“Domaine des Aubineaux” is a colonial house built in 1872, converted into a museum dedicated to the history of Mauritian Tea. More than just a beautiful architectural site it is a piece of Mauritius history.
The manor house was first built in a classic colonial style then in 1889 it was the first residence on the island to be outfitted with electricity. Made of wood of the time, the house is decorated with pretty turrets that give it an imposing appearance, as well as a large central hall, unusual at the time. The plantation was transformed into a museum in 2000, and today it marks the first stop on the historical 'Route du Thé'. Exotic plants fill the garden under the shade of camphor trees, and you can sip savoury teas in the converted billiard parlour.
Your visit to the “Domaine des Aubineaux” includes:
A guide to walk you around
Visit to the colonial mansion-museum built in 1872
Photo exhibition of the 19th and 20th Century
Stroll across the garden Le Parc Floral des Aubineaux
Lunch at Les Aubineaux Restaurant (Optional)
Visit of La Maison des Essences
A light buffet at the tea room (tea & scones)
The visit to the Domaine des Aubineaux takes 1 hour + tasting.
You will visit the “Domaine des Aubineaux” and its gardens, a colonial house built in 1872, which has been converted into a museum dedicated to the history of Mauritian Tea.
A guided tour takes in various rooms including Mrs Guimbeau’s bedroom, her husband Philippe Guimbeau’s study, a glazed verandah, living room and formal dining room complete with boat-hull ceiling and 30-seater oak table. The attention to detail and knowledgeable commentary bring the colonial history of Mauritius to life, aided by a collection of family snapshots and photographs of other plantation houses in Mauritius.
The visit ends in the gardens where the magnificent camphor trees are one of the most prominent features. Don’t miss the pathway, which leads down from the stone steps around the edge of the lawn. You’ll find yourself wandering through a dense thicket of palm trees dripping with hanging vines, almost totally shielded from the outside world. It’s a brief diversion but a magical place to pause and listen to the birdsong and crickets before continuing on to the pond at the far boundary of the site, where the petals of delicate lilac water lilies open up to the sky.