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Castle to take reservations

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Doug Smock (above) and wife Mary Jo were guest speakers at the Rotary Club meeting Wednesday. They own the Clayshire Castle, Bowling Green.
During the Rotary Club meeting Wednesday, special guests included Doug and Mary Jo Smock, owners of Clayshire Castle.

The Smocks told Rotary members the castle will be open May of 2013. They plan to start taking reservations in January. Clayshire Castle's website will be up in January, but for now those interested can follow the castle on its Facebook page by typing Clayshire Castle in the search bar of www.facebook.com.

During their presentation, the Smocks introduced themselves and gave a virtual tour of the castle using photographs.

The couple has always had a dream of creating a medieval-themed bed and breakfast after they retired, but decided to start now because interest rates were low. After 10 years of ideas and planning, the Smocks didn't use an architect, but drew up the plans themselves. The family, including Mary Jo's daughter Katie and her husband Bernie Voges, did all of the interior design themselves, as well as the landscaping.

Doug showed pictures of a clavichord and lute, both medieval instruments Mary Jo plays.

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.

Inside, the 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 costume room, located in the basement, is full of medieval costumes for guests to wear during their stay. Mary Jo and Katie made most of the costumes themselves.

Outside, the property includes two-mile hiking trails, a cedar hot tub, a hedge maze and a lawn chess game.

The Smocks said they plan to serve breakfast to their guests, but other meals will be included at an additional cost.

"We want to treat you as royalty, and we are the servants," Doug said.

Clayshire Castle had open houses every Sunday for four months.

The most people Doug said they had visit was 250 people in a two-hour time frame. However, during the Tri Kappa home tour, more than 300 visitors came to see the castle. The open houses have ended, but guests can make reservations beginning in January.

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