Exploring the Heritage Trail: Castle in the Clouds

by GSA Sarah Brown, Comfort Inn Class of 2011

  Built by Thomas and Olive Plant in 1914, the property was known as Lucknow. This Arts and Crafts mansion is perched on a mountaintop with spectacular views of Lake Winnipesaukee. It had all the latest amenities like needle showers in the bathrooms and refrigeration and freezers in the kitchen. We had a gorgeous day to drive up road to the carriage house.

There’s free parking and a short walk to the gift shop where your get your tickets. You must take a trolley to the house which leaves from the carriage house regularly. After an introduction to the house, you’re free to explore the first and second floor rooms at your leisure. I was entranced with the view from Mrs. Plant’s reading room, which couldn’t have been more lovely. When you’re finished exploring the house and gardens, you can take the trolley down or take a short walk back to the carriage house.

The carriage house has displays and artifacts regarding the building of the house as well as a restaurant and function room. They were preparing for a wedding the day we went. What a beautiful spot to share a special day with family and friends.

Route 171, Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough. Open 7 days and week June to October. Check their website for hours and special events.