30 Most Incredible Castles in America

30 Most Incredible Castles in America

 

Centuries-old castles, majestic Royal palaces, and defensive fortresses jutting out of the fog, as if descended from the pages of fairy tales, excite the imagination. Castles are not just ancient defensive structures, they carry memories of the glorious past, great historical events, ancient legends, and romantic stories.

Despite the fact that whole centuries have passed, the majestic castles still amaze us with their harsh beauty, inaccessibility, and unique architecture. Castles are associated primarily with medieval Europe, knights, powerful walls and moats that protected their owners from enemy attacks. It is clear that the famous fortifications of Scotland or England are examples of castle architecture with a glorious history.

But do not discount other corners of the planet. For example, our castles are not as famous as their European counterparts, but they are also worthy of our attention. In America, there are about 50 incredibly beautiful and unique castles that surprise with their size and architecture. Visiting castles is probably reminiscent of the great castles of England, Ireland, and Scotland, but you don’t need to travel across the Atlantic to see them. In fact, you’ll find quite a few right here at home. These castles, which span the entire country from East to West, may not be as old as the magnificent structures across Europe, but many of their designs were inspired by them and are worth exploring. But on our list, we have collected 30 of the most stunning castles for sale in USA that every traveler can see.

Belcourt Castle

Location: Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Founded in 1690, the seaport became one of the most popular summer vacation destinations for wealthy American families by the beginning of the 20th century. Newport mansions are widely known, as well as many stories about ghosts who live in long-standing buildings here.

Belcourt is a former summer home designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt for Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont and located on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. This extraordinary castle was built for 3 years (1891-1894). During the construction of this building, emphasis was placed on the French Renaissance and Gothic, as well as various European styles. This incredible combination adds a special atmosphere inside the castle, as well as the appearance surprises with its beauty. Now it is an amazing Museum for tourists. And it is also included in the list of excellent American castles for sale.

Belvedere Castle

Location: New York

The state of New York has a rich history, which they know how to protect. Therefore, near new York, you can find a lot of interesting castles filled with stories and the charm of antiquity. One of these beautiful castles is Belvedere Castle.

The Belvedere castle was built by Calvert Vokes in the 1860s and was intended to adorn the Park, as well as serve as an observation platform that overlooked the Great Lawn, located to the North, and the Ramble promenade to the South. The castle is located in the center of the Park (79th street) on top of Vista Rock – the second-highest natural elevation in Central Park, which overlooks the places mentioned above, as well as the Delacourt Theater and Turtle Pond.

Since 1919, the castle has also performed other functions – the national weather service collects the necessary data here. Over time, the Belvedere Castle became dilapidated, so in 1984 it was completely restored and restored. It is now open to the public daily. You can use binoculars to view the flora and fauna of the Park, as well as paper and pencils for sketches.

Berkeley Castle

Location: Berkeley Springs, West Virginia

Samuel Taylor Sweet built this castle specifically for his beloved, to prove his love to her is Incredible, isn’t it? However, fate was unfair. The man died before the construction was completed. However, today castle in us pleases people with its beauty and style. There are 15 rooms in the castle, which are made in a charming design.

Biltmore Estate

Location: Asheville, North Carolina

One of the castles for sale in California is the Biltmore Estate.

Regularly visiting the beautiful surroundings of Asheville, North Carolina, George Washington Vanderbilt II fell in love with the landscape and decided to build his summer estate there. Of course, he had to have exciting architecture, since his older brothers already owned luxury homes, and he didn’t want to fall behind.

He created the “little mountain shelter” in the 1890s, but the Biltmore estate officially opened to his friends and family on Christmas eve 1895. The house area is 16,622. 8 square meters. The house has 250 rooms, 33 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, 3 kitchens, a gym, a bowling alley and a swimming pool (also under the roof of the house). The house is filled with objects of art and luxury and at that time was equipped with the latest technology-elevators, refrigerators, ventilation systems. The house is still in the possession of descendants of the Vanderbilt family. For the majestic gardens and wooded paths of this French Renaissance castle, George W. Vanderbilt II is responsible for Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. 

