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Château de La Barre 
72120 Conflans-sur-Anille
Comte et Comtesse de VANSSAY


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Languages:  English, German
Credit cards:  MasterCard and Visa as well as cash

Département: Sarthe (72)   
Château Offerings: French Language ImmersionWine Appreciation

  • The château welcomes small, chic, itimate weddings in their newly-renovated chapel.
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  • Drive a race car at Le Mans!  or
  • take an exclusive Wine Tour or
  • an Arts & Gardens Tour
  • See our Special Offers page for the exciting details!

Château de La Barre
  Often, many outstanding photographs of a property are available, and we don't know where to begin to make a selection for our web site.  The photos of Château de La Barre created such a dilemma:  photos of  beautiful grounds and exquisite rooms.  But, we narrowed our choices down to those we thought would best represent this historic château situated in the seductive Sarthe département of the Pays de la Loire. 

As a guest at the château you may find yourself astonished that there are 100 acres of gardens, woods and meadows surrounding a home that has been in the same family since 1421!   The Vanssay family originated in Brittany and eventually settled in Vancé in the county of Maine in the ninth century.   In 1066 members of the family were present when William the Conqueror fought the Battle of Hastings.  The family has remained in the Maine for the past 1150 years. 

In 1421 the beautiful manor house came into the Vanssay family by marriage.  The name "La Barre" referred to its early designation as a court of justice and toll collection center.  In the 16th century, Marin de Vanssay fortified and expanded his domain, in the 17th century a wing was added, and in the 18th century the interior was refurbished.  The château was fortunate enough to remain intact during the French Revolution.  Early in the 19th century some of the Vanssays followed Napoléon as far as Russia, and later, about 1870, the Count de Vanssay became the private secretary of the Count de Chambord, the last legitimate heir to the French throne. 

Since that time, Château de La Barre has been substantially restored, blending many centuries of architectural styles.  This home was always well cared for and loved -- a place where the history of the home and family are irrevocably entwined.    Today's château guests will find themselves in sumptuous guest rooms - now with exclusive Hermes toiletries and accessories!   Enjoy breakfast buffets of grand proportions and dinners at the family table under the watchful eyes of ancestors whose portraits adorn the walls. Longer term guests can avail themselves of newly renovated, comfortable apartments in the cottage, one of which has a kitchen for those interested in self-catering accommodations.

This is no ordinary place to stay but a warm and welcoming family home.  The Count and Countess de Vanssay are eager to invite you into their home,  and they will go to great lengths to ensure you discover all that their château and the Sarthe has to offer.  This is definitely one opportunity you won't want to miss!

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Rooms:  5 doubles, 1 twin and 2 singles, all ensuite, all offering showers except aux Fleurs. All have bathtubs except Chambre Bleue and Chambre Oiseaux.  
Prices per night:  
Chambre Marin, €480, adjoining chambre Louis XV, an extra €150, thus the Suite Marin is priced at €630;   Chambre Esprit de Jouy Verte €410;  adjoining chambre Esprit de Jouy Bleue, a single which can also be rented separately for one person, €170;    Chambre aux Oiseaux, a twin or superking double, €380;   Chambre Bleue, a twin or king size double, € 380;   Chambre Jaune, a double, €380;   Chambre aux Fleurs, €295,  and with adjoining small single at €130 €, makes up the junior Suite aux Fleurs at €425.  Two night minimum.
Breakfast included in room rates as are taxes.
Grand Siècle Dinner: Hosted dinner by candlelight ~ an entrée, a main course, salad, a selection of cheeses and dessert ~ is served in 17th century grand dining room with the Comte and Comtesse de Vanssay at € 185 per person, and includes Champagne cocktails, two different wines, coffee and brandy. Served on selected evenings. For details visit this site's Special Offers page.
Satellite Television and telephone available, but not in guest rooms. Games room with billiard table, library, Internet office.
Le Cottage:  adjoining the château, rent one or both apartment suites in this lovely, recently refurbished cottage.  Garden floor apartment: living/bedroom with king bed, stone fireplace, en suite Italian walk-in shower and large bath, separate WC, kitchen, garden. € 440 per week plus € 45 cleaning at end of stay.  First and second floor apartment: private entrance, living/twin bedroom, stone fireplace, en suite power shower/WC, infrared sauna, kitchen, stairway to second floor which has large double with Jacuzzi bath, and separate WC. € 650 per week, € 75 cleaning fee at end of stay. There is an extras charge for heating in the months of November, March and until April 15.
French immersion classes in the winter, wine appreciation and tasting evenings

Open February 15 through January 15.
On the grounds:  parkland, fragrant gardens, bicycles, 
Vicinity:  Swimming pool, tennis courts, golf, winery, forrest and national park, Le Mans (the magnificiently restored old Plantagenet city, cathedral and Gallo Roman walls, as well as motor racing and the famous Musée de l'Automobile), La Ferté-Bernard (visit the church, crêperies and fine local shops), Chartres (magnificent cathedral and several often-ignored great churches), Arville and the Knight Templar fortress, Vendôme and the picturesque and untouched small Loir River (the Abbey Church of La Trinité founded in 1034 with a Romanesque bell tower and Flamboyant Gothic church portal, 14th century choir stalls and many romanesque XIIth century chapels and Renaissance Manor houses), and of course the great châteaux of the Loire Valley


From Paris:  The A11 autoroute direction Chartres / LeMans.  At La Ferté-Bernard take exit No. 5 onto 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.

Airport:  Tours
Railway Station: Vendôme 35 kms from Château de La Barre (42 mins from Paris via TGV).

Car Rental Vendôme (click here)

FranceMichelin Map to Château

Chambre de Jouy Verte Salle à Manger View from park Salon Rose Chambre Marin de Vanssay
 Esprit de Jouy Verte Grande Salle à Manger View from Park Rooms for Relaxation Chambre Marin