Food and wine come first when it comes to staying at the castles of the Loire Valley (two hours from Paris) at the exclusive Chateau Hotel de la Barre, home to the family of Count and Countess de Vanssay for more than 610 years. This luxury chateau hotel is the epitome of French elegance, with its 100 acre private park, its romantic gardens su­­rrounded by XVIth century fortifications, its family chapel, and magnificent collection of antiques, oil paintings and tapestries.

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Each room is individualized and is graced with valuable antiques, family portraits and oil paintings, designer fabrics, beautifully adorned chandeliers, grand fireplaces and Versailles parquet floors. Your visit to this luxury chateau will combine the refinement, authenticity and understated luxury of a private chateau with all the essential modern comforts of a boutique hotel. Twice a week, elegant dinners are hosted. The wine cellar is home to 170 different french wines.

Comte & Comtesse de Vanssay (she Anglo-American, he 20th generation unbroken lineage at his family chateau since 1404) personally welcome you to Château de la Barre and will help you to discover the Loire Valley’s Chateaux in the most memorable way.

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Discover the secrets of French cooking with saffron, cultivated in France since the 13th century. Their renowned chef who will teach you some refined recipes. Then enjoy your own tasty creation on the chateau terrace or by the XIVth century fireplace, with a selected wine from the private cellar of Comte de Vanssay.


From AUD $2100 for 4 nights accommodation including breakfast