The Domaine de Labourdonnais, a privately owned Estate, was founded in 1774.This magnificent authentic Estate of 540 hectares is surrounded by spectacular green sugar cane fields and is ideally located in the north of the island.
Château de Labourdonnais, surrounded by its beautiful orchards, was built between 1856 and 1859 by Christian Wiehe himself then his descendant lived there until recently.
This grand mansion was restored between 2006 & 2010 and converted into a museum that invites you to discover the nineteenth century Mauritian lifestyle as well as its history.
Nowadays the Estate has further diversified its activities offering products and services such as; fruit transformed products, leisure and events activities, real estate services, distillation of rum and much more.
The orchards date back from 1975 and now offer as much as fifteen different varieties of tropical fruits including:
Papaya: Solo, Malaisie & Tainung
Citrus: Beauty, Dancy & Clementines
Mangoes: Rosat, Victoria, Agnes & Early gold… etc
An area of 45 hectares is dedicated to the orchards that produces up to 500 tons of fruit per year. Climb aboard the Labourdonnais Express for a fresh and entertaining way to discover the Domaine. The Express offers a 45-minute guided tour of the estate’s gardens, orchards and vanilla greenhouse.
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.