The Garden Guide

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

Beaudesert scenery

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There can be no doubt, that any glitter of water, visible in the bottom, would be the most desirable feature that could be suggested, to increase the beauty of the scenery: and it fortunately happens, that a number of streamlets all unite near the water-meadow, which by a dam would form a lake of such shape, that it would appear quite large enough for its situation; because its size would be indefinite, the natural shape of the ground favouring the concealment of its terminations. This river-like pool, or meer, would be a cheerful object from every point of view, and an appropriate boundary to the park towards the east, since water is always supposed to be the most natural line of separation betwixt the lawn and arable land. On the banks of this water, a spot might be found for such a garden as would accord with the character of the house; and, by its situation with respect to the house and the water, the most delightful walks of communication might be made, to increase the comfort of the place, while they displayed its interesting features to advantage.