The Castle in the Clouds

August 9, 2019


Mummy and Daddy headed out early yesterday morning to see a CASTLE of sorts. It wasn’t a place for doggies so we stayed behind, which was fine by us since frankly, we were getting a little “road weary” and needed some down time at the YORKIE EXPRESS to recharge our batteries… PLUS, it was raining off and on, and the thought of getting wet wasn’t all that appealing to us! 🌧

Mummy had read about this big house called “Lucknow,” but most people referred to it as “The Castle in the Clouds,” and she wanted to see it! It turned out to be a 16-room mansion built in 1914 on 5,500 acres of beautiful forested land. Originally they had about 1,000 more acres but they sold off some of the land a long time ago. It was built in the Arts & Crafts style by Thomas Gustave Plant for his wife Olive, and it sits on a mountaintop in Moultonborough, New Hampshire overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Mountains. The house is clad is carefully fitted stone veneer that were hand chiseled by many, many stone masons working on the house. It would take one stone worker an entire day to cut and place just THREE STONES on this house!!! When you walk around the entire home it makes you shake your head to think of how long it took to just do the stone work! They had 1,000 men working on the house for 1 1/2 years. 1,000 men!!! Mummy said she has a hard time getting ONE MAN to come and fix our air-conditioner when it breaks!!!!


The front door (seen in the picture) as well as all of the exposed beams in the house, have a dimpled appearance. This is made by carefully hand chiseling the wood to get this effect and while very beautiful, is extremely time consuming. Mummy said that the back yard was like a little spot of HEAVEN! There were flowers everywhere, and planters bordering the edge of the yard that were made of stone and shaped like CASTLES… OH MY GOSH HOW ADORABLE!!! The view was truly one from the clouds, where you looked down to Lake Winnipesaukee far, far out on the horizon. This is the largest lake in all of New Hampshire. It is 21-miles long, varies from 1-9 miles in width and has a maximum depth of 180-feet!!! WOW THAT IS REALLY DEEP! There are at least 264 islands in the lake, half of which are less than 1/4 of an acre. If you wanted to drive around the whole thing… it is about 63 miles… just so you know. And one last thing, there is a movie called, “What About Bob?” that features this lake. In the movie, this crazy man named Bob, carries his pet goldfish around with him in a jar hung around his neck… and Daddy wanted to go into town and get a goldfish….Mummy stopped him RIGHT THERE and said she wanted NO PART of this activity he was planning! 😂😂😂😂


Inside the house there was lots of wood, stained in a warm, brown finish and stained glass windows in many rooms with several leaded glass panels even on the ceilings… the overall effect was a very comfortable, homey place rather than a cold mansion. The rooms were not humongous in size but they were certainly large! The attention to detail was obvious and even back then, in 1914, the house included several innovations that were considered rare… like special interlocking kitchen tiles, the “needle” showers, ammonia-brine refrigeration, house-wide interphone system and even central vac! In one of the pictures Mummy has included a picture of the “needle” shower. This was the description of this contraption in the bathroom: The wraparound arms feature tiny pinholes that spray jets of water around the user’s torso area. These little sprays of water strike the kidney area, ribcage, liver or spine like little “needles,” providing an energizing “massage” for the internal organs. It was thought to be invigorating and therapeutic, and in 1914 it was still believed that women were fragile and delicate, and showering might be harmful to them because their delicate constitutions could not withstand the rigors of shower bathing!!! This procedure should only be resorted to under the advice of a physician! Typically, only the wealthy had showers in their homes up until the 1920’s. This type of shower would have cost between $300-$500. (The Lucknow mansion had THREE of these “needle” showers!) The master bathroom which is also pictured, was considered the epitome of the early 20th-century “Sanitary Bathroom” with the tiled walls and floors, 2 separate toilets in private rooms, 2 sinks, a deep tub and a “needle” shower.


