When the town of Gilford subdivided the castle and surrounding lands, they solicited ideas from interested developers on how they would develop the grounds. In keeping with the spirit of the trust, they decided that in order for the public to continue to have access to the property in a way that would allow them to enjoy the grounds and the landmark, that the best use of the land would be for some form of a resort property. Historic Inns of New England proposed the following plan which the town approved.
The following conceptual site plan shows the property and how it would look based on their vision of developing the site into a five star resort with 50 rooms (40 in the hotel and 10 in the outbuildings) along with a 150 seat restaurant.
Click on the image to see a close up of the proposed main grounds area.
As you can see the plan called for a road to be built directly off rte 11 which would afford the resort with its own private entrance. The land that the road crosses is a 3.31 acre parcel which abutts the castle property and was purchased separately. The Leggett Land (as it is known) was once part of the property owned by Robert Bradley and then subdivided into two parcels when rte 11 came through. The parcel on the lake side of the highway was then developed into the Chanticleer Inn and later subdivided into the Broadview Condominiums and Chanticleer Shores. When the property was first sub-divided by Robert Bradley, he wrote into the deed that whoever owned the 3.31 acre parcel would have deeded rights to the 1200 feet of shoreline which is comprised of the shoreline directly in front of the Brodview Condominiums and Chanticleer Shores.
Once the property was secured, Historic Inns of New England contracted with Steve Smith and Associates to put together all the site and engineering work for the project. All the engineering drawings and plans were completed, and the plans were submitted to the town and approved. Everthing was set to begin development. Unfortunately the development of the castle did not begin (due to lack of funding), and the project never progressed beyond the approval stage.