Before television, the Internet and cell phones, large estates had the pleasance, or pleasure garden. The Pleasance is a destination to amuse, enjoy nature, read a book, gather with others or be alone to write a letter. Between the Waterlily Garden and Japanese Garden, the Pleasance is carefully designed to mimic nature. Over 50 wooden benches are placed for viewing. A bit beyond, and in view, is the Fernery.
Birds are drawn to the stream, food sources, and natural cover providing sanctuary and a birdwatcher's paradise in the Pleasance.