The Garden Guide

Book: Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening, 1803
Chapter: Chapter XIII. Ancient Mansions

Ashton Court, Bristol Somersetshire 4

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Over this low range of offices the more lofty range of new building appears, consisting of a large square tower, which will also be seen rising above the long south front. In that part which joins the new to the old buildings, are a dressing-room and boudoir, lighted by a bow-window, placed at the angle in such direction as to command an interesting view of Bristol, and the river Avon, with its busy scene of shipping. To take advantage of this view, from a house in the country, may appear objectionable to some; but I consider it among the most interesting circumstances belonging to the situation of ASHTON COURT. To the wealthy mechanic, or the more opulent merchant, perhaps the view of a great city may recall ideas of labour, of business, of difficulty, and dangers, which he would wish to forget in the serenity of the country; but the country gentleman, who never visits the city but to partake in its amusements, has very different sensations from the distant view of a place which, by its neighbourhood, increases the value and the enjoyment of his estate.