Mauritius. – Set down a shaded drive in the upmarket Moka area of the island you find Eureka colonial homestead with its 109 doors and 104 heirs. Set in 6 acres of lush landscaped lawns with a waterfall within easy walking distance in the ravine below. Depicting Sugar Barron days of past, here we enjoyed a most wonderful lunch on the verandah.
This elegant Créole residence built in 1830 and originally owned by British and French aristocrats, is reputed to be one of the largest houses on the island. The museum holds a good collection of antiques and photos and the garden an intriguing collection of wooden sculptures.
Owner Jacques Maroussen met us and captured our attention with tales of family, money, the challenges they’ve faced over the years and how he, through a good divorce, has come to own the property. Restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1986, it was a natural move to have a restaurant too, realising that the much needed proceeds from tourists would help fund the upkeep.
The wrap around verandah that we could lunch on.
Bordering the grounds of the main homestead is the Eureka House with two guest rooms, which looked liked a lovely option for a night or two inland.
A cooking demo had Winnie prepare a delicious meal on an open fire whilst we all watched and learnt about Mauritian and Creole food.
Here is more than just a house and museum, there are many small waterfalls, endemic plants and lush greenery which surrounds the house as well as kilometers of walking tracks to enjoy.
A really good place to visit, enjoy lunch on the verandah and take leisurely walks. There’s even a gift store, where I bought a beautiful black embroidered dodo scarf.
Read more about my time in Mauritius here.
I was a guest of South African Airways in celebration of their 50 years of flying the route, hosted at the One&Only Le Saint Geran by invitation of Manley Communications. Guided by the wonderful Iris of Connections.