WELCOME TO CHATEAU DES BARRES

The Chateau des Barres, Coachman's Lodge, Gardener's Cottage, Blacksmith's Cottage and The Stable were built in 1851 for 'Le Maitre' who was in charge of building the railways in the area. Le Maitre lived in the Chateau and his servants lived in what is now the Coachman's Lodge, Gatekeeper's Cottage, Gardener's Cottage, Blacksmith's Cottage and the Stable. The Chateau was built as a show of wealth and power and drew together an eclectic style of architecture which in essence reflected the renaissance taste of the Louis Philippe period of opulence and romanticism and are steeped in history. At one stage the Chateau served as a base for occupying German officers but thankfully survived the war unscathed. The Chateau is built in tuffeau stone (the local soft ivory stone typical of the area), herringbone red brick and red enduit with elaborate carvings and statues, huge luminous and 'oeil de beouf' windows and 'fairy-tale' turret tower it is an impressive sight. The Chateau retains its own magnificent private entrance off the Rue de la Mairie No 17, with sweeping drive, private parking and private entrance to the pool. Beautiful gardens surround the Chateau containing mature trees and Buxus hedges 100 year old and scented lavender and rose banks. There is a enclosed children's safe play garden with swings, 18' trampoline and teddy-bear picnic area. Althought the Chateau is lavishly furnished it has been lived in for many years and is a wonderful house for families with children of all ages. The Lodge and Cottages are nestled in the stone walled grounds of the Chateau off the Rue de la Mairie No 15 each having their own private garden, private parking and communal enclosed childrens play area. They are all lavishly furnished with all modern facilities and the use of a large luxurious heated pool.

We look forward to seeing you and hope you enjoy your stay.