Chateau De Labourdonnais
Chateau De Labourdonnais
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
At the heart of a magnificent natural estate, Château de Labourdonnais invites you to discover the nineteenth century Mauritian lifestyle. Beautifully restored, this grand mansion, built in 1859, promises a tour full of surprises through the island's history. You will walk along the gardens and orchards and visit an architectural treasure. You will then enjoy a tasting of our onsite products such as Rum, fruit juice, fruit paste and jam.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • BriDeehan
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent.Not to be missed.
    This beautifully restored Chateau is simply too good to be missed. Full of family history and the Parkland is just like the Chateau, superb. The restaurant is of an equal standard with excellent food, service and location. You need to book it though. Rum tasting included with the admission price is a real treat with the choice of dozens of rums all created at a distillery within the Estate.Souvenir shop staff reflect all of those we met. Happy and helpful. The Chateau is a shining jewel of Mauritius and we will visit again.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 November 2023
  • xavenger
    Windermere, United Kingdom117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful historic house and estate - superb veranda, gardens and cafe/restaurant on site
    This is a beautiful house in beautiful gardens, with a decent amount of history set out in the house about how it came to be, the family that built it and the estate both in the past and now. There are strong French and British influences in the house though most of the furniture you see in there is probably not quite what it would have been back in 'its day'. Great if you like looking around historic properties, great if you like looking at plants/flowers - and with the opportunity to try (and buy) some rum which is made from sugar grown on the site. We were there for about 2.5 hours, could have stayed longer but were struggling with the heat, because we hadn't quite adjusted to the Mauritius climate at that point. Good few hours out, recommended.
    Hello xavenger, many thanks for your positive feedback and for recommending us. :) Have a nice day.
    Written 14 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 December 2023
  • Judy2510
    West Sussex, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting and beautiful chateau and sugar estate
    Although the day was thwarted by cyclone candice so it intermittently rained heavily on this visit, the chateau was beautiful and the explanation of its restoration was fascinating, the family story over several generations in and around the chateau brought the place alive. The gardens were lovely and trees offered some protection from the rain. The rum tasting area was busy and a bit crowded and the shop offers really good quality products, however these cost more than going around the corner to the quarter des seres shopping area still on the same estate which surprised us.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 January 2024
  • Margaret
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History tour with expertise and smiles
    We took a guided tour of the chateau with Purdy, starting in an underground tunnel in the gardens to see how sugar cane used to be processed there, then moving into the chateau itself. What a beautiful place - so well restored, with such attention to detail. After the tour, we had an excellent lunch in the adjoining restaurant, then spent another hour looking at further displays and admiring the views from every corner of the upstairs verandah. Purdy was a wonderful, thoughtful guide with a wealth of information about the fascinating history of the family and the estate. This tour was one of the best excursions of our stay in Mauritius - a big thank you.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 January 2024
  • MELO1303
    Nottingham, United Kingdom26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The rude waiter spoilt the visit
    The chateau was beautiful and the information provided about the history and the film about the renovation were fantastic. It was lovely to wander around the house and gardens at our leisure because it was such a hot day. The ladies at the rum tasting were friendly and accommodating. The part that let the experience down was the rude and brusque server in the restaurant. As we entered the restaurant he came hurtling over to ask if he could help us. We told him we’d like lunch and he was so rude, pointing to a table out in the sun - there were other tables available inside. He basically ejected us from the restaurant as quickly as possible. It turns out that there was a conference on and the attendees were having lunch. What a difference it would have made of he’d have been pleasant instead of rude. Needless to say we left and had a delicious lunch 50 yards away at La Terrasse
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 February 2024
  • Fearless14439781923
    Perth, Australia3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit
    We took bus 215 from Grand Baie and the driver dropped us a short walk from the chateau. The house was very interesting as were the gardens. Visited the turtles but didn’t do the rum tasting. We had lunch at a nearby cafe in the shopping centre.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 February 2024
  • peter h
    Port Louis31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fully renovated colonial house in stunning gardens with lunch and rum tasting as options
    An exquisitely renovated, Colonial House, set in beautiful gardens, was a delight to visit. What fabulous views the original owners must have had. A dramatic, tree lined driveway, beside a small chapel, led to the teak built house. With no corridors to trap heat, every French window opened out on to the veranda surrounding the house. Heavily polished floors glistened, tables were laid, wall coverings depicted deer hunting scenes, a study looked out on the gardens and sugarcane beyond. Upstairs a four poster bed was lost in a huge bedroom. A stroll through the gardens revealed coffee plants amongst many other labelled plants and informative signs. Lunch was a treat in the restaurant followed by a juice and jellies tasting ... or rum if you prefer. An excellent way to spend a few hours and enjoy a delicious lunch.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 March 2024
  • MelAmun
    Lausanne, Switzerland76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A splendid place to spend a half day in Mauritius
    For me probably the best place to visit in Mauritius, you can re live history yet enjoying all the modern facilities all in a very harmonious setting and in keeping with nature and local culture. There is a lovely café surrounded by luscious plants where to enjoy a nice meal, a groceries shop that sells products made in the estate, a rhum distillery a boutique and a lovely plants nursery and of course the mansion and the grounds. Don’t miss the giant turtle! For the more adventurous (but not too much) you can get there by express bus 215 from Grand Baie and Port Louis.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 April 2024
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Joseph L
127 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I don’t really have much to say about this place. Majority of text is written in French and I think it’s missing a lot of context to exactly who’s effort created the place.

