It represents one of the purest examples of Italian Baroque villas in open rural countryside in Central Europe. It was commissioned by Count Dětřich of Petřvald for his wife, so that the transition from sunny Italy was not too painful for her.
Before World War One, when the residence was owned by Leopold Berchtold, Foreign Minister of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, the chateau was used as one of the locations for holding political negotiations about the future fate of Europe. The villa is surrounded by an enchanting garden and English style park, an important monument of historical greenery in the Czech lands. Traditional exhibitions of beautifully blooming fuchsias are regularly held here.