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  • Room Type:exotic / unique
  • Bedrooms:8
  • Bathrooms:5.5
  • Max Guests:22
  • Min Stay:2
  • Pets Allowed:No
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  • fax
  • dining room
  • pool table
  • video game console
  • cd player
  • radio
  • toys
  • books
  • music library
  • television
  • game room
  • video games
  • dvd player
  • audio tape player
  • books for adults
  • games
  • video library
  • satellite / cable
  • books for kids
  • vcr
  • games for kids
  • stereo
  • piano
  • iron & board
  • local maps
  • thermos bottle
  • ceiling fans
  • washing machine
  • water cooler
  • hair dryer
  • telescope
  • local restaurant guide
  • towels provided
  • firewood
  • wireless internet
  • shampoo
  • parking
  • basic soaps
  • telephone
  • mosquito magnet
  • alarm clock
  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • mobile phone
  • internet
  • fireplace
  • heating
  • laundry soap
  • backpack
  • clothes dryer
  • broadband access
  • linens provided
  • cooking utensils
  • pantry items
  • blender
  • toaster
  • dishwasher
  • stove
  • oven
  • lobster pot
  • refrigerator
  • coffee grinder
  • microwave
  • kitchenette
  • ice maker
  • freezer
  • 4 ring stove
  • coffee maker
  • grill
  • mini refrigerator
  • large cooler
  • barbecue
  • beach chairs
  • kayak / canoe
  • outdoor grill gas
  • boat dock
  • canoe
  • patio
  • small cooler
  • child's swing
  • beach towels
  • binoculars
  • crow's nest
  • balcony
  • outdoor grill
  • boat with paddles
  • sailboat
  • pedal boat
  • walkway to water
  • outdoor pool
  • outdoor hot tub
  • hot tub
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • sledding
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • wood fireplace
  • free long distance
  • garage
  • kitchen
  • deck / patio
  • private pool
  • minimum age limit for renters
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
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    Unique luxurious gothic castle with views in the middle of a 500 acre estate!

    Winchendon

    Description

    Located atop of a hill, amidst 500 acres with miles of walking & groomed x-country ski trails, outdoor hot tub, & 5000 gallon swimming pool. This extraordinary 11,000 sq. ft. castle has incredible views of Mt. Monadnock from the N & lake/ beach …

    Reviews

      Six couples and a few additional friends went on vacation together in early October, 2013. We were at the castle for a week. I only went off-property twice, both times to get supplies. It was the same for most of us. Some never left! The place is extraordinary. An involuntary smile will appear on your face when you make that final turn on the dirt road and see the castle for the first time, and it will be on your face pretty much your entire stay. Mike the caretaker was there to greet us and take us on a tour. As groups of friends arrived it was fun to take them on the tour and see their faces light up the same way. The castle is huge yet comfortable.It is clean, well-maintained, and well equipped. With 15 people there was plenty of room for people to spread out. A common question was, "Have you seen [so-and-so]?" We cooked every meal there -- never went out to eat even once -- and found every utensil and pot and pan we needed. We made use of the multiple fridges and dishwashers and sinks. We enjoyed breakfasts and lunches outside or hanging around the kitchen and our dinners in the fancy chandeliered dining room. We had amazing weather so we spent a lot of time sitting out on the patio, playing outdoor lawn games (we brought Kubb with us -- perfect!), kayaking, sitting in the hot tub, and going for walks. The property is enormous -- it feels like you're in your own private state park with paths, benches, bridges,and lookout spots. The only bummer was that the water was being lowered in the lake while we were there, which reduced our use of the water and beach. Mike offered to take us to another lake where we could kayak more but we didn't take him up on it because were happy right where we were. We played a lot of board games around the breakfast table in the kitchen. We brought bins of costumes and had lots of laughs dressing up for a couple of dinners. A couple of evenings we made a fire in the living room fireplace and sat around talking and snoozing. One night we made a fire in the outdoor fire pit. Thank you to John and Lynda for making your exceptional castle available and to Mike for making us feel at home. This was one of the best vacations ever.