The center grouping of pictures includes Mummy and Daddy’s trip to the estate’s “Carriage House,” which was once the beautiful stables with brick floors and stained stalls with iron dividers for the horses. It has now been converted into a charming restaurant where they stopped for lunch following their tour! The “stall” they ate in even included the original corner horse  trough! Mummy chose the “Tom Foolery” sandwich (I have NO IDEA where that name came from 🤗😂❤️) and consisted of oven roasted turkey, warm brie cheese, cranberry aioli and applewood bacon on grilled bread! Now THIS is when I wished I was with her!!! She said that when we get back home she is going to try and recreate this, because it was simply DE-LICIOUS!!! 😋😋😋😋


The end of the Thomas Plant story is sort of sad. He ended up losing all of his money due to bad investments. 😥💔😥 The house was foreclosed on but he was allowed to keep living there for some reason… I mean, you KNOW that would never happen today! And then he had to have surgery for something and died from complications. Olive moved back to Illinois where she was originally from, to live with relatives, and the new owners moved into Lucknow. But… to this day, there still stands a retirement home that he built way back at the turn of the century to house the elderly who had nowhere to go. So his legacy does still continue, and he is highly thought of in the community for his generous, giving spirit. The Castle in the Clouds is a place that you will definitely want to visit on your next trip through New Hampshire! 😘❤️😘❤️😘


  • Jeanie Drane

    09.08.2019 at 14:00 Reply

    Wowza i love the nsme,i m so amazed at the beauty of the mansion ,id love to see it, it sounds like a dream the nsme itself ,built it fot his wife oh my, i cant imagine all the beauty of back in yhose days and the showers wow!!!!!,my brain could not comprehend, all id b seeing, sounds breath taking. Guess no little firbabys in there lived sad, they would have had their own waitressess,wowza!!!!u have lived and saw so many exciting things,im happy for u all, love the stories of the mansions,stay safe,be blest ,have a great day kiss the precious girls gor me, they are beautys,so well behaved,love them all. Love sent from Missouri !!🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾😘😘😘😘😘😘💗💗💗💗💗🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾😘😘😘😘🐾🐾🐾🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼💕😘😘🐾🐾🐾🙏🏻🐾🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🐾🐾🐾🐾💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗

    • millie larue

      09.08.2019 at 14:18 Reply

      Mummy said it was sooo lovely. One of the later owners who used it as a summer home was asked to lend it to President Eisenhower!!!! to use during the summer and she REFUSED because she and her family loved to use it THEMSELVES so much!!!

  • Diane Painter

    09.08.2019 at 14:02 Reply

    You are an expert at finding some fascinating places to visit for all of us. Love seeing Millie and her sissies.

    • millie larue

      09.08.2019 at 14:24 Reply

      Mummy said it was sooo lovely. One of the later owners who used it as a summer home was asked to lend it to President Eisenhower!!!! to use during the summer and she REFUSED because she and her family loved to use it THEMSELVES so much!!!

  • Jeanie Drane

    09.08.2019 at 14:04 Reply

    He did sound like a generous man to have buolt thatcplacexfor others bless his heart just the nane Castle in the Clouds sounds like Heaven !!!!! Love u all💗💗💗💗💗💗💗🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🙏🏻🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾😘😘😘😘😘🙏🏼🙏🏾🙏🏼🙏🏾🙏🏼💕🙏🏾🙏🏼🙏🏾😘😘😘🐾🐾🐾💗

    • millie larue

      09.08.2019 at 14:25 Reply

      It was really so pretty. If you ever get a chance, make sure and stop to see it. 😘😘

  • Marilyn Williams

    09.08.2019 at 14:25 Reply

    That house was beautiful. I love the arts and crafts style. Glad you were able to take a day of rest. That is always important on vacation.

    • millie larue

      09.08.2019 at 14:26 Reply

      We are going to the top of Mount Washington today and then trying to Find a MOOSE! 😳👍🤗

  • Johnna Wheeler

    09.08.2019 at 14:28 Reply

    Such an interesting place! Thanks for sharing!

    • Millie LaRue

      09.08.2019 at 15:12 Reply


  • Bob Mayes

    09.08.2019 at 14:46 Reply

    I think Daddy should be allowed to get a goldfish!!!!

