Castle in the Clouds Opening this Weekend for 101st Year

Castle in the CloudsLocals and visitors to the Lakes Region of NH have long enjoyed an amazing treasure that sits high atop the Ossipee Mountain Range in Moultonborough. “Castle in the Clouds” overlooks Lake Winnipesaukee and features breathtaking views, stunning architecture, enchanting artwork, beautiful gardens, and unspoiled natural terrain. The estate has been open to the public during the spring, summer, and fall seasons each year since 1959, and this weekend the Castle is holding its annual opening day and Moultonborough Appreciation Day for its 101st year!

Tom and Olive Plant’s New Hampshire country estate, “Lucknow” was built between 1913 and 1914, and is an example of Arts and Crafts architecture, a style and aesthetic movement with a philosophy of living in harmony with nature. Since its opening to the public in 1959, the mansion has been known as the Castle in the Clouds, where fine hand craftsmanship can be seen in every aspect of its interior and exterior. The house also features many technological innovations of the early 20th century. The Plants lived at Lucknow until Tom’s death in 1941, and his desire to maintain the integrity of the estate was well honored. The families who owned the property after Tom passed away were good stewards and made efforts to ensure that the mountaintop estate survived in close to its original state. The land and the buildings are now owned and protected by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and the Castle Preservation Society, and several organizations have contributed to the restoration of the mansion and its surroundings for all to enjoy.

On Saturday, May 9th at 10am, the caretakers of Castle in the Clouds will open the doors of Lucknow for the first time since last October to celebrate its 101st year. It will be open every weekend through the rest of May, and then will be open daily from June 6th to October 25th. For Opening Day, visitors can tour the mansion, browse the Art Gallery, and dine at the estate’s award-winning restaurant. There will be special treats and games, too. In appreciation of the town of Moultonborough, all residents can tour Lucknow for free on opening day! Moultonborough residents must bring a photo ID with proof of residency to the front gate to receive free admission.

Also this weekend, Castle in the Clouds will be hosting its annual Mother’s Day Brunch in the Winnipesaukee Room. Guests will enjoy a delightful buffet while soaking up the view of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The buffet is $32 per adult and $16 for children ages 5 – 16, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required for this popular event. Call 603-476-5414 to reserve your table.

For more information on Castle in the Clouds or to donate to the estate’s preservation fund, please visit www.castleintheclouds.org or call 603-476-5900.

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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