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How the Other Half Lived

Beautiful innovative home built in the 1900's on the top of a mountain overlooking Lake... read more

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Don_Ashland_Virginia
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Ashland, Virginia
LIVED UP TO ITS NAME ON THE DAY WE WERE THERE

Despite not being able to experience the views of the area or Lake Winnipesaukee due to the rain... read more

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NJRocco_13
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Arvada, Colorado
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful innovative home built in the 1900's on the top of a mountain overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. Beautiful view. Windey drive up seeing waterfalls. Interesting history to the home and residents. Spent several hours here and then ate at the restaurant on the grounds which was good. We waited for an hour or so to be seated. Sat outside with a view of the lake. Service was slow.

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Reviewed yesterday

Despite not being able to experience the views of the area or Lake Winnipesaukee due to the rain and heavy cloud cover on the day we visited, this was a highlight of our trip through the NE.

The residence is currently undergoing renovation. This offers visitors both an insight into how the curators are progressing, as well as a fascinating look at the foresight of Thomas Plant in the construction methods and materials of his home. We appreciated the initial group intro to the property, then the ability to work our way from room to room, either reading a bit about the room or conversing with one of the many docents throughout the home.

Bring your low light camera lense to do justice to the interior details (example: plaster ceiling tree limbs, custom stained glass window vignettes, etc.) as well a long lense and a macro to capture the beautifully landscaped gardens.

If the weather is good, plan time to hike the grounds.

Unlike the Newport Mansions, this is a home one could actually imagine living in.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a mansion built in the early 1900’s on top of a mountain!! It is a long curvy road up the mountain and the a short bus ride to the top. There are a couple of stops on the way up and the one with view is amazing. It opens up to most of the lake region and in the fall the foliage is spectacular The mansion is really something and the knowledge of the docents is very complete. It lets you know how the 1% lives in the early 1900’s on their own mountain. The owners had hiking trails built that are still used today and even a golf course still played. Worth the visit

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is really worth a visit. Never heard of it before the hotel owner mentioned it. Well laid out and kept, with enthusiastic guides giving good explanations. Sad that a self made man, who retired and sold up and married a younger woman, built the castle for his wife, then lost his extra money due to poor investment and then had to sell up.

1  Thank 874TomL
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent a few hours at Castle in the Clouds on a recent trip to Meredith, New Hampshire. This attraction is very well run, and they have organized the tour, so that an orientation is given to a large group, and then, everyone can tour the interior of the home at their own pace. There are volunteers stationed in most of the rooms, and they can answer any questions you may have. We took the Basement Tour, as well, which was very worthwhile. We had a great tour given by Audrey, who was most informative, as she guided through the basement of the "castle". Highly recommend going to Castle in the Clouds, if you are in the Lake Region of New Hampshire.

1  Thank Travel50StatesUSA
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We might have passed this by in better weather, which would have been our loss.

The story behind how this small mansion came to be built, lived in, lost and recovered as a local treasure was very interesting and it is always lovely to see enthusiasts bring their enthusiasm to life, for visitors

1  Thank Lilacwheaty
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

This place has been on my bucket list since I retired 1 1/2 years ago. It was a beautiful fall day so we decided to drive there. As you walk from the parking lot you pass by the “gift shop.” Neither of us saw anything that indicated you needed to buy tickets to tour the home at the top before hopping the trolley up. The restaurant is by the trolley stop in the carriage house. The wait was 45 minutes even though there were numerous tables empty on the patio. The view from the patio was lovely, but after seeing the view and the lack of handicapped access at the mansion atop we decided to leave. Maybe if my husband hadn’t had a cast on his foot and he had better mobility we would have had a better experience. Don’t think we’d go back.

Thank JKS55
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

A great take, some interesting local history, and excellent lunch. The Castle tour is self guided, so .you can take as much or as little time exploring as you want. The "Basement Tour" is new, is guided, and was fascinating. To see how the infrastructure of the Castle worked was fun. The views over Lake Winnipesaukee are amazing. If you have a free 4 hours, it's a fun take.

1  Thank janetb52
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Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

The sign on the front gate on Route 171 says the gates close for the last tour at 4 pm! If you don’t get there before 4 pm (it closes at 530 pm) you’ll be left outside!
Wish Trip Advisor would add that to the about section of this listing

1  Thank davehZ3003QJ
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

Thomas Plant built this incredible mansion that was built in 1914 on 6200 acres above Lake Winnepesaukee that was so far ahead of its time with electricity, toilets, refrigeration with ice, central vac and needle showers. Truly innovative and beautiful and fascinating. Basement tour well worth it

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