circled at the base by a seat


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The quotation comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 23

Quotation: I knew I might be watched thence; so I went apart into the orchard. No nook in the grounds more sheltered and more Eden-like; it was full of trees, it bloomed with flowers: a very high wall shut it out from the court, on one side; on the other, a beech avenue screened it from the lawn. At the bottom was a sunk fence; its sole separation from lonely fields: a winding walk, bordered with laurels and terminating in a giant horse-chestnut, circled at the base by a seat, led down to the fence.
Hi everyone! I don't quite understand the bold part. Does it mean "the base of the giant horse-chestnut (i.e., the bottom of its trunk) was circled by a seat", as in the picture below. Is it correct?

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