      Few things in life exceed expectations but The Castle falls in that category. Everything you could hope to find in a Stone Castle on a mountaintop is there. The lake is equipped with enough watercraft; canoes(5), pedalboats(5), kayaks(4), paddleboards(2),sailboat(1) that I never once heard, "It's my turn!" If one of our 11 grandkids or 10 adults wanted to take a ride there was always a craft available. Mike the caretaker met us for a tour on our arrival and every morning at 8 AM sharp he delivered the day's morning paper and checked with us for anything we needed. The place is beautiful, the grounds are expansive with the HUGE GREAT LAWN out in front of the Castle for games of all sorts. The Championship Disc Golf Course was a real challenge for the "big boys" in the group and the unbelieveable DVD Movie collection kept the little kids and the teenagers busy on the rainy days. John and Linda have equipped the house with everything you'll need. Just bring yourselves your food and your imagination. Thanks you to our hosts, John and Linda Hunt and their ever-available support staff, Mike and KR who helped us have the best Family Vacation in the 15 years we have been gathering our kids, spouses and grandkids all together from all over the USA.
      Over the last six years our family has celebrated reunions in North Conway, Martha's Vineyard and Stowe and our weekend at the Castle was by far everyone's favorite! This was the first year where we all parked our cars and never left the property. The activities on-site were endless, which to do first? Swim in the lake, kayak, mountain bike miles of trails, frisbee golf, watch the kids play on the jungle gym, sit by the fire pit, hang out in the hot tub? Inside the home, not a thing was missing to make our stay absolutely perfect. We hated to leave and immediately contacted John & Linda to book next year, with an extra night!
      Over the last six years our family has celebrated reunions in North Conway, Martha's Vineyard and Stowe and our weekend at the Castle was by far everyone's favorite! This was the first year where we all parked our cars and never left the property. The activities on-site were endless, which to do first? Swim in the lake, kayak, mountain bike miles of trails, frisbee golf, watch the kids play on the jungle gym, sit by the fire pit, hang out in the hot tub? Inside the home, not a thing was missing to make our stay absolutely perfect. We hated to leave and immediately contacted John & Linda to book next year, with an extra night!
      Three generations of our family gathered at the Castle for a week long family reunion to celebration the 70th Birthdays of our parents. A fantastic time was had by all! The home exceeded our expectations. As many before me have said, there was plenty of room to accommodate our group ranging in age from nearly 3 to our birthday couple of 70!! Plenty of space for group gatherings whether inside the kitchen area or outside on the patio. The beach and boats were fantastic for hours of summer fun. We only ventured away for groceries and to visit the Cathedral in the Pines. The castle provided recreation for everyone without having to leave (and spend more money). After a day of swimming the kids would play ball on the great lawn while the adults enjoyed cocktail time on the patio. My only suggestion would be to have guests clear their dry goods in addition to their fridge and freezer items prior to departing. This would allow cabinet storage for the dry items each visitor brings. Not bad if that is the only improvement I could suggest, right!?? Mike the caretaker is a gem!! He knows the Castle and the town very well and makes you feel welcome from the moment you drive up. The owners Linda and John also go out of their way to help make your stay perfect. They were very helpful recommending a caterer for our big birthday celebration feast and a photographer to capture the moment. With a family living from Georgia to Pennsylvania, the kids growing and demands on time more and more, we don't know when we'll have all three generations together again but we will certainly always have the memory of our time at the Castle and the sheer joy we had for that week! Thank you!
