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“Place of great history from yesterday and today”

Oheka Castle Mansion Tours
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Huntington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Our Mansion Tour program offers visitors limited access to the Estate and Gardens with a guided tour docent. Tours are available to the public by reservation only. Refer to OHEKA's website for details on Tour types and rates.
Reviewed June 30, 2014

Huge mansion which is only second to" Vanderbilt "in Ashville NC. This historic place once hosted great parties of all the movie greats of the 20's and 30's and now is available for any type of event or affair for the select few who demand the most elegant of locations, but also is the home base for filming of hit TV series "Royal Pains" which still films there to this day.

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Reviewed January 20, 2014

This was part of a Groupon we had and we enjoyed both our stay, the restaurant, and this tour. Our guide seemed to be well versed in the history and renovation, they provided coffee and cake after the tour and gave an opportunity to ask additional questions, they also gave you complete access to the grounds and did not chase you out or off the property when the tour was done. You were also free to enjoy the restaurant and lounge areas. We probably enjoyed the tour more because we had stayed at the hotel and were intrigued but overall it was worthwhile.

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Reviewed November 16, 2013

I had visited the Old Westbury Gardens mansion last April and loved it. Coming to OHEKA I expect the same and was sadly disappointed. I am a sophomore in college and am writing a research paper on Otto Kahn and OHEKA and was aware of how much the tour guide left out. Yes, she told the overall history of the house but didn't know a lot of facts that she should of (and it wasn't me - who knew more than her - asking the questions, so that says something). Besides the history parts that she didn't mention/know, she could have provided a lot of interesting tidbits about Otto Kahn's life to add to the overall story but didn't. She seemed uninterested in the photos she was showing the group and held them up for 2-3 seconds, without point anything out. Her tour was scattered and didn't follow any specific timeline (she jumped from the fire that inspired the faux walls in the library to Otto's history starting in Germany and back to the restoration). She also continuously mentioned rooms and then continued on to say "But we can't see those because there are people rooming there." Overall, we saw the lobby, library, garden, and dining room, not much. I understand Melius has spent millions restoring the home but it seemed very cold and tacky. Even my mother, who did not know nearly as much information as I did (provided I am researching the subject), she continuously turned to say to me "This is nothing like the Old Westbury Gardens mansion tour." We didn't even stay for the refreshments afterward (the little that there was) we were that disappointed.
Overall, if you don't already know the information prior, as I did, the tour is interesting. Even then, I would not go back. We barely saw any rooms, the tour guide seemed disengaged and didn't try to make it into an interesting story, and we were not encouraged to stay and walk around the grounds afterward.
HOWEVER, if you are interested in seeing a Gold Coast Mansion, I HIGHLY recommend Old Westbury Gardens. It is far more beautiful than OHEKA, you see the entire home and the majority of the grounds (whatever isn't included on the tour you are more than welcome to walk around on your own afterward), and the tour guides there seem enthusiastic about the information and make it more of a storytelling session filled with historical facts. On the plus side, you get all of that (way more than at OHEKA) for only $10 rather than $25.

5  Thank kb7394
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OHEKA, Manager at Oheka Castle Mansion Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

Dear Reviewer,

Thank you for taking the time to express your experience at Oheka. Please rest assure that all of our tour docents are trained and well-versed in telling the story of the history of Oheka. That said, we take your comments seriously and therefore will share them with your tour docent in our continued efforts to improve our guest experiences.

However, we find your "tacky and lacking in character" opinion curious and interesting since the estate was designed to have the character of understated elegance (there is no gold-gilding at Oheka). The wealth and opulence of the estate is reflected in its palatial scale of 115,000 sq ft. Specifically, the original design of the estate was inspired by the Chateaux of France by architects, Delano and Aldrich; the ironwork seen throughout the estate, including the horseshoe shape staircase at the entrance foyer was designed by Samuel Yellin, whose workshop still exists, today; and the formal gardens were designed by the Olmsted Brothers (whose father, Frederick Law Olmsted, designed Central Park). The estate still retains its original limestone floors, ironwork, stone walls and plaster-moldings all of which were authentically restored by restoration artisans and craftsmen; to the extent of the use of rubber-casting to repair the moldings and technique of painting plaster, known as faux-bois, to restore the library walls of Otto Kahn's library back to its original stately grandeur. In regards to décor, it is important to note that because Oheka changed many hands throughout the years and went through a period of abandonment, no original furnishings from the Kahn Family existed when current owner, Gary Melius bought the property in 1984. To reflect Kahn's traditional style, the current furnishings are a mix of antique and reproductions throughout the estate with the main ballrooms adapted to host weddings and events.

Oheka is a proud member of the Gold Coast Mansions of Long Island and respectfully embraces its historic significance. All the Gold Coast Mansions built during the Gilded-Age and Roaring Twenties which are open to the public are architectural masterpieces with their own wonderful stories to tell and unique history to share; all offer visitors different experiences offered through programs; such as concerts, tours, museums, exhibitions, classes, designer showcases, etc. Oheka offers visitors mansion tours (which includes coffee/tea and cookies from Oheka's pastry kitchen in the rate), dining, hotel guestrooms, and weddings and events to the scale of which we believe is in keeping with Otto Kahn’s legacy; whose ultimate intent for Oheka was to entertain guests and to meet every interesting person in the world.

Lastly, since you are writing a research paper on Otto Kahn, I recommend you contact the Director of Marketing at Oheka who can provide you with additional information you may find useful in your writing.

Thank you.

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

This castle tour is worth every penny. We were a small group and the tour guide was able to speak to each of us individually and answer all questions. The house it self is gorgeous. The artwork is beautiful. The grounds were European in style and well maintained. The history of the castle is fascinating. the available guest rooms are luxurious. I wish I could afford to stay there. I'd visit the castle again and take the tour.

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

Tour lady had alot of knowledge of the place and the area. Alot of intresting stuff to be learned about the castle.

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