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Castle first stop on home tour

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Doug and Mary Jo Smock's Clayshire Castle will be on the annual Tri Kappa Home Tour this weekend.
The holiday season is in full swing and all of the traditions that make the season special have begun.

The annual Tri Kappa Home Tour has become a tradition for many.

The first stop on this year's tour is to another place and time.

Clayshire Castle's door will be open to guests and provide a medieval experience.

The sprawling property is picturesque and private.

The owners purchased the land six years ago.

Doug and Mary Jo Smock have been planning and preparing for this adventure for a decade or more.

The couple desired to build a bed and breakfast with the castle theme, and so they did.

The Smocks have been collecting pieces of home furnishings for the nearly 10,000-square foot castle for just as many years.

Often, these were gifts for each other for holidays and special occasions.

Pipen, a knight holding tray, was the first of these gifts. Pipen sits in the entryway.

The couple used the tray to collect their daily change.

That change was turned into the full size knight, Sir William, who watches over the Great Hall.

The Great Hall features gray tile flooring. Eight chandeliers hang from the decorative beams.

Four tables and chairs line the middle of the room. These were specially made in Tell City.

One corner houses a lute and clavichord. The clavichord was specially made in Ellettsville.

The clavichord features a hand painted scene of the Clayshire grounds.

The opposite corner holds a hutch cupboard that was found at an antique store. The hutch highlights a carved knight and castle.

Through a door on the far wall, a cook's dream is found.

The commercial kitchen's sweeping counter tops and massive range wait to make a magnificent meal.

An office sits off the kitchen. Stairs from the kitchen lead up to the owner's private residence.

The couple has a cozy sitting room, with fascinating peacock stained glass window. A spacious master bath features a subway tile shower. A master bedroom and guestroom are also in the residence.

Returning to the main level, an ample pantry and laundry room area available for viewing.

Opposite of the laundry room is a butler's pantry. Look high above the tall cabinets in the butler's pantry to see a set of pewter dinnerware ready for an elegant party.

Exit the butler's pantry and cross the great hall to the first guest room. All of the guestrooms are impeccable.

Each room is themed and carried throughout the room, down to the light switches.

A fireplace is found in every suite. Each is unique to match the room.

The bathrooms are spacious with tubs and separated showers. Expansive vanity tops and heated floors add luxury for guests.

The Tournament suite is rich red and gold with extra space in the bathroom. The Tapestry suite holds beautiful woven art. These two suites are on the main level.

The Enchanted Forest is dreamy. Wood shutters and a river rock shower are unique to this room. The Fairy Tale suite features Brothers Grimm characters and coffered ceilings.

These are on the third level.

Along with the suits, the third level hosts the library. Floor to ceiling bookshelves are accessed with sliding ladders.

The final suite is in the basement, Wine Cellar. This suite's etching and stained cement floor and wine barrel bath tub are a must see.

The basement is full of amenities.

Games and tables for play wait for guests. The lounge area with large flat screen has many medieval movies to watch.

Period costumes are available for special events and are stored here in the costume room. Various sizes and styles are available to peruse.

Exercise facilities are available as long as you don't mind a large knight watching over you.

A conference room can be accessed as well as a kitchenette for bed and breakfast guests. There is even a playroom for prince and princess guests.

The home tour will be Dec. 2. The homes of Darryl and Jessica Jenkins and Micah and Sarah Workman are also on display.

The guest suites of Clayshire Castle are ready for bed and breakfast visitors. The Fairy Tale room is a dream come true for any princess fantasy.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at Riddell National Bank or at any home on the day of the event.

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come on Times the 5 W's in reporting 1 who 2 what 3 when 4 where 5 why----- where adderss go to six points and do something somewher then turn or not

-- Posted by twolong1short on Thu, Nov 29, 2012, at 1:03 PM

According to the ticket, Take SR 59 to SR 46 then turn east until you get to 100 S or Six Pts trading post)..drive one mile to 800 E, turn north, then take first right (75 North) you will the stone mailbox that marks the driveway..

-- Posted by sixfoottown on Fri, Nov 30, 2012, at 11:19 AM

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