After 10 years of planning and 10 months of building, the castle is complete.
Doug and Mary Jo Smock, along with their daughter Katie and her husband Bernie Voges, have been busy hanging wall art, tapestries and curtains in their new establishment, which doubles as the Smock's new home.
Clayshire Castle is the name of the local attraction, which sits in Bowling Green, Ind.
"Shire is an old English word for county," Bernie said. "So Clayshire -- Clay County."
The two Indianapolis residents, Doug and Mary Jo, enjoy having medieval-themed dinners for friends and family. Doug is a chef who specializes in medieval meals, while Mary Jo is a musician and medieval costume designer.
The couple has always had a dream of creating a medieval-themed bed and breakfast after they retire.
Now, before retirement, the couple is on their way to fulfilling their dream.
"We decided to (build the castle) before retirement because interest rates are down," Mary Jo told The Brazil Times.
"Interest rates were down and building costs were down, so we said, 'Let's start now,'" Doug said.
The Smock's had land south of Martinsville, Ind., but they decided the location would be too noisy due to the new highway being built.
"We looked for other property and found this piece of land (in Bowling Green, Ind.)," Mary Jo said. "It's such a pretty place."
The architectural plans began 10 years ago when Katie began sketching ideas for the castle. In September 2011, Daniel Builders, Cloverdale, began the ground breaking.
"(Daniel) made what we drew exactly how we drew it," Doug said.
"Your winding through the woods and you finally come to this big clearing," Bernie said, describing the moment he saw the property. "I said, 'That's it.'"
Mary Jo said she wasn't worried about the location being too far away for visitors.
"That will be the charm of it," she said. "It's a chance to get away."
The property includes a stocked lake for fishing and hiking trails for guests.
"It's a place where they can relax and have fun," Mary Jo said.
The three-story castle, which is almost 10,000-square feet, sits on 120 acres and includes five guest rooms, a library, a game room/lounge, a full service kitchen and an exercise room, among other rooms.
The Smock's said the great hall would be used for dinner banquets, weddings and serving breakfast to guests. The hall can hold up to 100 guests.
The backside of the building makes up the living quarters for the Smock's, including a kitchen, living area, bedroom, two bathrooms and an office, as well as a large pantry, laundry room and many closets.
"My mom is obsessed with closets," Katie told The Brazil Times.
Walking up the stairs leads you to the library, complete with a balcony overlooking the entrance to the property, which includes an apple orchard, fire pit, hot tub, hedge maze and lawn chess game.
Inside, the five guest bedrooms each have a name and theme including Enchanted Forest, Fairytale, Tournament, Tapestry and Wine Cellar. The rooms all include their own bathroom, a sleeper sofa, closet and flat screen TV.
The charm of the bed and breakfast will be in its details. Each room has a skeleton key rather than a card to swipe. Bernie's mother embroidered all the towels and robes. Custom-made stained glass by Fox Studio, Indianapolis, covers windows in the great hall.
"They used recycled pieces from old churches," Katie said.
In the basement, guests can enjoy a lounge and game room, kitchenette, children's play room and exercise room. The Smock's said they might have a spa downstairs as well. They also have a conference room available for guests.
The Smock's said fencing and medieval dancing would be a few of the activities available to guests.
Guests won't be able to enjoy the new attraction right away; the family has many features to finish before opening. Currently, they are setting the guest bedrooms up and adding features such as ladders to the bookshelves in the library or signs above the guest bedrooms.
Mary Jo said her and her husband would like to "practice" the bed and breakfast with their friends and family before having their grand opening, including a renaissance fair, sometime around next May. The public will be welcome to attend the event.
Until then, the Smock's and Voges' invite the community to become a fan of their Facebook page, "Clayshire Castle," in order to stay updated on the happenings of the attraction. The Castle will eventually have its own website, where guests can make reservations and see a price list.
The bed and breakfast, once opening, will be open on weekends so the Smock's can continue their full-time jobs in Indianapolis. The business will be open more once they retire from their full-time jobs.