Celebrate an authentic Renaissance Easter in Leonardo da Vinci's Priory during your stay at Château de La Barre, the ancestral and elegant home of Comte and Comtesse de Vanssay, Loire Valley.
~ Enjoy the elegance of centuries at Chateau de la Barre ~
Good Friday 22nd April: Champagne welcome, followed by a visit to the château and a cheese and vintage wine tasting supper in the billiard room, in front of the monumental XIVth century fireplace ...
~ Experience a unique travel into history ~
Saturday 23rd April: Renaissance Day:
Drive past the Royal Palace of Amboise to Leonardo da Vinci's home, where you will be introduced to the unique culinary art of the Renaissance with a costumed lunch feast under the direction of masterchef Sieur Sausin, exactly as if you were in 1530 ... In the afternoon, visit Chenonceau castle before returning back to Chateau de La Barre for a glass of cognac by the fireside of the salon rose under the ancestral portraits.
Easter Sunday, 24th April: Middle Ages to XVIIIth Century:
Attend mass in the magestic Cathedral St Julien, then visit the Sunday market before 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. Or 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, and the tulips of the Garden of Sasnières, the most "English of French gardens".
Return to Château de La Barre for a festive Easter dinner with all the family silver and crystal in the prestigeous XVIIIth century dining room.
Easter Monday, 25th April: Depart after breakfast with a special present from the Château...
Price: 790 euros to
970 euros pp (depending upon room chosen) includes: