High in the Ossippee Mountain Range of Moultonborough, New Hampshire sits a castle-like estate so beautiful and dreamlike, it's almost like entering a fairytale!
Thomas Plant, a millionaire shoe-manufacturing mogul, originally built the home in 1913-1914, calling it Lucknow. The luxury estate overlooking New Hampshire’s Lakes Region was renamed Castle in the Clouds when it officially opened to the public in 1959.
The property is now maintained by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust who maintain it just as it looked when Plant lived there.
Visitors to Castle in the Clouds access the property by trolley. Once there, a knowledgeable guide treats visitors to a brief history of the estate before allowing them to explore the mansion's Arts and Crafts–style architecture at their own pace.
The grounds are just as beautiful as the home itself with meticulously manicured gardens, a wishing fountain, and incredible views of the lakes and mountainsides below.
After exploring Lucknow, the trolley takes visitors back to the Carriage House where the restaurant terrace offers delicious cuisine and more breathtaking views.
Nearby are the art gallery, gift shop, and an ice cream stand called Cones in the Clouds.
The 6,300-acre property also features horseback riding and 28-miles of trails for hiking and picnicking.
Castle in the Clouds is open weekends from mid-May to Memorial Day when the gardens are in bloom, then daily through late October when the sky high vantage point provides stunning views of the New Hampshire foliage.
Visit their website to plan your visit!