Situated amidst breathtaking landscapes, this sprawling and majestic Category A Listed Castle and Estate holds a prestigious designation as a Historic Garden and Designed Landscape. Steeped in history and charm, the estate boasts not only the grand castle itself but also two other remarkable Category A Listed buildings: the Dairy and the Chinese Bridge. In addition, there are 16 further Category B Listed buildings scattered throughout the estate, each contributing to the rich architectural tapestry that characterizes the property.
The Neo-Gothic castle now stands proudly as a 4-storey block, with its regal presence accentuated by the circular angle towers that gracefully rise to 5 storeys. Its captivating history unfolds as the result of several visionary schemes of aggrandisement, undertaken by no less than five influential architects over a span of little more than a century. This continuous transformation and enhancement of the castle have imbued it with a sense of timelessness, as each architect left their indelible mark on the structure, further enhancing its grandeur and allure.
The estate’s extensive garden is a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of its creators. Originally designed in a formal style, it has undergone numerous modifications and embellishments throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, with each alteration carefully recorded to preserve the integrity of the garden’s historical significance. This living masterpiece showcases the evolving trends and styles of landscape design, offering visitors a glimpse into the past while immersing them in a serene and picturesque environment.
Calcinotto’s engineering works undertaken on the estate encompassed not only the conservation and restoration of the Castle and other historic buildings but also included the construction of new structures. which were deemed necessary to ensure the estate’s long-term sustainability and commercial viability, with the aim of transforming it into a thriving and marketable hotel destination. Careful consideration was given to harmonizing the new buildings with the existing architectural splendour, striking a balance between modern comforts and preserving the estate’s timeless charm.
As this extraordinary Castle and Estate continues to stand as a beacon of heritage and beauty, it invites visitors to embark on a journey through time, where the echoes of the past mingle harmoniously with the aspirations of the present. With its captivating architecture, meticulously manicured gardens, and a commitment to preserving its historical significance, this property is a true testament to the enduring legacy of human creativity and ingenuity.