Le château de la Bourlie, domaine De Commarque - Visconti Di Modrone

Urval - France
Château de la Bourlie
Family house and resort
2 500 m²
Tom Mannion

Le Chateau de la Bourlie conjures an atmosphere of pre-french revolution splendour.


The gracefulness of the architecture is enhanced by a garden dominated by 18th century clipped yew trees. 

Inside, a different story unfolds. 

Under the captainship of artist Cyril de Commarque, whose family has owned this estate for over 800 years, and of his wife Ortensia Visconti di Modrone, a writer, Chateaux de la Bourlie has undergone a radical renovation and is now ready for a new phase.

One that is full of promise, and projects. 

Though La Bourlie’s ‘renaissance’ has deep roots, as we shall see, within Cyril de Commarque’s artistic evolution and his complex family legacy, the actual process of redesigning the chateaux’s interiors began in 2013 when de Commarque reached for architecture and interiors project Le studio REV, Cristiano Benzoni and Sophie Thuillier, to discuss ideas and vision about La Bourlie on paper. 

The history of Commarque family and the castle was a challenge for the expression of a new modernity. 

In the past history, castles were the places to experiment new trends: a sophisticated mix between the specific expression of a culture and influences coming from inevitable exoticisms. 

The renovation project of La Bourlie wants to drive into modernity these myths. 

The new plans are keeping the quintessentially of the historical building but the intention of REV was to organise the spaces to give to Commarque family the opportunity to enjoy the whole surface of their family house and at the same time define a system of diaphragms that could separate the family “core” from a space that could welcome selected guests. 

The dialogue between Commarque and REV was based on create a common ground trying to get closer two opposites, eccentricity and essentiality : 


The eccentric side was necessary for Commarque to express his artistic approach and the necessity of the exuberance as an historic mark of 


The essentiality was driven by REV to emphasize the pure expression of the historical prints of the building introducing materials able to withstand the test of time with a soft inception of contemporary comfort.