The newly restored iconic plantation house originally built by the French Dauban family in the 1860s, reopened after some six months’ restoration works.
Together with the reopening of the Grann Kaz was also that of a new history museum set up in the living room of the old house.
An initiative of Richard Touboul, cultural attaché of the department of culture, the museum showcases a number of rare artefacts and documents retracing the history of Seychelles and that of Silhouette. Other than the history museum on the ground floor, on the upper floor, which used to be the sleeping quarters, there is now an exhibition showcasing the Dauban family through a collection of photographs, short write-ups and artefacts.
Renovation work on the house has been carried out by Islands Development Company.
The Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture Mitcy Larue officially cut the ribbon in the presence of the Minister responsible for tourism Maurice Loustau-Lalanne and the General Manager of Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa Andre Borg.
“I am happy that we have managed to repair the damages to the house caused by the extreme climate on the island by retaining its original walls and floors” commented Mr. Borg.
He explains that the kitchen on the ground floor has also been restored to continue providing the Grann Kaz restaurant with authentic Creole cuisine.
“The Grann Kaz and its restaurant and now museum is open to the Seychellois public and the management is currently working on a concept and package to make it more accessible to the locals to come and enjoy for instance Sunday lunches and visit the museum and the island as a whole” he concluded.
IDC attaches great of importance to cultural heritage on the islands and the Silhouette Grann Kaz is a great source of pride.