 Bishop’s Palace

Location: Galveston, Texas

In Colorado, near the San Isabel national Park, there is a very unusual castle. It is simply called “Bishop’s castle”. This name fully justifies itself, because it was designed and built by a single person, Jim Bishop. At the age of 15, Bishop is suddenly bored with life in the city, and he is going to move closer to nature. Spending the last penny, he buys 2.5 acres of land on a picturesque slope among mountains and wildlife, thinking to build a house for himself. Jim didn’t think of any plans or schemes but relied on his imagination. It was built in the late 1800s. Bishop’s castle is truly unique. From the Foundation to the tips of the spire, it is completely filled with unusual homemade items. These are wrought-iron stairs, stained-glass Windows, carved grilles and frames. But the real glory is the dragon’s head, which rises on the highest tower. It is made, you will not believe, from trays for hospital food. Unbelievable, but true. It is also interesting that when the fireplace is lit in the house, the head begins to breathe fire. An intimidating and at the same time attractive sight that can surprise any person.

Bannerman Castle

Beacon, New York

Perhaps almost everyone, thinking about the ruins of the castle, immediately imagines their Royal inhabitants, retinue, and Royal balls for the nobility. Castles that you can see when traveling around Europe, in general, correspond to such ideas. For example, the castle in the city of Malbork is famous from this point of view.

But when you travel to the United States, you can see castles that have a completely different story. For example, located on the Hudson River near New York, Pollepel island offers visitors a special castle. Not only are the ruins of the castle themselves an interesting sight, but the history of its appearance is also fascinating. Lost in the Hudson River, Bannerman’s castle began to be built in 1901 on Pollepel Island. It was planned to house a summer residence within its walls, but later the castle became an Armory.

It belonged to Francis Bannerman VI, who collected weapons and ammunition. It was not wise to keep such dangerous items in new York, where he lived with his family. This prompted Frank to move weapons, guns with gunpowder, and other ammunition out of the city. Also hidden on the island were priceless relics, such as a chain located across the river at West point during the Revolution to protect ships, a table belonging to General Washington and Arctic equipment that Admiral Perry used on an expedition to the North pole. You can see this castle when traveling in America, it is best to do it in the summer or fall.

Boldt Castle

Location: Alexandria Bay, New York

Little heart Island is located in the city of Alexandria, New York, and is part of the Thousands of Islands located on the St. Lawrence River. Boldt Castle, built in the early 20th century by the successful hotelier George Boldt, made the island a famous tourist attraction.

Construction of a large mansion in the style of an old Prussian castle began in 1900. Boldt, a former German immigrant who became the owner of several Manhattan hotels, decided to build a romantic abode for his beloved wife. To do this, he purchased a small island called Dark island, renamed it Heart Island, and began implementing his large-scale project. Architect Boldt castle became William Hewitt. Over the course of four years, about 300 workers worked simultaneously on the construction of the mansion and surrounding buildings.

And so, when the construction had already come to an end and the opening of the castle was planned for Valentine’s Day 1905, Boldt received a message about the sudden death of his beloved wife. All work was stopped, and the poor widower left HART island and never came back.

Boldt castle on HART island is now an attractive tourist destination. It is located in the Central part of the island and is surrounded by a beautiful Park. There are several other interesting buildings in the old style, which are also open to tourists. On the first floor of Boldt Castle, a Museum was opened, telling the sad romantic story of its construction.

The Breakers

Location: Newport, Rhode Island

The Breakers estate was built in 1895 by the railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt II, the grandson of the founder of the dynasty Cornelius Vanderbilt I, who along with Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and John P. Morgan, was the largest entrepreneur in the United States in the second half of the XIX century. This mansion has 72 rooms and a total area of 125,000 ft. From the late 1870s to the 1920s, the family hired the architects to build numerous homes along the East coast. The house was built in 2 years. They lived in it only in the summer and called it a dacha. Breakers was the most opulent and luxurious Palace in the area. It reflects the taste of the American upper class and their ambition to surpass the European aristocracy.

