Between the fields of sugar cane, in the area of Francois, the Habitation Clement is the only “habitation” or plantation open entirely to the public.
A visit to the Habitation Clement will take you on a journey back in time, through the history of the Creole culture and the agricultural history of the island. All of this, set against a backdrop of 17 ha of lush botanic gardens.
The term “Habitation”, in its Creole sense, describes a property and its structures destined for agricultural or commercial ends. In addition to the main house and out buildings (kitchen, laundry, pantry and workers accommodation), the Habitation Clement includes and antique distillery. Restructured in 2005, the distillery now hosts the Centre d’Interprétation des Rhums Clément. The aging rooms, the cellars, and offices that make up the distillery are all situated within a botanic garden, themselves within a commercial sugar cane plantation.
Situated in the area of Francois, the Habitation Clement holds an important place in the architectural and industrial patrimony of Martinique with its transformation over time in terms of activity (from sugar cultivation to rum production) and in terms of change in ownership.
Owners of Habitation Clement since 1986, the Bernard Hayot Group is committed to developing two aspects of the property. On one hand, the historic Maison Clement, continues its important historic role as producer of exceptional rhum agricole.
Whilst on the other hand the adoption of a historical and cultural emphasis with the Clement Foundation, is facilitating the progressive opening of the Habitation to the public. The only Creole plantation in Martinique that is entirely open to the public it has been recognized as a Historic Monument by the Ministry of Culture in 1996.
A visit to the Habitation Clement
The tour is created around two concepts: the world of rum, based around the antique distillery; and the Creole life, focused on the main home.
The two centers are linked by the gardens, an opportunity to appreciate the tropical flora of Martinique.
Beginning in the gardens, created in the 90’s, the trail passes through the palm groves to reach the rum aging rooms and continuing on takes you to the antique distillery.
Continuing your tour, you can explore the case des presidents, the maison principale and the out buildings.
The Case à Lucie hosts an exhibition center that can welcome works of emerging artists.
Because of a beautifull restoration of some old distilleries a selling and rum tasting point has been created and is accessible also to the public. Here you can taste some of the best Clement Rums.
La Maison Clément is one of the principal producers of rum in Martinique and is renowned for it’s aged rum.
In the cantina of the “habitation” or plantation Clément patiently aging for at least three years, lay thousands of liters of rum, destined for the rum lovers of tomorrow. Since 1987 the production of the prestigious Rum Clément has adhered to the purest traditions and historic methods created by Homère and Charles Clément. The rhum agricole Clément is created by distilling pure cane sugar, according to the new rules of Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC).
The antique distillery and the Centre d’Interpretation du Rhum
The historic distillery was converted into the Centre d’interprétation du rhum in 2005.
Courtesy of the catwalk that passes above the two wings of the distillery, visitors are afforded an exceptional insight into the processes and the machines employed in the manufacturing of rum agricolo. Guests are also encouraged to visit the exhibition, regularly updated and varying in theme from cultural to thematic (the history or rum, sugar cane production , rum production….)
A new space to explore: Le Jardin des Machines
The "garden of the machines" is a space directly linked to the industrial age and the conservation of the industrial history of the island. A new trail for the discovery of the various industrial machines that that have been used in the production of rum from the 19° to the 20°century.
Visiting hours and entry fees
The Habitation Clement is open from 09.00 to 17.30 every day
Duration of a visit is approximately: 1 ½ hours
AudioGuided tours are also available
- adult: 12 €;
- Children under 7 years: free
- Children 7-18 years: 7 €
- Family (2 adults+2 children 7-18): 31 €
- Extended Family (3+ children):24 € + 5,70 € per child
All of the public areas have been designed to provide complete access to the disabled.
Domaine de l'Acajou
97240 Le François - Martinique
Tel 0596 54 62 07 Fax 0596 54 63 50
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