The Garden Guide

Book: The Principles of Landscape Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 4: Private and Public Landscape Gardens

The general principles for planning cottages

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1591. As general principles for planning cottages, though the comfort and convenience of the inhabitants should be made the primary consideration, the manner in which they harmonise with the style of the mansion or villa to which they form an appendage, should be always considered, as a want of harmony in these particulars often spoils the general effect of an otherwise well arranged place, and renders a cottage a deformity instead of making it form an ornamental part of the whole. There are few things, indeed, in landscape-gardening that require greater skill on the part of the artist than the management of cottages; but when they are properly managed, they may be rendered highly ornamental, and they give an air of comfort and habitation to the whole.