Cleveland May 05, 2017
6 Captivating Castles You Won’t Believe Are Near Cleveland
When it comes to castles, you might think you’d need to travel overseas to see some authentic ones. However, you might be delighted to find out that there are castles within driving distance of Cleveland — and some of them are right under our noses.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Franklin Castle (4308 Franklin Blvd, Cleveland)
Also known as the Hannes Tiedemann House, Franklin Castle was built in 1881 and is located in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. The castle has a rich and mysterious history. It is said that Franklin Castle is one of the most haunted houses in all of Ohio.
2. Squire's Castle (River Road, Willoughby Hills)
Located in the North Chagrin Reservation in Willoughby Hills, Squire's Castle is a popular spot for everything from picnics to weddings.
The building is nothing more than a shell, but that doesn't make it any less impressive. It was built in 1890 and was intended to be a gatehouse for a lavish estate that would belong to a very wealthy Standard Oil executive, Feargus Squire. The estate was never built and the property was eventually sold and became part of the Cleveland Metroparks in 1925.
3. Loveland Castle (12025 Shore Rd, Loveland)
Loveland Castle, also known as Chateau Laroche, isn't quite in the Cleveland area, but we couldn't leave it off this list since it is within driving distance of Cleveland.
The castle is located in Hamilton County, Ohio. Construction began on the property in 1929 and went on for more than 50 years. Once founder Harry Andrews passed away in 1981, the property was gifted to his Boy Scout troop and the Knights of the Golden Trail.
There are rumors of hauntings, as there are with most castles. Supposedly, Andrews' volunteer knights roam the halls of the property and haunt it.
4. Landoll's Mohican Castle (561 Township Road 3352, Loudonville)
Landoll's Mohican Castle is a small resort located southest of Cleveland in Loudonville. The building is an architectural masterpiece and the hotel was featured on Fox's hit television show, Hotel Hell, with host Gordon Ramsay.
The castle hotel has eleven suites, four additional hotel rooms, and cottages. The unique architecture and amenities of the hotel make it a popular destination for weddings, honeymoons, and corporate parties.
A full service restaurant, spa, and indoor swimming pool are available for guests.
5. Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens (714 N Portage Path, Akron)
Located in nearby Akron, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens is a lavish 70-acre country estate. Construction on the property began in 1912 and was complete in 1915.
The grounds feature a dozen gardens, an indoor pool, horse trails, tennis/croquet courts, a greenhouse, and a conservatory.
The castle is open to the public for a nominal fee between April 1 and December 30 each year.
6. Glamorgan Castle (200 Glamorgan St, Alliance)
Located one hour south of Cleveland in Alliance, Glamorgan Castle is situated on a 58-acre property and was built from 1904-1905.
The original owner, Colonel William Henry Morgan, was the inventor of the overhead steel crane.
The building is now owned by the Alliance Local School District and is currently home to the district's central administration building.
Most of these castles were built more than 100 years ago, but if you can’t quite remember back that far, you might instead like to read “
10 Things You’ll Remember If You Grew Up In Cleveland In the 1980s.”