From the minute you approach the main building at The Castle Hill Resort & Spa in Ludlow, Vermont you will be impressed by our beautiful gardens, and stone and wood buildings — details rarely found in modern-day architecture.
Constructed at the turn of the century by wealthy Vermont governor, Allen Miller Fletcher, Castle Resort is an impressive stone showplace that attracts many visitors to Okemo Mountainfrom near and far.
The Commissioned architect, S.F. Page of Fehmer and Page of Boston, constructed the house, as well as the Fletcher Memorial Library in Ludlow. This home was the first in Vermont to be fully wired for electricity. Utilizing advanced technologically for the time, each floor in the house had two nickel-plated faucets to which a hose could be attached in case of fire. The building itself is of English Cotswold style and constructed of hand-carved California redwood and gneiss stone, which was quarried on property.
Today, many of the original features of the mansion still remain in excellent condition. The original wallpaper from 1905 is hung in the staircase, most of the lighting fixtures and sycamore woodwork is also original. The impressive gardens, maintained through the years, are the original foot print of the landscape.
The oval dining room is reminiscent of the period and is another indication of the Governor’s wealth at the time. The carriage house was built in the traditional New England shingle style.
When building today’s spa facility, the integrity and design of the building was preserved. The mansion and spa buildings are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Allen Miller Fletcher
Allen Fletcher was a world traveler with wide business interests in Indiana, but he had a strong attraction to the Vermont of his ancestors. In 1881, he built his summer home in Proctorsville, Vermont. In 1897, he purchased the Jesse Fletcher estate homestead in Cavendish from the heirs of his cousin, Stoughton A. Fletcher, Jr. In 1899, he sold his banking interests in Indianapolis and moved to New York City where he became a member of the Stock Exchange.
In 1905, at the age of 52, he retired and moved to Vermont and dabbled in state politics. In 1902, Allen Fletcher was elected to the Vermont House and again in 1906, 1908, and 1910. He was elected State Senator from Windsor County in 1904. In 1912 he was elected Governor.
His accomplishments were many and he appointed a commission to investigate conditions in the schools and colleges of the state, in addition to appointing the first woman to serve on the Board of Education. He also created the State Purchasing Agent. He did not seek reelection in 1914, and died May 11, 1922 at the age of 68. His wife, Mary Elizabeth (Bence) died at Camden, South Carolina, 1942.
We know you will treasure the impressive properties that are the Castle Hill Resort & Spa
and The Pointe Hotel at Castle Hill as much as we do!