Castle in the Clouds: An Offbeat Destination in New Hampshire


Castle in the Clouds is a unique mansion in Moultonborough, New Hampshire that is open to the public. The mansion was originally built in 1913 by shoe magnate Thomas Plant. Plant and his wife lived in the expansive mansion for many years, continually buying the land surrounding the hilltop estate until eventually owning over 6300 acres of land.

What to Expect

Castle in the Clouds is located at the top of a very long and winding road. From Route 171, you'll enter the grounds and pay the admission fee. After, that, it's another 2 miles along a road where you'll pass waterfalls and scenic vistas. There's a scenic overlook where you can pull off the road and see for miles over untouched land.

There is a fascinating guided tour where you'll learn all about the unusual proclivities of Thomas Plant. The rooms are still furnished and set up as though they just stepped out for a few hours.
I promise you, you'll be surprised and amazed at how he and his wife lived. You can also wander around on your own. You'll want to walk around the outside stone balconies, where you can enjoy the scent of pink and purple phlox as you gaze over the same views of Lake Winnipesaukee and surrounding White Mountains that Thomas Plant saw every day of his life.

Special Events

Castle in the Clouds is available for hire to host weddings, luncheons, family reunions, anniversaries, retirement parties, fundraisers and more. There's even an event-planning concierge available to help you coordinate the details of your special event.

Nearby Amenities

New Hampshire has no sales tax, so you'll want to take advantage of the tax free shopping at Moultonborough, New Hampshire and in nearby Meredith.

For an overnight stay, try Church Landing at Mill Falls, located right on Lake Winnipesaukee. This 3-star hotel offers private lakefront balconies, fireplaces in every room, down bedding, two indoor/outdoor pools, fitness center, and a full-service spa and salon.

For American cuisine inside a boathouse-inspired restaurant, try Canoe Restaurant and Tavern in nearby Center Harbor, NH. You'll enjoy classics like burgers and fries while dining in front of a glass front that looks over the lake.

The drive to Castle in the Clouds is certainly something you'll need to be patient about. Once you arrive, though, you'll be glad you made the trip to this memorable and remarkable historic landmark.

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