      Three generations of our family gathered at the Castle for a week long family reunion to celebration the 70th Birthdays of our parents. A fantastic time was had by all! The home exceeded our expectations. As many before me have said, there was plenty of room to accommodate our group ranging in age from nearly 3 to our birthday couple of 70!! Plenty of space for group gatherings whether inside the kitchen area or outside on the patio. The beach and boats were fantastic for hours of summer fun. We only ventured away for groceries and to visit the Cathedral in the Pines. The castle provided recreation for everyone without having to leave (and spend more money). After a day of swimming the kids would play ball on the great lawn while the adults enjoyed cocktail time on the patio. My only suggestion would be to have guests clear their dry goods in addition to their fridge and freezer items prior to departing. This would allow cabinet storage for the dry items each visitor brings. Not bad if that is the only improvement I could suggest, right!?? Mike the caretaker is a gem!! He knows the Castle and the town very well and makes you feel welcome from the moment you drive up. The owners Linda and John also go out of their way to help make your stay perfect. They were very helpful recommending a caterer for our big birthday celebration feast and a photographer to capture the moment. With a family living from Georgia to Pennsylvania, the kids growing and demands on time more and more, we don't know when we'll have all three generations together again but we will certainly always have the memory of our time at the Castle and the sheer joy we had for that week! Thank you!
      My family and I go on an annual weekend get-away and we try to find someplace new to stay every year. This year researching places to accommodate our clan of 21 people from the age of 3 to 60, I stumbled across this castle. I have to say, it was by far THE BEST place we have stayed in our 8+ years of going away together. The castle was large enough to accommodate almost everyone in a bed (just two little tikes slept on mattresses on the floor). The gathering spaces were big enough for everyone to be together, but the house also offered many different gathering spaces so if you prefered to be solo, you didn't have to be hiding out in your room either. The secret passageways were outstanding, as well as the rooftop views. We played hide and seek with the kids, and there was no shortage of good hiding spots, for both the adults and the kids! The castle left you to want for nothing, every possible size dish, glass, pot, pan, appliances, fine china, spare mattresses, pillows, blankets, sheets, towels, even shampoo! The caretaker was outstanding and the fresh fruit bowl provided was the perfect touch. I'd be suprised if we tried to find someplace else to stay next year! The only thing I wish is that I was there in the warm summer months to take advantage of the paddle boats and beautiful lake. Thanks you John & Lynda for opening your home to my family, we hope to return again soon.
      My family and I go on an annual weekend get-away and we try to find someplace new to stay every year. This year researching places to accommodate our clan of 21 people from the age of 3 to 60, I stumbled across this castle. I have to say, it was by far THE BEST place we have stayed in our 8+ years of going away together. The castle was large enough to accommodate almost everyone in a bed (just two little tikes slept on mattresses on the floor). The gathering spaces were big enough for everyone to be together, but the house also offered many different gathering spaces so if you prefered to be solo, you didn't have to be hiding out in your room either. The secret passageways were outstanding, as well as the rooftop views. We played hide and seek with the kids, and there was no shortage of good hiding spots, for both the adults and the kids! The castle left you to want for nothing, every possible size dish, glass, pot, pan, appliances, fine china, spare mattresses, pillows, blankets, sheets, towels, even shampoo! The caretaker was outstanding and the fresh fruit bowl provided was the perfect touch. I'd be suprised if we tried to find someplace else to stay next year! The only thing I wish is that I was there in the warm summer months to take advantage of the paddle boats and beautiful lake. Thanks you John & Lynda for opening your home to my family, we hope to return again soon.
      The pictures do not do this wonderful castle justice. A group of friends stayed at the catle over the holiday weekend and cannot say enough good things about the location, amenities and the overall warm feelings in this large estate. We take away from our stay a lifetime of memories from a great holiday.
      The pictures do not do this wonderful castle justice. A group of friends stayed at the catle over the holiday weekend and cannot say enough good things about the location, amenities and the overall warm feelings in this large estate. We take away from our stay a lifetime of memories from a great holiday.
