Tiny House in France

The Hameau de la Reine – Better than Disney World?

You know how Disney makes super-perfect versions of everything? How everything is too-good-to-be-true in a wonderful fantasy escapism kinda way? I was thinking this place below was better than anything the Disney Imagineers could do… and I was wondering if you all have found other little magical spots that are the same way.

Daily Photo – Tiny House in France

So, Versailles is a monstrously huge place. I’m not sure how you could see everything in a day. I chose to concentrate this trip out in the royal gardens, and a confusing walk got me into this place. It’s not exactly secret, but I didn’t know about it until I walked up upon it!

It is called “The Hameau de la Reine”, and is generally known as the Queen’s Hamlet. It was built for Marie Antoinette between 1785 and 1792. It is lovely, and this is only one of the many little places I captured there… more soon!

Tiny House in FranceSo, Versailles is a monstrously huge place.  I'm not sure how you could see everything in a day.  I chose to concentrate this trip out in the royal gardens, and a confusing walk got me into this place.  It's not exactly secret, but I didn't know about it until I walked up upon it!It is called "The Hameau de la Reine", and is generally known as the Queen's Hamlet.  It was built for Marie Antoinette between 1785 and 1792.  It is lovely, and this is only one of the many little places I captured there... more soon!- Trey RatcliffRead the rest of this entry here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

  • Susan

    Oh wow…..lovely house!! I especially like the spiral staircase with the red flowers- beautiful!

  • Tom

    Wow! what a cool house, looks out of a movie!

  • Tom

    I logged on and saw no comments and thought “wow I might be able to beat Susan!” hehe but 45 seconds later when i submitted i saw i was the second comment! well done Susan!

  • This is one of those WOW shots,not easy to find unless you know someone or you stumble on it by accident. Love the flowers and the upper windows the timber and brickwork. The perfect set up for a Hansel and Gretel movie or Gingerbread man story.Sorry getting carried away just looking at it.

    Thank you for posting!

  • George

    Thanks for sharing a place I would never have found myself. The colors are so bright for such a cloudy day. I didn’t notice the girl with the camera through the trees on the right until I saw the full resolution. Cute.

  • Buffan Walter

    Inlove with the colors!

  • Andy Bird

    Haha that kind of looks like my place! If only, eh? What a curious little building – superb stuff!

  • Patrick Ahles

    Wow, this house was made for HDR. You wonder how they knew in the 18th century… 😛

    Wonderful colors!

  • Julie

    Beautiful setting. It sorta resembles a shoe.

  • kaze

    Now I think we know how Tim Burton gets inspiration.

  • Wonderful picture Trey! Very imaginative as you say, a stunning building. I really should explore France more, it’s only a short swim across the English Channel (!)

  • Vicki Wilson

    What a cute house with a gardens and pretty red flowers, nice find!!!

  • Marc

    Nice shot Trey!

    Actually, the Hameau is not so difficult to find, it’s just that it is at the far end of the gardens and most people who come here for a visit on a 14-day/6 country tour are just too exhausted after visiting the palais itself to walk that far. Too bad! Paris and its surrounding area is a place that you must come to again and again and again…

    Next time, you should put Vaux-le-Vicomte on your program, or Beauvais, or Monet’s gardens, or Azay-le-Rideau, or…

  • That is probably my favorite part of that garden. Then again I was there in November when they starting covering the statues and fountains.
    Here is my shot of another house in that same area. https://plus.google.com/111129336367169100657/posts/BVoj88k14DH

  • Gail in Montana

    What a nice find, Trey. Beautiful little house with all the flowers, etc. Thanks for posting another WOWEE photo!!! 🙂

  • This photo is simply amazing, I really like your HDR photos.

  • Thanks thanks! This one was popular! 🙂

  • Paulo Ds

    Bravo Trey, Magnifique photo, je suis sur que la série à venir sur ” Versailles” va être un délice. Some french words with this amazing pic, ty for sharing Trey .

  • Just fantastic! I half expected Snow White and the seven dwarves to come traipsing out from behind it.

  • Henry

    Great pic! Was the sky really gray or is it a case of “HDR sky?”

  • Big Matty

    Oh man you are going to get a lot of comments on this one Trey
    That is awesome, thanks for sharing it

  • Wow! Beautiful comp. Beautiful HDR work. This one is a home run, Trey.

  • In response to your musing about others’ little magical spots… please, some day, make the trip to Grounds for Sculpture outside of Trenton, NJ. It sounds unlikely I suppose but it is a thrilling place and hardly a stone’s throw from NYC by the time you’re in the Northeast… http://www.groundsforsculpture.org/ [Enjoying the work here.]

  • Outstanding picture of an incredible house!

  • This picture is just perfect. It gives off a little Hansel and Gretal feel. The heavy clouds only add to the scene. Beautiful.. I love finding treasures like this. The difficulty is capturing them the way I want. Sometimes access is restricted, and I am too “timid” a photographer to do any Breaking and Entering yet… 🙂 Just a perfect picture.

  • This is spectacular. Thanks for sharing it.

  • I expect a little old woman with lots of cats to live here. It is so cheery! Love it!

  • Very quaint and very beautiful!

  • This is one of my favorites of yours! I want to move in RIGHT NOW! Spend some time meandering, puttering about the garden… 🙂 It’s lovely!! As always, thanks for sharing your view of the world with us all! 🙂

  • Peggy

    What a quaint little cottage!! I should love to own it! The gardens are so immaculate. Just awesome!!

  • Amazing shot! Thank you for posting and please post more photos of France.

  • Elad

    Another place that always reminds me of Disney is in Prague. Behind the castle, there is a small road, called the golden lane. It is frequently packed with tourists, and in the peak season they limit the entry into the small road. but it is a small road with old traditional houses, all different workshops. Do a google image search for ‘golden lane prague’

  • Very nice. When I went there things had just been planted. My shot is like a “before” of this one (though certainly not as good): http://www.jeffcooney.com/2010/05/farm-house-in-marie-antoinette-village.html.

  • THanks thanks!

    Henry – yes it was stormy!

  • luca

    hi, beautiful picture,
    it’s incredible, look here one of my HDR:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6166778985/in/set-72157626900188088

    Your HDR is al lot better than mine, but in general we have chosen the same position to shot.
    and seem that was the same period of the year (look at the flowers)!

    Some of my HDR (included some shot in Versailles) has been included by Jack Hollingsworth in flickr “Stuck On Earth Community”
    bye bye

  • Very very nice.

  • Charli

    I can envision myself there! Charming, positively charming.

  • Elisabeth

    Ironically, this little royal play village was one of the events that fueled the revolution. The queen’s play acting at peasantry infuriated the populace and this behavior, among others, ultimately led to her death…But it is a very cute house, odd that it is one of the most appreciated facets of her legacy.

  • Debi

    A cross between James & The Giant Peach (aunt’s home) and Arthur Weesley’s. What a dream!

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  • This is a most interesting and beautiful picture. However, something tells me that this is a very selectively cropped image. Did you use a wide angle lense, with this building off to your ‘military’ left of center? Since the barrel distortion is to the left of center, I assume this shot was a highly manipulated one.

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