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Roscoe, New York USA

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This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner.

The castle is located in what locals know and some maps identify as Craig-e-Clair (also Craigie Clair). The almost thousand acres of land surrounding the castle was amassed in the late 1880s by Bradford L. Gilbert, a noted New York City architect. Gilbert built an estate known as “Beaverkill Lodge” on the property. The hamlet of Craig-e-Clair was named after an Irish fishing village and translates as “Beautiful Mountainside.” Gilbert’s wife was a native of Ireland and chose the name because the Catskill scenery reminded her of home. The property was sold in 1903 to Morris Sternbach. Wurts-Dundas purchased the land and buildings from Sternbach in 1907.

Like many wealthy men of his time he wanted a mountain hideaway for his family and friends. In 1907, he purchased 964 acres of forestland with a view of the Beaverkill near Roscoe. The land had been a fishing retreat complete with a “Swiss” style country house. Not satisfied with the existing structure, Wurts-Dundas set out to build the finest mansion possible incorporating the wooden country house. The design of the castle is thought to have been inspired by late nineteenth century interpretations of medieval European castles constructed in Scotland.

Construction on the castle was begun in the early years of the First World War, and ceased in 1924, three years after Wurts-Dundas’ death in 1921. Never fully completed, the building represents an impressive example of the romanticized medievalism that emerged in American culture at the turn of the twentieth century. Although they visited during the construction period, neither Wurts-Dundas and his wife, Josephine – nor anyone else since – has lived in the castle.

Remember, exploring this place is trespassing!!

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Dundas Castle

Roscoe, New York USA

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July 26, 2013

This property is privately owned, and as of 7.26.13 no one is being granted permission for admission on to the property, per the caretaker. There is a plan to open the castle to the public, but no time in the near future.

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GinaYaroli in reply to on March 5, 2015

do you know how to contact the caretaker by any chance?


amcgovern1 in reply to on January 28, 2015

For $20.00 the caretaker will let you tour it, as of a year ago.

September 8, 2014

i was here last summer... a friend and i got lost and we looked up the hill and theres this castle?!*&?!! we just walked up the hill and looked around for a bit and walked back down with no problem and i saw no signage saying it was illegal to be there... theres a gorgeous gate infront of it and a house close by... maybe they might know something

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June 29, 2014

Can u visit this place or do they patrol?? Anyone??

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May 13, 2014

Has anyone visited recently and if so did you have any issues with exploring it? Also do the caretakers live there year round and where are they located on the property? Thanks!

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September 25, 2013

That's right down the road from me!

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September 25, 2013

I want to go. :)

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September 25, 2013

Has this castle been in any movies? Like The Haunting (with Catherine Zita-Jones)?

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September 25, 2013

I'd love to buy this place if I had the money. I'd use it as my home so not sure I'd open it to the public.

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August 14, 2013

Pathetic and it should be Public !!!

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June 21, 2013

The Dundas Castle is owned by the Prince Hall Masons.

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GinaYaroli in reply to on March 5, 2015

do you know how I can contact them?

June 15, 2013

I so want to see this!!

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