Private: Highlands Castle | Bolton Landing, NY
It is rare to find a castle for sale, that’s why this amazing opportunity is one you will want to take advantage of. Highlands Castle is one of the most exquisite and spectacular properties to become available in years in all of Upstate New York and the Adirondack Park. Poised on a graceful mountainside, overlooking majestic Lake George and the quaint town of Bolton Landing, your castle awaits. At the end of a private 2,000 foot long driveway, sit two life-size lion statues to welcome you to what is just beyond the massive stone wall and gothic iron gates… a regal all-stone masterpiece. This is truly a treasure beyond words or measure, with the intrigue and allure which only a castle can offer. Wooded acreage, privacy abounding, gatehouse, caretaker or guest house, turrets, secret doors and passageways, and all hand-crafted from the ground up using more than 800 tons of stone, with accents from around the world. Stained glass, owner-commissioned woodworking throughout, and an attention to detail thoroughly embraced, make this castle truly a sui generis property. Inspiration from some of the greatest castles in the world is evident in the owner’s careful design and construction of this rare work of architectural art.
Upon entering the castle, you are immediately drawn to a set of Romeo & Juliet stained glass doors, that lead into a magnificent Great Room with scale and grandeur not ordinarily experienced. The Great Hall features two separate balconies, 25-foot high beamed ceilings, and a magnificent focal fireplace flanked by life-sized hand-carved wooden knights. As the Great Hall pulls you in further, you are captivated by the twenty one floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the most spectacular 180-degree panoramic views of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains. There is no shortage of space, as many rooms flow naturally from the Great Room to provide for your every activity.
The castle has large and sweeping patios that envelope its footprint, providing entertaining areas and views from every perspective possible that are accessed organically from numerous points and levels in the castle. The second floor has two separate wings. One is the lavish master bedroom fit for a king and queen, with large full master bathroom, a 2-story tower sitting area, a window seat with beautiful lake views, and a balcony overlooking the Great Room below. The other is a guest wing and has a large bedroom with a secret linen closet behind a floor-to-ceiling mirror, and a full bathroom complete with a hand-made hammered copper tub fit for royalty.
The flooring throughout the castle is a combination of solid oak, travertine stone, and natural flagstone… all materials fit for a structure of this magnitude. All doors are custom made, gothic-arched, solid oak. All trim-work and cabinets are also made of solid oak. Radiant floor heating provides comfort and warmth for the main living area plus there is hydrated warm air throughout the home, as well as air conditioning.
There is a secret stairway hidden in one of the front rooms that takes you down to the lower level, and the large entertaining or flexible space area is then accessed through a faux-bookshelf secret passageway, typical of a traditional castle. The front of the castle on the lower level features a covered terrace which includes a series of windows that afford unobstructed views of Lake George. This level also opens to a lower-level patio, with two sets of stairs bringing you back up to the main level. The Carriage House can be a separate suite for guests, in-laws, or overflow. It has 2 bedrooms, a full bathroom and living quarters. The separate Gatehouse below has living quarters, a full bathroom, two bedrooms for additional space to sleep family or guests, plus garage and boat storage.
Located in Bolton Landing, Highlands Castle is close to area shopping, great restaurants, The Sagamore resort, local hiking, boating, horseback riding, and a host of other area outdoor activities. The property is easily accessible via the Albany, NY international airport, Amtrak train station, and Interstate 87, and is conveniently only 30 minutes north of Saratoga Springs and horse country. This opportunity presents that rare moment in time, when a treasure once private and unavailable, becomes a reality within reach. Call The Keir Weimer Team for more information and to schedule a private tour.