Attractions January 23, 2017
This Road Trip To New Hampshire’s Most Majestic Castles Is Like Something From A Fairytale
New Hampshire is a state for every man, but sometimes a man’s castle is his home. These New Hampshire castles have been built by pioneering men and women who wanted their homes to be just as beautiful as the state they chose to live in. Now, these castles are tourist attractions, lodgings and symbols of great wealth. Spend a day looking at New Hampshire castles and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported into a fairytale.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
This roadtrip will take you to eight of the most magnificent buildings in the state. But if you don't have time to spend all day looking at New Hampshire castles, you can also adjust this trip to suit your timetable. Check it out:
1. Hunt Castle, Rindge
This is a castle you can have all for your own, for the right price of course. John and Lynda Hunt built the castle in 1995, and now rent it out for $1,317 a night. Located at 79 Sunridge Road, Rindge.
2. Yankee Farmer, Greenfield
It seems crazy to say that a castle was built purely as the target for a massive trebuchet, but that's just what happened at Yankee Farmer farmstand in Greenfield. Although the catapult is no longer launching, you should be able to spot the castle. Located at 1290 Forest Road, Greenfield.
3. Kimball Castle, Gilford
Kimball Castle has to have one of the most beautiful views in the state, with sweeping views over Lake Winnipesaukee. In fact, when the castle was built in 1895 by a railroad tycoon the workers stayed on the Lady of the Lake boat, docked near the property.
Note: Kimball Castle is located on private property and is not open to the public. Please respect the owner’s privacy, obey posted trespassing warnings, and appreciate this location from afar or through your computer screen rather than in person.
4. Ice Castles, Lincoln
These castles are only open January through March, but they are rebuilt each year for a truly amazing experience. These castles made entirely of ice are straight out of the movie "Frozen." Located at 64 Railroad Street in Lincoln.
5. The Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods
The Mount Washington Hotel isn't technically a castle, but it's more magnificent than many palaces (we're looking at you, Buckingham Palace). A view of the hotel is breathtaking and the interior is even more gorgeous. Located at 310 Mount Washington Hotel Road, Bretton Woods.
6. Castle In The Clouds, Moultonborough
Castle In The Clouds is a 16-room mansion set in a 5,000 acres estate overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. The view will make you feel like royalty, especially when you dine at the Carriage House, which looks like a castle itself! The Castle is located at 455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough. (Please note that this is a seasonal attraction that is open May through October.)
7. Castle Anam Cara, Barrington
Castle Anam Cara looks ancient, but construction was actually started in 1996 as the passion project of David O'Connor and his partner Loretta. The duo built the castle using authentic 10th-century methods without the aid of modern conveniences like electricity or running water. The castle is the perfect place to learn about medieval life from these experts. Located at 40 Hansonville Road in Barrington.
8. Searles Castle, Windham
Searles Castle was built by a railroad tycoon and maintained for years by nuns. Today, the stunning estate is available to rent for events, and is well-worth a visit. Located at 21 Searles Road, Windham.
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