Rte. 171, Moultonborough, New Hampshire
The castle was the dream of Thomas Gustave Plant, a multimillionaire whose objective was to have an environment in which he could behold nothing but beauty.
Purchasing 6,000 acres of woodland and sparing no expense, Plant built his mansion on a promontory with views of the island-studded lake below and the White Mountains in the distance. To achieve the perfection he required, Plant utilized the skills of vast numbers of European artists and craftsmen. The estate, completed in 1914 at a cost of $7 million, was named Lucknow.
Miles of carriage roads and riding trails wind through quiet woods fragrant with pine to waterfalls, ponds, streams, and hilltops with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. There are garden walks and tours of the mansion, where the stained-glass windows depict some of the scenery. The best time to visit is from mid-Sept. to mid-Oct., when the autumn foliage is brilliant.
Open weekends starting mid-May, daily June–mid-Oct. Admission charged.