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Built in 1856, the Château de Labourdonnais has been the home of the Wiehe family for over 150 years. It was extensively refurbished in 2006 to restore its graceful colonial architecture to its original glory. Alongside the restoration work, the Compagnie Agricole de Labourdonnais (Labourdonnais Agricultural Company) appealed to two French experts, the museologist Claude Fauque and the scenographer Alexandre Fruh, to bring the cultural significance of the Château and its surrounding areas to the fore.
Today the Château de Labourdonnais is among Mauritius’ foremost cultural attractions and a flagship of national heritage. A visit to the area is an immersion into the art of living in 19th century Mauritius. From the moment they turn into the majestic Intendance tree-lined (Ficus Retusa) avenue leading to the Château, visitors will discover a magical place that shines a spotlight on Mauritian history, nature, cuisine and savoir-faire.
It is an utter delight to discover the house and stroll through its lovely gardens and historic orchards. In addition to a large number of endemic species, the estate boasts over fifty varieties of centuries-old mango trees, as well as spice plants and a great many exotic fruit trees.
As they amble through the grounds, visitors may chance upon an old enclosure in which giant tortoises peacefully graze. At the end of each visit, clients are invited to take a seat at the estate’s tasting bar and to sample the products of the Domaine’s distillery and orchards. These include a range of delicious rums, jams, fruit jellies and fruit juices made on the estate. This complimentary tasting is included in the price of entry to the Château, and each of the items is also available for purchase in the Domaine’s shop.
The Domaine de Labourdonnais extends well beyond the Château itself. Visitors can refresh themselves and stock up on local delicacies and souvenirs at the shop and restaurant only a few steps away.
La Table du Château
With tradition as a muse, Chef Fabio de Poli has devised a creative and constantly evolving menu inspired by the fruit and vegetables from the Domaine’s orchards. La Table du Château can accommodate up to 75 people seven days a week. It also offers a catering service for every occasion.
Inspired by traditional family recipes and drawing upon a rich variety of local produce, La Table du Château’s menu reflects a cuisine brimming with local flavours. The abundance of citrus, herbs and fragrant aromatics, as well as the many fruit-infused savoury dishes, will surprise and delight its customers.
The restaurant is open from 8am to 5pm daily and upon reservation in the evenings from Wednesday to Saturday.
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The Château gift shop
Having discovered the Château and grounds, visitors will find a tasteful range of gifts and souvenirs at the Château’s shop. The items on sale include products made on the estate, traditional and hand-crafted sweets, colonial-style decorative items and speciality foodstuffs including fine rums, fruit pastes, spices, etc.
The gift shop is open to the general public from 8am to 5pm daily.
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The Château welcomes group visits. These must be reserved in advance. In addition to visiting the house and grounds, the Château offers groups a range of fun and original activities through which to discover the estate in a different light and delve into day-to-day life on a sugar plantation.
For more information and for customised activities, please contact us.
Blind tasting session:
Discover the many different flavours of the estate by taking part in a blind tasting. Put your palate and your sense of smell to the test and see how many flavours you can recognise.
Length: 30 minutes
“Rhum arrangé” crafting:
Create your own “rhum arrangé" – cane rum infused with fruit and spices – and take home a delicious and unique souvenir of your stay in Mauritius.
Length : 45 minutes
A moment of pure and relaxation for children and adults alike. Solve the clues to find Labourdonnais’ hidden treasure!
Length : 45 minutes
We guarantee that you will enjoy tasting a selection of the sweet tropical sorbets created by the Domaine de Labourdonnais.
Length: 15 minutes