Hameau de la reine, Versailles
Near the entrance to the Queen's Hamlet there is a large uprooted tree trunk on its side. This is the last documented tree planted for Marie Antoinette, a beech, which was toppled by a fierce wind storm in January, 2009. It was planted 1786 and lived 223 years.
The Kingdom of Marie Antoinette occupies only a small part of the area covered by the gardens of Versailles , in the far right corner.
open daily except on public holidays and days with official ceremonies as it follows:
4 july - 31 oct 2006 - from 12 to 19:30 / access of external areas until 18h
1 nov 2006 - 31 march 2007
Le petit Triandon is closed for restauration.The gardens of le petit Triandon are open for walks.
Le Grand Triandon is open except on public holidays and days with official ceremonies asit follows :
4 july - 31 oct 2006 - from 12 to 18:30 / last entry 17:45
1 nov 2006 - 31 march 2007 - from 12 to 17:30 / last entry 17:00
4 july - 31 oct 2006 - age 18 and above - 9 euro,under 18 - free of charge , from 16h - 5 euro ,
1 nov 2006 - 31 march 2007- age 18 and above - 5 euro,under 18 - free of charge
Yearly abonnment - 20euro
High season : visit of The Grand Triandon , Petit Triandon , The Chapel , The French Pavillion , Queen's Theater , Belvedere , Temple of Love , The Cave , the English Gardens , The milk farm , Queen's Hamlet.
Low season - Visit of the Big/ Grand Triandon , and walk though the gardens of the small / Petit Triiandon
Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, spent much of her time away from the opulence of the palace of Versailles at her estate located on the vast grounds of the palace. Without the modern convenience of a tram or comfortable walking shoes, it must have seemed a world away from the excess and gluttony at court. She had the 12 buildings of the Hamlet constructed so that she could experience the simple life of a peasant albeit surely without the discomfort that accompanied actually being a peasant in the times of Louis XVI.
The Hamlet had a working dairy and water mill, there were gardens, livestock and a dovecote and while she didn't participate in the manual labor, she would come and supervise, dressed modestly of course.
The main building is the Queen's House, furnished in a very unpeasant like manner with a billard room, dining hall, library and two living rooms. The interiors of the buildings in the Hamlet are not open to the public but you can have a stroll around the grounds which made me feel like I had been plopped right into a fairy tale.
Marie-Antoinette asked her architect Richard Mique and the painter Hubert Robert to create a more picturesque garden in the English style for her. The temple of love is built in part of this huge garden.
The creation of the Marie-Antoinette estate is part of the grand Versailles . She was the only queen who imposed her personal tastes on Versailles. No one could enter her estate without her personal invitation
The landscaping of this part of the garden changed two acres of land totally and needless to say it cost a a small fortune . Marie Antoinette was not interested in the suffering of her people, but only interested in making her own life happy and filled with abundance.
An estate within an estate. The gardens in the estate of Marie Antoinette is as lovely, although not quite as structured as the main gardens. I loved walking around here and just taking in the beauty of nature.
The Little hamlet of the Queen is a rustic retreat built for Marie Antoinette, located inside a private part of the park of Versailles.
The little hamlet was a rustic, but in ferme ornee, and it was meant to evoe a village of Normandy.
it has been created in 1783, by the Queen's favourited architect, Richard Mique, and the hamlet was all in one with a farmhouse, dairy and a mill.
History says that the Queen and the attendants would have been dressed as shepherdesses and milkmaids.
The Fisher's Tower called aswell Marlborough tower was used as starting point for canoe trips or fishing parties . Built by Richard Mique in 1783.
It's a great subject to take lots of photos from all the possible angles....
After visiting the Farm , next stop is : "Le Hameau De Marie-Antoinette"/ Queen's Hamlet - a farytale little village , bringing alive "the Shrine" from "Lord of the Rings".
Spread around a pond with swans and ducks at the top right corner of the Versailles castle.
Built by Richard Mique between 1784 and 1788 ,the farm is an absolutely lovely place . It looks like the witch's house on two chicken feet from the tale.
Located aside ftom the Queen's hamlet ,she was home of numerous animals: eight cows and a bull ,ten goats and pigeons . The farmers were charged of providing the queen with milk and eggs.
Today the farm is opreated by the fondation "Assistance of the animals"
My friends and I rented a golf cart (27E) and followed the route down to the Queen's Hamlet. It's pretty far away. I doubt we would have seen it if we hadn't rented the golf cart. The Hamlet was my favorite part of the grounds. It was beautiful. It is definitely worth a look. It is a bit of the french countryside right there on the grounds of Versailles.
There are still plenty of goats aswell as these cute mini goats to see in the farm ,and especially this wonder of Mother nature with the 4 horns . you can see aswell a horse ,a feasan, chickens and pigeons. All of them live in happy harmony , matching the pastoral feeeling of the place.
The landscaping changed two acres of land totally and needless to say it cost a bomb. Hmm, clearly, Marie Antoinette was living in her own world while she was re-decorating her garden. If only she could see the suffering of her people..
Needless to say, the folks of France weren't too amused with the pastoral Disneyland. While the commoners stood in bread lines praying for food, they cursed the Queen who was living so comfortably in her grand palace. The Queen further incurred more wrath when she destroyed a large green-house [the most costly and scholarly in Europe] in order to create her landscape garden. In the place of the greenhouse was a Chinese tilting ring, a Temple of Love, a Rock Pavilion, a theatre, tall mountains, a large rock, and a stream....