Château de la Barre

Loire Valley, Touraine, France, France

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Less than 2 hours from Paris and close to the Loire Valley, Château de la Barre has been home to the Count and Countess de Vanssay for more than 610 years. 

Surrounded by a private parkland and protected from noise and disturbance by 16th-century fortifications, this elegant privately owned château contains a magnificent collection of antiques, oil paintings and tapestries.

As guests of the Count and (English speaking) Countess, you can benefit from their extensive local knowledge and contacts; they will uniquely tailor your stay to suit your requirements.


Château de la Barre has six rooms. Interconnecting rooms are available for families.

Each room is individually designed, incorporating valuable antiques, family portraits and oil paintings, designer fabrics, beautifully adorned chandeliers, grand fireplaces and Versailles parquet floors, coupled with modern luxurious bathrooms, towels, robes and toiletries.

Château de la Barre is listed among the 25 best small hotels in France on Tripadvisor.

Room prices vary according to size and view.


Twice weekly, Count and Countess de Vanssay host the 'Grand Siècle Dinner' in the 16th-century dining hall with its embroidered linen, family silver, fine porcelain and antique crystal. The Count and Countess will introduce you to their château, its history, the Loire Region and its wines.

On other nights, supper is served at the château, consisting of a three-course brasserie-style dinner served on the terrace or in the small dining room.

The extensive wine list of Château de la Barre offers more than 150 different wines from all over France, including many older vintages.


Your hosts, Count and Countess de Vanssay, will tailor an experience to fit your time, interests and budget. You will benefit from their contacts and extensive knowledge of the area. You can experience European aristocracy first-hand with private invitations to meet, lunch or dine with the often colourful owners of France’s famous castles and elegant private châteaux and visit parts of their houses and art collections not normally accessible to the public. A luxury chauffeur can be arranged.

Attractions locally include driving the Le Mans race track at the wheel of a Porsche (early booking is advisable, available at certain times of year), balloon rides over the Loire Valley, launched from the grounds of the château, a wine tour, cooking lessons, or even learning to manufacture a stain-glass window.


Children are welcome at all times with full parental responsibility.


2021 Price
Chambre Marin de Vanssay €250
Chambre Marin de Vanssay and Chambre Louis XV (sleeps 3) €350
Chambre aux Fleurs €180
Chambre aux Fleurs and Chambre Directorie (sleeps 3) €350
Chambre Bleue €180
Chambre Bleue and Chambre Esprit de Jouy Verte (sleeps 3) €350
Chambre Jaune €180
Chambre aux Oiseaux €360
Chambre Esprit de Jouy Bleue (single) €250

Prices are room only, per night, based on two people sharing.


The château is located less than 2 hours from Paris, near Vendôme, Amboise and Le Mans, at the entrance to the Loir and Loire Valley. The Loire Valley is the most fantastic place in the world for châteaux, with a strong influence towards the Italian Renaissance, and it is where Leonardo da Vinci lived during the later part of his life.