Route 171, Moultonboro, New Hampshire
"In the heart of New Hampshire, on the southern slope of the
Ossipee Mountains, lies Lucknow, a magnificent estate of 6,300 acres, extending from the
summit of the mountains to the north shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, and bordering the Lake
for a mile and a half. The estate is composed of hundreds of acres of meadow and pasture
land, but the greater part of the entire property is woodland. Through these and over the
mountains, through the lowlands and along the Lake, run more than thirty miles of private
driving roads and bridal paths.
"Midway between the Lake, one of the most beautiful in the
country, and the crest of the mountains, on a hilltop 750 feet above Lake Winnipesaukee,
is located the house, commanding on all sides views of incomparable beauty, majesty, and
inspiration. The natural setting of the house with it's background of lofty mountains; the
immediate environment of rolling plateaus, shaded valleys, streams, and falls running
through rocky gorges; the mile upon mile of wooded drives and bridal paths, and finally
the far-flung vistas across a most beautiful lake off into the distance - provides a
general assembling of natural beauty acknowledged by worldwide travelers to be without
The preceding was wealthy
industrialist Thomas Plant's description of his magnificent estate, built at Lake
Winnipesaukee after searching North America and Europe for the perfect location.
Construction began in 1913 and took one thousand workers three years to
complete. The stone exterior is made from Granite blasted from the surrounding mountains.
The stones were hand carved by Italian stone masons who, on a good day, could cut and lay
in place three stones. Plant ordered that the stones be shaped primarily as pentagons,
symbolizing the five great powers of the world. The lumber for the exterior and interior
woodwork was cut from the property and hand hewn in the shipyards of Bath, Maine before
being shipped back to the site by railroad, boat and horse.
The 26 pictures that appear here
were taken on a perfect day in August of 1997. Although they provide a sample of a visit
to Castle in the Clouds the house and property can only be fully
appreciated by visiting the estate in person.
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House Interior - Page 2
House Exterior and Grounds
House Exterior and Grounds - Page 2
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