The Garden Guide

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

Beaudesert Lake

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THE WATER. It has been said of Beaudesert, that it is on so vast a scale, that nothing less than an arm of the sea can be adequate to the greatness of the place. This remark, however ingenious, is not sufficiently precise; because, as before observed, greatness of dimension does not confer greatness of character; and if a reach of the "smug and silver Trent" were visible in the grounds of Beaudesert, we should not object to it because it was not equal to the Straits of Menai. *[On the banks of these Straits, in the Isle of Anglesea, stands Plas Newyd, another seat belonging to the noble proprietor of Beaudesert, and, therefore, often compared with it, although their characters are quite opposite.]