Sir George Sitwell, 4th Baronet spent much of his youth in the House of Commons, where he sat as a Conservative politician. His passion, however, was garden design, which he studied in Italy. In 1909, he purchased a decrepit castle near Florence and spent the next three decades restoring it to its former glory according to his own theories of design. He took the castle as his permanent home in 1925. Three of Sitwell’s children became prominent authors.