Highlands Castle... overlooking Lake George!

Castle in Adirondacks (Adirondack Mountains), Lake George, Bolton Landing
5/5 ( 7 Reviews)
  • Sleeps
  • Bedroom(s)
  • Bathroom(s)
    2 full, 1 half
  • $7,995



Poised on a graceful mountaintop overlooking majestic Lake George, your castle awaits you... From the moment you arrive, you'll sense the tranquility that surrounds this enchanting property and you’ll be captivated by the most spectacular view in the world! 
Highlands Castle is a hidden jewel in a private setting, yet only 3-minutes from downtown Bolton Landing with conveniences of a supermarket, gourmet restaurants, wine store, brewery, unique shops, 2-public parks with picnic areas, 2-public beaches, swimming, fishing, kayaking, tennis, golf, miniature golf, hiking trails, bicycling, boat rentals, scenic boat cruises, and more!
Guests will have access to the majority of this unique private estate called 'Highlands Castle' which includes your own private entrance, entryway foyer, vestibule, The Great Hall, music room/library, kitchen, dining room, family room, half-bath on the first floor, coat room, 'The Royal Bedroom' upstairs that sleeps 1-couple, and the outside terraces with the most spectacular views of Lake George and the Adirondack mountains!

'The King's Suite' located on the lower level is also included if your group totals 3-6 guests, plus you'll have additional access to the screened-in covered terrace and another outside lower terrace!

Your castle awaits... Highlands Castle, where serenity meets majesty!

We also have two (2) other castles on this same property:
1.) 'THE CASTLE COTTAGE'... our adorable mini-castle (with a beautiful lake view) sleeps 4-6 guests and is located just steps away from Highlands Castle.
2.) 'THE CASTLE GATEHOUSE' sleeps 4-7 guests and is nestled in a wooded setting at the entrance to our property.
Note: When renting Highlands Castle "all to yourself", you can only rent ONE additional castle, and we would recommend 'The Castle Cottage' because it's located right next door to Highlands Castle (the main castle).
Other things to note
Downtown Shopping: Take a relaxing stroll down Main Street and enjoy all the amenities that Bolton Landing has to offer! You'll discover fine gift stores, a wine store, brewery, clothing apparel, antique shops, museum, hair salon, pastry shop, and ice cream parlors!

Fun Activities: LAKE GEORGE, America's queen lake is 32-miles long, for all to enjoy! There's local hiking trails, bicycle trails, bike rentals, scenic boat cruises, boat rentals, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, water tubing, whitewater rafting, golf, miniature golf, horseback riding, basketball, tennis, skiing, snowboarding, and adventure sports! There’s plenty to do and see while you’re here including 2-public parks, picnic areas, and 2-beaches!

Experience the natural wonders of Lake George and our Adirondack paradise!
The memories of Highlands Castle and the Lake George region will last a lifetime!

3 unique CASTLES & SUITES for Rent!

Our Castles & Suites sleep 21-guests.

1.) Highlands Castle (*sleeps 4-8)
    *The Royal Bedroom' (sleeps 2)
    *The King's Suite (sleeps 2-6) 
We also have 2 others castles on the property!
2) The Castle Cottage (sleeps 4-6)
3.) The Castle Gatehouse (sleeps 4-7)

The Castle Cottage (sleeps 4-6)
$1145 per night for 4-GUESTS.
$125 per additional guest.

The Castle Gatehouse (sleeps 4-7)
$1145 per night for 4-GUESTS.
$125 per additional guest.

The King's Suite (sleeps 2-6)
$1145 per night for 4-GUESTS.
$125 per additional guest.

The Royal Bedroom (sleeps 2)
$1145 per night for 1-couple.

7-NIGHT SPECIAL: Stay 7-nights and get 1-FREE night! (You'll only pay for 6-nights)
30-NIGHT SPECIAL: Stay 30-nights and get 10-FREE nights! (You'll only pay for 20-nights)
Discount applies to Castle Cottage & Castle Gatehouse.

