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John & Lynda Hunt

Member since: 2009
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Speaks english

Unique luxurious gothic castle with views in the middle of a 500 acre estate!

49 Reviews
Sleeps22
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms5
Half Baths1
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Rindge holiday castle

8 bedrooms, 5 full baths, 1 half bath, sleeps max: 22

Located atop of a hill, amidst 500 acres with miles of walking & groomed x-country ski trails, outdoor hot tub, & 5000 gallon swimming pool. This extraordinary 11,000 sq. ft. castle has incredible views of Mt. Monadnock from the N & lake/ beach from the S.

Enjoy the solitude & amazing sunsets on this gorgeous property in Rindge, NH. Great for family reunions, retreats, etc. Please note: no weddings, banquets, or receptions, only housing of such.

The castle was built by the owner & completed in 1995. The interior design is unique in it's secret stairways, slate & hardwood floors throughout, Gothic arches w/ faux stone walls, a huge formal yet comfortable living room w/ a marble & granite fireplace offset w/ a gorgeous grand piano, 9 foot ceilings,authentic tapestries & scrolled glass doors that open into a large Wedgwood style dining room offering a recessed ceiling w/ a lighted sunset. The basement bar/game room & third floor playroom will insure that everyone of all ages have fun!

AGE REQUIREMENTS: The Guest must be at least THIRTY (30) YEARS OLD to rent the property. Please note that this is very important as YOU WILL HAVE FULL RESPONSIBILITY of the castle while you rent it. THIS IS OUR HOME, SO PLEASE TREAT IT WITH RESPECT, JUST AS YOU WOULD WANT SOMEONE TO CARE FOR YOUR HOME. THANK YOU.

We strictly limit the amount of people in the castle for any gathering including WEDDINGS, BANQUETS, or RECEPTION to 22 people in total.

FIREWORKS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED BY THE TOWN OF RINDGE. NO FIREWORKS ON THE PREMISES OR ON THE BEACH. IF ANY FIREWORKS ARE HEARD BY THE NEIGHBORS, THE POLICE WILL BE CALLED AND YOU WILL LOSE YOUR ENTIRE DEPOSIT.

THERE IS A 10pm OUTDOOR NOISE ORDINANCE; THIS MEANS ALL NOISE MUST BE INSIDE THE CASTLE AFTER THIS TIME.

THE FIREPIT MUST NOT BE MOVED. IT IS 25 feet FROM THE PROPERTY WHICH IS THE REQUIRED DISTANCE ACCORDING TO THE FIRE CODES. THE FIREPIT AT THE HOME AND AT THE BEACH CAN ONLY BE USED FROM 5pm-9am.

THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF ALL RULES LISTED ABOVE, AND FOLLOWING THEM ACCORDINGLY.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
John & Lynda Hunt (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks english

About John & Lynda Hunt

The only entrance to the castle is Sauvola Drive which is off Able Road in Rindge, NH close to the Rindge/Fitzwillaim town line. Google has Hunt Castle at 1000 Sauvola DR.There is a designated Castle Beach marked specifically for you.

This home is our primary residence. Our children grew up in this home and now return to visit with their families. Construction began in the fall 1993 and finished in 1995. John's love of Castles began when he was a young child and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania. As an adult he found this beautiful 500+ acreage of land quite by accident in the woods of New Hampshire. The plans to build this home began after much travel throughout, Europe exploring other castles. Today, after our five children have grown up and left this wonderful home, they continue to return to this gorgeous property to come together as a quite large extended family. We continue to celebrate many of the holidays here with our family and have now opened it up to you so that you may enjoy it as much as we do.

