Chateau Country Jaunt

barre chateau grace kelly paris blogThe Lone Wolf and I slipped onto the TGV and sat down in our single seats facing each other in the First Class car. We were escaping from Paris. Yes, even though it’s pleasure to live here one still needs to get out of town. And it was a fast 46-minute train ride to Vendome (pictured below), where we were picking up a car. In fact, I didn’t even finish making my to-do list before we arrived and hopped into our darling little Fiat that was a cross between a Volkwagen Beetle and Mini-Cooper in which we would sportily zip around the Loire for the next few days.

vendome paris blog chateau tripsWe were headed to chateau country. Better than that, we were checking into a chateau-B & B, the divine Chateau de la Barre, which is near tiny village Conflans-sur-Anille in the Sarthe department in the Pays de la Loire region of France. The chateau is owned by the Count and Countess de Vanssay, whose family it has been in since 1404. Countess Marnie de Vanssay is our new Grace Kelly–a beautiful former model who happens to be American and became a countess when she and the count (Guy) married.

4 Responses to “Chateau Country Jaunt”

  1. Comment by Marnie de Vanssay | 08/02/10 at 6:23 pm

    We certainly loved meeting the LW and you ‘de visu” after following your blog with passion over the past six months! Thanks for making the trip our way into the Loire and Loir and à bientôt for our September concert or autumn wine tasting weekends!

  2. Comment by Beth Arnold | 08/03/10 at 11:22 am

    Dear Marnie,

    It was totally our pleasure!

    All our best,

  3. Comment by Adam | 04/11/11 at 8:27 am

    I have quite a bit of money what luxury hotel should I stay at ?

  4. Comment by Beth Arnold | 04/11/11 at 5:57 pm

    It depends on what kind of hotel you want? A big one? The Ritz at the Place Vendome is wonderful. The Hemingway Bar there is my favorite. Smaller, designy, and boutique? The Petit Moulin designed by Christian Lacroix: Elegant yet discreet? The Lancaster is lovely. On the beautiful Place de Vosges: There are tons more. Very good hotels in Paris.

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