Chateau de la Barre

  72120 Conflans-sur-Anille − France

+ 33 2 43 35 00 17 
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Experience a Chateau hotel near Paris and Loire Valley France. Chateau de la Barre, less than 2 hours from Paris, is perfectly located for visiting Chenonceau, Chambord or Amboise. There is no better way to royally experience the castles of the Loire Valley than as guests at this privately owned boutique hotel, 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. Travel in France, discover the Loire Valley Chateaux and stay at the exclusive Chateau Hotel de la Barre.

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.

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.

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.


Le Cottage

Vacation rental and Holiday letting house for rent Loire Valley. France : 2 flats one for two persons one for a family of 4 persons in the Loire Valley France. This charming small renovated XVIth century manor is located within the fortifications of the château, just next to the Château. It enjoys the same exceptional setting as the château: gardens, park, meadows, river, woods and pond. Two self catering appartments attractively finished with separate entrances are available for weekly rentals or long weekends.


Romantic cottage weekly rental in France Loire Valley Honeymoon… This garden apartment for 2 people has a chic rustic decoration, it consists of a large bedroom / living room with a comfortable king size bed, double bed, beautiful exposed beams and a limestone fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen with a little dining area and a French window opening out to the front garden, and a beautiful bathroom with a large corner bath and italian walk-in shower. Separate toilet. Sheets, towels and firewood provided.

Price except Le Mans evaents: 440 euros per week + 45 Euros cleaning fee.

Les Lilas

Holiday rental self catering family flat or house in France. This cottage for four people has a living room/twin bedroom, with sitting/dining area and a sandstone fireplace, an ensuite power shower, infrared sauna and toilet, plus a separate fitted kitchen. Upstairs is a large double bedroom with sitting area and magnificent art deco desk, plus ensuite jacuzzi bath and separate toilet. This flat has its own separate entrance from the XVIth century courtyard with a little garden to dine al fresco. The decoration of this apartment is both chic and cosy,

Price : 650 Euros per week except Le Mans race period+ 75 Euros cleaning fee.

The Garden 

At the bottom of the XVIth century fortification walls surrounding the château, four fragrant flower gardens, with different colour themes, and a long rose garden create an enchanted setting to complement visits to the major Loir and Loire valley gardens of Sasnières, Le Petit Bordeaux, Valmer, la Possonnière and of course, Villandry. Benches throughout the gardens make perfect places to enjoy an evening picnic as well. Past the gardens, paths lead down to the pond, the river, meadows and further into the woods of the 100 acre private park of Chateau de la Barre. 

Reception Rooms 

Six reception rooms are open for the enjoyment of our guests. 

In the colourful entrance hall, Kakoo our macaw extends a warm welcome, surrounded by bright Rubelli fabric, an XVIIIth century Venetian sedan chair and two ship models from the Maritime Museum in Paris. 

During your stay, relax in the XIVth century “Pièce à feu”, now the billiard room, have supper in the intimate breakfast room, drinks in the cozy & elegant Pink Drawing Room, then dine au Château in the formal XVIIth century Grand Dining Room and adjurn to the ornate Grand Salon afterwards. 

Grand Salon 

Book a beautiful hotel in France in a french castle. Grand Salon french XVIIIth century elegant decoration and antique furniture… Since 1778, when first decorated for the fourth Marquis de Vanssay’s wedding at the Château, the ornate Grand Salon of the Château is like set in time. All the grace and elegance of the XVIIIth century and the Loire unveils itself for the eyes of our chateau guests only. This refined and elegant drawing room is the ideal place for sipping an herbal tea or a Brandy after the prestigious Diner Grand Siècle. If you like french antique furniture and elegant french decoration you will love the Grand Salon. 

Pink Drawing Room 

Pink Drawing Room with charm elegance and beauty with luscious fabrics, ancestral portraits, precious antiques, large Chesterfields, and a majestic fireplace embellish this cozy XVIth century Salon Rose, extended onto Chateau de La Barre by the great granddaughter of the builders of Chenonceau Castle in the Loire Valley. 

Grand Dining Room 

French natural food and wine in the Grand Dining Room. In this impressive dining room of the Chateau, a candlelit dinner is hosted twice a week with all the splendour of the “Grand Siècle”. Guests of the chateau gather around one large table, as is the tradition in the French aristocracy, with all the family porcelain, silver and embroidered, crested linen. The important antique ‘vaisselier’ is a masterpiece in its own right. Experience this unique opportunity to enjoy an authentic aristocratic dinner. 

