The Castle Gatehouse

Castle in Adirondacks (Adirondack Mountains), Lake George, Bolton Landing
5/5 ( 4 Reviews)
  • Sleeps
  • Bedroom(s)
  • Bathroom(s)
    2 full, 0 half
  • $1,145



'The Castle Gatehouse' sits in a quiet wooded setting... yet only 3-minutes from beautiful Lake George and all the downtown amenities of Bolton Landing NY! Guests will also have access to the upper LAKEVIEW terrace of Highlands Castle overlooking beautiful Lake George! The spacious GRAND upstairs living area features high vaulted ceilings throughout, a full-size kitchen with counter seating, dining area, family room, motorized reclining sofas, and 65" TV.

The Castle Gatehouse includes 2-king beds, 1-queen bed, 1-twin bed, plus 2-private bathrooms with tile showers. (King bed+twin+bathroom in the same suite) You provide the Fairy Tale and we'll provide the Castle... Whether it’s time with family & friends, honeymoon, royal vacation retreat, anniversary or birthday celebration, proposal location, girls' weekend getaway, or any "experience" you can envision! Cherished family memories at The Castle Gatehouse... You won't find a more magical setting to share time with your loved ones.

You'll have 'The Castle Gatehouse' all to yourself to enjoy... and will only share this castle with your family & friends that you invite to stay with you! Your privacy will always be respected, but please know that I'm available (via phone, text, or email) if there's anything you need, or if you would like to chat in person! 'The Castle Gatehouse' is a hidden jewel in a private wooded setting, yet only 3-minutes from downtown Bolton Landing with conveniences of a supermarket, gourmet restaurants, unique shops, 2-public beaches with picnic areas, swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, tennis, golf, miniature golf, water tubing, whitewater rafting, hiking trails, biking trails, jet-ski rentals, boat rentals, scenic boat tour cruises, and more!

Bolton Landing offers an array of wonderful family-owned restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner... all just 3-minutes away! There's also a local grocery store down the street for all your cooking needs. Stop in and enjoy all the amenities that Bolton Landing has to offer. From fine gift stores, novelty and antique shops, clothing stores, hair salons, camping apparel, bakery, candy store, ice cream parlors and so much more! There’s plenty to do and see while you’re here, plus 2-public beaches with picnic areas just off Main Street. Experience the natural wonders of Lake George and our Adirondack paradise!

The memories of 'The Castle Gatehouse' and our Lake George region will last a lifetime!

DO YOU NEED ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR MORE GUESTS? We also have two (2) other castles on this same property: 1.) HIGHLANDS CASTLE has two (2) bedroom suites and sleeps 4-8 guests. 'The Royal Bedroom' sleeps 1-couple and 'The King's Suite' sleeps 2-6 guests. 2.) 'THE CASTLE COTTAGE... our adorable mini-castle sleeps 4-6 guests and has a beautiful lake view.

Accommodation, Features

Property Type
Castle, 1,800 sq. ft.
3 Bedroom(s), 7 Sleeps
King: 2
Queen: 1
Twin / Single: 1
2 Bathroom(s)
Walk-in Shower: 2
Location Type
Lake View
Mountain View
Near The lake
Water View
Vacation Types
Away From It All
Sports & Activities
Tourist Attractions
Year-Round Vacation Rentals
Access & Parking
Secure Parking
Satellite / Cable
Popular Amenities
Air Conditioning
Deck / Patio
Dining Area
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
Wireless Internet
Indoor Features
Coffee Maker
Cooking Utensils
Dishes & Utensils
Hair Dryer
Iron & Board
Living Room
Outdoor Features
Deck / Patio
Outdoor Furniture
Porch / Veranda
Activities & Adventure
Freshwater Fishing
Horseback Riding
Jet Skiing
Miniature Golf
Outlet Shopping
Paddle Boating
Pier Fishing
Scenic Drives
Sight Seeing
Water Skiing
Water Tubing
Whitewater Rafting
Nearby Attractions
Churches (3 minutes)
Cinemas (16 miles)
Library (3 minutes)
Marina (3 minutes)
Miniature Golf (12 miles)
Museums (3 minutes)
Outlet Shopping (15 miles)
Playground (3 minutes)
Restaurants (1 miles)
Theme Parks (16 miles)
Water Parks (16 miles)


