Somewhere in the northern part of Mauritius, in the village of Mapou, there is a colonial house that is beautifully restored, perfect to give you an insight on how life on the island looked like in the 19th century. Its name is Chateau de Labourdonnais and it’s really worth a visit if you travel to the famous Indian Ocean gem.
Entering the long alley marked by centuries old trees that lead up to the main house you can start seeing the typical columns of colonial mansions.
Walking in is almost like travelling back in time. Every little piece of furniture and interior design detail have been meticuloulsy restored to their previous glory.
The first record of the estate dates from 1777 and in 1814 there was a sugar mill built on it. The land went through a couple of owners & land additions until it was purchased in 1854 by Christian Wiehe, who built the house from 1856 to 1859, probably never imagining it would turn into one of Mauritius’ most charming spots to visit.
Don’t worry that you might miss a day at the beach for this, the mansion is really not that big, you can be in and out in 30 minutes, unless you want to enjoy a lunch at the restaurant built right next to it or have a rum tasting at the estate’s Rhumerie des Mascareignes, added in 2006 to produce, obviously, rum, Mauritius’ trademark drink.
What I personally like best about places like this is that they give you a more authentic feel of the area you’re visiting and that, most of the time, you can find great inspiration for your own personal spaces at home.
Photos: my iPhone, except featured image from www.mauritiusattractions.com.0