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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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New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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
37 helpful votes 37 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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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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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Lancaster, PA
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91 reviews 91 reviews
31 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

An amazingly unique house, with stairways and rooms coming and going everywhere, and tiles (made by Mercer's company and others) decorating pretty much every available space. The house itself is a work of art decorated with more works of art. Our guide, Aimee, was professional, knowledgeable, and friendly and obviously had a great love for the building. The tour was... More

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Tustin, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Visited Fonthill because my close friend from college was getting married on the property, and chose the location for its romantic atmosphere. The house is located in Doylestown, so if you're going north on the 611 you have to go east onto the 202 and then get off at the 313. It's a little out of the way, so be... More

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buckinghamshire
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

Must be seen - never been to a house quite like it. Excellent guide who answered all the questions that were thrown at her Well worth visiting - left us wanting to know more about this unique man and his very unique home

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