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Pictures from Maison Euréka, in Moka in the West side of Mauritius: the estate, the veranda, and the furniture.

Maison Eureka, Mauritius
The Creole House, known as Maison Euréka in Moka, Mauritius.

The Creole House, known as Maison Eureka, is a beautiful colonial mansion dating back from 1830. It is located in Moka. Originally built for a prominent English settler who wants to get closer to the residence of the British Governor at Reduit, it became the property of the Le Clézio family in 1856.

The Le Clézios are a Mauritian family of Breton origin. The family includes prominent figures including Jules Eugène Le Clézio, President of the Mauritius Commercial Bank, and his sons Eugène and Henry, judge and member of the Mauritius Parliament. The family was also a major shareholder of the sugar industry of the island. J. M. G. Le Clézio, a writer who got the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2008 is a descendant of this family.

Since 1986, the new owners of the Maison Eureka - the Maroussem family - have turned it into a museum open to visitors. The imposing mansion is also home to a Creole restaurant (upon reservation) and hosts some special private or business events.

Set in a ​​25 ha  estate and sheltered by Peak Junction Mount of Moka, the Creole House is probably the best preserved colonial house in Mauritius. Visiting the museum help you discover the different room the authentic furniture and decoration of the house. Canopy bed, cot, dining room set with ancient dishes, old bathroom with marble bathtub, artistically carved cabinets, valuable chinaware, old piano, phonograph, and old photographs take you back to the Mauritian colonial lifestyle.

Outside, the outbuildings of the colonial house were the servants' quarters and the kitchen of the colonial house.

Creole Veranda, Mauritius
Veranda of a creole house, Maison Eureka, in the west of Mauritius.

The veranda is a major part of a creole house in tropical regions. It is a haven of relaxation and a place for dinner. The veranda of the Eureka House overlooks a beautiful garden surrounded by trees.

In addition to the garden facing the house, the beautiful ravine which extends from Eureka is also part of the estate. With its beautiful trees and waterfalls, it gives an opportunity for a pleasant walk. In rainy weather, the rocky path, however, can be closed.

In the area of Moka and the nearby Réduit, you find also the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, the University of Mauritius, and the (not open to tourists) residence of the President of the Republic.

Chinaware, Mauritius
Chinaware (Porcelain vase) from the Maison Eureka, Mauritius.

Near Curepipe, about 20km south to Moka, the Domaine des Aubineaux is another colonial house. It has been renovated while keeping its original furniture. It is open to visitors. The Domaine des Aubineaux may host group meetings as well as private or business events.


 

Links

Maison Eureka (Creole House)
official site of the maison eureka at moka, mauritius.

See also

Mauritius > Pictures and travelogues > Chamarel coloured earth

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