I love Castles! Gothic architecture is so enchanting, like a Fairy Tale come to Life. I was so excited to visit Lyndhurst Mansion in New York state. Nicknamed Lyndenhurst for the beautiful linden trees on the property, it is formally known as the Jay Gould estate for people without any imagination, named for previous Railroad tycoon owner. For the rest of us, this country house and surrounding 67 acre park is an American mini-Castle waiting to be explored.
Overlooking the Hudson river, it is easy to forget how close this is to the most populous city in the United States (NYC).
I was surprised that my group were the only visitors at the time, since this treasure is free admission to the public and open from dusk until dawn daily. While the building themselves were locked tight during our visit, we were allowed full access to explore the grounds including the outbuilding and stables.
There is a running trail along the parameter that would make for a nice romantic stroll and picnic. The estate has plenty of quiet areas, strategically placed benches, and wonderful little details at every turn.
The gorgeous estate is the best of architecture, serenity, and style wrapped up in historical charm.