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“Gardens Gardens Gardens!”

Chateau de Cormatin
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Owner description: Beautiful 17th century chateau in southern Burgundy
Reno, Nevada
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
40 attraction reviews
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“Gardens Gardens Gardens!”
Reviewed May 25, 2014

I cannot speak for the Chateau tour because my timing was off but the gardens alone are sooooo worth the visit. From a beautiful cutting and kitchen garden, to wide open meadows bordered by massive old trees, with formal box gardens and topiaries the main feature, I cannot recommend more highly to garden lovers. Did I mention it rained during my whole visit? Delightful spot for a picnic, mine was eaten on a bench under an immense plane tree to stay mostly dry. The chateau comes complete with moat all the way around fed by a local stream. The gardens are free and open all day, but there is a small fee to visit the interiors which close down from about 12-2 ish.

Visited May 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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“All this and storks too”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

We visited the Chateau and gardens on a sunny October morning. The guide spoke a little English but spoke clearly and slowly enough for that the 3 of us with some conversational French were able to follow the tour and even ask some questions. The non-French speaker was given a comprehensive written guide in English.

The Chateau and gardens have been impressively restored and there is a separate display showing the various stages of renovation. While there are chateaux in better condition (Chantilly for example) it is the detail and social commentary provided with this tour that made this visit so impressive.

But don't get the impression this was a dry academic guided tour! The guide went out of his way to engage the 5 young French children who were visiting with their families

After visiting the Chateau itself, we went for a look round the grounds and spotted a pair of white storks nesting on the roof..

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Simon R
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Lyon, France
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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“painted rooms and more”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

There are two ways to visit the Château de Cormatin: you can simply tour the gardens and the nineteenth-century rooms, or for a few euros more you can have the complete tour, which includes the spectacular painted rooms from the seventeenth century. The complete tour is well worth it.
Our tour-- in French, but detailed booklets are provided in English and other languages--was conducted by a history student. She made everything even more interesting and brought the seventeenth century alive for us. The cabinet of curiosities was especially fine, and the richly-painted rooms, some decorated in lapis lazuli blue and gold leaf, are well-preserved--a miracle considering the dire state of repair much of the castle was in when the three current owners bought it. They have saved a great treasure.

Visited August 2013
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Ghent, Belgium
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162 reviews
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“Beautifull castle with splendid gardens”
Reviewed July 26, 2013

The castle has been very nicely renovated. In particular impressive are the surrounding gardens. The small cafetaria has very good sorbet ice.

Visited July 2013
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Overland Park, Kansas
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Charming chateau”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Not the biggest chateau in the country but this was charming. You need to take a tour to see the rooms. Our tour guide was a delightful French girl who felt the need to apologize for her lack of English. We did have an English translation that sufficed.

Visited June 2013
Thank Zack H
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