Commarin Travel Guide

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    First sight
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  • A lovely place for a stroll, Commarin Chateau
    A lovely place for a stroll, Commarin...
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    Main street, Commarin
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    by iandsmith Written May 30, 2012

    This is part of the Historical Road of the Dukes of Burgundy and has been inhabited since its beginnings by the same family, it was many times at the heart of the French history, Crusades plus the Revolution.
    Since 1967, the Count and the Countess Louis de Vogüé, 25th generation of owners, live in the castle.
    There's a small gift shop at the entrance where you can buy some local produce or souvenirs.

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    by iandsmith Written May 30, 2012

    It's not a huge place but there is a cafe (closed when we were there) and a few interesting buildings, not least of which was the other small chateau with its colourful turrets.
    I also held my camera above a fence and got a shot of another nice place.

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    by iandsmith Written May 30, 2012

    While this château doesn’t have the gold and opulence of some of its Burgundian counterparts, the furnishings are interesting and varied and you don't get the crowds here that attend some of the more famous chateaux.
    Heraldic tapestries, famous beyond the chateau and made in Belgium, adorn the walls, the needlepoint chair coverings were all done by the ladies of the house and the polished tile floors and parquet designs are memorable. One thing that distinguishes the tapestries here is their vibrant colour, so unlike many that you find in famous chateaux and mansion elsewhere.
    Unfortunately, no pictures are allowed inside the chateau so I'm not sure where these couple came from.

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    by iandsmith Written May 30, 2012

    Favorite thing: High on the hillside overlooking the Canal de Bourgogne, Châteauneuf has a commanding position with panoramic views across the countryside.
    This is one of France’s most beautiful villages with fairytale turreted towers dating back to the twelfth century. Philippe Pot, counsellor to the Duke Philippe-le-Bon, had the château built around the keep; part of it is crumbling now but the paintings in the gothic chapel dating back to 1487 are still intact.
    Wander around the small streets with the arts and crafts shops flaunting their wares, and enjoy a relaxing drink at one of the cafes. Chez Bagatelle is an attractive chambres d’hôte if you would like to linger longer.

    Fondest memory: After your visit, drive down to Vandenesse-en-Auxois. There is a real photo-opportunity looking up to Châteauneuf over the Canal de Bourgogne.
    Moored in the basin is the barge Lady A, an original idea for a bed and breakfast establishment if ever there was one. Château de Commarin is closeby.
    At night the chateau is floodlit and is the greatest advertisement for tourism.

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