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Fonthill

East Court Street & Highway 313, Doylestown, PA
215-348-9461
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Ranked #2 of 12 attractions in Doylestown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Castles
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Once the home of Henry Mercer (1856-1930,) this concrete castle boasts 44 rooms with interior walls, floors and ceilings adorned with a dazzling array... more » Owner description: Once the home of Henry Mercer (1856-1930,) this concrete castle boasts 44 rooms with interior walls, floors and ceilings adorned with a dazzling array of the artist’s original handcrafted tiles. « less
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Hagerstown, Maryland, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We thought a witch lived in this cattle when we were kids, so unfortunately, we ran and hid from tree to tree and never knocked on the door. We are so lucky that Font Hill is now open to the public, so we can all experience it's magical architecture and art.

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bucks county, pa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Fonthill startles you with it's appearance. It is like a touch of Europe dropped into a small Pennsylvania town. Henry Mercer, a renaissance man, built his version of a European castle out of poured concrete. The guided tour merely touches on the unique style and appearance of this amazing structure. The nooks and crannies, the concrete dressers, the wealth of... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Do not miss the tour of the house ,it was very informative. We were there just before a wedding and the place looked very nice but I think it is always that nice and well kept

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New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My husband and I went to visit Fonthill Castle. I love architecture and this is a masterpiece. The arches, the staircases, the hidden rooms, hidden staircases, domed ceilings, unmatching windows, the old books, the tiles, the colors of this sand-castle like home was amazing to see. The tour was about an hour long (a bit longer) and the man who... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Buttonwood trees line the drive towards Fonthill. There is nothing to dislike. Grounds are amazing (70 acres originally bought by Mercer), the Castle and the tile appointments Mercer integrated into his solid concrete wall home are beautiful. Architects, Engineers, Librarians and young (soon to be professianals) will enjoy all of the aspects of this home. How it was constructed without... More

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Macau, Ilhas, Macau
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I visited to celebrate the death of my own Aunt Elizabeth, (My Tita 'Liza.) As a child I myself am fascinated by castles and just about everything medieval and eclectic. That's why I say I feel like I know him! I'm sure many can relate! I am so happy too , that our tour guide, Joe, was very informative and... More

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The Villages, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

While the architecture was definitely unique and ornate and the tour was moderately interesting, the house contained many steps and stairs that were narrow and difficult to navigate. Also, because of the age of the house, it is not airconditioned, so it could get quite warm in the rooms which were mostly small.

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Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Spent an enjoyable afternoon touring the castle. Take the guided tour and hopefully your tour guide will be Joe! Very interesting place. We then went on to downtown Doylestown - very pretty town and enjoyed an iced coffee before heading home.

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Philly
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98 reviews 98 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

we heard stories about possible haunted history of this hand-made mansion and took a short drive for a visit on a lovely summer day. Very interesting back story, architecture and construction history which the docents will regale you with as you wander the halls of a wealthy familys former home. Realizing this very eccentric owner put stories and words into... More

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Anoka
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110 reviews 110 reviews
64 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We took the tour here with no reservation but we did arrive at 10:00 and went on a 11:00am tour. The tour was about an hour with stairs and no sitting but it was informative and well done. The builder of this castle was a fascinating man with a huge love of history. he was in the tile business which... More

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