    • Millie LaRue

      09.08.2019 at 15:12 Reply

      Lolololol he wanted to wear it around his neck in a jar!!! Like BOB!!! 😂😂😂

  • Laurie Heikoff

    09.08.2019 at 14:56 Reply

    Sounds lovely, little Millie!!! So glad that your mummy and daddy enjoyed the tour of the house, and that you and your sisters had a nice relaxing day!!! 😘

    • Millie LaRue

      09.08.2019 at 15:11 Reply

      We are headed to see the top of Mount Washington today and hopefully spot a MOOSE!

  • Debra

    09.08.2019 at 15:20 Reply

    Wow sounds wonderful Millie and only and hour and a half from where I live now! I’m going to plan a trip there. Enjoy Mount Washington. I hope you see a moose. I have and they hare huge!!!
    Can’t wait for your next post.

    • millie larue

      09.08.2019 at 15:32 Reply

      I hope that we get to see one!!! We drove around last night but didn’t see any and tonight is our last chance. 😘😘

  • Susan Thomas

    09.08.2019 at 15:30 Reply

    oh my gosh this is just beautiful! and am I the only one that really wants to try that needle shower? LOL The floors are gorgeous! Just a really beautiful place!!! I can’t imagine having 1000 men working on those stones….. yeah that wouldn’t happen now for sure! LOL oh my goodness looking for a MOOSE? you be careful around them and stay away from any baby Moose!

    • millie larue

      09.08.2019 at 15:33 Reply

      We will be very careful! Don’t worry. 😘😘

  • Joan Evans

    09.08.2019 at 16:01 Reply

    So love your summer trips. I feel I can travel through you all. X

    • millie larue

      09.08.2019 at 16:36 Reply

      Thank you for following along with us this summer… we have looked forward to reading your comments as well. 😘😘

  • Susan Calvert

    09.08.2019 at 16:01 Reply

    Thank you for sharing this treasure with all of us! Mummy’s sandwich sounds amazing…and may have to be in the next cookbook!

    • millie larue

      09.08.2019 at 16:39 Reply

      I think the sandwich looks easy enough for anyone to make, that’s why we wanted to give you all of the ingredients so you can try to recreate it for yourself! ❤️🤗❤️😋

  • Lynn Davis

    09.08.2019 at 16:44 Reply

    Wow! Amazing history! Thanks for the tour! ❤

    • millie larue

      09.08.2019 at 19:22 Reply

      It was soooo beautiful! 😘😘

  • Daphne Parris

    09.08.2019 at 17:06 Reply

    Millie LaRue your Mummy and Daddy are very Blessed people. The places they’ve been to and the things they’ve seen are Absolutely Amazing. Sorry you Little Ladies couldn’t go. Hope your Mummy bought y’all a Treat or two home. I’m really enjoying your stories.

    • millie larue

      09.08.2019 at 19:23 Reply

      Thank you so much! We have really enjoyed your comments this summer. We actually enjoy a day or two alone to catch up on our naps!!! 😘😘🐶❤️

  • Susan Nicol

    09.08.2019 at 17:20 Reply

    Seems every day you make me laugh harder.
    Your daddy is a rascal. Gold fish hmm. Maybe he’s gotten to much mountain air.
    I think mommy is about to lose her temper.
    Daddy better watch out.
    Love you all!!
    Oliver and Susan

    • millie larue

      09.08.2019 at 19:24 Reply

      Daddy thinks he is a comedian sometimes! 😂😂😂

  • Deborah Bright

    09.08.2019 at 18:22 Reply

    I saw a Moose when I was on a New England tour in the fall a few years ago. Hope you get to see one too Millie!!!

    • millie larue

      09.08.2019 at 19:25 Reply

      So far we haven’t seen one, but we will try again one last time tonight!!!

  • Carole Barrette

    09.08.2019 at 19:30 Reply

    Now…I have a question: who tends to you Millie and your sisters while mom and dad are galavanting all over the place? I wonder if mommy will finally go to this spooky haunted island she was telling us last year….Don’t go with hr if she does…

    • millie larue

      09.08.2019 at 20:51 Reply

      We stay by ourselves at our AIRSTREAM while they visit places for a few hours… then they come pick us up and we go do a family outing together. 😘❤️🐶

  • Dawn Dupuis

    09.08.2019 at 20:02 Reply

    What a lovely adventure! I love how his legacy still continues on. Thank you so much for the history lesson. I’ve been to New Hampshire but never to that area. I must go see this place!

