The Inn On Golden Pond in Holderness, NH is situated on the northern edge of the New Hampshire Lakes Region in the foothills of the White Mountains. Our Squam Lake bed and breakfast is located on 50 wooded acres but is close to several area attractions. One landmark that visitors from far and wide enjoy visiting is Castle in the Clouds in nearby Multonborough. This picturesque historic estate is set atop Lee Mountain also overlooks lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Mountains. Completed in 1914, this distinctive New Hampshire Lakes Region home is now celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Read on to learn more about Castle in the Clouds as it marks its 100th anniversary season.
A Bit of History
Castle in the Clouds, or Lucknow Estate was built between 1913 and 1914 for Thomas Gustave Plant, a wealthy shoe manufacturer and his wife Olivia. The mansion is in the Arts and Crafts style of architecture, which is somewhat rare in New England, making Castle in the Clouds all the more unique. The Arts and Crafts style of architecture emphasized living in harmony with nature, and the house’s design and construction reflects that. The estate sits on a staggering 5,500 acres of breathtaking land. Now Castle in the Clouds is owned by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust and operated by the Castle Preservation Society.
Antique and Classic Automobile Event & More Special Events
In celebration of its Centennial, the annual Antique and Classic Automobile Event returns and will be the biggest and best yet. The event takes place on Saturday, July 12th. Then in the fall, a Harvest Festival will take place on September 13th which promises to be fun for the entire family. Along with the special celebration of Castle in the Clouds 100th Anniversary, weekly events including Acoustic Monday, Walks & Talks, and Jazz at Sunset are other ways to enjoy this historic landmark throughout the season. To see the full program calendar, click here.
Tours, Hiking and Horseback Riding
If you’re in the mood for a quieter day at Castle in the Clouds you can take in a tour of the house and grounds or hike the 28 miles of trails on the property. Explore cascading waterfalls and the trails of the Ossipee Mountains. Different routes provide varying degrees of difficulty. And for the equestrians out there, horseback riding is available daily in season. Riding in the Clouds leads guided trail rides through the woods on the property. Riding in the clouds also offers sleigh and carriage rides and pony rides. And when you go to Riding in the Clouds, be sure to pay a visit to Zeus, the largest horse in the world!
After your day exploring the wonders of Castle in the Clouds, the Inn On Golden Pond is the ideal place to relax. Our comfortable guest rooms all feature private en suite bathrooms and sitting areas. Luxurious amenities such as plush towels and our own private label shampoos and soaps will allow you to pamper yourself after you’ve enjoyed all that the New Hampshire Lakes Region has to offer. Every stay includes a delicious homemade breakfast each morning served in our large dining room. When you stay at the Inn On Golden Pond, your getaway will be truly special. Find your perfect room and start planning your trip today!