Probably the best for me, was the gardens.

In and out in an hour,
Written 7 May 2024
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Marie L
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The 2 is for how beautiful the place is but considering it is a place glorifying slavery, slavers and colonialists who made Mauritians (African and Indian) die in the sun for their fortune, I find the whole thing a bit disgusting. An entire room should be dedicated to those poor people rather than which vase Mahé de Labourdonnais took a dump in.
Written 23 April 2024
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MelAmun
Lausanne, Switzerland76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
For me probably the best place to visit in Mauritius, you can re live history yet enjoying all the modern facilities all in a very harmonious setting and in keeping with nature and local culture.
There is a lovely café surrounded by luscious plants where to enjoy a nice meal, a groceries shop that sells products made in the estate, a rhum distillery a boutique and a lovely plants nursery and of course the mansion and the grounds. Don’t miss the giant turtle!
For the more adventurous (but not too much) you can get there by express bus 215 from Grand Baie and Port Louis.
Written 13 April 2024
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DaniCluj
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great place to visit to get a glimpse of colonial times. Good preservation of mansion itself as well as gardens. A must visit if you’re in the area
Written 2 April 2024
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peter h
Port Louis31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
An exquisitely renovated, Colonial House, set in beautiful gardens, was a delight to visit. What fabulous views the original owners must have had. A dramatic, tree lined driveway, beside a small chapel, led to the teak built house. With no corridors to trap heat, every French window opened out on to the veranda surrounding the house. Heavily polished floors glistened, tables were laid, wall coverings depicted deer hunting scenes, a study looked out on the gardens and sugarcane beyond. Upstairs a four poster bed was lost in a huge bedroom. A stroll through the gardens revealed coffee plants amongst many other labelled plants and informative signs. Lunch was a treat in the restaurant followed by a juice and jellies tasting ... or rum if you prefer.

An excellent way to spend a few hours and enjoy a delicious lunch.
Written 30 March 2024
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ucregan
Carmichael, CA62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The Chateau is beautiful and the lush grounds are full of birds and huge fruit bats (I thought they were monkeys until I saw one fly!) There are lots of signs explaining the fascinating history of the place and its people.
Written 23 March 2024
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Les D
Dublin, Ireland127 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Was a nice break from the pool and beach and a chance to learn a bit about the history of Mauritius.
Very nicely renovated house and the gardens (especially the orchard) was a lovely way to see some rare plants and fruit trees.

The rum tasting was a nice touch too although I think a few more videos V playing around the house explaining the history would have been good.
Written 17 March 2024
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Fearless14439781923
Perth, Australia3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We took bus 215 from Grand Baie and the driver dropped us a short walk from the chateau. The house was very interesting as were the gardens. Visited the turtles but didn’t do the rum tasting. We had lunch at a nearby cafe in the shopping centre.
Written 24 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MELO1303
Nottingham, UK26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The chateau was beautiful and the information provided about the history and the film about the renovation were fantastic. It was lovely to wander around the house and gardens at our leisure because it was such a hot day. The ladies at the rum tasting were friendly and accommodating. The part that let the experience down was the rude and brusque server in the restaurant. As we entered the restaurant he came hurtling over to ask if he could help us. We told him we’d like lunch and he was so rude, pointing to a table out in the sun - there were other tables available inside. He basically ejected us from the restaurant as quickly as possible. It turns out that there was a conference on and the attendees were having lunch. What a difference it would have made of he’d have been pleasant instead of rude. Needless to say we left and had a delicious lunch 50 yards away at La Terrasse
Written 8 February 2024
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Margaret
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We took a guided tour of the chateau with Purdy, starting in an underground tunnel in the gardens to see how sugar cane used to be processed there, then moving into the chateau itself. What a beautiful place - so well restored, with such attention to detail.
After the tour, we had an excellent lunch in the adjoining restaurant, then spent another hour looking at further displays and admiring the views from every corner of the upstairs verandah.
Purdy was a wonderful, thoughtful guide with a wealth of information about the fascinating history of the family and the estate. This tour was one of the best excursions of our stay in Mauritius - a big thank you.
Written 28 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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