A DEAD father has decided to dedicate his life to building his son a castle – and it’s something of a fairy tale.
Highland Castle in Upstate New York features a royal bedroom, library and music room, plus some amazing lake and mountain views.
The castle was built by John Lavender II, who promised his son that he would build him a castle for the two of them to live in for a short time after his divorce in 1978.
I said Insiders: “I kept my promise and I said I would show my son that if I say words to him, I will follow through no matter what.”
Four years later, John bought a large plot of land in Bolton Landing with money raised by starting a company that raised funds for schools.
He designed and built the castle himself with the help of friends and some hired hands.
Inside the castle is a music room, library and coatroom, as well as the “heart of the castle”, the Great Hall overlooking nearby Lake George.
There is also a “Royal Bedroom” for two, with an outdoor terrace, and a second double room, while guests can also make the most of their own kitchen, dining room, family room and bathroom.
One of the most beautiful is the Romeo and Juliet stained-glass windows, which are more than 250 years old.
You and seven friends can rent it on Airbnb for a small amount £6,223 per night.
John’s dream of living in a castle with his son came true, and both of them were married in it.
But after completing the Highland Castle, John was still unfinished so he continued to build two more castles on the same land.
The property has remained the home of the Lavender family for nearly three decades but has been open to guests since 2010.
John said: “Every guest who stays here will tell me, thank you for opening the door of your house for us.
“My answer now is just, ‘Thank you a hundred times over for finding us and staying here.'”
John and his wife Yvonne still live in a subdivision of Highland Castle and Jason has since moved out of the castle and into his own family.
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