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                              Special Edition                            December 2002

A New Member Joins au Château


 Château de La Barre

Château de La Barre

We have so many photos of Château de La Barre that the few we were able to use on our web pages seem almost inadequate!  Its grandeur and 100 acres of stunning landscape make it memorable from the moment you lay eyes upon it.  And one must not forget that this elegant château has been in the same family since 1421.  That fact alone can take your breath away!

Located in the département of the Sarthe, a place of beauty and calm, this inviting château is a further oasis of tranquility for any vacationer.  The comfortable and well-appointed guest rooms and the friendliness of your host and hostess, Count and Countess de Vanssay, will make your stay very special.  Excellent English and German are spoken.

Parkland at Château de La BarreBreakfast room

                     Verdant park at the château                                  La Petite Salle à Manger 

 [Photo Credits  -  Château de la Barre]

The château hosts many special events during the year -- this month there is a special four-day wine tasting course offering a variety of Loire Valley appellations for the enjoyment of participants. Beautiful Château de La BarreThe château is only closed for the month of February, so no matter what other month of the year you wish to visit,  you will find that you are most welcome.    In fact, château guests find that the Christmas and New Year holidays are just enchanting at Château de La Barre, and those who make arrangements in advance can partake of exquisite gourmet dinners throughout the holiday season.   The other important meal of the day, breakfast, is a sumptuous buffet experience at the château and is included in the price of a guest room.

On château grounds guests are invited to stroll through the park, borrow bicycles or come inside to take advantage of the games room or library.  Nearby attractions include winery visits, the towns of Vendôme, Chartres and La Ferté-Bernard or a visit to the famous auto racing venue near Le Mans.  Day trips include visits to the famed château of the Loire Valley.  No matter what visitors decide to do or see during daylight hours, returning to Château de La Barre will allow them to unwind, relax and fully experience château life.

We hope that Château de La Barre will find itself on your itinerary for your next visit to France.  We are confident that several nights here will convince you that staying in château chambres d'hôtes really is the ultimate lodging experience in France.


Live in a Farm House at Château de Garrevaques

The southwest of France offers visitors a wide variety of landscapes and attractions combined with pleasant weather and excellent cuisine.  For those vacationers interested in experiencing château life but also seeking a self-catering facility for a large group of friends or family, we have found something that might perfectly combine the two!

On the grounds of the stunning Château de Garrevaques in the Tarn of the midi-Pyrénées region, a farm house has recently been opened to receive guests.  Only fifty meters from the château, this totally renovated house has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and a total of four WCs, in addition to a very practical laundry room, an office and a large kitchen and dining room.  Especially welcoming and inviting for a large group of guests are the two living rooms, one with a fireplace.  Satellite television and a computer plug complete the amenities.

Available for rent year 'round, guests will enjoy the private garden and barbecue, as well as the château's beautiful swimming pool.  Prices are very reasonable and range from € 1200 to € 2300 per week.  For exact prices and more details, contact Marie-Christine Combes, your hostess and former flight attendant with Air France, by Email at, by phone at or FAX at (Phone numbers are from outside of France.  From within France replace the 33 with a zero.)
Farm at Château de Garrevaques
Château de Garrevaques has been on our web site for over two years, and offers visitors much more than a bed and breakfast.  The converted ancient barn (now an Orangerie) is suitable for weddings and large gatherings, the château itself  -- in the same family for 15 generations --  has ten guest rooms and is filled with antiques in rooms of authentic French décor, and family-style dinners featuring regional cuisine are available to guests staying in the château.  Nearby are golf courses, cruises on the Canal du Midi and many more activities.  Visit the château on our web site for all the options available to their guests. 

We hope this newsletter has encouraged you to visit our member properties 
-- those both new to our web site and others that have been with us for years --
to experience comfort, congeniality and relaxation in accommodations
that are very special and unlike run-of-the-mill hotels we have all
 experienced.  You will receive personal attention and can enjoy pleasant 
conversations about the château's history and the region's hidden secrets
-- your hosts know the area better than anyone and can help you  make discoveries
you may have otherwise overlooked.  Please continue to visit our web site
for more properties in other regions of France -- your choices of great 
places to stay will continue to grow as new members join au Château.

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