Refinement, warmth and authenticity characterise Château de La Barre, which has been in the same family for six centuries. This elegant chateau lies hidden in the midst of a 100 acre private park and garden, between Chartres and Tours, near Le Mans, at the entrance to the Loire Valley.
Celebrate the New Year in aristocratic style as guests of Comte and Comtesse de Vanssay, 20th generation unbroken lineage, in their Loire Valley chateau.
30 December 2016
Visit the famous Chartres Cathedral, or Chambord and Cheverny Castles, on your drive down to Chateau de la Barre;
VIP welcome, private tour of the chateau by Comte de Vanssay, 20th generation;
Cheese and wine tasting supper in front of the monumental XIVth century fireplace.
31 December 2016
From Medieval mystery to XVIIIth century festivities:
Explore the remarkably restored Plantagenet City of Le Mans, stage set to many films, and its colourful Christmas market.
Festive Grand Siacle dinner hosted in the XVIIth century dining hall of Chateau de la Barre with all the family silver and crystal;
Champagne in the Grand Drawing room to toast the arrival of 2017, (our 613th New Year at the chateau!), underneath all the ancestral portraits.
1 January 2017
Renaissance Day:Visit the famous Chenonceau Castle and its remarkable Winter floral arrangements;
Discover 40 replicas of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions in his home;
Gourmet lunch in Amboise, and light supper and wine (a French version of "High Tea"! ) by the fireplace at "your chateau" upon return.
Price : €980 per person includes:
- 3 nights' accommodation with daily breakfast and afternoon tea;
- VIP welcome and tour of the chateau;
- Chocolates and port-wine in each room;
- Cheese and vintage wine tasting supper on the 30th;
- Gala New Year's Eve dinner, all drinks included;
- Sightseeing day in the Loire Valley: castles, farmers markets and gourmet restaurant (tickets to chateaux and restaurant not incl);
Possible Paris airport/city pickup and return and private chauffeur/guide throughout your stay for an extra €890 per car per day.
The chateau owners have dogs, which are very friendly, and a macaw parrot (in his cage).