10/1/2018A castle built by the owner's own hands. An almost impossible to imagine feat. Absolutely incredible! Views are breathtaking, our Kings Suite was huge and comfortable and fit for well...a king. Comfortable bed, loving living room, our own patio overlooking Lake George. Amazing. John gave us a tour of the main house. The craftsmanship is spectacular and it is filled with gorgeous stained glass and massive sculptures of men in armor carved out of a single poplar tree. John was warm and welcoming. He helped us find a great realtor as we begin to explore buy our own "castle" up here. Ok, well, not a castle but maybe like a cute cottage! Highlands Castle is a perfect romantic retreat, family get away, or place to host a celebration. For whatever reason you can dream up, just go. And next time you feel like something you are working on is too hard or taking too long, just think of John. He built his own castle over 30 years through sheer will, focus, vision, and tenacity! Inspiring and humbling.
Owner Reply: Sally, I'm grateful for your thoughtful review. Although I designed and worked on much of the construction, it would not have evolved without the effort of some talented craftsmen to whom I am thankful, including my son Jason who was my inspiration, and my wife Yvonne who made it a 'home'. I am the most grateful knowing it is HIS hand who steered the vision throughout the years and made everything possible, while giving a place that sits on top of a mountain, and my life, purpose.
8/1/2018A majestic castle with miles of lake views. Unforgettable experience! Already planning a return trip.
Owner Reply: Hi Dave, I look forward to seeing you & Kesorn again! Be well, John
7/1/2018Castle: check! Perfect Hosts: check! Views: umm... double triple check! Location: yep.. got that too! This stay has been one of my favorite Airbnb stays yet! The castle is as described. John was on premises to meet and greet us upon arrival and check in went as smoothly as possible. The property is centrally located to The marina, dining, and shops but is far enough tucked back into the woods that it looks as though you have a private viewing of Lake George all to yourself. Do yourself a favor and go get lost at the Castle for a bit. We did and loved every minute of it. Thanks again!
Owner Reply: Thank you for the unique and charming review. Until next time... be well!
5/1/2018I decided to come to lake George to propose to my girlfriend (now fiancé) because we have never been before and I wanted to give her a new experience she would never forget. When I saw the castle and the pictures it was a no brainer. John jumped on the phone with me after I booked and helped me plan exactly where I was going to propose and even connected me with an amazing local photographer who captured pictures of the proposal. John and his wife are two of the most genuine and caring people you could ever meet. They gave us tips on where to go for food and where to find different activities which were incredible recommendations. They also had two German Shepard’s that were extremely friendly and awesome to hang out with!! And the castle itself... something out of a movie. Every last detail was perfectly planned out. The views from the castle are by far the absolute most amazing views of lake George. We even went up to prospect mountain that overlooks the lake and it didn’t even come close to the views from the castle. Best decision I could have made for this and my fiancé said it was literally the perfect weekend. We are DEFINITELY going back and probably bringing some friends along with us. This place is a rare find and something you should definitely experience in your lifetime.
Owner Reply: Rob, Thank you for the nice review and your kind words. The reason we share our home is for wonderful people like you & Gabriella can show up... what could be better than that for us! Be well until we meet again.
2/1/2018Highland Castle is magical. If you want a truly unique and memorable experience, Highland Castle is the place to go! The hosts are two of the most genuinely kind people I have ever met - extremely welcoming and hospitable. The structure of the castle is incredible and the views will leave you speechless. I will definitely be planning another trip there soon!
Owner Reply: Thank you for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you & John again!
10/1/2017Had the pleasure of staying at Highlands Castle this weekend and can’t say enough good things. The castle itself is nothing short of magnificent. This was a surprise Birthday trip I had planned and John was instrumental in making everything go off without a hitch. No questions that he’s a “super host” in every sense and a cool guy. While late in the season the weather was fantastic with the foliage peaking. The views or Lake George from this property are truly awe-inspiring. Highly recommended :)