Picket knights and a secret passageway add to the house’s magical attraction.
Many youngsters dream of proudly owning their very own citadel, however John Lavender — proprietor, designer and builder of the Highlands Fortress in Bolton Touchdown, New York — made his son Jason’s childhood fantasy a actuality. After telling his (then) 3-year-old son that he would construct him a citadel, Lavender delivered on his promise, developing it from scratch himself. Nestled within the lovely Adirondacks and overlooking the coast of Lake George, the stone citadel sits on 9 acres of land and feels as if it was plucked from a medieval English countryside.
Building on the Highlands Fortress started in 1982, and ever since, Lavender has been within the course of of continually constructing and renovating it to perfection. Presently, the construction stands at a powerful 12,000 sq. toes and options 3 beds, 2.5 baths in addition to a two-story tower sitting space, and a “nice corridor” with floor-to-ceiling home windows that offer you a picturesque take a look at Lake George. The citadel additionally has a music/library room, sitting room, den and a coated terrace that offers you magical, panoramic views of the lake. Lavender additionally included a way of play into his citadel design, including a secret passageway to the downstairs bed room, patio and leisure room.
To offer it a way of old-world authenticity on the inside, the citadel is full of antiques and collectibles at each flip — starting from lovely items of furnishings to sculptures to hand-carved picket knights — that Lavender began procuring 5 years earlier than he even bought the land.
“I went out and bought antiques 12 months after 12 months. And I began to only put them in storage,” Lavender says. “I … was committing myself to meet the promise [of building the castle].”
Consideration to element was necessary within the design and development of Highlands Fortress, which options over 800 tons of stone (positioned painstakingly one by one), customized woodworking and stained-glass doorways, all lending to its vintage Gothic model. Fortunately, nonetheless, the house does embody some trendy facilities that make citadel life appropriate for the 21st century, together with an open idea and up-to-date kitchen, luxurious loos with customized tile work, and spacious bedrooms match for a king or queen.
One of the best element of the citadel, nonetheless, is the unrivaled view of Lake George, which Lavender says he by no means takes as a right.
“There’s lots of people will ask the identical query: ‘Do you ever like get uninterested in wanting on the view? Or do you ever not take a look at it and simply overlook to have a look at it, take it, you realize, simply as a right?’ And the reply isn’t any. I imply, I can sit right here and inform you that a number of occasions a day I’ll give thanks only for my time that I’m capable of spend right here,” he says.