Photos courtesy of Château de la Barre
5 rooms and suites in the château
2 self-catering apartments in Le Cottage
Double rooms: 295–380 euros
Self-catering apartments: 440–650 euros per week, plus 45–75 euros cleaning fee.
Open: end of February through January
From the direction of Paris, take A11 and exit at La Ferté Bernard. Continue south on D1. 5.5 km after the village of Berfay, turn right onto the château property. If you reach St. Calais, you’ve gone too far, and do not turn down towards Conflans.
On site: bicycles; billiards
Nearby: tennis; swimming pool; horseback riding; golf; Châteaux of the Loire Valley; troglodyte village of Troo; Le Perche with its Knights Templar Commanderie; Romanesque chapels; gothic cathedrals; medieval Plantagenet city of Le Mans; hot air ballooning
Yes. Small family chapel, which is perfect for a small, chic wedding or vow renewal blessing.
The Château de la Barre is one of those special places where descendants of the original family have opened the doors of their beautiful home to guests of the world.
As soon as you drive up to the château, you’ll be personally welcomed with a glass of the local cider by Guy and Marnie, the Comte and Comtesse de Vanssay. It won’t take long to be swept up in their enthusiasm for their estate and culture of the surrounding region. And for good reason, because this château is like stepping into the 18th-century world of French noble living.
Everything you see in the various salons is authentic. Family heirlooms, antiques, embroidered linens, and paintings are of museum quality, and each, no doubt, have a story to tell.
Antiques, paintings are luxurious fabrics fill the five guest rooms as well. Each bears a names that reflects its theme: The Suite Esprit de Jouy features an authentic Louis XVI canopied bed; shades of gold fill the Chambre Jaune, and an antique bathtub and 17th-century Florentine mirror adorn the Suite de Marin de Vanssay. Open the windows of any room and gaze out over the château’s 100-acre private park, or 16th-century fortifications.
For an exceptional experience, don’t miss a “Grand Siècle” dinner. You’ll share a large dining table with Guy, Marnie, and the other guests. Guy is a master at pairing wine with an utterly delicious five-course meal—all served on the family silver, fine china, and crystal. In the morning, Marnie will present a perfect breakfast to start your day.
You’ll never be at a loss for things to do in the region. Marnie will draw up an itinerary for you of the “don’t miss” sights, the hidden gems, and the perfect restaurant to indulge in the specialties of the region.
Apart from the château is a small 16th-century manor/cottage that holds two fully self-catering apartments, which are perfect for for weekly stays or more. Guests at the cottage do not have the same services as those who stay in the château. Each apartment has a separate entrance, kitchen, and en suite bathroom. Especially romantic is the rustic “Les Glycines,” with a big stone fireplace, bits of exposed brick on the walls, and a beamed ceiling.
The château has been in the Vanssay family for 600 years.