Denver September 09, 2016
Entering This Hidden Denver Castle Will Make You Feel Like You’re In A Fairy Tale
Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood just blocks from Colfax and City Park, is a charming Denver castle steeped in history and grandeur. The minute you waltz into Castle Marne, you’ll sense the specialness of the place. Constructed in 1889 and known in the early years as the Raymond House or The Marne, this landmark building has endured decades of change and growth in the Mile High City but remains beautifully and carefully preserved. Enjoy a spot of tea in their lush vibrant gardens, and you just may feel inspired to sing “A Very Merry Unbirthday to You!”
Castle Marne is celebrating its second century as an exquisitely restored Capitol Hill bed and breakfast accommodating weary travelers who seek a more personalized lodging experience.
The historic mansion was commissioned in the late 1800s by silver baron Wilbur S. Raymond and designed by famed architect William Lang during the greatest construction boom our city has ever known. The Raymond House originally served as a "show house" for Raymond's real estate development initiative and was home to Raymond and his family around the time this photo was taken in 1890.
The exterior is constructed of rusticated lava stone, otherwise known as Castle Rock Rhyolite quarried in Castle Rock, Colorado. The lavish stone is composed of quartz, mica, and feldspar and sparkles and glitters upon further inspection.
All of the elaborate details inside Castle Marne have been lovingly reused, restored, and preserved, including hand-cast plaster reliefs on ceilings and walls, original fireplaces, heavy pressed wallpaper, and the one-of-a-kind Peacock Window.
Denver artist M. Watkins designed this unique example of Impressionist stained glass for the Raymond House in 1889. The window represents a peacock with its feathers fully extended and spans 6 feet in diameter.
Get your beauty sleep in one of their elegantly decorated Victorian era rooms, where you can snuggle up with a bedtime story or a loved one in cozy but opulent style.
Entertain yourself with a jigsaw puzzle.
Take a gander at historic postcards.
Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner.
And most definitely take advantage of their sweet and savory tea events, featuring a four-course menu and a selection of fine teas.
Sweet treats included in the tea events are homemade scones, raspberry bars, lemon bars, shortbread, and hand-rolled chocolate truffles.
After a leisurely breakfast or tea, take a stroll through Castle Marne's luxurious gardens, reminiscent of Alice's lively wonderland blooms.
"Painting the Roses Red!"
You can even hold your fairy tale wedding, bridal shower, elopement, or honeymoon at the charmingly historic Castle Marne.
A gentle reminder: Always stop and smell the roses and spread kindness to strangers!
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