|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Located atop of a hill, amidst 500 acres with miles of walking & groomed x-country ski trails, outdoor hot tub, & 5000 gallon swimming pool. This extraordinary 11,000 sq. ft. castle has incredible views of Mt. Monadnock from the N & lake/ beach from the S.
Enjoy the solitude & amazing sunsets on this gorgeous property in Rindge, NH. Great for family reunions, retreats, etc. Please note: no weddings, banquets, or receptions, only housing of such.
The castle was built by the owner & completed in 1995. The interior design is unique in it's secret stairways, slate & hardwood floors throughout, Gothic arches w/ faux stone walls, a huge formal yet comfortable living room w/ a marble & granite fireplace offset w/ a gorgeous grand piano, 9 foot ceilings,authentic tapestries & scrolled glass doors that open into a large Wedgwood style dining room offering a recessed ceiling w/ a lighted sunset. The basement bar/game room & third floor playroom will insure that everyone of all ages have fun!
AGE REQUIREMENTS: The Guest must be at least THIRTY (30) YEARS OLD to rent the property. Please note that this is very important as YOU WILL HAVE FULL RESPONSIBILITY of the castle while you rent it. THIS IS OUR HOME, SO PLEASE TREAT IT WITH RESPECT, JUST AS YOU WOULD WANT SOMEONE TO CARE FOR YOUR HOME. THANK YOU.
We strictly limit the amount of people in the castle for any gathering including WEDDINGS, BANQUETS, or RECEPTION to 22 people in total.
FIREWORKS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED BY THE TOWN OF RINDGE. NO FIREWORKS ON THE PREMISES OR ON THE BEACH. IF ANY FIREWORKS ARE HEARD BY THE NEIGHBORS, THE POLICE WILL BE CALLED AND YOU WILL LOSE YOUR ENTIRE DEPOSIT.
THERE IS A 10pm OUTDOOR NOISE ORDINANCE; THIS MEANS ALL NOISE MUST BE INSIDE THE CASTLE AFTER THIS TIME.
THE FIREPIT MUST NOT BE MOVED. IT IS 25 feet FROM THE PROPERTY WHICH IS THE REQUIRED DISTANCE ACCORDING TO THE FIRE CODES. THE FIREPIT AT THE HOME AND AT THE BEACH CAN ONLY BE USED FROM 5pm-9am.
THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF ALL RULES LISTED ABOVE, AND FOLLOWING THEM ACCORDINGLY.
The only entrance to the castle is Sauvola Drive which is off Able Road in Rindge, NH close to the Rindge/Fitzwillaim town line. There is a designated Castle Beach marked specifically for you. This home is our primary residence. Our children grew up in this home and now return to visit with their families.
This property,was in the works of being built in 1993 and finished in 1995. John's love of Castles began when he was a young child and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania. As an adult he found this beautiful 500+ acreage of land quite by accident in the woods of New Hampshire. The plans to build this home began after much travel throughout, Europe exploring other castles. Today, after our five children have grown up and left this wonderful home, they continue to return to this gorgeous property to come together as a quite large extended family. We continue to celebrate many of the holidays here with our family and have now opened it up to you so that you may enjoy it as much as we do.
John & Lynda Hunt purchased this castle in 1995
The Cathedreal of the Pines is a must see located in Rindge 5 minutes away with beautiful gardens; a historical landmark you would not want to miss. In less than 30 minutes, one can venture to Mount Monadnock, the most climbed mountain in the world. For the first time climbers, Pack Monadnock , only 25 minutes drive (across from Temple Mountain), is also a great family climb for those who have younger children. The views are spectacular. The town of Fitzwilliam, approximately 10 minutes away, is famous for it's Antiques. The town of Peterborough ( approximately 20 minute drive or less) well known for the 'Peterborough Players' theatre house, was also the setting for the well known play 'Our Town'. It also has many cozy shops and wonderful restaurants. The bustling city of Keene is great for window shopping, fine dining, and entertainment. The Colonial Theatre in Keene, features plays with some well know actors, singers and comedians and is located on Main St. Twinkle Town miniature golf can also be enjoyed by all and is located between the towns of Rindge and Keene approximately 15 minutes away. Also, there are many lakes and state parks that are close by (not more than 20 minutes drive) for a great beach day.
