Belhurst Castle

Belhurst Castle is located in the city of Geneva in the state of New York, United States. The castle sits on the shores of Seneca Lake and once served as a private residence. The property that surrounds the castle was originally the site of a Seneca Indian village and home to the Council of the six nations of Iroquois. Built between 1885-1889, the three-story castle was designed in the Romanesque Revival style and made with Medina sandstone. The castle has a gable roof, a solarium, bay windows, porches, and towers. In 1933, the castle was used as a gambling casino and a speakeasy during the prohibition era. In 1952, the gambling stopped and the castle was transformed into a hotel and winery. The interior boasts two ballrooms, two restaurants, a spa, a salon, and a winery. Belhurst Castle is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties and voted one of the Most Romantic Places in New York State. All three buildings on the property offer accommodations. The Chambers in the Castle offers eleven period designed guest rooms, as well as two cottages and a ranch home. White Springs Manor is a Georgian Revival mansion that is more secluded and overlooks the vineyards. The Vinifera Inn has views of Seneca Lake for those who stay in the turret guest rooms; all the rooms at the inn have a fireplace and Jacuzzi.