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A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Queen’s Hamlet

46 views to photograph
The Mill left side with stairsAnna Moritz/Shutterstock
Mill rear with lavenderUrban/Wikipedia
South side of Queen’s HouseAnna Moritz/Shutterstock
Dairy interiorStarus/Wikipedia
Lake with Marlborough Tower and Queen’s HouseDaderot/Wikipedia
Marlborough Tower across lake from southeastStarus/Wikipedia
Marlborough Tower spiral staircaseTrizek/Wikipedia
The Mill right side with porticoStarus/Wikipedia
Queen’s House Gallery from Billiard RoomStarus/Wikipedia
Queen’s House Gallery from Queen’s HouseStarus/Wikipedia
Water wheel of the MillStarus/Wikipedia
Dairy ram detailLomita/Wikipedia
Farmhouse with sheepStarus/Wikipedia
Marlborough Tower across lake from the MillMoonik/Wikipedia
Marlborough Tower from Queen’s House galleryStarus/Wikipedia
Queen’s House and Billiard RoomDalbera/Wikipedia
Queen’s House from Marlborough TowerStarus/Wikipedia
Bust of Berger at DairyCoyau/Wikipedia
Dovecote and Guard house from the Billiard RoomStarus/Wikipedia
Farmhouse with duck pondArnaud 25/Wikipedia
Guardhouse from Marlborough TowerStarus/Wikipedia
Guardhouse frontStarus/Wikipedia
Guardhouse sideStarus/Wikipedia
Marlborough Tower side close from northwestTrizek/Wikipedia
Marlborough Tower side from northeastArnaud 25/Wikipedia
Marlborough Tower side from northwestDeror Avi/Wikipedia
The Mill left side across lakeStarus/Wikipedia
Queen’s House and Billiard Room left side with bridgeArnaud 25/Wikipedia
Queen’s House side with staircase towerStarus/Wikipedia
View of the Mill from Marlborough TowerStarus/Wikipedia
Billiard Room rear with gardenStarus/Wikipedia
Farm gate with wellStarus/Wikipedia
Queen’s House and Billiard Room left side with pathArnaud 25/Wikipedia
Queen’s House rear with gardenStarus/Wikipedia
Queen’s House side with gardenStarus/Wikipedia
Rear of farmhouseStarus/Wikipedia
Title made in ps-tidy-basic-content-arrayLomita/Wikipedia


Map of Queen’s Hamlet

Map of Grand Lake area


About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

Name:Queen’s Hamlet
French:Hameau de la Reine
What:Marie Antoinette’s rustic retreat at Versailles
Architect:Richard Mique
Painter:Hubert Robert
Style:Norman/Flemish rustic vernacular
GPS:48.818747, 2.112916
Location:Petit Trianon, Palace of Versailles
Far:1.75 km (1.1 mile) from Palace of Versailles

The Hameau de la Reine The Queen’s Hamlet) is a rustic retreat in the park of the Château de Versailles built for Marie Antoinette in 1783 near the Petit Trianon in Yvelines, France. It served as a private meeting place for the Queen and her closest friends, a place of leisure. Designed by the Queen’s favoured architect, Richard Mique with the help of the painter Hubert Robert, it contained a meadowland with lakes and streams, a classical Temple of Love on an island with fragrant shrubs and flowers, an octagonal belvedere, with a neighbouring grotto and cascade. There are also various buildings in a rustic or vernacular style, inspired by Norman or Flemish design, situated around an irregular pond fed by a stream that turned a mill wheel. The building scheme included a farmhouse, (the farm was to produce milk and eggs for the queen), a dairy, a dovecote, a boudoir, a barn that burned down during the French Revolution, a mill and a tower in the form of a lighthouse. Each building is decorated with a garden, an orchard or a flower garden. The largest and most famous of these houses is the “Queen’s House,” connected to the Billiard house by a wooden gallery, at the center of the village. A working farm was close to the idyllic, fantasy-like setting of the Queen’s Hamlet.

The hameau is the best-known of a series of rustic garden constructions built at the time, notably the Prince of Condé’s Hameau de Chantilly (1774–1775) which was the inspiration for the Versailles hamlet. Such model farms operating under principles espoused by the Physiocrats, were fashionable among the French aristocracy at the time. One primary purpose of the hameau was to add to the ambiance of the Petit Trianon, giving the illusion that it was deep in the countryside rather than within the confines of Versailles. The rooms at the hameau allowed for more intimacy than the grand salons at Versailles or at the Petit Trianon.