On the Way of Saint James between Beaune and Cluny, in the heart of southern Burgundy, we come with a small diversions to the Château de Cormatin with its gardens and water features.
It was built by the Marquises of Huxelles to show off their power and prestige and to impress. This has been achieved to this day.
The Renaissance castle was built in 1605 on the foundations of a 13th century medieval predecessor.
Of the original three wings of the castle building, the south wing collapsed in 1815 except for a small remnant and was never rebuilt. Today, Cormatin presents itself with two wings standing on a square castle island surrounded by a large moat. During the visit, the pompous furnishings of the rooms are surprising. The ceilings decorated with paintings and gilded carvings are very special. We discover the lifestyle of the French nobility in the early 17th century. Fortunately, Cormatin has survived the centuries unscathed.
During the Belle Epoque, the owner of the castle was a director of the Monte Carlo Opera. He adapted some rooms in Byzantine, Renaissance and Louis XIV style to impress his famous guests such as Chaliapine, Caruso, Jules Massenet, Cécile Sorel.