The Garden Guide

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

The villa is a small mansion

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1575. The villa is a house of smaller dimensions, and does not imply any grounds in tenancy. It also does not necessarily include a park, though it may possess one, taking the character of an extended pleasure-ground. Villas are of various kinds, such as marine villas, suburban villas, &c., all of which have characteristics peculiar to themselves.