The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xvi. Concerning Villas.

Improvement of large estates

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It seldom falls to the lot of the improver to be called upon for his opinion on places of great extent, and of vast range of unblended and uninterrupted property, like Longleate or Woburn: while, in the neighbourhood of every city or manufacturing town, new places, as villas, are daily springing up; and these, with a few acres, require all the conveniences, comforts, and appendages, of larger and more sumptuous, if not more expensive places. And as these have, of late, had the greatest claim on my attention, and may, perhaps, be found more generally useful to those who wish to enjoy the scenery of the country, without removing too far from active life, I shall produce some examples of places of this description, and make such extracts from the Reports as may become interesting to all who make new purchases, and create new scenes in the neighbourhood of the metropolis, or of any large town.