HIGHLANDS CASTLE... overlooking Lake George!


Castle hosted by John

  1. 8 guests
  2. 4 bedrooms
  3. 4 beds
  4. 2.5 baths
Dedicated workspace
A private room with wifi that’s well-suited for working.
John is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Free cancellation for 48 hours.


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RENT the CASTLE... or book either SUITE in the castle for a LOWER RATE!

Our 3-CASTLES sleep up to 21-GUESTS:
1) HIGHLANDS CASTLE sleeps 2-8
Royal Bedroom Suite sleeps 2
King Suite sleeps 2-6
(rates from $895/night)

2) CASTLE COTTAGE sleeps 4-6
3) CASTLE GATEHOUSE sleeps 4-7
(rates from $1155/night)

You'll be captivated by the tranquility of Highlands Castle overlooking Lake George!

Poised on a graceful mountaintop overlooking majestic Lake George, your castles await!

The space
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!

Where you'll sleep

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What this place offers

Mountain view
Lake access
Dedicated workspace
Free driveway parking on premises – 4 spaces
50" HDTV with Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Netflix, premium cable
Free washer – In building
Free dryer – In building
Central air conditioning

7 nights in Bolton

Jul 15, 2023 - Jul 22, 2023

4.67 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews


Where you’ll be

Bolton, New York, United States

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 shops, 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 our Lake George region will last a lifetime!

Hosted by John

  1. Joined in September 2012
  • 133 Reviews
  • Identity verified
  • Superhost
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? Was it simply luck or something much greater? I believe it was the latter, and that I was led to this specific spot for a reason.

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...
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…

During your stay

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!

John is a Superhost

Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
  • Language: English
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
No smoking
No pets

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy