The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wilshire, Dorsetshire, Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent in the Summer of 1832

Salthill Inn Garden

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Inn at Salthill.-Aug. 5. This house, which has attained great celebrity for furnishing all the comforts of private life to the higher classes, has had the character also of a garden inn, to our knowledge, for the last thirty years. The veranda, when we first saw it, was hung with festoons, from one end to the other, of Cob£a scandens; and it is now varied by many of the finest modern creepers. At the foot of the supports, the finer sorts of fuchsias, pelargoniums, calceolarias, and other green-house exotics, are flourishing with as great luxuriance, and as completely untouched by passengers, as if they were bordered by a lawn in front of a gentleman's seat. We can only compare this veranda with that at Mrs. Starkey's cottage at Bowness (Vol. VII. p. 525.), similarly circumstanced: a proof, among many that might be adduced, that the public will never injure things meant to be enjoyed by them. Across the road is a garden, of about a quarter of an acre, laid out as pleasure-ground, with numerous flower-beds on turf, a straight broad gravel walk opposite the centre of the veranda, numerous fine trees, a mount, a seat under a tree, a summer-house, a bower, swings, and a green-house well stocked with showy plants; the whole in the very highest order and keeping.