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-Nightly rateWeekly rateMonthly rateMin. StayChange-over
Rate summary $1,145 - - 2 Nights -

Fees, Taxes, Deposit

TypeTypePriceCharge Type
Cleaning FeeRequired $205One time
Occupancy TaxRequired 4%One time


Check in: 03:00 / 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
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.
Pet Friendly: No
Smoking: No smoking
Children: Yes, great for kids
Long term rentals: Yes
Seniors: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No

About the Owner

John A. Lavender II - owner of Highlands Castle. Highlands Castle was born from a promise I made to my young son... “Someday I’ll build a house where we both will live… a place we’ll call home. 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 with a chain saw rather than a brush. Within a matter of weeks, the most spectacular view in the world was uncovered. The majesty of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains seemed as grateful as I was to be unveiled. How was it, that I would be the one to settle here? I believe He heard the promise and lead me to this specific spot. It was not simply luck, this was something much greater. 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 finally graduated from the living quarters of a tent to a mattress on the floor, which was fine with me… 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. (In 2008, my son Jason & Mary would be married at Highlands Castle with his grandparents also officiating their wedding). "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 what they accomplished 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 37 years, the property would evolve into what it is today... a series of three castles. In 2010, my wife Yvonne and I decided to make Highlands Castle available so others could experience what our family has been so fortunate to enjoy. Since then, families & friends from all over the world have gathered here to create their own special memories. We hope you'll visit us, too! Poised on a graceful mountainside overlooking majestic Lake George, a castle awaits you...

The Castle Gatehouse
Very nice place. Beautiful....

Very nice place. Beautiful.

Stayed August, 2020

The Castle Gatehouse
Lovely Gatehouse....

Lovely Gatehouse.

Stayed August, 2020

The Castle Gatehouse
It was a nice retreat, 15-20 min walk to the shops...

It was a nice retreat, 15-20 min walk to the shops and lake. The house is designed so the LR and kitchen are on the second floor with one bedroom on the first floor. The rooms were a bit smaller than I expected. Also we had cleaned the house (again presumably) bc of COVID and left a window open. The host drove up and asked about why it was open, counted an extra person from just the family outside grilling and hanging out. It felt a bit uncomfortable as we felt our privacy was stepped on a little. An open window is not reason enough to question a guest. The hosts were accommodating in check in and check out times, which was nice. They got us propane for the grill, and were responsive. All in all, it was a nice stay.

Stayed July, 2020

Sanam - Thank you for your review, but I felt I should respond...
Our rooms are quite SPACIOUS as represented in our photos (yes, except for the one bedroom with the full bed, which was likely smaller than you expected).

The only reason I addressed the 'open window' was the Air Conditioner was running and an open window can potentially 'freeze up' the AC and shut it down. I simply wanted to prevent this from happening and keep your family comfortable during your stay. (I've now heard 3-different reasons for the 'open window': You said your son opened the window to watch the July 4th fireworks. Then your brother-in-law told me the window was open to 'air out' something your family cooked. Now I've read the window was open when you cleaned the house (again) because of COVID?).

It wasn't my intention to step on your privacy about the extra you brought, it was to discuss the '$125 extra guest charge' which we resolved amicably, and I thank you!

I'm glad to know it was a nice stay, and you'll welcome back anytime!
Kind Regards,

The Castle Gatehouse
We loved our stay at the Gatehouse! A wonderful lo...

We loved our stay at the Gatehouse! A wonderful location and a place full of character. John was an excellent host, and I would recommend his home to anyone!

Stayed September, 2019

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