In the run-up to Easter, Le Grand Contrôle offers its guests a Royal surprise designed to provide an unforgettable family experience.
In tribute to the Royal Menagerie of Louis XIV, who had a genuine love of animals, the farm has been invited to Versailles this year. During the French Grand Siècle, the Palace of Versailles was teeming with all kinds of animals, offering visitors a unique and enchanting experience.
Evoking the elegance of the Royal Court, Le Grand Contrôle is enhanced by a lavishly decorated setting where the brilliant colours of sunflowers are combined with the wooden fences, straw bales, barrows and horseshoes of bygone days. The trees in the courtyard, meanwhile, play host to pretty coloured eggs. Read more about the delights of this magical day.
Upon arrival, children will be invited to explore the surrounding nature through a myriad of fun and educational activities. They will be able to try their hand at fishing, learn to use yarn to make flower or heart-shaped pompons, or give their imaginations free rein when painting wooden eggs. At Le Grand Contrôle, Easter is all about creativity.
When hunger strikes, families gather in the restaurant to enjoy a sophisticated, mouth-watering Easter brunch by Alain Ducasse, featuring fresh, local produce and reinterpretations of traditional recipes. It's the perfect opportunity for parents and children to enjoy some delicious dishes, before resuming their quest for fun in the heart of the Royal Estate.
The climax of this exceptional day is of course the egg hunt, painstakingly organised to delight the taste buds of the most demanding gourmets. Equipped with a wicker basket, they are tasked with finding wooden eggs hidden in the gardens of Le Grand Contrôle. When they have collected three wooden eggs, the young farmers can exchange their loot for a prize, a real reward for their perseverance and thirst for adventure. Under the children's astonished gaze, the eggs soon reveal their delicious secret: a yummy golden chocolate egg, to be enjoyed to the full.
Once the feast has ended, guests can stretch their legs by strolling through the courtyard of Le Grand Contrôle, where a variety of animals await their arrival for an unforgettable experience. The younger children feed the chickens, and pet the rabbits and sheep, while the older ones may even learn to look after them. On top of that, there is an exciting activity in store for the children: they will have the opportunity to brush and care for a gentle donkey, before taking it for a ride on a carefully designed track. This exceptional visit with our animal friends promises to be a real treat for the young and not-so-young alike. To congratulate our little visitors on their day's achievements, we present them with a personalised Little Farmer's Diploma, a wonderful reward to round off a day of celebration with a focus on nature and adventure.
In this historically prestigious location, the farm is invited to the Palace to offer its guests an enchanted interlude, where time itself seems to stand still. A magical day that will remain forever etched in people's memories, where each visitor becomes a privileged guest of this exceptional kingdom.”