Our three Castles & Suites are hidden jewels in a private setting, yet only 3 minutes from the lake, beaches, restaurants, grocery store, shopping, hiking trails, kayaking, boat rentals, scenic cruise ship tours, and more!

You provide the Fairy Tale and we'll provide the Castle!... Whether it's time with family and friends, a royal vacation, anniversary or birthday celebration, proposal setting, honeymoon, special occasion, or any "experience" you can envision!

Highlands Castle is incomparable to all other places. That is what sets us apart. You won't find a more magical setting to share time with your loved ones.

Poised on a graceful mountaintop, a castle awaits you... From the moment you arrive, you'll sense the tranquility that surrounds this enchanting property and you'll be captivated by the most spectacular view in the world!

Accommodation, Features

Property Type
Castle, 6,000 sq. ft.
3 Bedroom(s), 8 Sleeps
King: 1
Murphy Bed: 1
Queen: 2
Sleep Sofa: 1
2 Bathroom(s) (1 Half bathrooms)
Combination Tub / Shower: 1
Half Bath: 1
Walk-in Shower: 1
Location Type
Lake View
Mountain View
Near The lake
Water View
Vacation Types
Away From It All
Boat Friendly
Sports & Activities
Tourist Attractions
Year-Round Vacation Rentals
Access & Parking
Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
Secure Parking
DVD Player
Satellite / Cable
Popular Amenities
Air Conditioning
Catering Available
Deck / Patio
Dining Area
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
Wireless Internet
Indoor Features
Activities / Restaurant Guide
Coffee Maker
Cooking Utensils
Dishes & Utensils
Hair Dryer
Living Room
Outdoor Features
Outdoor Furniture
Porch / Veranda
Terrace / Balcony
Activities & Adventure
Freshwater Fishing
Miniature Golf
Mountain Biking
Outlet Shopping
Paddle Boating
Pier Fishing
Scenic Drives
Sight Seeing
Nearby Attractions
Churches (0.5 miles)
Cinemas (18 miles)
Health/Beauty Spa (0.5 miles)
Library (0.5 miles)
Marina (0.5 miles)
Miniature Golf (10 miles)
Museums (0.5 miles)
Outlet Shopping (12 miles)
Playground (1 miles)
Restaurants (0.5 miles)
Theme Parks (16 miles)
Water Parks (16 miles)
Winery Tours (10 miles)

Additional Property Information

FAMILY RENTAL - $198/person.
The renter may have Family & Friends to the castle to enjoy time together.

Sharing Time with Family will be an unforgettable experience...
Highlands Castle is the perfect setting for a family gathering, reunion, birthday surprise, anniversary celebration, special occasion, or any "experience" you can envision!

Cherished family memories at Highlands Castle...
Highlands Castle is incomparable to all other places. That is what sets us apart.
The Great Hall and our outside lake-view terraces are yours to enjoy!
You won't find a more magical setting to share time with your loved ones.

The castle is suitable for smaller, more intimate family gatherings.
The property can accommodate up to 30-guests from 4:00pm - 8:00pm.

Fees, Taxes, Deposit

TypeTypePriceCharge Type
Cleaning FeeRequired $495One time
Occupancy TaxRequired 4%One time


Check in: 15:00 / Check out: 11:00

Renter is responsible for your guest(s) to adhere to all 'POLICIES' of Highlands Castle.

NO SMOKING, VAPING, and CANDLES are allowed inside or outside the property and Renter agrees that their credit card will be charged a $500 penalty if this policy is not adhered to.

Highlands Castle does not allow a bachelor party or any rowdy, loud, disruptive, or unruly gathering.

Highlands Castle is not suitable for amplified music or a DJ.

Renter agrees to respect a quiet time from 9pm to 9am in consideration to neighbors or other guests.

NO EXTRA PERSON can be on property during your rental period that is not confirmed on your reservation and Renter agrees your credit card will be charged a $500/person penalty for any extra person not confirmed on their reservation.

MAXIMUM CAPACITY POLICY: Renter agrees not to exceed the maximum capacity that is allowed for any castle or suite. Renter agrees your credit card will be charged a $500/person penalty for any person exceeding the maximum capacity that is allowed for any castle or suite.