      What a place to spend a weekend with friends! This house or rather "Castle" is magnificent. We were a party of seven couples that have been spending Super Bowl weekend together for several years. This was our first stay at the Castle and likely will not be our last. We wanted for nothing. There was plenty of room to spread out - from the casual family room off the kitchen where we hung out in the mornings to the gorgeous living room for cocktail hour prior to dinner in the formal dining room. There is plenty of recreational space and toys to keep any type of party occupied. My favorite room was the living room with the grand piano. Words cannot describe how beautiful and comfortable this room is – so if you are thinking of renting the Castle – just do it and see for yourself. The view is breathtaking! The castle is perched upon a hill overlooking a reservoir. We were fortunate to wake up to a family of deer crossing the field one morning. They new we watching and stopped to check us out. The owners were very gracious and you can tell by the extensive display of their family pictures throughout the house that they genuinely enjoy sharing their home. Mike the caretaker was very helpful checking in each day to see if we needed anything. Despite the disappointing loss by the New England Patriots, the weekend was a great success! If you are considering the Castle - Go for it!
      What a place to spend a weekend with friends! This house or rather "Castle" is magnificent. We were a party of seven couples that have been spending Super Bowl weekend together for several years. This was our first stay at the Castle and likely will not be our last. We wanted for nothing. There was plenty of room to spread out - from the casual family room off the kitchen where we hung out in the mornings to the gorgeous living room for cocktail hour prior to dinner in the formal dining room. There is plenty of recreational space and toys to keep any type of party occupied. My favorite room was the living room with the grand piano. Words cannot describe how beautiful and comfortable this room is – so if you are thinking of renting the Castle – just do it and see for yourself. The view is breathtaking! The castle is perched upon a hill overlooking a reservoir. We were fortunate to wake up to a family of deer crossing the field one morning. They new we watching and stopped to check us out. The owners were very gracious and you can tell by the extensive display of their family pictures throughout the house that they genuinely enjoy sharing their home. Mike the caretaker was very helpful checking in each day to see if we needed anything. Despite the disappointing loss by the New England Patriots, the weekend was a great success! If you are considering the Castle - Go for it!
      I heartily recommend this house to anyone looking for a place that can accommodate a large group and still feel cozy. My friends and I - 16 adults and 8 kids 5 and under - rented the castle for a winter weekend retreat and had a blast. Every amenity we needed was there, as well as just enough magic to make it a memory that will last for years.
      I heartily recommend this house to anyone looking for a place that can accommodate a large group and still feel cozy. My friends and I - 16 adults and 8 kids 5 and under - rented the castle for a winter weekend retreat and had a blast. Every amenity we needed was there, as well as just enough magic to make it a memory that will last for years.
      We had my husbands 50th surprise birthday at the castle. It was more then we ever imagined. When he first saw it coming over the gorgeous snow covered road, he thought we were staying there with many other people. So what a surprise when he learned we had the whole place to ourselves. We had about 21 people including kids in total and everyone had a blast. The kids loved running up and down the secret passages. We loved just sitting outside by the fire and looking at the gorgeous views. The kids even got to paddle boat and many of us took walks on the gorgeous property. We used a wonderful caterer to do our dinner and brunch and so it was just a great weekend. The inside furnishings are beautiful and all the bedrooms are lovely. Its a special place!! For anyone who wants to do something totally unique and have loads of fun and relaxation, this castle is for you. We will definitely be back!
      We had my husbands 50th surprise birthday at the castle. It was more then we ever imagined. When he first saw it coming over the gorgeous snow covered road, he thought we were staying there with many other people. So what a surprise when he learned we had the whole place to ourselves. We had about 21 people including kids in total and everyone had a blast. The kids loved running up and down the secret passages. We loved just sitting outside by the fire and looking at the gorgeous views. The kids even got to paddle boat and many of us took walks on the gorgeous property. We used a wonderful caterer to do our dinner and brunch and so it was just a great weekend. The inside furnishings are beautiful and all the bedrooms are lovely. Its a special place!! For anyone who wants to do something totally unique and have loads of fun and relaxation, this castle is for you. We will definitely be back!
