Hound of the Baskervilles, Lord Gordon Gordon, Escape from Colditz

Visit a British manor house that inspired a literary masterpiece, tour a sprawling New York mansion that belonged to a railroad baron and explore a German castle that served as a prisoner-of-war camp in World War II.

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Cromer Hall
Cromer Hall

Cromer Hall

When famous writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, visited the coastal area of eastern England and dined with the owner of Cromer Hall, he was motivated to revive his most well-known literary character, Sherlock Holmes. 960 1280

  

Cromer Hall

Cromer Hall

For generations, the area of England where Cromer Hall is located has been rumored to be haunted by a ferocious wild dog. This piece of folklore inspired Doyle to write The Hound of the Baskervilles. 960 1280

  

Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst

The Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown, NY, sits on 67 acres by the Hudson River. The estate was last owned by railroad tycoon, Jay Gould, who was known as the “Wizard of Wall Street.” 960 1280

  

Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst

But Gould met his match when he encountered a charming Scottish aristocrat with a surprise up his sleeve. Gould would regret this ill-fated friendship for the remainder of his life in this sprawling country estate. 960 1280

  

Colditz Castle

Colditz Castle

High on a hilltop in central Germany stands the massive white-washed edifice of Colditz Castle, located not far from Dresden and haunted by its Nazi history. 960 1280

  

Colditz Castle

Colditz Castle

During World War II, Colditz Castle served as a prisoner-of-war camp where the Nazis guarded their most incorrigible inmates. It was also the location of one of the most daring prison breaks during the war. 960 1280

  

Rennes-le-Chateau

Rennes-le-Chateau

In the small French village of Rennes-le-Chateau, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene was the parish of 19th-century priest, Bérenger Saunière, who claimed to have found a buried treasure. 960 1280

  

Rennes-le-Chateau

Rennes-le-Chateau

Saunière funded the building of this orangery, or greenhouse, and a connected tower as a residence for retired priests, but how did the priest afford such a lavish project? 960 1280

  

Rennes-le-Chateau

Rennes-le-Chateau

More than a century later, people continue to visit Rennes-le-Chateau to stay in villas such as this one and to continue to search for buried treasure. 960 1280

  

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

The small town of Berkeley Springs, WV, became the unlikely setting for a fairy tale castle when a Southern belle built a home there, thanks to the generosity of her much older husband. But her husband then met a suspicious demise. 960 1280

  

Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle

Also known as the Samuel Taylor Suit Cottage, Berkley Springs Castle once saw many extravagant parties. Now a National Historic Site, rumors abound that the castle is haunted by numerous spirits. 960 1280

  

Marble House

Marble House

This magnificent Newport, RI, mansion, Marble House, became the setting for an epic family quarrel. 960 1280

  

Marble House

Marble House

Built between 1888 and 1892 by Mr. William K. Vanderbilt for his wife’s birthday, Marble House was the family’s “summer cottage.” But Mrs. Vanderbilt was a ruthless social climber who would stop at nothing to reach the pinnacle of East Coast society. 960 1280

  

Marble House

Marble House

Marble House, named for its 500,000 cubic feet of marble, is now a National Historic Landmark and continues to be a hallmark of wealth in America. 960 1280

  

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