Renter agrees to leave the rental space, property, and grounds in a clean and orderly condition.

Renter agrees to pay for any damage caused by Renter (or guests of Renter) that occurs during your stay and Renter agrees that your credit card will be charged in order to repair/restore the Highlands Castle property.

AC|HEAT POLICY: To conserve energy, renter agrees NOT to run AC or Heat with any window or door left in the open position. Renter agrees to pay $250 if this policy is not adhered to. Renter agrees to pay $750 if AC 'freezes up' because a window or door was left in the open position with AC running. Recommended AC thermostat setting is 74-degrees Fahrenheit (or higher).

SAFETY RESTRICTIONS: Standing or sitting on any outside terrace wall or terrace railing or stone wall is PROHIBITED on the property of Highlands Castle. Renter and any guest of the renter agree to adhere to this rule for their own safety.

Children are welcome but must be well-supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

NO PETS POLICY: Renter agrees that your credit card will be charged a $500/night penalty if this policy is not adhered to. Note: 2-friendly dogs live in the main castle but are not allowed in the designated guest areas. If you are allergic, please consider renting the King's Suite, Castle Cottage, or Castle Gatehouse.

Winter Season Bookings: Renter is advised to utilize a 4-wheel drive vehicle with snow tires for safety.

Highlands Castle does not offer any outside goods or services - just the rental of the castle.
Additional Info
EVENTS (parties, small gatherings, etc.) must be approved (in writing or via email) by the property owner and is categorized as a 'Family Rental' that allows the renter to invite family & friends onto the property to enjoy time together from 4-pm-8pm for an additional fee of $198/person plus and additional $495 cleaning fee.

SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED for a Family Rental or catered event. Security deposit refunded upon departure after a damage-free inspection.

Renter and any guests of Renter agree to conduct themselves in an orderly, respectful, and responsible manner in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Renter and any guests of Renter agree to depart the property immediately if requested to do so by the property owner in the event the HOUSE RULES or POLICIES of the Highlands Castle property are intentionally ignored, including the forfeit of any security deposit or rental payment.
Cancellation Policy
Payment is non-refundable although your payment can be applied to available date within 6-months if canceled with a minimum 14-day notice prior to your arrival date. Payment is forfeited with less than 14-day notice.
Pet Friendly: No
Smoking: No smoking
Children: Yes, great for kids
Long term rentals: Yes
Seniors: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Suitability Details
Highlands Castle is not suitable for rowdy events.
Highlands Castle is not suitable for a Bachelor Party.

About the Owner

Highlands Castle was born from a father's promise to his young son...
“Someday I’ll build a house where we both will live. A place where you can bring your friends and create special memories… Someday Jason, I will build you a castle."

Looking back to 1978, my 3-year old son would likely have never remembered these words. The promise had more to do with a desire to build a better life than an actual castle.

It would be another 5-years before the ideal property presented itself, a mountaintop in Bolton Landing, NY.

While clearing the land for the foundation, a picture was being painted. Within a matter of weeks, the most spectacular view in the world was uncovered. It seemed as though these majestic vistas had been waiting to be unveiled. How was it, that I would be the one to settle here? It was not simply luck, rather something much greater. HE heard the promise and would lead me to this specific spot.

Once the foundation was completed, the wood framing construction was to the roof in a few months and the structure began to find its outward appearance. I was finally able to graduate from my tent to a mattress on the floor… And I was quite happy to be sleeping in my own home.

In 1986, I met Yvonne, the woman who 'turned a pile of rocks into a home'. We were married here in 1992, and my parents who were both Methodist pastors officiated our ceremony. My parents performed two more family ceremonies over the years, as my sister Carol was married here, and my son Jason was also married at Highlands Castle.

"Jason, I promised that I would build you a castle, I didn't say you wouldn't be helping me!"... So, when Jason was a teenager, he joined in the stonework. Naturally resourceful, he recruited his football teammates to lend some muscle over the summer months. Their daily mantra was "Let's rock!" and they took great pride in their accomplishments while working together again as a team. (Jason was not only an impressive stonemason, but he also went on to earn an Architectural Engineering Degree, and achieve anything he put his mind to).

