On 3-16-12, I received E-Mail that said:
There is a castle type residence that is tentatively planned to be a B&B being built in Western Indiana – about an hour west of Indianapolis, called Clayshire Castle. You can see it being constructed on Facebook – should be completed in July.
More info and lots of photos here on facebook:
On 7-4-12, I received e-mail that said:
I recently did a Google search for our castle under construction in Indiana, and came across your website, Castles of the United States, with a plea for more information about our particular castle, Clayshire Castle.
The castle is located in Clay County at:
8780 East CR 75 North
Bowling Green, IN 47833
As you mentioned on your website, we've set up a Facebook page to keep people updated with the construction of the castle. The castle is owned by my mother-in-law, Mary Jo Smock, and her husband, Doug Smock. It is nestled into a 120-acre property with a large (nearly 5 acres) spring-fed pond. The castle construction started shortly before Labor Day in 2011 and finished on June 29, 2012. Daniel Builders Inc of Cloverdale, IN was the contractor that we selected to bring our dream to life. It is approximately 10,000 sqft in size and will eventually open as a bed-and-breakfast. It has 5 public guest rooms, with attached baths (each room has a theme: Tapestry, Enchanted Forest, Fairy Tale, Tournament, and Wine Cellar), a spa/conference area with an attach full bath, and 4 half-baths. It also has a master suite and a full guest suite for their private use. Other amenities include a large great hall (obviously!), an exercise room, a costume room (Mary Jo and my wife, Katie, have sewn almost all of them - a whole closet full!), a kids playroom, a library (complete with rolling ladders on the bookshelves), and a common area with a large-screen TV/theater system with game area.
They just moved into the castle this past weekend, but there is still plenty of work to be done - namely constructing the gardens and hot tub. (A hedge maze was planted nearly 4 years ago.) With a commercial kitchen, they hope to not only run a bed and breakfast, but to also host weddings or other large gatherings. We do plan on constructing a website soon (we've purchase the domain a couple of years ago), but until then, our Facebook page is fulfilling that role. I suggest that you check out our Facebook for updated photos! My wife, Katie, will upload photos from moving day and getting the rooms set up.
On 1-1-13, I received e-mail that said:
I thought you would like an update on our castle B&B up her in Indiana. We have officially opened as a business, completed our website, and started taking reservations, we officially start taking guests May 18th (we want to finish landscaping first). Our website is www.clayshirecastle.com
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