John & Lynda Hunt purchased this castle in 1995

Why John & Lynda Hunt chose Monadnock Region

The Cathedreal of the Pines is a must see located in Rindge 5 minutes away with beautiful gardens; a historical landmark you would not want to miss. In less than 30 minutes, one can venture to Mount Monadnock, the most climbed mountain in the world. For the first time climbers, Pack Monadnock , only 25 minutes drive (across from Temple Mountain), is also a great family climb for those who have younger children. The views are spectacular. The town of Fitzwilliam, approximately 10 minutes away, is famous for it's Antiques. The town of Peterborough ( approximately 20 minute drive or less) well known for the 'Peterborough Players' theatre house, was also the setting for the well known play 'Our Town'. It also has many cozy shops and wonderful restaurants. The bustling city of Keene is great for window shopping, fine dining, and entertainment. The Colonial Theatre in Keene, features plays with some well know actors, singers and comedians and is located on Main St. Twinkle Town miniature golf can also be enjoyed by all and is located between the towns of Rindge and Keene approximately 15 minutes away. Also, there are many lakes and state parks that are close by (not more than 20 minutes drive) for a great beach day.

Reviews

5
based on 49 traveller reviews

Unique luxurious gothic castle with views in the middle of a 500 acre estate!
average rating of 4.979592 based on 49 reviews
Tenafly NJ
5

Perfect place for our family reunion

  • 5 of 5

The castle was all the we hoped for and more. The layout, particularly the living room (with grand piano) and the central staircase (with suit of armor) were fantastic--well appointed, lavishly decorated, and impeccably maintained, with plenty of books, games, and movies. The kitchen had all the amenities, including staples (we had brought our own, not knowing what to expect).

We were 10 adults and 7 children. Even though it rained all weekend and we were essentially housebound, there was plenty of room for us to spread out, play, and socialize. (Ours was a family reunion, so that's how we wanted it. It was perfect for us.) We even used the jacuzzi outside and the kids had fun sliding down the hill. The bedrooms were wonderful and the playroom upstairs was great for the kids. We also got good use out of the pool table, darts, and poker table in the basement. It was extremely comfortable and everybody loved it.

The owner was very gracious. He provided a one-page listing of restaurants, etc. in the area prior to our arrival. He was very appreciative of our treatment of the place (we were conscientious about cleaning) and happily and promptly refunded our deposit in full.

The location, despite being just over the border from Massachusetts, is fairly remote. The property is grand, with great views. Outdoor activity is your best bet.

I recommend mapping out directions very carefully in advance. We got lost despite having a navigation system, a printed Google map, and maps on an iphone. Some roads are minor or dirt, and not all systems recognize them. Once you know where you're going, it's not difficult.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

WOW!

  • 5 of 5

We were anticipating a great time in a great place, but WOW! The castle and grounds were absolutely perfect! There was a bit of construction going on and even that was a pleasurable experience because the guys working were so quiet, courteous and friendly and stayed out of the way as much as they could. We all fell in love with KR and were so glad to have met him and had the castle tour with him.

Our group included 11 adults and 7 kids, ages 2-8. Everyone was thrilled and over the top excited about all the castle offered for fun and comfort. All beds and furnishings were very comfortable, clean, exquisite and yet functional. We were in NH for a wedding and it was hard to pull ourselves away from our castle fun to attend wedding activities. Loved the hidden passages, the roof and turrets, the 3rd floor play area, the lower area with pool table, ping-pong, the playground, hottub, lake with swimming dock, sand beach, fire pit and a fleet of watercraft and life vests ~ no one was left on the beach! Seems at every turn someone was finding another "favorite thing" about the castle! And that's just the beginning! We didn't even explore the trails or enjoy the Frisbee golf course. Didn't have enough time to get our fill of all the fun!

Because of the wedding and travel to NH, our family was unable to go to Disneyland as planned. The grandkids decided the castle was even better than Disneyland!

One of our granddaughters (3 years old) mistakenly left behind her beloved little grey teddy bear. We thought she would forget after a few days and I hunted for a replacement since she asked everyday if some could go today to the castle and get it for her. We live in WA so that wasn't possible. I mentioned it to John and Lynda in an email and they replied that it was found and asked where to send it. I wish I could post the pictures of her delight as she opened that package and found her teddy bear inside! They went above and beyond for us in doing this!

Hope we will someday be able to come again to the castle and stay longer!

