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date: 02 April 2020

Buçaco, Mata Nacional de 

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The Oxford Companion to the Garden
Author(s):
Patrick TaylorPatrick Taylor

Luso, Portugal. The great walled forest of Buçaco was the estate of Carmelites from 1630 to 1834. With an area of 110 hectares/271 acres it has a wild character with waymarked paths leading the visitor through woodland of great beauty and interest. At the heart of the wood, built on the site of the convent, is a former hunting lodge of the late 19th century, now a luxury hotel. It is built in the immensely elaborate neo-Manueline style, wriggling with lavish carved stone ornament. It overlooks a sunken parterre of box compartments filled with ... ...

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