Experience Château Life, yet enjoy the independence of your own XVIIth century manor. Le Cottage du Château is adjacent to the elegant Château de La Barre (reviewed by the Sunday Times as "France's best Château- chambres d'hôtes- by a stretch"). As such, it is Ideally situated amidst a 100 acre private park with woods, meadows, a pond, river and flower garden with fountains.
Le Cottage consists of 3 en suite bedrooms on three separate floors. On the ground floor, an imposing stone fireplace, exposed beams, fitted oak kitchen, large period XVIIIth century corner cupboard and tile floors offer a warm atmosphere full of character. The high quality king size bed, Italian walk in shower and large bath give it the touch of luxury making it a real 'home from home'. Living/double bedroom, en suite bath and shower, separate WC, separate kitchen with small dining area, opening via a large French farm window/door onto the garden and park. This flat for 2 persons can be rented separately.
The first and second floor have all the charm of a luxurious chateau/cottage. With its separate entrance directly onto the first floor via the enclosed XVIth century courtyard, it is a perfect "home sweet home" as well as a "mini-spa"! On the 1st floor, there is a living room/twin bedded room, with a big stone fireplace and dining area, separate kitchen, and en suite shower/WC and infra-red sauna. On the 2nd floor, there is a large, bright bedroom, with a queen size (160m) bed and a large day bed as well as a separate WC and en suite jacuzzi bath. The view over the garden, meadows and onto the valley beyond is breathtaking. This flat for 4 persons can be rented separately.
The cottage can be rented in its' entirety or as two separate apartments. Contact us for more détails.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Tours 68 km, Nearest railway: Vendôme 25 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, Bicycles available|
|Further details outdoors|
During the day, simply enjoy aristocratic "douceur de vivre" at your little French manor house and its private park, or else discover the many picturesque villages nearby, with their XIIth century Romanesque chapels, XIIIth century frescoes, Renaissance castles, bucolic countryside, cycling through the majestic forest of Bercé, riding through the forest of Vibraye,visiting the remarkably restored old city of Le Mans, home of the Plantagenet kings and stage set to numerous films, and of course, the famous Loire Valley chateaux.
Not to mention the many little gourmet restaurants all around, and the various wine cellars open for tastings...
Three splendid golf courses are also within 30 to 40 minutes drive.
Within a couple of miles, you will find tasty boulangeries, excellent butchers, charcuteries, supermarkets, post office and a twice weekly farmers market.
An elegantly appointed XIVth to XIXth century cottage next to a magnificent historic château hotel, in a 100 acre private park!
Less than 2 hours from Paris and 3 from Rouen/St Malo, the Cottage of Château de la Barre lies in the bucolic, picturesque and still untouched area of the Perche-Sarthois lies at the entrance of the Loire Valley, between Chartres and Tours.
The Cottage du Château is also near Le Mans, birthplace of Henri II Plantagenet and stage set to many historic films.
Spring begins mid March, with an explosion of daffodils and forsythia, and from April till end of October, the vegetation is luxuriant, with many romantic gardens open to the public, from Le Petit Bordeau (with over 4200 plants), to Sasnieres, to Le Lude, Valmer, La Possoniere etc. Indian Summer is especially balmy, but even in the height of summer, the area remains protected from mass tourism, due to the many forests, as well as hills and valleys of private farmland.
The Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the birthplace of the Kings of France up until the end of the XVIth century. The French Renaissance blossomed here, and the entire region is "covered" in famous castles, from Chenonceau (or the castle of the six queens), Azay Le Rideau, Blois, Amboise, Cheverny, immense Chambord (with over 400 chimneys!) Villandry (with the famous "jardins à la française"), Langeais, Chinon,etc.
Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life nearby.
Chateau de La Barre itself is a place of interest, having been in the same family since the 14th century. Having lived through the hundred years war, the religious wars and the Revolution, it emerges intact into the 21st century. The Comte de Vanssay, 20th generation, offers guests of "Le Cottage du Chateau" a private tour of this home still belonging to one of the oldest families of the Sarthe and Le Maine.
The Loire Valley/Sarthe is also renowned for the Jasnieres white wine, described by the Prince of Gastronomy and first critique of the Michelin guides as "three times a century, the best white wine in the world". Other Loire Valley wines, from Vouvray white, to Chinon and Bourgueil reds, are here to be sampled...
Conflans sur Anille is a quaint little village in a quiet, protected landscape, just a few miles from St Calais, which offers tennis courts as well as pedal boats on the lake. Conflans sur Anille is also a few miles from Vibraye, with excellent riding stables, and near Montmirail, the medieval castle where Henri II was summoned by the King of France to draw up his will among his quarrelsome sons...
Farmers markets are all around, wineries as well, foie gras farms and throughout the season, each nearby village has its' week of local antique, garden or music festival.
Many excellent yet reasonable gourmet restaurants are scattered around the area, and an extensive list of addresses is available to our guests, as well as maps, sightseeing suggestions etc..
25 minutes from Conflans sur Anille, the larger, picturesque city of Vendôme offers museums, many boutiques, shops, and an amazing abbey housing the oldest stained glass window of the Virgin Mary in the Western World. The village of Lavardin is 30 minutes away and listed one of the most beautiful villages of France
Three excellent golf courses are within 30 to 40 minutes drive.
During the summer, Renaissance lunches (40 euros pp) are served in Leonardo da Vincis home in Amboise.