Thank you John, Lynda, Mike and KR!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

5 families with kids

  • 5 of 5

We just got back from 5 nights at the castle and could not have had a better time! We had 5 families with a total of 11 children, ages 1 - 6. The weather cooperated beautifully, which made it easy to enjoy the expansive property. The kids ran around nonstop outside: they played on the playground, played soccer on the huge lawn (there were a couple nets there that acted as soccer goals), and swam in the lake, where we all had fun on the small fleet of watercraft (stand-up paddleboards, paddle boats, kayaks, and a small sailboat). We did a little fishing in the lake too, but no luck there.

There was also a 1.8 mile trail around the lake that made for a good (albeit uneven) running path, as well as a network of cross-country skiing trails to augment it. Sadly, we did not make it out to the Frisbee golf course.

The house huge and provided plenty of space for everyone to move around. One note: not every bedroom has its own bathroom, but it was convenient enough that we were able to make it work. All the kids stayed on the 3rd floor, which was a great space for playing and reading stories. A couple of the kids were spellbound by the Lego collection and would disappear for hours into that room.

Overall it was a great stay, and both John and Mike (the caretaker) were helpful, friendly, and accommodating. We would certainly be back if our travel plans ever brought us back to the area.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brooklyn, NY
5

Great stay, as advertised

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 14 had a great weekend stay. The castle was as advertised. It is very spacious. The basement area is great for pool, ping pong, poker, etc, and there is a nice kids area upstairs with a huge Lego table. There is a great field in the backyard for soccer or other games and a nice beach with a ton of kayaks and other boats. Also, the town of Rindge is pretty close and has a few supermarkets and a Wal-Mart, so easy to stock up on whatever you need. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Amazing Castle Weekend with Family

  • 5 of 5

We rented this castle for my Mom's 80th birthday celebration. There were 16 adults and 4 children. There was so much room and so many places to explore. It was an incredible weekend. When we first entered the castle there was a Night in Shining Armor to greet us. Amazing! All the rooms were beautiful, beds were comfortable and the decor was exquisite. The Bar/Pool room in the basement is awesome. We spent a lot of time playing pool, ping pong, cards and had many laughts. We even hosted a Tea Party on Saturday in a traditional English style complete with tea sandwiches, crumpets, and lots of fun accessories including Boa's. The 4 girls (all under 12) were in their glory! The dining room where we held the tea party is gorgeous! We felt like princess's. We will definitely be coming back to this castle someday soon.

A great big thank you to the owners!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Derry, NH
5

We lived like kings and queens for a week

  • 5 of 5

I heard about the castle from Rep. John Hunt, the owner, when I served with him in the N.H. Legislature. This year, by God's grace it worked out that 23 of us from the Manuse, Manzella and Baase families were able to secure a week there to live like kings and queens.

When I approached the castle and toured the building for the first time, my excitement rose with every step as the decor impressed everywhere I looked. While it took a little while to uncover all the hidden passageways, I found the best one first and climbed the high tower. From the top, I greeted my family members as they pulled up the drive; all while staring out at beautiful Mount Monadnock and down to the spacious lake. Many of us later enjoyed several sunsets from up there. I suppose it was also on that tower that I realized the significance of this vacation: At the castle, there were 500 acres of privacy for my family to enjoy alone.

The castle provided more than enough room for us. We enjoyed many a meal--each taking a turn to make one in John and Lynda's well provisioned kitchen. We had the first night catered by Luca's, per John's recommendation. We enjoyed the many boats on the lake, we fished, had fires in the chiminea near the house, played bocce, frisbee and croquet on the massive front lawn, and we played disc golf on the challenging course designed by disc golf founder Ed Headrick. My wife and I walked around the lake and enjoyed the wilderness. We biked around all the service roads, starting of course from the castle's patio so we could cruise down the hill. We played pool, table tennis and Euker in John's fantastic man room. We watched an amazing meteor shower laying on the castle's flat roof.

The children quickly discovered the hidden lookout spires, the trampoline, the game room and lego/train table and all the dress-up materials in their sleeping area upstairs. The girls brought dresses and became little princesses for the day. The boys played with their trucks on the hill outside as this was going on. The kids loved the playset, the beach and all the little bridges onto the many tiny islands around the beach. They loved rolling down the hill. Some of the older kids enjoyed the entertainment system later in the evening.

