Actual private museums, the houses of the old planters are generally found on the hills of the island, in the heart of beautiful gardens. Built on ground level, they have a veranda - an open gallery, along the façade and under which the dwellers of the house kept cool. In order to get a better idea of this type of house, the best thing to do is to pay a visit to the Domain of Eureka (see picture). Situated in the north, in Moka, this residence belongs to the family of the French writer Le Clézio. Transformed into a museum in 1986, it displays beautiful furnishings of the East India Company. The owners have even rearranged some of the outbuilding into a guest house. So it is possible to stay on this exquisite estate.
The main house of the domain is one of Mauritius' best examples of colonial architecture.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice
The furniture of the Eureka house is comprised of super pieces that have been finely chiselled out of the most expensive of woods.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice
The Eureka Domain is situated in Moka, in the centre of the island and south of Port-Louis, the capital.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice