The Garden Guide

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

Harlaxton views

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The principal features of the view are: Belvoir Castle, seen over a considerable tract of woodland; and the churches of Harlaxton, Denton and Grantham, and Bottesford, which last is seen as the terminal object from the entrance-door of the house, and to obtain which the situation of the house was in a slight degree adapted. Two opposite hills terminate abruptly on the right and left, which let in a view of the Vale of Belvoir, which is so flat as, in weather ever so slightly indistinct, to assume the azure hue of sea. The grounds immediately under the house undulate agreeably, and are thrown into park and forest scenery. The view is one of great pastoral beauty and cheerfulness, and well adapted to habitation. The main body of the house is quadrangular, and it is placed on the only true principle for the climate of Britain; viz. that of having an imaginary line from north to south to form the diagonal of a square. The main approach will be straight, and very nearly a mile in length. From the public road it first gradually descends more than half its length to the bottom of a valley, in which a lake of great extent might readily be formed; and then it as gradually ascends to the court of honour in front of the mansion. It is in Mr. Gregory's plans to place the kitchen-garden and stables on this approach, both with a view to their convenience, and the character of domestic purpose which he is desirous to carry out throughout. They will be composed and built in the style of the mansion, and the offensive parts of their respective establishments will be concealed, whilst they will contribute to the interest of the approach, and serve to augment the scale of importance of a country residence.