Small Dining Room 

France impressionist paintings and refined french food and wines … The small breakfast room of the chateau is ideal for more intimate meals and the enjoyment of French Impressionist paintings, many of which recall scenes of Paris or the countryside of the Loire Valley. 

La Pièce à Feu 

This medieval and Renaissance chateau hotel in the Loire Valley has its billiard room in the “Pièce à Feu”, the room in the chateau where all, lords and servants alike, would gather around the monumental medieval fireplace. A symbol of warmth and sharing, this room has now become the ‘Billiard Room’, with a comfortable Chesterfield sofa and a bar. Here you will also find brochures and information for daily excursions to the little Loir Valley, it’s romanesque churches and Renaissance manor houses, local wineries, farmers markets and the famous Loire Valley castles. 

Entrance Hall 

Charming welcome of this french luxury Bed and Breakfast. Entering the castle means accessing the kingdom of Kakou, our macaw ara, one of the defining characters of our home. The beautiful Rubelli fabric on the walls recalls the atmosphere of the tropical islands from where fabulous three-mast ships, similar to the models displayed in this room, returned laden with colour and spices. Your first impression at chateau Hotel de la Barre with the entrance hall will be already refinement and charm. 

Chambre Bleue
Rubelli fabrics king size room for this Loire Valley Hotel. Elegant double room with king size bed (180 cm.), and luxurious decoration in this family chateau of the Loire Valley: Turquoise silk Rubelli fabrics, antique oil paintings and precious Louis XV antiques. Juliet balcony overlooking the garden and park. En suite shower and WC and small dressing room, embroidered linens, Hermès toiletries and hairdryer. Chambre aux Oiseaux is a charming twin bedded adjoining room with a view on the Parc du Chateau and the Valley. It can also be rented separately. Its shower room has been renovated in 2014.
Chambre Jaune
Double room with a Queen size bed (160cm) with radiant golden yellow Esprit de Jouy wall fabric highlighting precious mid XVIIIth century antique furniture and a large Aubusson tapestry above the bed alcove. Window overlooking the garden and park and Hermès tea service. Sweeping view over the colourful garden, the pond, the stream meandering through the meadow and the distant church tower. En suite bath and shower, WC. Hermès toiletries.
Suite Esprit de Jouy
With a Kingsize four poster bed (180cm.), Hermès tea cups, embroidered linens and small adjoining room for child (+ 50 Euros). One green, the other blue, these two adjoining, yet separate rooms recall all the splendours of French XVIIIth century “art de vivre”. The Chambre Esprit de Jouy Verte is the most romantic bedroom of the chateau, with a king size (1m80) four poster bed, a Juliet balcony plus a large window overlooking the garden and park. The emerald green ‘toile de Jouy’ fabric on the walls provides an elegant setting for the period Louis XVIth antiques and oil paintings. En suite bathroom & WC and small dressing area. It is possible to add on the Chambre Esprit de Jouy Bleue, with an authentic Louis XVI bed (1m30) and it’s own en suite shower, WC.
Suite aux Fleurs
Room with jacuzzi for Le Mans and the Loire Valley. Situated in the XVth century wing, with a double Queen size bed (160cm). Bright Braquenié fabric forms a striking setting for the luscious patina of the XVIIIth century antique furniture. En suite Italian marble bathroom with Jacuzzi & WC, built into the former watch walk tower, embroidered linens and towels, Hermès toiletries and hairdryer. Tea and coffee maker and window overlooking the fortifications. Chambre Directoire: A small adjoining single room, (1m10) with a period “Empire” bed, overlooking the family chapel of the chateau, can be added, thus forming a Junior suite.
Suite Marin de Vanssay
The surface area of the room is 50m2, with a King size canope bed (180cm.), 3 windows ("à menaux") overlooking the garden and park, tea facilities. A large elegant bathroom, shower and jacuzzibath. Magnificent embroidered linens and towels, Hermès toiletries and hairdryer. Loire Valley Chateau a suite in a luxury Hotel. Marin de Vanssay, the husband of the great grand-daughter of the builders of famous Loire Valley castle Chenonceau, added this wing on to Château de la Barre to inhance its’ prestige. Facing the imposing century-old oak wardrobe stands an important French Régence commode. The luxurious gold and royal blue Rubelli fabric complements the remarkable furniture and the embroidered linens of this princely room. Chambre Louis XV : An most elegant adjoining small double room (1m40) can be added upon request, creating a vast suite. Luxurious Room Luxurious bathroom French elegance bath and decoration! Imagine a Drawing Room that would be a bathroom. Three magnificent tapestries, a Louis XVI commode with a double sink, an area for reading on an elegant Louis XVI armchair, Hermes toiletries. This is “Le Salon d’Eau” of Chateau de la Barre. Experience bathing like an art.

