Built on the site of an old Roman post in the 12th century, Château de Bazoches is one of the finest properties in Burgundy. Privately owned and a listed Heritage Building, the feudal château was passed on to many wealthy Middle Ages families until it was finally inhabited by none other than the father of French engineering, Marshal of France and Louis XIV’s military advisor, Marquis de Vauban. He chose to turn the castle into a military garrison and used his strategic, military intelligence to make Bazoches an unshakable stronghold. The actual owners are direct descendants of the Marshal, and they take great care of the property and its remarkable furniture.
Château de Bazoches is an architectural prowess to say the least; it has a trapezoidal layout, four towers and a massive central keep, which surrounds a quaint inner courtyard. One of the best features of the castle is nevertheless its location, halfway up a hill that overlooks the bucolic Morvan National Park and the village of Vézelay.
Château de Bazoches is accessible in an hour and a half (80 miles/130 km) from Dijon via the A38 and A6, or in two hours with a more scenic route (78 miles/27 km) through the Morvan National Park via the A38 and D977BIS. Entry costs €8.50 per person, and visitors can opt for self-guided or guided tours. The Château is open from March 15 through November 11, and depending on the season, it is generally open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.