When John Lavender makes a promise, he follows through. He promised his three-year-old son that he would make him a home built from the ground up and he delivered on that promise. Lavender’s home, which took 30 years to complete and was built entirely by hand, is currently on the market for $14 million.
Pictured: the great room at Highlands Castle
The home, known as Highlands Castle, is a waterfront masterpiece in Bolton Landing, New York. The home is built from 800 tons of stone (all placed by hand), one at a time. After driving up a 2,000-foot long driveway, guests enter into the grand entrance room, which features hand made ‘Romeo and Juliet’ stained glass doors. Through the doors is the great hall, which features expansive ceilings and a formal dining room for large banquets. The large kitchen has a breakfast nook that overlooks Lake George and leads to an outdoor terrace where guests can spend their day watching sailboats float by.
Pictured: Highlands Castle
The castle has secret doors, antique soldiers, a look out tower, and a gatehouse to add to the castle vibe. Although there are only two bedrooms, both suites are fit for a King and a Queen. The “His Majesty” room features a king canopy four poster bed, beautiful bathroom, and stunning views of the lake. The “Her Majesty” room features a queen size canopy bed, private bathroom, and spectacular views of Lake George.
Pictured: the “His Majesty” suite at Highlands Castle
The Lavender family has opened up their home as a wedding venue and vacation rental in recent years. Weekday rentals start at $995/night and weekend rentals start at $1495/ night. If you visit the castle and decide you love it, you’re in luck. It was recently put on the market for $14 million—a small price to pay when you remember that you’re living in a castle that was built entirely by hand over 30 long years.