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date: 02 April 2020

Buçaco, Mata Nacional de 

The Oxford Companion to the Garden
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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