Video: Majestic falconry display at the Château de Commarin

Guests who cruise aboard hotel barges L’Impressionniste or La Belle Epoque visit the moat-encircled Château de Commarin and are treated to a private demonstration of the medieval sport of falconry and a private tour of the building, with the chance to meet the owner, Count Bertrand de Vogue.

Between Beaune and Dijon in the rich, French Burgundy region stands the Château de Commarin. This treasure from the Middle Ages has withstood the test of time. It’s one of the few French chateaux that did not fall victim to the looting of the French Revolution. Equally impressive is the fact that the castle has been under the stewardship of the same family since it was built, for nearly 900 years.

Did you know, the Château de Commarin has been in the hands of the same family for 26 generations? That’s more than seven centuries! This once fortified castle, built in 1346, underwent radical transformations in the 16th century to convert it into a modern habitation and was further reconstructed in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Within its 14th century chapel, you’ll spot a series of statues and fascinating tapestries that have been created for the family. Our guests will enjoy an exclusive private tour of the Château with Count Bertrand de Vogue.

Since 2001, Château de Commarin has been owned by Count Bertrand de Vogüé. He is the 26th generation of the same family to possess ownership of the château. Although the Château has avoided being sold or overtaken, it has not always been inherited by male successors. Commarin has successfully stayed in the hands of the same family by often being passed down through the family’s female line.

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