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Searles Castle, Windham

The Searles Castle is located in Windham, New Hampshire, in the United States. It was ordered to be built by Edward Francis Searles. Construction began in 1905 and was completed in 1915. It was intended to be a 1/4-scale replica of the medieval Tudor manor of Stanton Harcourt in Oxfordshire, England, but since most of the manor had been torn down in the 18th century, the castle bears little resemblance to the historical structure. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 11, 1982 as the Searles School and Chapel.
Edward Francis Searles hired architect Henry Vaughan to design Searles Castle. It is built of cut granite, fieldstone, and dark red sandstone, most of which came from Searles' own quarries in Pelham, New Hampshire. The castle is situated high atop the 175acre Searles estate. The cost of construction was about $1,250,000.
The castle consists of an entrance, a reception hall, a foyer, a dining room, a music room, a sun porch, a library, a grand stairway, a second floor guest suite, a third floor guest suite, a second floor rotunda (or balcony), servants' rooms, a kitchen, a butler's pantry, butlers' rooms, and a master bedroom suite which consists of a master bedroom, a sitting room, a bathroom, and a sun room.
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  • Outstanding place. A castle in New Hampshire like you wouldn’t imagine. Beauty in every corner. All buildings and walls made of stone. It’s definitely a place to go specially if is a wedding. Service ...  more »
  • I recently was part of a wedding at Searles Castle and it was truly a fairytale wedding. The rehearsal dinner and wedding were both at the castle. The castle and grounds are beautiful. Shaun and the s...  more »
  • The best decision we made! Absolutely beautiful venue! Shaun and Scott was awesome. My wedding was so perfect because of these two! Couldn’t thank you enough! Definitely our fairy tale wedding come true!!!
  • Absolutely beautiful grounds! Well kept and gleaming with gorgeous landscaping. They were setting up for a wedding and we really just wanted to come by and take some pictures and look around. The staff did not mind as we were respectful not to disrupt their setup. I truly appreciate the welcoming and not being turned away. So, weddings do happen here mostly on weekends, so if this is a first time visit for you, you might want to double check before coming, just in case. Because if there is a wedding in progress, you will not be able to enter. Anyhow, again, absolutely amazingly beautiful and unique. Check it out if you ever have the chance. You can never regret seeing this, in my opinion.

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