Built on 8 rocky acres in Barrington, N.H., Castle Anam Cara strives to transport the visitor back into the 10th-11th centuries. At that time, the grand, sprawling castles inhabited by Duke’s, barons, kings and garrisons of knights were still decades away awaiting the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066; bringing with him the great Norman castle building tradition. Castle Anam Cara represents a pre 1066 “castle” that would be found in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales. These “castles” were more fortified homes of clan leaders or regional strongmen. The Romans had pulled out of the area centuries before and the region was still in the Dark Ages. Fortification was virtually essential for survival.
From the small size and crenelated roof on the outside to the arrow slits, Romanesque windows, stoned walls and simple elegance on the inside – Castle Anam Cara will give you a strong connection to what life in a fortified 10th century home was really like. The quiet detachment from the invasive tentacles of modern technology will soothe the soul.
Life could be brutally hard in Medieval times – no sanitation, scarcity of food, no understanding of diseases or infections, no doctors, plagues, the threat of violence and wars, a huge gap between the “haves” and “have not’s”, little or no educational opportunities, few if any women’s rights – but there was also a simplicity and immediacy that we too often lack today.
YOU CAN EVEN GET MARRIED HERE!
Castle Anam Cara is a beautiful little venue, Loretta is a Justice of the Peace and David is a skilled bagpipe player. The perfect combination! We are not a big Castle so we can only accommodate small, intimate weddings. We also don’t prepare food. So if you can work around those minor restrictions it is a very special place to make those vows.
Castle Anam Cara does not attempt to present the Medieval times as a romantic, peaceful, Utopian era represented by beautiful maidens in lush flowing gowns and knights in shining armor. Rather, we strive to present a balanced picture of an era fraught with struggle and turmoil (like today) but also rich in simple beauty, times of compassion and humanity, and stories of love between families and individuals.
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