Nothing beats a castle when it comes to really opulent homes. If this is the kind of luxury you are looking for, then you will be very interested to learn about the Amsterdam Castle, a stunning private residence with 36,000 square feet of lush spaces. It was built in 1894 by the state of New York and it used to be a National Guard armory before being converted into a private home and B&B.
The state built 100 such sturdy armories, almost half of which are still being used by the National Guard. This one, however, was decommissioned in 1995, and it is the only one that has been completely converted into a cozy home. B&B accommodation is also possible here, with two of the castle’s wings having been transformed in guest quarters.
Thirty miles from Albany and 3 hours from New York City, the castle has many nearby attractions, including Saratoga Springs, the Great Sacadanga Lake, and the Adirondack Mountains. Priced at $1,250,000, the residence has 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, an enormous gymnasium (10,000 square feet), a fallout shelter, and a rifle range, among many other amenities.