      We went as part of a family vacation 18 months ago - my husband, me, our two kids, with my parents who rented the castle, my two brothers and their families and my sister. This place is perfect for adults AND kids, there is a secret stairway, as well as multiple game rooms (third floor and basement.) And the space to run or slide down the hill on snow toys, whether there is snow or not. This was the setting for our Late Summer vacation memory captured forever on video (and potential blackmail material for future fame.) The large play set, and the nice treks around the property provide wildlife glimpses and exercise for the needy. The TV room, multiple areas for gaming, videos, trampoline, trains, toys, offer actitivites for the couch potatoes. The second floor bedroom wing has its own TV room as well as spiral stair to the third floor play room and other bed rooms and areas. The kitchen has two refrigerators, AND a sunken area separated by a wall for videos / movies / tv so food preparation doesn't mean you don't get to be part of it all. The patio and casual dining are right off the kitchen and viewing room. There is a hottub. Remember to close it off - - the energy costs for this place must be outrageous, and the owners are clearly interested in making it work both for them and us, the renters (so help save some energy!) The rooms are lovely, we had the Master Bedroom Suite's ante-room, because we drew the short straw. So if you can imagine a beautiful bedroom being the worst, imagine how lovely the others are!! The reason I am writing this review now, I remembered one of the coolest things was the automated air system they set up to keep the house cool with solar reflective drapes and and air pull system. Now that we are planning to renovate our own castle in PA, I am hoping the owners will send us the information about how the system works, and how to go about installing one ourselves. If you can find an available time to rent this Castle, go for it! We used the casual table for meals, except our Castle Attire dinner, and the rest of the time, we left our quilting and craft projects there. This place would be perfect for any group that respects other peoples' property while having fun. This is not a place for drunken bachelor groups. It is a great place to make a family memory. If you can, arrange some lists for food ahead, as stores were about a 20 minute drive; the hosts were great about letting us 'borrow' and replace food items.
      We went as part of a family vacation 18 months ago - my husband, me, our two kids, with my parents who rented the castle, my two brothers and their families and my sister. This place is perfect for adults AND kids, there is a secret stairway, as well as multiple game rooms (third floor and basement.) And the space to run or slide down the hill on snow toys, whether there is snow or not. This was the setting for our Late Summer vacation memory captured forever on video (and potential blackmail material for future fame.) The large play set, and the nice treks around the property provide wildlife glimpses and exercise for the needy. The TV room, multiple areas for gaming, videos, trampoline, trains, toys, offer actitivites for the couch potatoes. The second floor bedroom wing has its own TV room as well as spiral stair to the third floor play room and other bed rooms and areas. The kitchen has two refrigerators, AND a sunken area separated by a wall for videos / movies / tv so food preparation doesn't mean you don't get to be part of it all. The patio and casual dining are right off the kitchen and viewing room. There is a hottub. Remember to close it off - - the energy costs for this place must be outrageous, and the owners are clearly interested in making it work both for them and us, the renters (so help save some energy!) The rooms are lovely, we had the Master Bedroom Suite's ante-room, because we drew the short straw. So if you can imagine a beautiful bedroom being the worst, imagine how lovely the others are!! The reason I am writing this review now, I remembered one of the coolest things was the automated air system they set up to keep the house cool with solar reflective drapes and and air pull system. Now that we are planning to renovate our own castle in PA, I am hoping the owners will send us the information about how the system works, and how to go about installing one ourselves. If you can find an available time to rent this Castle, go for it! We used the casual table for meals, except our Castle Attire dinner, and the rest of the time, we left our quilting and craft projects there. This place would be perfect for any group that respects other peoples' property while having fun. This is not a place for drunken bachelor groups. It is a great place to make a family memory. If you can, arrange some lists for food ahead, as stores were about a 20 minute drive; the hosts were great about letting us 'borrow' and replace food items.

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