Joie de Vivre- Wine, Dine & Unwind in the French Countryside

Château de la Barre, located just 2 hours from Paris; is a French Boutique Hotel in a Chateau near Chambord Loire Valley. 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 Château Hotel de la Barre.


  • 3 nights/4 days in Grand Salon Suite at Château de La Barre
  • Private chauffeured car available 24/7 for all transfers
  • VIP welcome by Count and Countess de Vanssay to Château de La Barre with afternoon tea and history tour
  • Personally guided tours with the Countess to Chartres Cathedral
  • Aristocratic “Douceur de Vivre” and lunch at St Hilaire winebar
  • A Grand Siècle hosted dinner in their prestigious XVIIth century dining room
  • Exclusive unique wine tasting in troglodyte cellar, shopping at boutiques of local artisans in picturesque neighboring towns. Explore the medieval Plantagenêt city of Le Mans, stage set to most historic films and visit to Knight Templar’s XIIth fortress
  • A gourmet dinner in Auberge, a XIVth century house in Le Mans
  • Renaissance lunch in Leonardo da Vinci’s former home: Chenonceau Castle, and a visit to a Xth century winery cave underneath Amboise Royal Palace
  • A farewell lunch with the Count and Countess at Cheverny Castle the most exquisitely furnished and the largest of the valleys castles


Value: $35,000

Generously donated by Echelon and Alec Glasser 

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