The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment XxII. Of Aspects And Prospects.

South-east and north-west aspects

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From hence we may conclude, that a square house, placed with its fronts duly opposite to the cardinal points, will have one good and three bad aspects. Let us now consider the effect of turning the principal front towards the south-east, then the opposite front will be to the north-west; an aspect far better than either due north or due west; because some sunshine may be preserved, when its beams are less potent than in the west, and the scene will be illuminated by those catching lights so much studied by painters; especially where, as in the present instance, the landscape consists of large masses of forest trees, and thickets richly hanging down the side of an opposite hill. An aspect open to the north-east would be objectionable, during the cold winds of spring; but, in this instance, it is effectually sheltered by an impervious screen of trees, and large hollies, not drawn across the landscape, but perspectively receding into a deep bay, and forming an admirable defence against the northeast winds; while the richness and variety of this amphitheatre of evergreens will render the prospect as perfect as the aspect. This warmly sheltered corner will invite the cattle from every other part of the grounds, to enliven the home view near the windows.