Chateau De Labourdonnais, Mapou

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Adventure into the history of Mauritius at Chateau De Labourdonnais, a restored mansion displaying an attractive neoclassical Italian style of architecture. Built in 1859, the house offers impressive grounds famous for their many species of orchids, a rum distillery still producing fine drinks by the bottle and glass, and a museum providing an overview of the island nation and the family that owned the property. Head to the tasting room and restaurant to sample the produce from the gardens and surrounding agricultural land, and watch the film about the recent restoration of the building in the onsite screening room. Discover how to plan a Mapou trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • This colonial house is best compared to a castle in France. An extensive story about the family and the restoration, a beautiful but small one around it and also the story of the history of Mauritius about sugar cane. Afterwards a rumproeverij, nice and informative but the price may be friendlier.
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  • Very nice colonial Castle, beautiful park very well maintained with staff always smiling (as everywhere in Mauritius), tasting of the Rafter of Labourbonnais very good but expensive goods!!!!
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  • Well worth a visit. The mansion and the furniture have been beautifully restored and to walk around and through it, makes you wonder what it must have been like to live there. The story of the Wiehe family is an interesting one as well. From his first appointment as prefect over the island, to building a sugar factory which became a model of efficiency, the master of the house seems to have been a strict but intelligent and well intent man. Finally, the rum and fruit juice tasting in the restaurant, is a nice experience as well. You're allowed as many samples as you like from the wide variety of available rums, distilled right there on the same grounds. Just take care not to have too much of the rum if you're driving ;)
  • Absolutely fabulous place. The mansion is a delight and a lazy walk in the gardens is a must. Also, find stylish souvenirs at the shop. Finish your visit with some rum, juice and homemade jelly for a very sweet end of the experience.
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