Garden apartment of a fully renovated XIVth century small manor, located next to the luxurious Chateau Hotel de La Barre, in the midst of a 100 acre private park. Perfect for a romantic holiday, away from the crowds but near the famous Loire Valley.
Les Glycines is the garden flat of a XIVth to XIXth c small manor, located next to the magnificent Château de la Barre, a luxurious chateau hotel in the middle of a 100 acre private park, which guests staying in Les Glycines cottage apartment also enjoy. Totally renovated in 2009, this chic cottage apartment is decorated with charm, and is ideal for 2 guests, with its' own access. It comprises a large living room/bedroom with a massive stone fireplace, a sitting area and a king size bed, an en suite Italian shower and large bathtub, a separate WC and a separate fully fitted kitchen with small dining area, opening, via a French door, onto a little garden area for dining al fresco.
The guests of the cottage have a small private garden, and especially, have full access to the 100 acre park, and the flower garden with benches and a fountain, lovely for evening walks and picnics. The guests may also use the ping pong table and both bicycles.
The owners (who speak English fluently) live on site, in the chateau, where they welcome the Chateau hotel guests, and also warmly greet the guests renting the cottage, with a welcome bottle of cider from the chateau orchard, and, upon prior request, a small basket of shopping for the immediate arrival, as well as a list of nearby shops, markets, and all the sights and activities of the region with a detailed map.
The price includes sheets and towels, beds made and tax. There is however an additional 45 euros cleaning fee.
The famous Loire Valley castles, the magnificently restored medieval Plantagenet City of Le Mans, with its' magical sound and light shows in the summer months, vineyards, farmers' markets, Romanesque chapels in quaint villages, forests, zoos, a week is hardly enough to discover the riches of this region, whilest residing in an exclusive, quiet environment, away from heavy crowds.
The décor of the cottage is chic, with antiques and designer fabrics, and all our guests have always been most respectful. Children are at all times under the entire responsibility of their parents, as regards the dry moat fortifications and the peace and quiet of the hotel guests staying at Chateau de la Barre, who have the exclusive use of the terrace in front of the chateau, and the chaises longues in front. The cottage is non smoking, and is ecological (we separate waste).
In addition, country plumbing does not take well to anything other than toilet paper in the WC, and guests will be held responsible for damage caused by infringing this rule.
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After working for 25 years in HR as an Executive Search consultant than for the last six years until 2007 as recruitment manager Europe of eBay, my husband and I inherited the family chateau, which his ancestors have owned and lived in since 1404. After two heavy years of restoration, we opened up our first guest rooms, and have slowly grown from there, being now one of the 25 best small hotels of France on Tripadvisor, member of Great Small Hotels of the World and a Virtuoso preferred supplier. Five years ago, we renovated the little XIVth to XIXth century cottage next to the chateau and opened it as a self catering weekly rental. And two years ago, we renovated the family chapel, now hosting its' third wedding August 1st this year! After years of international business travel and living in Paris, London and Geneva, we have now become very sedentary, and in our "golden cage" we have been fortunate to meet guests from around the world, with interesting lives and stories, many of whom have become fast friends. We look forward to future guests, return "friends" and more renovations, as a chateau always is full of exciting possibilities!