CHATEAU DES BARRES
Situated in the small village of Vernoil-le-Fourrier in the heart of the Loire Valley near Saumur this magnificent 19th Century Chateau was built in the romantic architectural style of the Louis-Philippe period, externally the Chateau is built in the bright tuffeau stone found in the area decorated with ornate sculptures, carvings and magnificent luminous windows, 'oeil de boeuf' and 'fairy-tale' pointed turret tower making it the tallest building in the village after l'eglise. Room features include original marble fireplaces, oak Parquet and Terre Cuite terracotta tiled floors, luminous floor to ceiling windows, ceiling moulding and decoration, paneled walls and doors and ceiling roses with crystal chandeliers. All the rooms are decorated with period antiques, furniture, objet'd'art and modern facilities combining comfort with luxurious and beautiful surroundings suitable for families with children of all ages.
The Chateau sleeps 16+ and comprises of 7 luxurious spacious bedrooms (5 upstairs, 2 downstairs). The entrance into the Chateau is up 3 steps to a huge French country kitchen with original beamed high ceiling and rustic pine painted furniture with lots of cupboard space, dresser table 8 chairs and 4 breakfast bar stools. Range cooker (gas rings and electric oven), microwave, large fridge, large freezer, wine fridge, dishwasher. Stone tiled floor and large windows to two aspects.
From the kitchen there is a large Salon. Huge windows make this comfortable family room bright and airy with double doors opening onto the garden. There are two sumptuous sofas and casual chairs, coffee table and TV/DVD/VIDEO/STEREO. Rush matting to the floor and original marble fireplace, ceiling moldings and painted ceiling rose.
Double paneled doors lead into the Grand Salon with original ornate marble fireplace, magnificent crystal chandelier, beautiful painted ceiling rose and gold dental moulding decoration. The room is filled with Antiques, object d'art and antique furniture, various sofas and chairs, side tables and a lovely rare wooden 4 metre dining table with seating for 16 persons. The floor is original oak parquet with antique rugs and pictures.
From the Salon on the ground floor, double paneled doors lead to 'The Blue Room' (bedroom 1). A beautiful room with two huge windows framed with beautiful toile de joue curtains and shutters one with double doors opening onto a terrace, 3 steps lead to a bisto table and 2 chairs overlooking the garden. The room has an original tiled floor, a magnificent Louis XVI double bed with sumptuous quilt, bed linen required, marble fireplace, ceiling moulding and rose crystal chandelier. In one corner there is a small washbasin.
The second door in the kitchen leads into the Hallway with a spectacular oak sweeping staircase with beautiful oak balustrade with crystal finial ball, huge windows and splendid high ceiling with decorations and chandelier.
From the lower Hallway double doors lead to 'The Red Room' (bedroom 2). A spectacularly decorated room with beautiful ceiling moulding decoration in gold and white, crystal chandelier and painted paneled walls, arched windows framed by beautiful toile de joue curtains, opening onto the front terrace, 3 steps lead to a bistro table and 2 chairs overlooking the front lawn and fountain. The room has a Louis Philippe 'lit-corbeille' double bed with a luxurious antique toile de joue quilt, bed linen required.
From the lower hall there is a wc with wash basin.
Below the hall there is 'The Cave' containing a shower room with changing area covered in French Provencal blue and yellow tiles. There is also a seperate utility with washing machine, tumble dryer, shelves, ironing board, sink and cupboard (containing cleaning and utility products). The rest of The Cave is locked and there is no entry to quests.
Ascending the beautiful oak staircase to the second floor the first room is 'The Master Bedroom' (bedroom 3). Painted in luxurious pink with super ceiling decorations, crystal chandelier, arched windows with internal shutters and curtains overlooking the front lawns and the village. The bed is king-size with a wooden roll top with a luxurious quilt, bed linen required, there is also a Louis-Philippe master wardrobe and original marble fireplace. The floor is wooden with silk carpets.
The long hall has an original 'Terre Cuite' floor and is painted cheerful yellow and features chandeliers with red glass drops.
At one end of the long hall there is the main bathroom with large corner bath and shower. Richly decorated with voile curtains, tiled walls and floor. Hand painted walls and ceiling and a lovely crystal chandelier.
Moving along the hall the first bedroom is 'The Sky Room' (bedroom 4), stars and clouds give a dreamy feel to this lovely painted room. Large windows with internal shutters overlook the rear gardens. Carpeted floor with interconnecting door to bedroom 5 (lockable).
The next room is 'The Cherub Room' (bedroom 5) a light and spacious room with large windows that run along one complete side (internal shutters). The room contains a beautiful floral upholstered double bed draped with voile, lovely wooden floor, marble fireplace, pretty chandelier and painted featured walls. Interconnecting doors (lockable) to bedrooms 4 and 6.
At the far end of the hall is one of 2 connecting bedrooms 'The Bouquet Room', painted in fresh green with shuttered windows to 2 aspects. Features include a magnificent antique wooden king sized bed, marble fireplace, wardrobe, wooden floor and painted chandelier. The interconnecting (shared with bedroom 7) shower room and toilet is tiled in Provencal blue and yellow.
The last of the bedrooms (bedroom 7) is a large and spacious room with 3 antique wrought iron beds (2 single, 1 small double) complete with floral quilts, bed linen required. The room is light and airy having shuttered windows to two aspects. Original features are a marble fireplace and a wooden floor.
LINEN AND TOWEL HIRE AVAILABLE FOR ALL ROOMS (SEE PRICES).
The attic is locked and there is no entry to guests.
Entry to the Chateau is by private entrance through huge 19th century ornate wrought gates down a sweeping gravel drive around the chateau to ample private parking which is situated to the left side of the chateau, follow the drive around the front past the fountain to the front of the large clipped buxus hedge. There are extensive lawned gardens and park with mature Yew trees, clipped Buxus hedges over 150 years old, mature trees, lavender and rose banks and a stone Fountain with goldfish. There is a gas BBQ and luxury hardwood garden furniture on the outdoor sun-terrace, a pergola leads onto steps flanked by white scented roses and purple lavender, thorough private wooden gates to a shared luxury heated 12m x 6m swimming pool with solar shower, sunbathing terrace and gardens. Access beyond the black gates is forbidden. There is a safe fenced play garden with swings, 18' trampoline, sand pit, play house and teddy-bear picnic area.
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