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Parc du Château

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An extensive park, with a lake with small islands, stretches behind the château, site of the Laiterie de la Reine (Queen's Dairy), built for Marie-Antoinette, who, inspired by the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, came here to escape from the pressures of court life, pretending to be a simple milkmaid. It has a small marble temple and grotto and, nearby, the shell-lined Chaumière des Coquillages (Shell Pavilion). The Bergerie Nationale (National Sheepfold) is the site of a more serious agricultural venture: the merinos raised here, prized for the quality and yield of their wool, are descendants of sheep imported from Spain by Louis XVI in 1786. A museum alongside tells the tale and evokes shepherd life.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Rambouillet, 78120
  • Cost: Dairy and Shell Pavilion €6; Sheepfold €6
  • Hours: Wed., Sat., Sun., and holidays 2–6
  • Location: Rambouillet
Updated: 03-17-2014

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