Dinner and Breakfast 

170 different french wines and gourmet dinner in the restaurant. English Breakfast is served daily in one of the Château dining rooms, and upon prior reservation, guests may either enjoy a romantic supper in the small dining room or on the Chateau terrace, and twice weekly, partake in the Prestige Dinner in the XVIIth century Grand dining room of the château. Or else discover a gourmet restaurant in an Auberge in one of the nearby villages of the Perche, Sarthe or Loir Valley. Your hosts will be pleased to assist you in choosing and booking a table. For a light lunch during the day, a picnic can be ordered the night before. 

Grand Siecle Dinner. 

Grand Siecle Dinner, french gastronomy, french wines, good restaurant… Meet the other guests of the Chateau during Champagne Cocktails in the Salon Rose. Then adjourn to a four course dinner by candlelight, served in the XVIIth century dining hall with embroidered linen, family silver, fine porcelain and antique crystal. The Comte and Comtesse de Vanssay, hosting dinner, will introduce you to their château, its history, their Loire Region and its wines. After dinner, coffee and brandy can be enjoyed in the ornate Grand Salon, with its unique furniture collection made for the Marquis de Vanssay’s marriage at the château in 1778. This special event at the Château takes place only twice a week. 

Price : 185 euros per person wine and brandy included. 

Other meals Tripadvisor Guide Michelin list among the best hotels in France. A generous English breakfast is served daily from 9h30 to 10h30, unless requested otherwise. Many local products and homemade jams. 

Supper at the Château consists of a three course brasserie style dinner served on the terrace or in the small dining room. With the possibility of choosing from a selection of over 150 different French wines from the Château wine cellar 

Price : 65 euros (wine not included). 

During the day, take a picnic hamper into the chateau garden or on an excursion to the Loire Valley castles. 

Price : 15 euros (24 hours notice.) 

Wine tasting 

Wine tasting Bordeaux Burgundy Grand Crus and other famous french or italian wines. 

More than 170 different kind of wines are available on the wine list of Chateau de la Barre. 

The Count de Vanssay is always happy to assist you in your choice for a prestigious Grand Cru or a discovery of hidden gems, and even take you on a day’s discovery of some of the best wineries of the Loire Valley. 

A votre santé! 


To do in this Loire Valley Hotel winery vineyards pilot at Le Mans circuit, balloon, renewal of marriage wovs, riding horses, racing with go karts, cooking classes, or be the exclusive hosts of private chateaux. Around Chateau de la Barre many different activities could be done. 

Drive at Le Mans 

Chateau de la Barre is the best accommodation for the Le Mans 24 hours. For the race driver in you, Chateau de la Barre can arrange for you to drive a prototype or a Porsche on the most legendary circuit in the world ! 

At certain dates during the year, you can book the Maison Blanche or even Bugatti track in Le Mans and learn to drive a 24 Hours prototype racecar or improve your performance and precision driving techniques on various Porsches. Inquire about dates and prices which vary according to number of laps, type of car etc. from ca 300 to 1900 euros. Early booking is advisable. 

Balloon ride 

Balloon ride over the Loire Valley chateaux in France, Chateaux of Chenonceau, Chambord, Cheverny, Amboise, Chinon, Langeais, Saumur, Chaumont, Azay le Rideau. The flight over the Loire Valley castles is unforgettable. Carried by the wind chateaux appear differently as the hot-air balloon follows the serpentine Loire river. It is also possible to depart directly from the private park of Château de la Barre. Inquire about prices and weather conditions. 

Loire Valley wines 

Wines of the Loire Valley Vouvray Sancerre chenin sauvignon… From Sancerre to Muscadet, the Loire is an extraordinary wine region. This is the kingdom of the Chenin and Sauvignon white wines. Chinon, Bourgueil, Saumur Champigny, and Saint Nicolas produce some great red wines. Nearby our chateau, you may discover the rare Jasnière which according to gourmet critique Curnonski, qualifies as “three times per century the best white wine in the world.” 

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

By invitation only 

Cheverny and famous French chateaux exclusive visit by invitation only. 

Discover the inaccessible world of European Aristocracy most people only get a glimpse at through television and films! Count & Countess de Vanssay can provide private invitations to meet, lunch or dine with the often colorful owners of France’s famous castles and elegant private chateaux, and visit parts of their houses and art collections not normally accessible to the public. Travel to and from these Loire Valley castles can be arranged by luxury chauffeured car. 

