Whilst staying near Beaune in Burgundy a few years ago, we came across Chateau de Cormatin and decided to stop in for a visit. We arrived mid-afternoon, just in time for the last guided tour of the day, and then had time to wander around the lovely gardens. It was a very enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours.
History of Chateau de Cormatin
The Chateau was built by the Marquises of Huxelles in the early seventeenth century to show their power and prestige. They certainly made their point as the Chateau features a wide moat, turrets, gunports and even a drawbridge.
Abandoned for many, many years, restoration of the castle started in 1980 with every effort made to restore it authentically. The lovely gardens have also been recreated over 11 hectares and are now considered amongst the finest in France. Whilst quite formal, as is expected of a Chateau, I love the fact that the kitchen garden (or potager) has also been included in today's garden. After all, it would have played an important part in food production for the Marquises and their families.
Need to know about Chateau de Cormatin
Chateau de Cormatin is located between Tournus and Cluny in the heart of southern Burgundy. It's about an hour's drive from Beaune.
The Chateau is open daily from March 30 to November 11 from 10am to 12 noon and then 2.30pm to 5.30pm. (There's no midday closure between 14 July and 18 August).
Entry fees for a guided tour of Chateau de Cormatin and a visit to the gardens costs €9.50 per adult and €4.50 per child (under 8 years free). Our tour was in French (as are most) but our guide spoke English so she was happy to answer our questions.
If you'd rather not take a guided tour you can visit the gardens, west wing 19th rooms, cellar and model room for €6.00 per adult and €3.00 per child.
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(Information correct at time of publication.)