The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Lincolnshire, Staffordshire, and Middlesex in the Spring of 1840

Harlaxton entrance

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The court of honour will be entered through a gate-house. To the left there will be a porte cochere leading to the court of offices; to the right, a broad flight of steps, already formed, leading to the terraced garden; and, directly in front, the entrance-portal, under the frontispiece peculiar to this style. Within the portal, out of a sub, or stags', or hunting-hall, in the basement, a vaulted corridor leads to a wide open flight of stairs; because, in conformity with the plan of ancient buildings in this style, the ground floor is entirely devoted to the servants' apartments and offices. The flight of stairs leads to a banqueting-hall of large dimensions, which serves also as an entrance communication to the principal rooms; though these have also separate entrances, both for privacy and for servants. It would, however, be a waste of time to attempt describing the house without the aid of a plan. We shall therefore only further notice, that the largest room will be a gallery library, 100 ft. long, 24 ft. wide, and 18 ft. high; one end of which will look into a conservatory, 90 ft. long, and 26 ft. wide. The drawingroom will also have a cross vista into the conservatory, which will be joined to that seen from the library by a third and fourth on different levels, affording variety of architectural display; the whole forming a considerable extent of garden walk under glass, and including Cape and Australian plants in one part, palms and Scitamineï¾µ in another, and Orchidaceï¾µ£ in a third.