Cà d’Zan

Location: Sarasota, Florida

Ca’ d’zan – the mansion of one of the wealthiest people in America in the early 20s, a famous circus performer and circus owner, as well as art collector John Ringling. The building is built in the Venetian Baroque style. The Ringling mansion was built as a winter family residence in 1926. Its furnishings and architectural design imitate the Doge’s Palace in Venice and resemble the stately Gatsby house from the movie “The Great Gatsby” of the same name. Visit this historical place is worth any tourist who got to Florida.

Castello di Amorosa

Location: Calistoga, California

If you are in California, you will definitely notice the Castello di Amorosa among all the buildings. Because it is very different from others in its design and style. This unusual castle was built by Dario Ciotti. However, the story begins even earlier. His grandfather opened a winery many years ago. Unfortunately, due to the economic situation, his business collapsed. But Dario Sattui returned to California and continued this business. Construction of the castle began in 1995 but was completed only in 2007. This is an incredibly large and amazing building that attracts with its beauty. It has 107 rooms and offers incredible views.

 Castle Farms

Location: Charlevoix, Michigan

The castle is very similar to the architecture of France. It was built in 1918 in Michigan. Moreover, its Creator is the President of Roebuck. The castle has an incredibly beautiful facade, and the roof looks like a cartoon. The gardens impress with their beauty and richness. Originally, the castle was intended for displaying products, but now you can hold an event in this chic and charming castle.

 Castle in the Clouds

Location: Moultonborough, New Hampshire

The very name of this castle surprises. Although it was built by a shoemaker a little more than 100 years ago, in 1914. The castle was built for his wife on an incredibly beautiful mountain that overlooks the charming lake of new Hampshire. Just imagine how beautiful it is. Initially, you may think that it does not fit the modern criteria of convenience. But for that century, all the comforts in the house were state-of-the-art. The castle has a shower, vacuum system, and other amenities. Now the castle is under the protection of the Fund.

Chateau Laroche  

Location: Loveland, Ohio

And this castle was named after a hospital in France. It was built by Harry D. Andrews in 1929, who went through the first myrrh war. You won’t believe it, but he started building with the usual milk cartons, bricks, and cement. There are rumors that the house is haunted and haunted. But most visitors come to this place to see the incredible construction of this talented man. This is also one of castles for sale in Ohio.

Castle Museum

Location: Saginaw, Michigan

This unusual castle was built in 1898 for Saginaw. These were the first settlers of this state. They were French traders. That is why the castle is made in the French style and resembles the architecture of this country. Many interior and exterior items are made in the style of Renaissance and European architecture. There you will see unusual decorative elements of the Gothic style, furniture, windows, and doors of an attractive style.

Cherokee Ranch and Castle


Location: Sedalia, Colorado

In the state of Colorado was built by the Cherokee Ranch. This happened back in 1950. A draft of the castle was made by farmer Tweet Kimball. He was a lover of 15th-century castles, so this castle had a similar style. Surprisingly, he built the structure only from volcanic stone. His wife, Mrs. Kimball, always gave lavish parties at the castle. The house has preserved interior items, household items, and Antiques, which are of great value among art lovers. Now you can easily visit this castle and see everything with your own eyes.

Coral Castle

Location: Homestead, Florida

Coral castle USA is not like a castle in the literal sense of the word, it is a complex of structures, including a tower, a gate with a 9-ton sash, and a courtyard filled with bizarre megaliths. This strange place is located North of the city of HOMESTEAD in the state of Florida. Coral castle was built immigrated to America from Latvia Edward Leedskalnin. After his bride left him, he decided to perpetuate the castle in memory of their love. Despite the name, the ensemble is not made of corals at all, but of limestones and oolites. How the sculptor and architect managed to erect such huge structures is unknown. The castle is listed on the register of historical attractions and is popular with tourists. Now, it is an incredible Museum.

Fonthill Castle

Location: Doylestown, Pennsylvania

The old Fonthill castle is now considered one of the most mystical and beautiful castles in the United States. It was built in four years, and the construction work was completed in 1912.