    • millie larue

      09.08.2019 at 20:52 Reply

      Ohhhh you MUST GO SEE IT!!!❤️

  • Mary Hamilton

    09.08.2019 at 21:25 Reply

    Sounds absolutely amazing! What an awesome place! If we get up there mummy said she wants to go!

    • millie larue

      10.08.2019 at 04:58 Reply

      Ohhh you really need to see it! You will love it. The views from
      The backyard are gorgeous. 😘😘

  • Josephine Oliver

    09.08.2019 at 23:15 Reply

    Sounds and looks like a beautiful place to visit 💞💞

    • millie larue

      10.08.2019 at 04:58 Reply

      It really is lovely. 😘😘

  • Sherri Davis

    09.08.2019 at 23:40 Reply

    I sure enjoyed your post today!!! Thank you, I felt like I was on the trip too.. I would love to see the restaurant your Mummy and Daddy had lunch in. I loved hearing about the Castle. I have been to the Biltmore House and it reminded me of my visit there. So glad you and your sisters were able to get some rest. You probably needed a nice relaxing day!

    • millie larue

      10.08.2019 at 05:06 Reply

      Thank you for following along with us this summer! It was not nearly as GRAND as the Biltmore but more of a real home!!! It was obviously a very large home and built with exquisite materials but the stained wood gives it a warm, cozy feel rather than the houses of stone and marble.

  • Sandy Greenwood

    10.08.2019 at 01:19 Reply

    Wow what a beautiful place ! So sorry you had to miss lunch but I am sure Mummy had something for all of you when they got back . Love following all of your adventures !

    • millie larue

      10.08.2019 at 05:07 Reply

      We always get a special little snack when Mummy and Daddy come back to get us! 😘😘

  • Faye Lawrence

    10.08.2019 at 02:24 Reply



    • millie larue

      10.08.2019 at 05:08 Reply

      We are happy you have been with us this summer and have really enjoyed reading your comments! 😘😘

  • Dianna Reynolds

    10.08.2019 at 03:18 Reply


    • millie larue

      10.08.2019 at 05:09 Reply

      This really was a lovely home… I hope that you can see it one day. 😘😘

  • Kay Ankeny

    10.08.2019 at 12:11 Reply

    It certainly looks like a beautiful place to visit. Have fun and as always safe travels. Hugs ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • millie larue

      10.08.2019 at 12:51 Reply

      Thank you… it really was beautiful. The view was one of the best parts but the house was really warm and cozy despite being so large!

  • Sheri Admire

    10.08.2019 at 12:29 Reply

    Beautiful story… just imagining the scenery.

    • millie larue

      10.08.2019 at 12:52 Reply

      Ohhhh that was one of the best parts!!! 🤗🤗🤗🌲

  • Judy Alter

    10.08.2019 at 18:57 Reply

    What a great mansion. That would be interesting to see.

    • millie larue

      10.08.2019 at 19:42 Reply

      It was lovely… I hope you get a chance to see it one day. ❤️🏡

  • Carol Copeland

    10.08.2019 at 22:15 Reply

    Pretty! Love the planters with flowers!

    • millie larue

      10.08.2019 at 23:11 Reply

      Ohhhh the castle planters were gorgeous and they circled the entire backyard! 🤗❤️🤗

  • Sharon Terrel

    13.08.2019 at 16:25 Reply

    Millie, I love your detailed stories on mommy and daddy’s adventures. I love that front door. I didn’t know about women and showers way back when. I would love to see your daddy with a gold fish around his neck. Good thing he has mommy to keep him on track. Enjoy the rest of your travels.

    • Millie LaRue

      13.08.2019 at 18:19 Reply

      Lolololol Mummy must always keep an eye on Daddy! Oh Lordy!!! 😂😂😂

  • Wendy Scoggins

    18.08.2019 at 16:54 Reply

    I just want those 5500 acres! Woohoo!

    • Millie LaRue

      18.08.2019 at 21:27 Reply

      It was beautiful up there!!!!❤️😘❤️

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