What if you could spend all of your vacations living a true life fantasy? Once you walk into this home, you’ll instantly fall in love. Go back to a time in our Victorian past, when people actually did indulge in their fantasies. Live like royalty in this magnificently appointed home, modeled after the Queen Anne style manors of Old England. There’s a beautiful, scenic golf course, practically next door. Jackson is one of the prettiest New England villages you’ll ever find! And, it’s in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, just minutes from Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast.
Known as “The Castle”, this pristine, architectural showpiece was built on a unique, rocky overlook, directly across from the scenic Jackson Falls on the Wildcat River. Originally built by General Marshall C. Wentworth and his wife, Georgia T., groundbreaking took place in June of 1891, and the home was completed by 1893.
The Wentworths built this elegant home while developing Wentworth Hall and Cottages, a grand resort hotel, which is still very popular today with its 18-hole golf course for summer enjoyment, and cross-country ski trails during the winter months.
Constructed with natural stone from the Ellis and Wildcat River valleys, the foundation is said to be 7 feet thick. Two towers with conical, slate covered roofs are prominent at the front of the home, attached to a central hipped roof dormer. This is one of the original White Mountain Cottages, which were built as “Summer Homes” for the rich and famous of the Victorian era.
The home has countless unique and whimsical features, and is in remarkably pristine condition. Incredible workmanship went into the oak and birch woodwork and built-ins including hutches, wainscoting, railings, casings, moldings, fireplaces, arched doorways, bookcases and more. Numerous antique chandeliers can be found throughout the home.
The domes of each tower each have their own mystical settings. In one, a hand-painted tent ceiling is wonderfully preserved in the octagonal tower bedroom. The other tower bedroom was known as the “Mystic Chamber”. This bedroom has an alluring blue ceiling, and an acoustical phenomenon, extremely noticeable when speaking from the center of the room.
New systems and updates are in place, seamlessly preserving the original splendor of this magical home. The chimneys have been repointed, the entire foundation is pointed and sealed in the lower level.
The home features 13 rooms, each with its own ambiance and elegance. There are 6 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths. There are 8 fireplaces of elaborate and intricate detail, designed specifically for each room.
The grounds include gardens, walkways, and overlooks. There’s also a caretaker’s cottage and a heated garage.
Everything about this home is original, unique and inspiring. Like many of the “White Mountain Summer Cottages” these homes were built upon imagination and fantasy with sound architecture. They were meant to reflect their surroundings. Each side of these houses were unique to present their own effect in relation to the background. Originally known as “The Towers”, this home’s local name evolved into “The Castle”. It certainly has the look and feel of a castle, and holds a special place among the fabulous homes of the White Mountains.
The Wentworth Castle isn’t just a fantasy home. It’s in a fantasy location! Surrounded by scenic mountain views, sparkling rivers, waterfalls and inspiring trails, the Mount Washington Valley is 4-season destination with some of the most brilliant fall foliage in the country, world class skiing in the winter, and tax free, discount outlet shopping on a grand scale. It has been the choice location for countless weddings and upscale events. It would make a perfect venue for corporate retreats. But family and friends are most important. The Wentworth Castle is on the market at an incredible value, and could be the best family heirloom of all.