The first and one of the most famous owners of the castle was the archaeologist Henry Mercer, it was under his supervision that the finishing work of all forty-four rooms took place. Absolutely all rooms in the castle were designed by hand, the interior was a unique combination of Gothic and Byzantine style. Mercer filled the castle with many of his works, including engravings and tiles. One of the main features of the castle is considered a unique finish of ceramic tiles, absolutely all of it was made by hand.

Some of the skillful tiles were made by Macer himself, and some were brought by him from various European countries and China. The wonderful tiles that the owner of the castle has been making for many years are not the only feature of the old castle. In some of its rooms, the unique decoration has been completely preserved, while in others you can see beautiful built-in furniture.

Currently, there is an interesting museum within the walls of the castle, among the exhibits of which there are many personal belongings of its former eminent owner. The Museum’s exposition includes more than 6,000 books that previously belonged to the scientist, as well as several hundred archaeological artifacts discovered by him during expeditions to various countries.

Gillette Castle

Location: East Haddam, Connecticut

Would you like to visit the castle that was built by the actor who played the role of Sherlock Holmes in 1914? If so, then Gillette Castle is just for you. It is located in the Eastern part of Haddam, in the state of Connecticut. It was built by William Gillette in the style of European architecture. It is full of various amazing vintage interior details that will surprise you. You will see incredible mirrors, antique door handles, vases, and other items. This is one of the castles for sale in the USA that is worthy of your attention.

Grey Towers Castle

Location: Glenside, Pennsylvania

Next on our list is Grey Towers Castle. It was built in 1898 and was owned by local sugar magnate William Welsh Harrison. The pompous mansion replaced the house that stood in this place, which burned to the ground in the winter of 1893.

The Union of the Harrison couple was ambiguous, any family has secrets. It is only known that upon arrival at the Castle, each occupied a wing of the building. Mr. Harrison is on one side and Mrs. Harrison and the children are on the other. Both in the castle itself and the surrounding buildings, there are many secret passages created for unknown purposes. This is a very mysterious and unusual castle. Grey Towers castle now serves as the student residence of Arcadia University in Glenside in Pennsylvania.

Hammond Castle

Location: Gloucester, Massachusetts

John Hayes Hammond, Jr. spent his entire childhood in the United Kingdom. This influenced the construction of this castle. During his travels, he collected various stones and materials. It was their inventor who used them in the construction of the structure. The castle was built in 1920. It combined several styles, such as Roman, Renaissance, and others. Now it is a very interesting and surprising Museum that anyone can visit and see the interior of the building, the garden, the exterior.

Hearst Castle

Location: San Simeon, California

Hearst’s castle was built by William Randolph Hearst (a publishing magnate) between 1919 and 1947 and was originally intended as a family home for him, his wife, and five children. And it all started with the fact that in 1865 a large plot on the California coast was purchased by our hero’s father – George Hearst. After the death of his father, and then his mother in 1919. William Hurst inherited a considerable sum of money and began building the castle in the same year. Hearst castle is now a national historic landmark on the Pacific coast of California. The house has 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 living rooms, several swimming pools, and tennis courts, a cinema, an airfield, and the world’s largest private zoo. This is one of the incredible castles in northern California.

Hempstead House

Location: Sands Point, New York

This castle was built by railway magnate Jay Guld, but the castle was ordered by His son. Originally, the castle was to be built in the style of an Irish castle. But then Gould was disappointed with the appearance of the castle, so another house was built nearby. You can visit this architectural structure on a guided tour. It looks very stylish and beautiful. Moreover, it can be seen in such a famous film as the Smell of a woman.

Iolani Palace

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Iolani Palace was once the Royal Palace of the rulers of Kalakaua and Liliuokalani and is located in the heart of Honolulu. This is the only Royal Palace in the United States, so it is unique. Since 1978, it has been operating as a Museum for tourists, and previously for 80 years, it served as the official government building of the top management of the Islands. The exposition of The Iolani Palace, in addition to household items, includes preserved precious crowns, books in the library, furniture, paintings, and the bedroom of Queen Liliuokalani. The 4-hectare park surrounds the picturesque architectural structure and harmoniously complements it.

