Country Residences in Europe and America

Country Residences in Europe and America

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...east and the formal garden on the north are beautiful examples, wonderfully complete in every way. The fore-court has a fountain in the middle, gravel, grass, and flowers about it, and exceptionally interesting garden-houses at the farther corners, all the same pleasing stone of which the house is built, which were used to entertain in. The formal garden is also exceedingly good, and quite ideal in plan. It is about 250 by 300 feet in size, surrounded on three sides by a grass terrace three feet high, gravel walks along this terrace, and extending across the gardens at right angles, terminating in stairways, and a beautiful stone fountain ill the middle, where the walks meet. And the whole inclosed by a very fine yew hedge on three sides, and a gravel terrace 40 feet wide along the fourth side, next to the house. The main entrance to the place is on the west, by a broad, straight drive of gravel about 1,000 feet in length, with a turn at the entrance-court in front of the house. The side entrance is a winding drive from the south, with handsome gates and an entrance lodge. The stables are on the left of this drive, shortly before you reach the house. The base-court on the south, next to the servants' quarters, is inclosed by high walls, and contains drying yard, laundry, etc. A high wall and yew hedges cut off the very good kitchen garden and flower gardens from the rest of the place. The flowers in the flower and kitchen gardens and about the place are superb. Vines are used just to the proper extent, and not allowed to run riot, as though good architecture deserves to be seen. A grass tennis court, with space for bowling green and croquet, is to the southeast of the house, with good yew hedges on the west and north sides, and alow...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236872592
  • 9781236872593