The castle was all the we hoped for and more. The layout, particularly the living room (with grand piano) and the central staircase (with suit of armor) were fantastic--well appointed, lavishly decorated, and impeccably maintained, with plenty of books, games, and movies. The kitchen had all the amenities, including staples (we had brought our own, not knowing what to expect).
We were 10 adults and 7 children. Even though it rained all weekend and we were essentially housebound, there was plenty of room for us to spread out, play, and socialize. (Ours was a family reunion, so that's how we wanted it. It was perfect for us.) We even used the jacuzzi outside and the kids had fun sliding down the hill. The bedrooms were wonderful and the playroom upstairs was great for the kids. We also got good use out of the pool table, darts, and poker table in the basement. It was extremely comfortable and everybody loved it.
The owner was very gracious. He provided a one-page listing of restaurants, etc. in the area prior to our arrival. He was very appreciative of our treatment of the place (we were conscientious about cleaning) and happily and promptly refunded our deposit in full.
The location, despite being just over the border from Massachusetts, is fairly remote. The property is grand, with great views. Outdoor activity is your best bet.
I recommend mapping out directions very carefully in advance. We got lost despite having a navigation system, a printed Google map, and maps on an iphone. Some roads are minor or dirt, and not all systems recognize them. Once you know where you're going, it's not difficult.
Three generations, seven families, twenty two people which included 11 kids aged three to twelve and not one " I am bored" for the entire stay. And how could you be bored, after all, it is a CASTLE. What a place and what a setting. The castle is so much fun to explore and enjoy - the kids loving the space, game room, secret passage ways, and the adults the space and certainly the great fire pit sitting atop the hill overlooking the spacious lawn and beautiful lake.
The lake was fantastic with plenty of kayaks and boats, plus privacy, and great swimming. So much to do including some fishing too. The 2 plus mile walk around the lake was great exercise and lots of fun through the woods.
There were tag football games, soccer, baseball and Frisbee games on the lawn. Bike riding on the trails, Frisbee gold through the woods on a certified course, hot tub, and more kept everyone active and busy.
Plenty of room to cook a meal for all of us at the same time and celebrate an important birthday for one of us.
We, like so many others have written, never left the property once we got there except a couple of quick trips to a nearby grocery store. Certainly for our visit here, we all learned that an extended family that "castles together", stays together.
Thanks to the owners, John and Linda for opening up their home so we and others could enjoy such an amazing experience. Also, a big thank you to the staff headed by Mike, a very helpful and informative host and to his assistant KR.
We will be having more reunions and certainly plan to return as soon as we can.
In researching accommodation for four generations (twenty people) to gather for the celebration of the eightieth birthday of our ‘clan patriach’ we were fortunate to discover Sunridge Castle. What more perfect place to celebrate someone who grew up in the shadow of the Royal Castle of Windsor, UK.
Sunridge was all we hoped for and more; a charming, whimsical and incredibly comfortable building in secluded grounds, with great views of Mount Monadnock and a pretty lake at the foot of the sweeping lawn running down from the castle patio….the fire pit was great in the evenings! An added bonus was the daily visit from Mike, the incomparable and informative caretaker, who made sure things were running smoothly.
We had a regatta on the lake using the wide variety of water craft; a tournament of team games on the lawn and a table tennis tournament in the games room; a royal banquet in the large dining room under the ‘sunset’ ceiling; many fun photo ops including a royal wave from the balcony and a shot of the birthday boy reclining in the master bedroom’s beautiful four poster bed wearing his crown. There was an endless variety of things to do for all ages.
We heartily recommend Sunridge Castle for that special large gathering or celebration. It offers a different experience (including cross country skiing in the winter we hear)and the owners have taken care to cover every detail necessary to make one’s stay comfortable.
Our family returned to the castle to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday. We had stayed for a week a few years ago and had such a great time. This time we were there in winter which was a completely different - but equally great - experience. We spent much of the time outside sledding. The hill in front of the castle was awesome for sledding - even the adults joined in - and those not sledding could hang out by the firepit and watch. The castle also provides cross country skis and there were so many sizes that everyone wanting to try it was able to find a pair that fit. Mike the caretaker was great, he is so helpful and we looked forward to him coming by every morning with the paper. We also really appreciate that everything is provided for us, bed linens, towels, paper towels, soap, shampoo, everything you could possibly need, which really cuts down on packing. We plan to return again this year, once we can agree on summer or winter! Thanks for a great vacation!