Lyndhurst Mansion

Location: Tarrytown, New York

Lyndhurst manor is a monument of 19th-century Gothic architecture. It was built in 1838 by one of the greatest American architects, Alexander Jackson Davis. The Park in the estate has remained unchanged since the 19th century – elements of landscape design include wide lawns with an emphasis on shrubs and trees, curved paths, and gazebos.

This is one of the most beautiful parks in the North of the state. The interior of Lyndhurst is strikingly unusual. It is not at all like the later estates along the Hudson River, with few rooms, and they strictly follow the Gothic style. The corridors are narrow, the Windows are made like the Windows of a Gothic Cathedral-narrow, and ending in a Gothic ornament, the vaulted ceilings are fantastically pointed up, have a variety of ornaments. At one time, Lyndhurst was home to William Paulding, merchant George Merritt, and  Jay Gould. Each of the owners added something to the appearance of the estate and now it is a unique estate, visiting which you can find out how the wealthy Americans of that time lived.

OHEKA Castle

Location: Huntingdon, New York

New York: a city of glass skyscrapers, constant movement, and freedom. City of music and wind. Art and Finance. Beauty, fashion, and relaxation. In this city, you will find castles you can stay in USA. One of such castles is OHEKA Castle, an incredible castle that can be considered luxurious and elite. It is called the Outflow estate on. To get to it, you need to go to the North shore of long island. The castle covers an area of 109,000 square feet, and the castle has 127 rooms. It was built in 1914. Now it is a great hotel for tourists, but you should pay well for a night in this place.

Sir Ivan’s Castle

Location: Southampton, New York

One of the castles for sale we can be called Sir Ivan’s Castle. It used to belong to the talented and famous artist Sir Ivan. He was an avid fan of the Gatsby style, so the castle has a similar design and interior. Inside the castle, you can admire amazing items, furniture, gold inserts, stone fireplaces that have a unique style, armor, a huge table, and much more. Moreover, there is a swimming pool and a tennis court, even though it is an old castle.

Thornewood Castle

Location: Lakewood, Washington

And the next castle was built only because of Chester Thorne’s love for the English manor. For the sake of his dream of having such an estate in Washington, he dismantled and moved the estate from England, and then reassembled it. Amazing story. The castle was built in 1811. It has been visited by many famous and great people. And today it is one of the best castle hotels in  USA. You can come here with your loved ones, enjoy the incredibly beautiful nature and the castle itself. Also, this is where the Secret garden is located.

Vikingsholm

Location: Lake Tahoe, California

The next excellent castle will appeal to fans of the Scandinavian style. It is located near Lake Tahoe, so there are just extraordinary scenic views and places. Vikingsholm is a 38-room mansion that used to belong to Laurie knight. Visitors to this castle will be able to see beautiful handmade furniture, Scandinavian doors, charming huge fireplaces, and other excellent interior items.

Villa Zorayda

Location: St. Augustine, Florida

Do you want to feel the atmosphere of Spain while being in Florida? Then Villa Zoraida is perfect for you. This castle was built by Franklin Smith in 1883. The style of the Villa is incredibly similar to the Alhambra Palace in a Spanish town. Inside you will see bright tiles, luxurious sofas, a carpet made of cat hair, and many other incredible items. It used to be Smith’s property. But now anyone can visit this amazing museum and see the exhibits.

Winterthur

Location: Winterthur, Delaware

Winterthur is more like an estate or manor house than a castle. The owner of this castle was the well-known Henry Francis DuPont. He was interested in art, but one day decided that 100 rooms in the castle were not enough for him, so he decided to add another 75. Interesting solution! Today it is a Museum, so if you are a fan of history and art, you can visit it and learn a lot. The interior and space around the house will help you to plunge into the atmosphere of the past years and get incredible emotions.

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