The Garden Guide

Book: Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1803
Chapter: Chapter XII. Architecture and Gardening inseparable

Building on a hill

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A plan of the house proposed for this situation is added, to shew how conveniently the comforts of modern habitations may be adapted to ancient magnificence; and I rejoice in observing that many large houses are at this time building, or altering, in this irregular style, under the direction of one of our most eminent architects. I may mention those of CASHIOBURY and WICKHAM MARKET, which disdain the spruce affectation of symmetry so fatal to the Gothic character. When a house, as in the foregoing instance, is to be built on the side of a hill, or on an inclined plane, it is hardly possible to dispose it in any other form than that of an extended front: but this supposes a certain degree of property to belong to the house, or it is apt to appear too large for the annexed estate; this objection is, however, less forcible in a villa than in a mansion; yet even a villa, which covers too much of its own field, or lawn, partakes more of ostentation than good taste.