Queen Marie Antoinette's "little hamlet" was designed by Richard Mique at the Queen's commission in 1783 and comes complete with a dairy, mill and farmhouse. It is located inside the provate section of the park in Versailles.
Often you would find the Queen and her ladies wondering the grounds dressed as shepherdesses and milkmaids, playing peasant for the day. Milking cows with porcelain bowls and attending to the other docile creatures living there.
At Petit Hameau Marie Antoinette ruled supreme and even the King bowed to her.
The Queen's Hamlet also included a theater where Marie would stage plays there with her friends and would invite the King and his retinue to attend.
The Royal family in the garden at Petit Hameau. The Temple of Love can be seen in the background.
Click here for a first hand account of a visit to Petit Hameau from a fantastic new blog I found, Jane Austen's World. She includes great pictures and a little tour!