And here we are, January- the holidays are over, we're back to work, resuming our schedules, and for most of us, it's pretty darn freezing outside. If you're like us and you're finding yourself already stuck in a constant Midsummer Night-style reverie, then we suggest you consider spending a sunny weekend in abject elegance at one of the luxe Chateau de la Barre's Exclusive Private Concert Weekends.

Imagine arriving at a stunning estate, being served a champagne cocktail in the Grand Salon on arrival, followed by an elegant Grand Siecle Dinner in the XVIIth century dining room, only to begin the next day with intricate tours of castles, private tea and wine tasting receptions hosted by French royals, before winding down the day and evenings to come with private chamber music concerts at the chateau performed by respected artists. You'll even have the opportunity to dine with them (that is, if you can fit it in between all of the spectacular regal outings). Chateau de la Barre is sheer elegance in its most inviting, welcoming form and if anyone knows how to welcome guests in style, it's hosts & owners Comte & Comtesse de Vanssay. They are always on hand to ensure each stay is absolutely perfect. Available select dates between July & August 2012, package inclusions vary by date.

EXPLORATEUR EXCLUSIVE- Enjoy special add-ons to this, or any package including

-VIP welcome drink & private visit of the château with Comte de Vanssay
-Daily afternoon tea and English breakfast
-Port Wine and flowers from the garden in room upon arrival
-Wine tasting at nearby winery built into a Xth Century limestone cave
-Assistance with sightseeing maps, transfer arrangements and reservations at nearby restaurants
-Complimentary use of the internet office and onsite bicycles. Click
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