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Searles Castle at Windham

October 28, 2013
A panoramic view of the Searles Castle in Windham, New Hampshire.

Panoramic View (Click on image to view at larger size)

Tudor Elegance

Searles Castle, located at 21 Searles Road in Windham, New Hampshire, is an authentic 20-room English Tudor castle. Standing high atop a 175-acre estate, the castle today serves as a popular venue for weddings, corporate events and special occasions.  Its history, however, tells a diverse and interesting story…

Over The Years

Per the Searles Castle website:

“Searles Castle was built under the direction of Edward F. Searles, an interior decorator and antique collector. Having traced his ancestry to the Oxfordshire Harcourt family, he engaged the prominent architect, Henry Vaughn to design the castle in the style of Stanton Harcourt Manor in Oxon County, England. The building was completed in 1915 at a cost estimated to have been in excess of $1,250,000.”

“The Sisters of Mercy acquired the castle in 1952. Since then it has been used as a novitiate for young women entering the Sisters of Mercy; a retreat house; and administrative offices. Castle College held classes in the castle for over twenty-five years.”

“Because the building needed extensive repairs, Castle College moved to a wing of the Sisters of Mercy motherhouse on the property, and the castle was closed for five years. During those five years, repairs were made to the roof and building. In 1991, in an effort to restore the interior of the castle, a “Decorators’ Showcase” was held. Through the generosity of those interior designers and contributions received over the years from many benefactors, the interior of the building has been refurbished. Since that time, the castle has been available to the public for social, cultural spiritual and business events.”

“In November of 2001, the Sisters of Mercy contracted David and Linda Kolifrath of Salem, New Hampshire, to organize and manage events held at the castle. At this time it was decided that operations would be expanded to include weddings and receptions in the castle courtyard in an effort to better utilize the facility, better serve the needs of the public, and to raise additional funds to further the charitable programs of the Sisters of Mercy.”

Interior Features

Per Wikipedia:

“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.”

Panoramic Photo Info:

Camera:  iPhone 5s
Lens:  Internal iPhone 5s Lens – Pano Shooting Mode
Exif Data:  ISO 32, 4.12mm, f/2.2, 1/1400 sec.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2013 10:59 am

    Great article and pic Liz!

    • LMP permalink*
      October 30, 2013 11:32 am

      Thanks for introducing me to the place Betty!

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