Couple Builds Castle Retreat in Clay County

A five-room bed and breakfast that is built like a castle and is nestled in Clay County opens next year.

In Clay County between Spencer and Terre Haute, 120 acres of land sits off of a 3,000 foot long gravel drive leading to a castle.

Mary Jo and her husband Doug live in the back area of the castle, but the front two towers, basement, great hall and five bedrooms are all for guests. Each of the rooms depict different themes.

“Welcome to the tapestry room, this room is decorated with tapestries, they’re actually the lady in the unicorn tapestry which is a series of 6 that come back from the 1400’s,” Mary Jo Smock says.

The castle is filled with medieval costumes and fireplaces.

Co-owner Doug Smock says building the 10,000 square foot castle began as a hobby, but when it’s finished, it will be a private get-away for people who enjoy being treated like visiting royalty.

“Our name is Clayshire Castle and the idea behind that is it’s Clay County, and the old term for county was shire so it’s Clayshire and it has a castle in it. Eventually we’d love to build up some little cottages here,” says Smock.

The Smock family plans to open for business in May of 2013.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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