The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xi. Beaudesert.

Beaudesert interiors

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OF THE INTERIOR. The internal arrangement of houses has undergone great change since this mansion was first erected. Formerly, the great hall at Beaudesert was always used as a dining-room; and there cannot be a better room for that purpose: indeed, it would be a violation of all arch�ological good taste to dine in any other. I would, therefore, consider the new room to the east, as a music or drawing-room, to be used en suite with that venerable gallery of magnificence and comfort, now transformed into the library; and the great hall will then be the rendezvous for breakfasts and dinners, having immediate access to the pleasure-ground on the same level; and, as it will be advisable to exclude all view to the south, by means of stained glass, it is more necessary to attend to the improvement of the view towards the west: this has already been begun, by cutting down some very tall trees, which not only prevented the eye from looking up the rocky ravine, or dell, but also excluded the light of the sky, which now sheds its cheerfulness on many valuable portraits of those worthies who, in remote times, graced the banquets of this room with their presence, and now add dignity to their noble decendants, by still holding a place in the mansion of an ancient family.