The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment XxvII. Gardens Of Ashridge.

Asridge resembles a Gothic castle or abbey

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It may, perhaps, be asked by the fastidious antiquary, whether the whole edifice most resembles a castle, an abbey, or a collegiate pile. To which may be given this simple answer:-it is a modern house, on a large scale, where the character of the rich Gothic of Henry VII. has been successfully introduced and imitated. And, knowing the wish of the noble proprietor to direct every part of the improvements, both in the house and grounds, I could not but feel highly gratified on being desired to give my opinion concerning the manner of adapting the ground near the house to the magnificence and importance of the place and its possessor.