I know little about architecture in the formal sense but am in love with buildings, forever looking at them and wondering what histories they harbour, and often giving them a mental makeover to bring out their full ambiance and potential.  So how enticing this idea of a ‘half-glimpsed chateau’.  There are two minor such chateaux not three miles from where I live – one you can just see through the dense foliage of a grand approaching avenue, while the other is barely visible over a high wall and through trees and shrubs.

It happens that I will be in Budapest next week and will be on the look out.

‘… that leafy, half-glimpsed chateau near Budapest.’


Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Between the Woods and the Water (London: Penguin Books, 1986), p. 64

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