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Château de Cormatin
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Château de Cormatin

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Château de Cormatin

Château de Cormatin

Behind the understated exterior lies inestimable splendour. This is undoubtedly one of the most sumptuous châteaux in Burgundy, and in addition, a Renaissance garden has been added to complete the picture.

The sculptured yews break up the symmetry as you enter this moated château. Inside, the rich and colourful interior reflects the fashion in France, and particularly Paris, during the reign of Louis XIII, a time of transition, in search of a style. Built between 1605 and 1629 by the du Blé family it chronicles the history of the arts at this time in France.

Flemish and Italian influences were at the fore with the discovery of painters and architects from Florence and Mantoue and gardeners from Naples. These trends are reflected here and for followers of interior design and the decorative arts, the paint effects and ornamentation will be of great interest.

The St.Cecilia study is the most opulent room in the château with its decorative panels edged in gold. Gold not only displayed the owner’s wealth, it also reflected light, especially important at night when the room was lit by the glow of the fire and candlelight.

The château has been through good times and bad. It was bought in the late nineteenth century by Raoul Gunsbourg, the director of the Monte-Carlo Opera. He lavished money on it and gave the place a new lease of life, throwing parties for the likes of Nellie Melba and Caruso.

Another period of neglect followed. Ivy strangled the facades. Then in 1980 three private investors joined together to save the château. With the help of the government, they have had the interior restored, the shell of the building made sound, and then in 1991, the reconstruction of the gardens began.

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Burgundy & Franche-Comté

Burgundy considers itself the heart of France, a prosperous region with world-renowned wine, earthy but excellent cuisine and magnificent architecture. Franche-Comté to the east combines gentle farmland with lofty Alpine forests.  Add the plethora of world-class wineries to some of France’s most gorgeous countryside and you have the recipe for a perfect tour of Burgundy.

Bungundy’s vignerons (winegrowers) only have small vineyards, rarely more than 10 hectares, and they produce small quantities of very good wine. Burgundy reds are made with pinot noir grapes and the best vintages demand 10 to 20 years to age; whites are made with chardonnay. The region’s most famous wine route, the Route des Grands Crus, and its often narrow variants wend their way between stone-built villages and steeple-topped churches or the turrets of a chateau peeping above the trees.

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