Similar private visits of the grand historic houses of Britain can be arranged via our partner, Lady Foley Grand Tour.


To see Loire Valley Castles, Chartres Cathedral, Le Mans 24 Hours. Discover the Loire Valley Castles, which is the most amazing collection of chateaux in the world, the Plantagenêt City where many historical movies are made, the famous Cathedral of Chartres with its incredible stained glass windows, the vineyards and frescoes of Vallee du Loir and many charming gardens to see: Le Petit Bordeaux, Sasnières, Villandry, and one Friday per month, the potager garden of famous 3 star Michelin chef Alain Passard of L’Arpège in Paris! 

Castles of the Loire 

Castles of the Loire Valley Chenonceau Chambord Amboise da Vinci ‘s home. Chinon and its prestigious vineyards. Cheverny and its gorgeous furniture. Villandry with its amazing garden. Langeais the medieval fortress. The Castles of the Loire Valley is the most fantastic place in the world for chateaux but also for its Joie de vivre and pleasant way of life. It is the place where the kings of France used to live from the XIVth to the end of XVIth century, where the italian Renaissance began in France and where Leonardo da Vinci has lived during the second part of his life. 

The small Loir 

Near Château de la Barre, the picturesque little Loir river winds through the buccolic countryside alongside vineyards, manor houses, Romanesque chapels with frescoes and small, quaint villages livened up by colourful farmers markets. This charming valley is a hidden gem, far from the maddening crowds even in the height of summer. 

Explore Lavardin (one of the most beautiful villages in France) and the gourmet Auberge “Le Relais d’Antan”, the troglodyte caves of Trôo, Vendôme with its’ past grandeur, the wines of Jasnières, the manor house of La Possonnière and it’s rose garden designed by André Eve, home of the Renaissance poet Ronsard, and “Sasnières”, the most English of French gardens. 

Le Mans and the Plantagenet City 

Few know that close to the tracks where the most famous race in the world takes place every year, the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans, lies a hidden gem: The medieval city of Le Mans, surrounded by the longest and best preserved Gallo-Roman walls in France, dating from the third century. The Plantagenêt dynasty, later kings of England, originated here. This splendid medival city, UNESCO Heritage site candidate, and stageset to most historic films, is remarkably restored and offers a real time tunnel experience. During the summer and around New Year’s Eve, a magical light show turns the Plantagenet City into a “Night of Dreams”. And three times a week, one of the most splendid farmer’s market in France spreads out at the foot of the cathedral along the city walls. 

Chartres Cathedral 

Chartres Cathedral, forest, rivers, templar fortress, horses, Thomas Beckett. Chartres Cathedral, known worldwide for it’s extraordinary stain glass windows, springs out of the wheat fields of the Beauce. Just a few miles West and you enter the Perche region, a hilly landscape full of small fortresses, forests, rivers, fish and giant Percheron horses. The XIIth century Knight Templar’s fortress of Arville and the castle of Montmirail, where Henri II of England signed the peace treaty with Thomas Beckett, are among many of the interesting sights. And the l’Huisne river is ideal for an afternoon kayaking. 


Gardens of Villandry, Chenonceau, Chaumont, Sasnières and Loire Valley… In Western France, also known as “the Garden of France”, the variety is endless: from the imposing splendor of Villandry with it’s “Jardins à la française”, to the romantic shade garden of “Le Petit Bordeaux”, the domain garden of “Valmer”, the trendy, contemporary garden of Chaumont with it’s famous yearly international garden festival, or the “most English of French gardens”: Sasnières. Beside these prestigious gardens of The Loire Valley you can enjoy the much smaller garden of Chateau de la Barre. 


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By Car: From Paris: The A11 autoroute direction Chartres / LeMans. At La Ferté-Bernard take exit No. 5 on to the D1 direction Vibraye and St-Calais. Drive about 23 kms. 400 meters after the cross road toward Conflans-sur-Anille, the château will be sign posted on the right on the D1. From Tours: Take the N10 direction Vendôme, and then the D957 direction Epuisay / Mondoubleau. At Epuisay take the N157 left to St-Calais and go right onto the D1 through Vibraye. Avoid turning off toward the village of Conflans-sur-Anille -- the château will be sign posted on the left. Train Station: Vendôme 35 kms from Château de La Barre (42 mins from Paris via TGV). Airport: 70 kms fromTours.
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