Six couples and a few additional friends went on vacation together in early October, 2013. We were at the castle for a week. I only went off-property twice, both times to get supplies. It was the same for most of us. Some never left!
The place is extraordinary. An involuntary smile will appear on your face when you make that final turn on the dirt road and see the castle for the first time, and it will be on your face pretty much your entire stay. Mike the caretaker was there to greet us and take us on a tour. As groups of friends arrived it was fun to take them on the tour and see their faces light up the same way.
The castle is huge yet comfortable.It is clean, well-maintained, and well equipped. With 15 people there was plenty of room for people to spread out. A common question was, "Have you seen [so-and-so]?"
We cooked every meal there -- never went out to eat even once -- and found every utensil and pot and pan we needed. We made use of the multiple fridges and dishwashers and sinks. We enjoyed breakfasts and lunches outside or hanging around the kitchen and our dinners in the fancy chandeliered dining room.
We had amazing weather so we spent a lot of time sitting out on the patio, playing outdoor lawn games (we brought Kubb with us -- perfect!), kayaking, sitting in the hot tub, and going for walks. The property is enormous -- it feels like you're in your own private state park with paths, benches, bridges,and lookout spots. The only bummer was that the water was being lowered in the lake while we were there, which reduced our use of the water and beach. Mike offered to take us to another lake where we could kayak more but we didn't take him up on it because were happy right where we were.
We played a lot of board games around the breakfast table in the kitchen. We brought bins of costumes and had lots of laughs dressing up for a couple of dinners. A couple of evenings we made a fire in the living room fireplace and sat around talking and snoozing. One night we made a fire in the outdoor fire pit.
Thank you to John and Lynda for making your exceptional castle available and to Mike for making us feel at home. This was one of the best vacations ever.
Few things in life exceed expectations but The Castle falls in that category. Everything you could hope to find in a Stone Castle on a mountaintop is there. The lake is equipped with enough watercraft; canoes(5), pedalboats(5), kayaks(4), paddleboards(2),sailboat(1) that I never once heard, "It's my turn!" If one of our 11 grandkids or 10 adults wanted to take a ride there was always a craft available. Mike the caretaker met us for a tour on our arrival and every morning at 8 AM sharp he delivered the day's morning paper and checked with us for anything we needed. The place is beautiful, the grounds are expansive with the HUGE GREAT LAWN out in front of the Castle for games of all sorts. The Championship Disc Golf Course was a real challenge for the "big boys" in the group and the unbelieveable DVD Movie collection kept the little kids and the teenagers busy on the rainy days. John and Linda have equipped the house with everything you'll need. Just bring yourselves your food and your imagination.
Thanks you to our hosts, John and Linda Hunt and their ever-available support staff, Mike and KR who helped us have the best Family Vacation in the 15 years we have been gathering our kids, spouses and grandkids all together from all over the USA.
The only entrance to the castle is Sauvola Drive in Rindge, NH which is off Able Road near the Rindge/Fitzwillam town line.
If you cross-country ski you, we provide 20 kilometers of skiing right here on the property. We have several ski resorts near by. Wachusett is 30 minutes away, Crotched Mt. is 40 minutes away, Pats peak is 50 minutes away and Mt. Sunapee is 70 minutes.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$775|
2 nights: $2,800 + $252Tax = $3,052, $775 deposit, total of $3,827
3 nights: $3,900 + $351Tax = $4,251, $775 deposit, total of $5,026
4 nights: $4,900 + $441Tax = $5,341, $775 deposit, total of $6,116
5 nighst: $5,900 + $531Tax = $6,431, $775 deposit, total of $7,206
6 nights: $6,900 + $621Tax = $7,521, $775 deposit, total of $8,296
7 nights: $7,900 +$711Tax = $8,611, $775 deposit, total of $9,386
We accept personal checks, rent and tax is due 30 days prior to rental.
All holiday weekends are a 3 night ($3,900) minimum stay except for the weeks of Christmas or New Year's which is $10,000 for a week or $18,000 for two holiday weeks. Weekly rentals only for June, July and August.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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