The Garden Guide

Book: Fragments on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1816
Chapter: Fragment Xxx. Concerning Entrance Lodges And Cottages.

Architectural styles for entrance cottages

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The entrance to a place is generally best marked at any branching off from a public road; and, where the boundary of a park is at some distance from the road, and the entrance a kind of private cross-road, a mere cottage may, perhaps, be sufficient, of any style of architecture, without reference to the style of the house, and a proper gate will distinguish it as an entrance to a place. But, where the gate immediately opens into a park, strongly marked, and bounded by a wall, or park-paling, a lodge seems more appropriate than a cottage: that it should partake of the style and character of the mansion, seems also to be required by the laws of unity of design, which good taste adopts in every art. If the architecture of the house be Grecian, the style of the lodge should be the same; as in the design for a lodge at Wingerworth House, page 466, and the annexed sketch [fig. 235], for the entrance to Longnor, where the house is Gothic. It may be objected, that the Gothic cottage bears no reference to Woburn Abbey: but that is not an entrance lodge; it is a cottage near a gate into a wood, at the distance of some miles from the house.