Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
The villa was a roomy white house, which, as is the case with most continental houses, looked to an English eye frail, ramshackle, and absurdly frivolous, more like a pagoda in a tea-garden than a place where one slept.
1. in a very bad condition and needing repair;
2. badly organized or designed and not likely to last very long.
1. silly or amusing, especially when such behaviour is not suitable;
2. having no useful or serious purpose.