in the small dining room at 65 € per person, 3 courses, wine not included.

For breakfast, guests can expect a fine spread of fresh breads & croissants, eggs-to-order, cheese from the farm, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, home-made jams, fruit juices, coffee and a selection of rare teas. Breakfast is priced at 18 Euro per person.

Why is it chic?
beautiful gardens, traditional rooms & exceptional service

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A welcome drink & room upgrade (subject to availability)

  • Complimentary upgrade (subject to availability) and welcome drinks
  • Welcome drinks


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Please note: rates indicate FROM price for the given period and may differ for higher number of visitors. Rates currency is EUR.

Rates at Chateau de la Barre are per room per night based on 2 people sharing. On weekends, there is a two night minimum stay. One of the rooms has a small adjoining child’s room for a surcharge of EUR 50 plus EUR 18 breakfast, although the chateau is not ideally suited for small children. Chic Retreat guests benefit from complementary use of the internet office and the onsite bicycles.



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