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“Fun for all”

Gillette Castle State Park
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in East Haddam
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Owner description: This 24-room mansion has undergone extensive renovations.
Reviewed October 9, 2013

What a great time both in and outside the castle. It is located in one of the National Parks. The castle is fun and unique reflecting the whimsy of William Gillette. The guides are friendly and informative. Lots of foot trails and picnic areas overlooking the Conn. River.

Thank lucarver
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

I don't impress that easily,having seen Gold Coast estates here on Long Island and castles on the Romantsche Strasse in Germany, but I can only echo what everyone else here has said: This place is a show-stopper! Its memory stays with you, and one wonders about William Gillette, the widower Lord of the Manor, lover of all things feline (16 or so cats lived here, lots of kitty-cat memorabilia) and world class Sherlock Holmes portrayer. How I would like to have met him! A silent film he made has been lost, so photos must tell the story of this remarkable man.
I would like to go back here, perhaps at Christmas, when the place is decked in Christmas festoons.
One note: take the Historic Ferry over! Saves oodles of driving...

2  Thank EileenO727
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

You could certainly make a day out of Gillette Castle State Park. The "Castle" sits in a beautiful location on a hill next to the Connecticut river and the property contains numerous trails, views, a pond and look-out points for exploring. You can pack a picnic lunch or buy lunch from their snack shop which has sandwiches, burgers, fries, onion rings, etc..

The "Castle" which was the home of William Gillette, an actor famous for portraying Sherlock Holmes does not take an extraordinarily long time to walk through. The house is beautiful and the background you are able to read about the construction and William Gillette's life and oversight of the building is very interesting. A few negatives. The house is actually only about a 100 years old and the inside (while very beautiful and interesting) at times does not exude the history and originality I would have expected visually. However, if you actually read about the construction then you will learn there are quite a bit of odd and interesting components and a lot of thought went into every part of it from the door knobs to the hidden mirrors.

There are employees there to answer questions but there is no guided tour. Most of the employees were very knowledgeable, engaged and polite. You really have to read the information provided and listened to the employees so you can really get all the history and architectural details.

Thank HappyNewlywed08
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

If you're looking for an interesting place to stop while driving in CT. you should check out the castle. It really is "just a mansion" but it is real nice stop. The view is great. the tour is fun and informative. Pretty far off the beaten trail but well worth the trip.

Thank edbishop55
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Added this to our day at the last minute. Boy am I glad that I did. Most unusual house/castle. Don't think you can find anything like anywhere. We'll worth the price. Guides on every floor full of interesting information. Views at the top breathtaking. I envy the people that lived and visited there. If you are going from the south take the ferry. We didn't and I don't think the extra time it took us was worth it. Tried to take the ferry back, but got there 10 mins. after they closed for the day.
Highly recommend.

Thank Carol M
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