John A. Lavender II is truly a man of his word. He provided us with the perfect castle for our family. He made sure to take care of every detail. He called us at every opportunity to make sure we were comfortable. I felt he went above and beyond. He and his wife Yvonne made my family feel like part of his own. His home had everything you could desire for whatever you could plan at his Castle. Everyone was blown away at his home and the views were breathtaking. It was everything we pictured and more. It was a place that will forever be in our hearts and minds. We could not have asked for a better experience. From the rooms to all the amenities, it really made us feel like we were in a home away from home. John is what you expect and want from a host and we truly feel like we gained a friend in him. Anyone who wants nothing but the best for themself and their loved ones, this is the place you want to be. You will not regret your decision to book his Castle for an experience of a lifetime. Thank you John and Yvonne for making our stay a memorable one. You have spoiled us in what to expect at any future reservations we make elsewhere. No hotel, motel, or Bed and Breakfast can hold a candle to what Highlands Castle can deliver. My wife and son will love me forever after their stay there. Thanks John for all you did for me and my family. We are truly grateful.

Eddie & Yvette

Eddie, Thank you for your kind words, and please know how much we enjoyed meeting your family and loved ones. Everything you expressed reinforces why we decided to share our home with others... to meet wonderful families like yours! Take care of yourself and each other. With Blessings, John & Yvonne


John and his wife were such great hosts. They made us feel at home. The castle is really beautiful with great views. Also very close to downtown Bolton with great restaurants. He also recommended restaurants to go for my birthday during our stay. I had a wonderful birthday weekend. Would definitely come back with friends and family!

Sarah & Jerry


Highlands Castle is one of the most beautiful and unique places we’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in! John and Yvonne are wonderful, kind people who are so welcoming! It was such a special experience that we can’t wait to visit again. We cannot give a better recommendation! This place is PRICELESS and so are the owners!



We recently spent several days at Highland Castle to celebrate our 30th anniversary. I can't say enough about how wonderful everything was! We couldn't have asked for a more special place, you felt like you were stepping back in time, but with all the comforts of current day. The King's Suite was amazing, so spacious and comfortable, and the view of Lake George - spectacular! We spent hours enjoying both the screened-in and outdoor areas, it was so peaceful and relaxing. I honestly felt that I could have spent every moment we had at Lake George without leaving the castle.

On top of the beautiful setting, our hosts John and Yvonne were so gracious and accommodating. They are very special people who truly care about their guests. We want to thank them again for their generosity and for sharing their home with us. John and Yvonne - you made our celebration that much more memorable, thank you for everything!

Hoping to come back again soon,
Joe & Li

Joe & Ligia


John and Yvonne having something special... unlike any other place we have been. The castle is incredibly detailed and unique, filled with hidden treasures to discover a little at a time. The view is truly spectacular. What a gem! Thank you for sharing your home. We look forward to staying here again in the future!

Juliana & Paul


John and his wife Yvonne were amazing hosts. The castle was even better than I had expected (and I had very high expectations). The terrace overlooking lake George was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen and not something that I will ever forget. Cannot wait to come back to visit lake George again, but next time with more of my family. An AMAZING weekend.



Our stay was absolutely fabulous! A memorable weekend my boys and I will surely never forget. John and his wife were incredible hosts and went out of their way to make sure we were well taken care of. My family and I cannot wait to come back!



The Highlands Castle was definitely a fairytale! Everything from our arrival to our leave. John and his wife went above and beyond with the decorations, the environment, and lastly the overall structure of the place. They both were so polite and we loved speaking with them about the best places to go for food and outdoor fun. John and his wife also helped me make this weekend one for the ages. Making my proposal go smoothly from the start. My fiancée (now) was in awe the entire weekend. She kept telling me how magical and beautiful the entire grounds were. Lastly, the view!! The view is absolutely breathtaking!! Definitely worth every moment there! Thank you again for your hospitality, love, and kindness! We will be back soon!



Outstanding views, beautiful scenery all around. Feels like a real palace, no regrets. John was a great host, and I had a graceful conversation with him!



John’s place is like nothing other than perfection. The castle is stunning and the view leaves you speechless. I will be returning for sure!


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