Castle in the Clouds brochure
This rack brochure tells four stories, featuring the “castle” and estate views, walking and hiking and special events. Complements the newspaper ads.

New Hampshire’s Historic Estate

Castle in the Clouds

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Tour the famous mansion

Castle in the Clouds captures the natural splendor of New Hampshire’s Ossipee Mountains and the architectural vision of Thomas G. Plant – a wealthy gentleman, retired industrialist and early environmentalist.

The well-traveled Mr. Plant revered America as a melting pot of diverse nationalities. So, in designing his fabulous estate, he drew together dissimilar architectural styles from several countries – a landmark Spanish red slate roof with a gentle Oriental slope, and various elements of English, Norwegian, Swiss and Japanese origin.

Mr. Plant built the mansion in 1913 to last for centuries. Among its features are walls of granite, cut from the mountain itself, and abundant windows that let in the surrounding majestic views. The sturdy, natural wood and leather furniture conform to the home’s many octagon-shaped rooms – many decorated with expensive Chinese silks.

Featuring highly inventive devices

Most unusual are the household conveniences, practically unheard of at the time, devised by Mr. Plant himself.

A centralized intercom, central vacuuming, self-cleaning oven, porcelain clothes washing basin and a clothes-drying chamber. And his early-1900s bath shower looks remarkably like new “designer” spa fixtures!

Entertaining the famous

Mr. Plant and his wife, Olive, valued their privacy. Yet they entertained graciously and widely. They especially enjoyed the natural resources of their vast estate, and always welcomed fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

Among their frequent guests was Teddy Roosevelt, the hearty Rough Rider himself. His bed and bath were always reserved.

The Plants maintained a lavish stable, tack room and exercise ring; and a 75-foot-long hothouse facing south for Mrs. Plant’s favorite hobby, horticulture. She also cataloged over 200 birds.

Mr. Plant favored hunting, fishing and playing golf. An early environmentalist, in developing the land, Mr. Plant took care to strike a balance between the integrity of raw nature and the aesthetics of landscaping. For example, after personally designing his private golf course on the estate, Mr. Plant acquired a flock of grazing sheep to keep it manicured!

Today, tours of Castle in the Clouds are open to the public, just one of many varied experiences that visitors can enjoy on this one-of-a-kind mountain estate.

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The octagonal dining room seats twelve.

The library, Mr. Plant’s favorite room, hides a secret, private reading room that was kept locked at all times. Mr. Plant possessed the only key.

The game room accommodates a built-in piano organ measuring 21' deep by 12' wide by 13' high, which could be played manually or mechanically.

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Spectacular views, wildlife abounds!
Visit for a few hours or make a day of it!

Glacial Age geological forces played a hand in creating the Ossipee Mountains’ natural majesty; the sculpted granite rocks, rolling plateaus, shaded valleys, streams and cascading waterfalls that run through rocky gorges. Nestled here is Castle in the Clouds.

The estate features meadows, pastureland, hiking trails and trout ponds that dot 5,200 acres of predominantly woodland terrain – all under the stewardship of the Lakes Region Conservation Trust.

Wildlife flourishes in these natural habitats. Your luck might find you face-to-face with a deer, moose, free-range turkey or perhaps a bear!

Delight in the thrill of watching a determined hawk circling its prey, or the grace of a flock of Canadian geese paddling across a pond.

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust is proud to be the steward of Castle in the Clouds and its more than 5,000 acres of surrounding wildlife habitat. The Trust is a non-profit organization that owns, manages and preserves more than 15,000 acres of conservation land throughout central New Hampshire, including pristine waterfront, old-growth forests and miles of scenic hiking trails.

New! Special events and seminars

Now, special events and educational seminars are held throughout the summer months. Visitors can venture along miles of extensive hiking trails for an intimate view of nature’s bounty. These paths, throughout unspoiled wooded land, also lead the way to spectacular views of Lake Winnipesaukee and surrounding mountains. Pursuits for clubs and groups of all ages include:

For more information, please visit our Website at www.lrct.org or call and ask about these exciting programs and activities.

Where poets are inspired

The breathtaking vistas of the Ossipee Mountains and Lake Winnipesaukee have aroused the senses of poets John Greenleaf Whittier and Robert Frost, who often visited here and whose poems reflect on their times at this very estate.

Even today, artists and writers travel from around the world to these awe-inspiring natural scenes to commune, meditate and create.

A profusion of flowers, plants and foliage adds a backdrop of color at every turn.

Enjoy light refreshments on our patio or get picnics to-go

To complement your mansion tour and outdoor recreation, enjoy a casual lunch with popular soft drinks, juices, wine and beer from the snack bar on the Carriage House patio – surrounded by beautiful vistas. Or order picnic box lunches for your mountain exploration.

And don’t forget...

Bring home the memories of your experience. Our gift shop offers nature books, apparel and handmade gifts by local artisans, unique to Castle in the Clouds.

Top of the Carriage House® events facility

Surrounded by commanding vistas of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Belknap Mountains, our function room offers a unique and memorable experience you and your guests will cherish for a lifetime. Whether for a romantic wedding reception, gala anniversary party or corporate retreat, our professional staff will see to your every detail, topped off with a personalized approach.

Whatever the occasion, your day is in our trustworthy hands.

Call today for details, 800-729-2468
or visit us online at www.castlesprings.com

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See nature through your children’s eyes for an experience they (and you) will always remember fondly.

Rain and melting snow create numerous spring sites and waterfalls throughout the estate.

The Carriage House patio offers refreshments and a commanding lake view. Celebrate your special event with an impressive banquet at the Top of the Carriage House reception hall.

Feed the fish in a trout pond with specially prepared treats that lure them to the surface.

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Hours
Open 10 am – 4:30 pm mid-May through mid-October. Weekends only in May. Every day, June 7 through mid-October. Call for specific opening and closing dates.

Admission
Grounds and mansion tour: $10 adults, $5 youth (7–17), six and under free, $8 seniors.

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P.O. Box 131, Route 171, Moultonborough, NH 03254
603-476-2352, 800-729-2468, Fax 603-476-2512
www.castlesprings.com

Member of the Lakes Region Association
Owned and managed by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust

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