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20 juillet 2010 2 20 /07 /juillet /2010 19:42


When you let them grow, artichokes become beautiful blue flowers. On this picture Marnie holds two of them in the Petite Salle à Manger.

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19 juillet 2010 1 19 /07 /juillet /2010 10:57


On the 16th of July, Ono and Sybille, performed for us in the Grand Salon. After a Champagne cocktail on the terrasse  in front of the Chateau an elegant and witty "Diner Grand Siècle" took place in the "Grande Salle à Manger". Thanks to Ono and Sybille for this wonderful moment.

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17 juillet 2010 6 17 /07 /juillet /2010 21:39

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A symphony of colors...

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8 juillet 2010 4 08 /07 /juillet /2010 17:44



The fragant Catalpa (bean tree or Catalpa Bignonioides) in front of the Salon Rose and the Chambre Marin de Vanssay in its prime.

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5 juillet 2010 1 05 /07 /juillet /2010 09:40


If you did not have the opportunity to see this popular french broadcast, click on this pic to watch it. Chateau de la Barre can be seen directly if you go to 20 minutes and 50 seconds after the beginning.

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2 juillet 2010 5 02 /07 /juillet /2010 19:34



How could these cherries be fresher? They will be in the guest's plates in a few minutes.

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1 juillet 2010 4 01 /07 /juillet /2010 18:57

entrée été


This week a heatwave has hit us in the Loire Valley. The thick walls of the Chateau work better than air conditioning.

Outside we aim for the shade.

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30 juin 2010 3 30 /06 /juin /2010 18:10


Fragant bouquets from the 200 different roses of our garden can be found in every room of the chateau such as this one in the Salon Rose.



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28 juin 2010 1 28 /06 /juin /2010 16:41


At every breakfast at Chateau de la Barre, homemade jams are served. They are popular and Marnie decided to show the making of the jams from the fresh fruits of our garden.



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28 juin 2010 1 28 /06 /juin /2010 15:25




Thanks to Marge Anderson for showing some superb photos of her stay in Chambre Marin de Vanssay 2 weeks ago. This is a picture of le Grand Salon, and the pics of the garden are great. You can disvover all of them on her facebook page.

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