The stonework was a slow, tedious process and the labor of laying up more than 1,000 tons of local granite would take decades. Over the past 38 years, the property would evolve into what it is today... a series of three castles where families & friends from all over the world gather to create their own special memories.

We hope you'll share our story with your family & friends and you'll have an opportunity to visit us one day!

Kind Regards,
John A. Lavender II and Yvonne Lavender,
owners of Highlands Castle in Bolton Landing, NY

'Our Story' continued...
Often times, good things come out of bad experiences. In 2010 we began sharing our home with others. This was the good that came out of bad. Two years earlier, a fall from the roof resulted in a shattered right ankle and 4-operations. I would spend over 8-months in a wheelchair and on crutches before I could begin taking a few steps again. What emerged from a serious accident was an awareness of how fragile life is. It was time to reinvent myself and start a new chapter... One that I was grateful to have been given.

"If you build it, they will come" was a significant line in one of my favorite movies 'Field of Dreams'. My son volunteered to build a website in 2010... And they did come! Although I never had any plan or intention to rent our home, doing so has given me an opportunity to meet some wonderful and interesting people from all over the world who would share personal stories of how and why they were drawn to travel here. Tales that would make you smile, stories that were very heartwarming. while others were even heartbreaking. Countless visitors would find exactly what they were searching for... sharing precious time and laughter with their loved ones. Many would find peace and relaxation here, others would take time to rejuvenate or heal. And I would find something we all need, a sense of purpose.

When I think back to my words "Someday I will build you a castle", there was always a plan and a purpose. It just wasn't my plan.

Highlands Castle... overlooking Lake George!
Magical weekend in a magical place.

Magical weekend in a magical place.

After receiving some fairly bad news, my husband wanted to take me away to a tranquil, peaceful and beautiful place to take my mind away from things. He discovered The Highlands Castle in Boulton Landing. We arrived to a very warm and friendly welcome by the owners. A truly wonderful couple.
I was taken aback by the beauty of The Castle. Every detail from top to bottom. I especially loved the Tiffany glass.
Then you take in the view.
There is not a single place in the Castle where the view is simply stunning.
We spent a great deal of our evenings sitting on the terrace taking in the most incredible view of Lake George.
Breakfast was delicious and dinner plans were a breeze. The Sagamore is a good choice but there are many restaurants in Boulton Landing that are both affordable and delicious.
That did the trick. I came back to the City fully charged
The long weekend at The Highlands Castle was both peaceful and truly magical.
I highly recommended it to anyone that needs to get away from the craziness of the cities.
We look forward to our next visit

Stayed September, 2018

Thank you for choosing to stay at Highlands Castle and for sharing your experience with others. Take care of each other and be well. Kind Regards... until next time! John A. Lavender II

Highlands Castle... overlooking Lake George!
Best experience ever

So I booked this castle for my husbands birthday which was on jan.It snowed and was raining so the roads turned to black ice. However we called John who is the owner to help us as our car got stuck. He himself slipped a couple of times hurt his back but he walked all the down to get us in. He then got his wife Jeep to take us up. I honestly thank him for taking us up to the castle because he made that most adventurous and memorable moments of our life. He is probably is the best. We couldn’t go down in the black ice to have dinner so his wife made us yummy pasta , bread and beer. We couldn’t have asked for something better. There house is absolutely stunning, the views are spectacular. I am def taking my sisters to that place in April. My other sister is traveling from Australia and that place is worth going to. We loved it. Thanks John for making it a great experience for us.

