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  Castle in the Clouds
by deecat

Castle in the Clouds is a mountaintop estate overlooking beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee located in Moultonborough, New Hampshire.

It's real name is Lucknow Mansion, and it was built by shoe manufacturer millionaire, Thomas Gustave Plants, who in 1911 hired 1,000 Italian masons who took 3 years and 7 million dollars to finish it.

Way ahead of its time, it had such items as a centralized intercom system, self-cleaning oven, electricity (powered by his own water powered generator), & a central vacuum system.Plant also had the first fire truck in Moultonborough, &, would you believe it, fire hydrants IN the house!

More amazingly, the kitchen floor is a jigsaw puzzle. No glue was used; instead, the pieces were made to fit together very tightly, and this floor still exists. The fairy-tale home has 16 rooms, 8 bathrooms, & a huge skylight. There's a secret room for reading that was not entered by another person until after Plant's death in 1941.

Built of NH Granite stones from the mountain to create thick, sturdy walls, it featured a Spanish red slate roof with an Oriental slope. Yet, it also contained structures of English, Norwegian, Swiss Chalet, & Japanese design! I was amazed when I learned that no nails were used to build this fantastic structure! All the doors are made of lead.

There was also a lavish stable, a personally designed golf links, & a 75-foot-long hothouse. After touring the house, explore the grounds. There are streams, cascading waterfalls, woodlands, & meadows. You can feed the giant trout.
Today, it is part of a 5,000 acres, which is also the location of the Castle Springs Water Bottling Plant.

Thomas Plant chose this location because there was a water spring. The spring is caged & covered: no light so no vegetables can grow, & no litter.

The Plant bottles the water, & there is also a small brewery with free samples of both beer & water.
Thank goodness I keep notes in my journal!
This is really A MUST SEE PLACE!

Address: P.O. Box 131, Route 171, Moultonborough, NH 03254
Phone: (603)476-2352

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  • Updated Jun 5, 2005
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