Highlands Castle is one of the most exquisite and spectacular properties to become available in years in all of Upstate New York and the Adirondack Park. The castle sits atop a graceful mountainside, overlooking Lake George and the quaint town of Bolton Landing. The property is surrounded on all sides by lovely wooded acreage that includes the castle, a gatehouse and a guest house.
Upon entering the castle, you are immediately drawn to a set of Romeo & Juliet stained glass doors, that lead into a magnificent Great Room with scale and grandeur not ordinarily experienced. The Great Hall features two separate balconies, 25-foot high beamed ceilings, and a magnificent focal fireplace flanked by life-sized hand-carved wooden knights. As the Great Hall pulls you in further, you are captivated by the twenty one floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the most spectacular 180-degree panoramic views of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains.
The castle has large and sweeping patios that envelope its footprint, providing entertaining areas and views from every perspective possible that are accessed organically from numerous points and levels in the castle. The second floor has two separate wings. One is the lavish master bedroom fit for a king and queen, with large full master bathroom, a 2-story tower sitting area, a window seat with beautiful lake views, and a balcony overlooking the Great Room below. The other is a guest wing and has a large bedroom with a secret linen closet behind a floor-to-ceiling mirror, and a full bathroom complete with a hand-made hammered copper tub fit for royalty.
There is a secret stairway hidden in one of the front rooms that takes you down to the lower level, and the large entertaining or flexible space area is then accessed through a faux-bookshelf secret passageway, typical of a traditional castle. The front of the castle on the lower level features a covered terrace which includes a series of windows that afford unobstructed views of Lake George. This level also opens to a lower-level patio, with two sets of stairs bringing you back up to the main level.
The Carriage House can be a separate suite for guests, in-laws, or overflow. It has 2 bedrooms, a full bathroom and living quarters. The separate Gatehouse below has living quarters, a full bathroom, two bedrooms for additional space to sleep family or guests, plus garage and boat storage. The price upon request at Sotheby’s International Realty.