In his 1598 account of his travels around England ("Travels in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth"), Paul Hentzner describes favourably the palace and the surrounding parks: "The palace itself is so encompassed with parks full of deer, delicious gardens, groves ornamented with trellis-work, cabinets of verdure, and walks so embrowned by trees, that it seems to be a place pitched upon by Pleasure herself, to dwell in along with Health. " Hentzner also describes the surrounding gardens, now disappeared and part of the park, as having "many columns and pyramids of marble, two fountains that spout water one round the other like a pyramid, upon which are perched small birds that stream water out of their bills. . . a very agreeable fountain, with Actaeon turned into a stag, as he was sprinkled by the goddess and her nymphs, with inscriptions. . . [and] another pyramid of marble full of concealed pipes, which spurt upon all who come within their reach. " Regarding the name "Nonesuch", Hentzner comments that it was justified as it was "without an equal" and says that a post read: “This, which no equal has in art or fame, Britons deservedly do NONESUCH name. ”
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