Stayed January, 2018

Sheena & Vipul,
It was a pleasure meeting you, which is likely because you're such a fun & uplifting couple! We're pleased to hear your visit was a great experience (in spite of the unexpected 'black ice'). We look forward to seeing you again in April and the opportunity to meet your sister's next time!
Take care and be well,
John & Yvonne

Highlands Castle... overlooking Lake George!
Unique & wonderful castle experience

We just had a wonderful weekend at Highlands Castle 12/1/17-12/3/17. The royal bedroom is lovely. The bathroom tub is dreamy. The castle is beautiful and exactly as pictured, the views are breathtaking. The town was peaceful and quiet. We had breakfast at the Bolton Bean as recommended by our hosts and it was so good. Jennifer & Makayla were so friendly and provided the best service, coffee and food you could ask for. John and Yvonne are outstanding hosts, very kind and accommodating. It's a laid back peaceful vibe at the castle. Great for a nice relaxing weekend. What a blessing this lovely couple welcomes people into their home for this unique experience ♡ Ty, kindly, L&D

Stayed December, 2017

Hi Laurie & Dennis,
Thank you again for choosing to stay at Highlands Castle and we were honored to have you celebrate your 22nd anniversary here! We appreciate your wonderful review and hope you'll be back to visit us again one day. Until then, take care of each other and be well.
Kind Regards to a wonderful couple,
John & Yvonne

Highlands Castle... overlooking Lake George!
Breathtaking and peaceful

We had a wonderful time at Highlands Castle. Not only was it beautiful and exactly as pictured, the town was peaceful and quiet. We had breakfast at the Bolton Bean and went back the next day because it was so good. Drove down to Lake George for Sweet Basil dinner, which is our fav. Played tennis down by the beach. John and Yvonne have a peaceful energy that is difficult to put into words--we felt so relaxed all weekend. I will note that we are a same sex couple and were entirely nervous about our reception. I was scared we'd be thrown out--you never know. They were so welcoming and kind, it was a perfect weekend.

Stayed October, 2017

Hi Tayo & Michelle,
I'm happy that you had a wonderful time during your stay here. Sharing Highlands Castle with others is as meaningful to me as it is enjoyable for you. I believe you could sense that. Be well & take care, and help give my life purpose, which is my way of saying... don't be afraid to come back!
Kind Regards,

Highlands Castle... overlooking Lake George!
Spectacular Views

Found this gem of a place by a fluke and what a discovery! Absolutely beautiful views with a castle filled with authentic details. The best part-the owner John. You can feel the love he has for his home and family. A sincere man that genuinely welcomes all into his home sharing his love and stories. Unfortunately, I only stayed for 1 night as part of a girls weekend getaway. There was ample space, bedding was comfortable and the views were unparalleled that once we were in Lake George we were not impressed at all by the views there. If you're looking for privacy, comfort, unique views and authenticity-definitely visit Highlands Castle!

Stayed August, 2017

Hi Priya, Thank you for your kind review. I enjoyed meeting you and your wonderful friends and hope you'll visit us again some day. Be well, John

Highlands Castle... overlooking Lake George!
absolutely amazing! !!

What a special place ! We stayed at highland castle in august of 2015 when our daughter was one month old , and it is something we will never forget, it feels like such a special place, and it really is,everything was so authentic, yet so comfortable and cozy for a castle, amazing views views views !!! Beautiful grounds !! You really feel like you are in a fairy tale, every detail was perfect, and so spotless , this place is truly a treasure! Perfect for a fairy tale wedding or to just get away ! The owners are very special genuine people as well and will make sure your stay is perfect!

An absolute must visit!

Stayed October, 2015

I enjoyed meeting your family and I'm glad you found us! Hope we'll see you again in the future! Be well, John

Highlands Castle... overlooking Lake George!

Yes, wow! That is this home in one word! So beautiful and so eloquent! But the view over Lake George is WOW! The amazing view of the lake is one that can not be seen anywhere else. Gorgeous! We felt like we were climbing up to the sky and then there it was; a castle in the clouds! This place is so detailed and unique that you could really feel like a Prince or Princess as you move about the home. The owners are wonderful host and really make you feel comfortable. You have to hear the story of how this amazing place came to be from the owner; builder and host, John.

Stayed October, 2015

Hi Colleen, 'WOW'... what a wonderful review, thank you! I hope you'll be back again to visit us. Kind Regards, John

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