The Queen’s Hamlet
The Queen’s Hamlet in the Trianon Gardens is an idyllic place for a stroll in Trianon. It was composed of ten small buildings with a rustic appearance and set around a lake. The Queen’s Hamlet does not belong to any particular style, combining as it does various influences from rural architecture, but it does succeed in creating a sense of aesthetic coherency.
Welcome to the Queen's Hamlet, a place that is symbolic of Queen Marie-Antoinette, who enjoyed retreating to the Estate of Trianon, far from the Court of Versailles.
In 1783, at the age of 27, the Queen ordered the Hamlet to be built by architect Richard Mique. It was to be a village surrounding a lake, designed as a return to nature, which was very fashionable at the time. This type of idyllic village can be found in the grounds of many castles in Europe, but the scale of the village at Versailles made it uniquely famous.
The Hamlet was composed of ten buildings, small, rustic-looking houses inspired by architectural drawings by painter Hubert Robert. Some of the buildings contain highly sophisticated interior décor, while others are devoted to agricultural pursuits.
After the revolution, the Hamlet was restored by Napoleon I in 1810. The emperor gifted it to his second wife, Marie-Louise of Austria, Marie-Antoinette’s niece!
The Barn and the Working Dairy
Only the foundations of the barn and the working dairy remain. When Napoleon I decided to renovate the Hamlet in 1810, the two buildings were too damaged to be restored and were destroyed. The materials were used to restore the other buildings. The barn had two accommodation units, one of them for the head gardener, Monsieur Bréval. The working dairy was fitted with the necessary equipment for processing dairy products, and a reservoir supplied several buildings in the Hamlet with running water, which was a real novelty at the time.