Queen’s hamlet / Jardin de Versailles / France

Back in november 2006 , I landed in Paris for a couple of days. Stayed by a friend of a friend in St Germain en Laye.

After a good night of sleep, my host said ” We`re actually pretty close to Versailles. Would you like to visit it?”

Versailles Hameau de la Reine entrance

This is what I first saw – allée St.Antoine .

There are several entrances to the gardens of Versailles. We went to porte St. Antoine next to the cottage of queen Marie-Antoinette, called “Hameau de la Reine”. It occupies a tiny part of the gardens and is well hidden so you can easily miss it. Marked with red arrow on the map below.

Map of the Gardens of Versailles (entrance is marked with red arrow)It was late, glorious autumn, leaves were hanging on the fence like notes of music.

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 The farm, aswell as the whole hamlet were designed and constructed by Monsieur Richard Mique between 1784-88.

Built aside of the hamlet, the farm was back home for eight cows and a bull, ten goats and pigeons. The farmers provided the queen with milk and eggs.

Hameau de la Reine , The Farm, Versailles

 There are still mini goats and a four horned male, a colorful fazan , pigeons and other animals that are taken care of by fondation Assistance aux animaux

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Around the corner is the queen’s hamlet – a hobbit village on royal grounds.

Hameau de la Reine , The mill, Versailles

At the left – The mill.

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The weather was very moody on that day. We had rain, we had sunshine. Everything was constantly changing because of the light.

La Tour de Pecherie / Marlborough Tower was the starting point of boat and fishing trips.

La tour de pecherie or Marlborough Tower, Versailles

Marlborough Tower, Queen's Hamlet, Versailles, France

A magic place. Definitely worth a visit.

The rest of the gardens – in another post.

2 thoughts on “Queen’s hamlet / Jardin de Versailles / France

  1. I too was there is 2006. I went back in 2018 and was distressed to see it in disrepair. the roofs were collapsing and everything was in very bad condition. No four horned goat to be seen. It is my understanding that there has been a four horned goat there since the days on Marie Antoinette. I certainly didn’t see one. Disgraceful for the French government.

    1. Hi Elaine, I have photos of the four horned goat, I am updating this post right after I finish with your reply. And it makes me sad the place is abandonned now. It was magical!

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