I believe my family's vacation at the castle was better than I could have ever expected. The caretakers Mike and KR were amazingly helpful and friendly. I am extremely grateful to John and Lynda Hunt for making their home available to us!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Map

Car: necessary

The only entrance to the castle is Sauvola Drive in Rindge, NH which is off Able Road near the Rindge/Fitzwillam town line.

If you cross-country ski you, we provide 20 kilometers of skiing right here on the property. We have several ski resorts near by. Wachusett is 30 minutes away, Crotched Mt. is 40 minutes away, Pats peak is 50 minutes away and Mt. Sunapee is 70 minutes.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday castle in Rindge, New Hampshire

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
New Year's
30 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
A$10,748
Flat fee
 
 
July & August
30 Jun 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$11,957
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
A$1,881
A$10,614
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$1,041
Tax Rate 9.0%

2 nights: $2,800 + $252Tax = $3,052, $775 deposit, total of $3,827
3 nights: $3,900 + $351Tax = $4,251, $775 deposit, total of $5,026
4 nights: $4,900 + $441Tax = $5,341, $775 deposit, total of $6,116
5 nighst: $5,900 + $531Tax = $6,431, $775 deposit, total of $7,206
6 nights: $6,900 + $621Tax = $7,521, $775 deposit, total of $8,296
7 nights: $7,900 +$711Tax = $8,611, $775 deposit, total of $9,386
July & August weekly only at $8,900+$801 Tax=$9,701, $775 deposit , total$10,476
We accept personal checks, rent and tax is due 30 days prior to rental. All holiday weekends are a 3 night ($3,900) minimum stay except for the weeks of Christmas or New Year's which is $10,000 for a week or $18,000 for two holiday weeks. Weekly rentals only for July and August.

NH Rooms tax number: 052831

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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle rental in Rindge, New Hampshire

Property Type:
  • castle
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 11000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • soap
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • mobile phone
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • thermos flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • fax
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • mini-fridge
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower enclosure , 6 Shower heads & 2 sinks
    Guest Bath - toilet , bath with shower
    First Floor - toilet
    Basement - toilet , shower enclosure
    Kids Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower , 2 sinks
    Third Floor - toilet , bath with shower
  • The Master Shower is marble and big enough for two!
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 22
  • Master Bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed , 2 Balconies
    Guest Bedroom - 1 large double bed , 1 Balcony
    Lizzie's Room - 1 double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , 1 Balcony
    Tyler's Room - 1 double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , 1 Balcony
    Jenny's Room - 1 double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
    Library - 1 double bed
    Playroom - 1 large double bed , 2 sofa bed/futon
    3rd Floor Ballroom - 2 sofa bed/futon , Kids love sleeping in this huge room.
    Sewing Room - 1 large double bed , with 1 balcony
  • The Master bedroom, is a beautiful room that is immense in size with 2 porches, a granite working fireplace and a built in high four poster bed. It is featured in the photos, and has an adjoining large master bathroom, and views of both Monadnock Mountain and the water. The Guest Bedroom and Master bedrooms have private baths and DirectTV receivers. The 2 other bedrooms have double beds with pullout couches, and a shared full bath. The first floor Library has a full size bed used for handicapped accessible, however, the bathroom on that floor is a 1/2 bath. The third floor ballroom has two futon couches, with a queen sized bed in a private playroom area, and a separate bedroom with a double bed and a pull out couch. Both areas share a full sized bath. These areas are still used by our large family when they are visiting, and were the original bedrooms for our children when they were growing up. We hope that you find them as comfortable as we do!
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • video player
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Pedal Boat
  • Sailboat
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The Castle is in the middle of the woods, and very private. The 500 acres includes an old farm, miles of trails and 18 PDGA pole hole disc(frisbee) golf course. The 50+ acre waterway is fed by several brooks and we provide a private beach for the castle, with chairs, kayaks, paddle boats, life preservers and beach toys. The beach is located directly in front of the home. The other beach is strictly for the residents only. Please use your designated beach. We also provide $15 per golfer discount coupons to the highly acclaimed Shattuck Golf course in Jaffrey, NH located 15 minutes from the castle.

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