Best of Blog: Gatsby’s Mansion: Oheka Castle

Photos from OHEKA Castle posted with permission.

I originally posted this in May 2013. Since The Great Gatsby is timeless, and summer always makes me think of The Great Gatsby, I wanted to share it again.

“There was music from my neighbor’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

On Long Island’s Gold Coast, through the 1920s, OHEKA Castle stood in majestic splendor. Otto Hermann Kahn hosted summer parties that could have caught F. Scott Fitzgerald’s eye. In the early 1900s, Kahn, a financier and philanthropist, built OHEKA Castle as a summer home on Long Island’s highest point — in keeping with the rich inclination to live on a hill above everyone else.

OHEKA Castle served as a Merchant Marine training school and a private military academy before developer Gary Melius purchased it in 1984. With Melius’ restoration, OHEKA Castle became Great Gatsby worthy again.

And the best part is you can even reserve a special Gatsby Package at OHEKA Castle— it includes luxurious two night accommodation in a Chateau room, strawberries dipped in Belgian chocolate, entry tickets to 2 Gold Coast Mansions, an OHEKA mansion tour, champagne cocktails, a picnic lunch, an OHEKA lunch, continental breakfast, and a copy of OHEKA Castle’s book. Oh! And if you dress in 1920s Gatsy style, you can get a complimentary drink from the Prohibition Drinks Menu at the bar! I so want to be there! You can find out more about OHEKA Castle at

As far as I know, the only thing missing from OHEKA is a resident cat. If you’re like me, and OHEKA Castle would bust the budget, it’s still fun to watch the youtube video of The Great Gatsby Trailer:

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35 Responses to Best of Blog: Gatsby’s Mansion: Oheka Castle

  1. Kristine Hall says:

    Gorgeous pics! Can you imagine living like that?

  2. Neena Christianson Martin says:

    This place is so awesome, I would really love to see it in person.

  3. Jessica Menster says:

    One of my favorite books and a wonderful movie! It is so beautiful- I’d live there any day!

  4. Christina Strapp Lambert says:

    Oh my gosh, that is beautiful and huge!!!

  5. Deborah Caudill says:

    Wow! Thanks for the reminder about all these summer reads. I have always loved The Great Gatsby, and the castle sure looks like the description in the book.

  6. Candy Lyn says:

    I was checking the rates to stay there for a couple of nights. To get a room for a weekend is something that would have to be planned years in advanced. A room is $500 a night. It’s a very lovely place but I would rather be directly on the beach depending on the time of year of course.

  7. Jerry Marquardt says:

    These photos capture a very nice aura in European adventure. I loved the photos and it would be a nice place to imagine being.

  8. kim thorne says:

    such beautiful pictures of Gatsbyโ€™s Mansion: Oheka Castle

  9. Judy Cox says:

    I would love to see these places in person. They are so beautiful and inviting.

  10. sheree2u says:


  11. patty says:

    These pictures are gorgeous!

  12. Sarah L says:

    Looks like it should be in England. Very big.

  13. Tonya Coleman says:


  14. Mary Preston says:

    It is impressive.

  15. Betsy Barnes says:

    OHEKA Castle is so beautiful! That staircase is my favorite, love the way it looks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Theresa C. says:

    Thank you for the lovely photos and fascinating history about Oheka Castle!

  17. Sharon Braswell says:

    It makes me want to see the movie again. I loved the movie, the era, the clothes, the setting, the mansion,Gatsby himself, but it could use a cat too! Thanks for posting again! Gorgeous castle!

  18. Michelle S says:

    Those photos are so hauntingly beautiful.

  19. Megan says:

    Such a beautiful place!

  20. Patricia Walker says:

    I certainly could get used to living in a place like this! I would need to have many maids to keep it all clean and an army of gardeners to make sure they don’t grow out of control though!

  21. Rita Wray says:

    Beautiful pictures.

  22. Irina Stiles says:

    These pictures make me want to reread the book and watch the movie.

  23. Victoria says:

    I absolutely love this castle. It’s gorgeous! Perfect backdrop for the movie ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Lori B says:

    Nice pics!

  25. Diana Ware-Page says:

    Gorgeous pictures

  26. Jennifer Spoon says:

    Beautiful pictures.

  27. Debra Kolins says:

    Love that movie!!

  28. danielle hammelef says:

    I love looking at these places! I’d like to explore them in person.

  29. Jeni G says:

    Those pics are amazing! I’ve watched the movie and it was really cool. I wish to see those sights in person:)

  30. Heman says:


  31. Virginia H says:

    These photos are beautiful, you are so lucky to see this.

  32. Candy Lyn says:

    I feel as if I would need a month and a map just to explore the whole place! It is stunning and so classy!

  33. Brandi Defries Swendt says:

    Beautiful. Lucky you. I’d love to go see new sights

  34. Shanice says:

    This look like a very interesting film ,I will be watching this ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Karen Nadeau says:

    Those pictures are beautiful!