~ Renaissance Christmas at hotel Château de la Barre, France ~


Picture of the Mona Lisa

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An Experience of a Lifetime - Leonardo da Vinci invites you and your family or friends to celebrate an authentic Renaissance Christmas 2008 in his Priory during your stay at Château de La Barre, the ancestral and elegant home of Comte and Comtesse de Vanssay in the Loire Valley.

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~ Enjoy the elegance of centuries at Chateau de la Barre ~

An Exclusive Tailor Made Event     A travel into time ...

December 22nd: Champagne welcome, followed by a visit of the château and a cheese and vintage wine tasting supper in the billiard room, in front of the monumental XIVth century fireplace...

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~ Experience a unique travel into history ~

December 23rd: Chauffeur driven day. Begin with Chenonceau castle, then drive past the Royal Palace of Amboise to Leonardo da Vinci's home. Pick up in your costumes, then let yourself be introduced to the unique culinary art of the Renaissance. Gala dinner under the direction of masterchef Sieur Sausin, with musicians and magicians exactly as if you were in 1530...

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~ Leonardo da Vinci's home open for you and your friends ~

December 24th: Explore the Abbeye de L'Epau followed by the old city of Le Mans, home of the Plantagenet kings and stage set to numerous films, with many chic little boutiques and alluring cafés. Return to Château de La Barre for a festive Christmas Eve dinner with all the family silver and crystal.

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~ Christmas eve in a chateau with the authentic french gastronomy ~

December 25th: Relax by the fireside around the tree, or attend Christmas day mass in the Abbeye cathedral in Vendôme, with the oldest stainglass window of the Virgin Mary with child in the Western World...Then discover the small and picturesque little Loir valley, with its' Renaissance château of La Possonnière, home of Court poet Ronsard, the troglodyte village of Trôo, the romanesque chapels of Montoire and Lavardin with their XIIIth century frescoes. The Relais d'Antan in Lavardin will welcome you for a gourmet dinner after sunset.

December 26th: a drive down to admire the Winter gardens in Villandry, the unique furniture collection of Cheverny, or the architectural prowess of Chambord castle ... the possibilities are endless! In the evening, relax with a light supper at the château or enjoy yet another delicious restaurants of our Region in the middle of the Bercé forest.

December 27th: After brunch, depart with a special present from the Chateau to finish the year in style.

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Price: 1,345 euros pp (based on 14 guests attending), includes:

Extra nights possible for an additional 1,800 euros per day, accommodation and breakfast.
Chauffeured car daily & airport/train pickups available for 440 to 660 euros daily, depending on km
Not included: dinners in Restaurants on the 25th and 26th, as well as transport

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