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Depaz Castle and Distillery – Habitation La Montagne

Park and garden, Park in Saint-Pierre
  • The magnificent domain of the Depaz distillery is worth a visit with its park, its castle "le Domaine de La Plantation", its restaurant "le Moulin à cannes" and its rums. The site is impressive, set between the slopes of Mont Pelée and the Bay of Saint-Pierre. It is a place of rich heritage and history...

  • The free visit of the park allows you to discover the different areas of this 80-hectare estate, planted with century-old trees. The avenue lined with royal palms offers a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea.

    During your visit, you will discover :

    - The Depaz Castle:
    Occupied by the Depaz family until the mid-1980s, you will be able to visit the dining room, Victor Depaz's study, the games room, the smoking room and the archive room with period furniture, objects and documents.
    The...
    The free visit of the park allows you to discover the different areas of this 80-hectare estate, planted with century-old trees. The avenue lined with royal palms offers a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea.

    During your visit, you will discover :

    - The Depaz Castle:
    Occupied by the Depaz family until the mid-1980s, you will be able to visit the dining room, Victor Depaz's study, the games room, the smoking room and the archive room with period furniture, objects and documents.
    The gardens, structured in vast terraces, have all the characteristics of the classicism developed in aristocratic metropolitan properties. The masonry works play a full part in the composition: balustrades crowning the retaining wall of the front terrace, a beautiful horseshoe-shaped staircase incorporating a nymphaeum linking the rear platforms. Beautiful trees magnify this ensemble: majestic Caribbean albizia, talipot palms with braided trunks, not forgetting the gigantic rubber tree closer to the distillery.
    Price :
    - Visit of the castle + 1 rum or syrup tasting offered 5€.

    - The rum museum :
    Small museum next to one of the ageing cellars and surrounded by old machines. Exhibition of different objects typical of this activity, most of them made of copper.

    - La case à Louisette :
    In the shade of an impressive rubber tree planted in 1960, the brightly coloured hut bears the name of one of Victor Depaz's first workers. Now run by her granddaughter, it is a place where you can taste local syrups and homemade cakes.

    - The paddle wheel:
    This paddle wheel bears witness to the use that was made of mountain water in the north of Martinique as early as the 18th century.

    - The distillery :
    As in its origins, the Depaz distillery still functions today thanks to an old steam engine. The sugar cane used in the production of Depaz rums is grown on a unique terroir in Martinique: the Montagne Pelée. The visit is free of charge and allows you to watch the production process during the harvest period (February to June). (see section "Sites and monuments")

    - The shop
    Tasting and sale of Depaz rums open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4.30pm. (see "Regional products" section)

    - Le Moulin à Cannes restaurant:
    Located in the park, the restaurant offers local cuisine combining tradition and modernity. (see "Where to eat" section)


    A little history...
    The cradle of the Depaz brand, La Montagne was originally an agricultural estate founded in 1651 by Jacques Duparquet, the island's first governor. The land was used for growing tobacco, indigo and livestock, but was soon converted to sugar cane. The Pécoul family bought the estate and built the castle right next to the factory. The Depaz family then worked on the house which remained prosperous until 1902. On 8 May 1902, the entire town of St Pierre was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Pelée and the house was reduced to ashes.

    In 1917, the young Victor Depaz, whose entire family had perished, bought 521 hectares of uncultivated land from the Pécoul heirs and built a new factory whose rum was to be recognised from 1922. At that time he also had the house rebuilt identically to the neo-classical château Perrinelle. He settled there with his wife and their 11 children. The house was named "Château Depaz".

    When you make your reservation, don't forget to mention that you are coming on our recommendation, share your visit with us and leave us a little comment.

    And to find out more go to : https://www.martinique-tour.com/decouvrir-la-martinique/sites-a-visiter-en-martinique/la-route-des-rhums-de-martinique/immersion-a-la-distillerie-depaz/
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  • From January 1, 2024
    until December 31, 2024
  • Tuesday
    9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday
    9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thursday
    9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Friday
    9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Saturday
    9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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