Thursday, August 25, 2011

Château de la Barre

You might remember Arnaud Chevalier. He is the talented artist and designer about whom I wrote last year. (Click here to read it.) Arnaud recently told me about Château de la Barre, a château hotel that he said was one of the loveliest in France. Located in the Loire Valley, the château has been the home of the de Vanssay family for over 600 years. In fact, the current Comte de Vanssay (who oversees the château and hotel with his wife) is the 20th generation of his family to live in the château.

You must visit
the website to see all of the gorgeous photos because believe me, after seeing them, you will want to take a trip to Château de la Barre pronto. (Make that immédiatement.) I'm showing a few photos here. Don't you think the interiors look charming?

To get a better look at the photos below, make sure to click on them to enlarge.

Grand Salon


Pièce à feu

Salon Rose

Grande Salle à Manger

Chambre Marin de Vanssay

Chambre aux Fleurs (looks like it's been "Draperized" in Dorothy.)

Chambre Esprit de Jouy

Chambre Jaune

The Château Garden

All images courtesy of Château de la Barre


  1. The gold lame bows in the Dining Room aside, it is all pretty wonderful.

  2. Yes, this might actually require a field trip to put the full stamp of approval on.

  3. How amazing to be able to experience such a sense of place and belonging to a precise section of earth for over 600 years. The deux corps and the eagle's clothing leave me speechless. Mary

  4. Anonymous9:54 PM

    As long as I have been following your blog, you have never posted an interior I didn't like.
    Is it the colour or the print on print on pattern??? Whatever, you can redo my entire house...first I need to buy a lottery ticket...

  5. Dear Devoted Classist,
    I totally agree with you, the gold bows however were strictly added for a New Year's Eve party, otherwise, of course they are OTT (over the top) and not in keeping with the pure classic, elegant decor of our family chateau. Thanks for commenting on this discrepency!
    Marnie de Vanssay

  6. Dear P. Gaye Tapp, Any guest coming through Arnaud Chevalier and Peak of the Chic benefits from a 20% discount!

  7. Wow! I think that we should all take a trip to Chateau de la Barre!

  8. I should have guessed about those bows! Thanks for the clarification!

  9. Arnaud Chevalier1:38 PM

    Jennifer, we should all meet over there someday!