British art experts have defined the architecture of the Castle as a perfect
expression of neo-gothic Revival, popular during the Victorian era.
The Marquis Claudio Dal Pozzo d'Annone enamoured of the sixteenth-century Tudor
Gothic style. The castle reflects this artistic passion. The overall appearance
is compact, enhanced by its grandiose setting in almost 50 acres of parkland with
a wide variety of trees, some of great botanical interest.
This typically British architectural style is accentuated by its main architectural
features, including the entrance porch, the chapel, a massive square tower to
the east and the small octagonal tower on the south-west corner.
The architecture blends with the interior decor, typical of the period: the stained
glass windows of the apse of the chapel, the wrought iron gates copied from Scottish
Houses, embedded high-reliefs on the exterior walls of the building, coats-of-arms
and sculptures from various sources. Every detail has been carefully studied and
The stencils on the walls, the decorative tiles and hand painted furniture all
underscore the influence and cultural climate of the artistic movement known as
"Arts and Craft", attributed mainly to William Morris. "Arts & Craft" is an
international design movement that originated in Great Britain and dominated the
period between 1880 and 1910. William Morris (1834-1896) was inspired by the writings
of John Ruskin (1819-1900).
The movement influenced architecture, interior design and the decorative arts.
Although the style uses simple shapes heavily influenced by medieval decoration,
it is often perceived as being at the forefront of modern design.
«The world cannot become just one huge factory…as one learns the art of living,
it will become clear that beautiful things are in fact a necessity of life » J.Ruskin