The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment VIII. On Blenden Hall, Kent.

Blenden Hall, Bexley, Kent

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It has been suggested, that the approach from Eltham ought to be removed to the corner of the premises, in conformity with a commonly received practice in landscape gardening: but I prefer the present entrance for the following reasons: I seldom advise entering at the corner of the premises, and, in this case, the house would present itself almost immediately; a road would cut up the lawn, and oblige us to continue the water, as a river, along the whole valley, which is not otherwise advisable, because there are no rooms in this front of the house to require such waste of lawn and expenditure. Perhaps the fence ought to be kept very low at the corner, to give the public a view into the lawn, which would increase the importance of the place more than by leading a road through it. And, lastly, the cottage is well placed to act as a lodge, and may easily be ornamented for that purpose.