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The Hamlet houses

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The Hamlet center

In 2014, the restoration works of the Queen’s House and the Warming Room will begin thanks to the support of Dior.

The Queen’s House
This building is the most important building of the Hamlet. In fact, it is composed of two separate buildings joined by a wooden gallery, decorated with white and blue earthenware flowerpots with Marie-Antoinette’s monogram. On the right, the Queen’s House itself, the ground floor comprised of a dining room and a games room, while the first floor was made up of a large living room, a small living room and a Chinese room; on the left, the Billiard Room, the ground floor comprised of a billiard room, and a private apartment on the first floor. From the top of the gallery, the lady of Trianon, wearing a simple white muslin dress and a straw hat, could oversee the work being done in the fields.

The Warming Room
With its arrangement at right angles, the warming room sheltered a large kitchen, a pantry and small offices.

The Boudoir
With its roof of reeds, dormer window, its lean-to and old stone staircase, the Queen’s Small House, known as the boudoir, is made up of a living room and a wardrobe and is surrounded by a closed garden.

The Malborough Tower
Starting point of boat rides on the lake, the fishery tower known as the Malborough Tower, houses the material used for pike or carp fishing. Its upper portion was used as an observatory making it possible to communicate with the palace of Versailles via signals. Its name, a reflection of the fashionable anglomania of the time, recalls the song composed in 1722 at the death of the Duke of Malborough.

The Mill
Built at the edge of the lake and on a forebay, the Mill and its wheel were used to grind the grain, and also had a washing-place. It was intended for the use of the village.

The Refreshments Dairy
Creams and cheeses were manufactured in the Preparation Dairy, destroyed under the First Empire, which was located across from the Refreshments Dairy. There, milk was skimmed and churned. The dairy products were tasted by the Queen in the Refreshments Dairy. Furnished with marble tables set with china, and although it was restored under Louis XVIII, it is less luxurious than the one built at Rambouillet Palace.

The Farm
According to the Queen’s wishes, animals brought from Switzerland were raised on the Farm: cows, bull, calves, “nanny-goats”, goats, sheep and a white goat that was not malicious. Its porch is surmounted by two stone globes.

The Dovecote
Located next to a ballroom, a barn and a hen house which have all disappeared, the charming dovecote still stands near the stone bridge which spans the carp-populated river.

The Guard's Room
It was the Swiss Jean Bersy who lived in this residence, of which one of the fences is bordered by the bowls playing area formed by a path covered with trellis-work arches.

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