Archive for the ‘In The News’ Category

Sherman was here! Clayshire featured on Fox59 news

November 9th, 2018 by Clayshire Castle

Clayshire Castle was featured on Indianapolis Fox59 News as a “hidden gem” of Indiana!  We had a great time showing Sherman the castle and teaching him a few things about the medieval era.  Check out the footage in the link below:

A bed and breakfast fit for royalty

Clayshire Castle 5th Annual Medieval Faire

October 1st, 2018 by Clayshire Castle

This past weekend marked our 5th Annual Medieval Faire, and it was the biggest and best yet.  We had over 2500 visitors over the 2 days, and we were featured in the local TV news.  Check it out!

Clayshire featured on “Only in Your State”

March 17th, 2017 by Clayshire Castle

Clayshire Castle was featured on the popular website “Only in Your State”!  Please note, however, that we do not serve dinner as implied in the article (we are not a restaurant, just a bed & breakfast).  There are even more things to do on our property than mentioned in the article!  Check out the article in the link below:

Entering This Hidden Indiana Castle Will Make You Feel Like You’re In A Fairy Tale

Clayshire Castle listed as one of the most romantic places in Indiana!

April 3rd, 2016 by Clayshire Castle

Looking for a romantic weekend?  Check out this website for top ideas for date nights and getaways in Indiana – Clayshire Castle made the list!

12 Perfect places to go in Indiana if you’re feeling romantic

Medieval Faire in 9/20/15 Terre Haute Tribune Star

September 20th, 2015 by Clayshire Castle

Clayshire Castle featured in the Chicago Tribune

April 19th, 2015 by Clayshire Castle

Clayshire Castle was featured in an article about family-friendly bed & breakfasts in the Midwest.  Check out the article below:

“Inaugural event takes guests back to medieval times”

September 29th, 2014 by Clayshire Castle

Clay City Elementary School student Lacie Lee committed a crime. She did not want to brush her teeth.

The punishment for her actions was to be sentenced to the stockades, where her sister waited armed with tomatoes to toss at the criminal’s head.

Lee and other local residents were transported back to medieval times on Saturday as crowds gathered at Clayshire Castle — a medieval-themed bed and breakfast in Bowling Green for its inaugural Medieval Faire. The event featured several attractions including the stocks, booths, crafts, reenactments, mazes and musicians representative of the time period.

Read more of this article in The Brazil Times.

“Fit for a King: Couple Opens Clayshire Castle As Bed and Breakfast In Rural Bowling Green”

June 9th, 2013 by Clayshire Castle

Check us out on the Feature Page from the Terre Haute Tribune-Star:

“BOWLING GREEN — “I think it is amazing,” Marsha Chambers of Ellettsville, said, “You don’t get too many chances to go see a medieval castle, you know,” she laughed as she looked around The Great Hall as if in amazement….”

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April 28th, 2013 by Clayshire Castle

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“Couple Builds Castle Retreat in Clay County”

December 7th, 2012 by Clayshire Castle

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.

Read more of this article, and watch the video, at Indiana Public Media.

“Family builds Clay Co. Castle”

December 7th, 2012 by Clayshire Castle

BOWLING GREEN, Ind. (WTHI) – It’s not a type of architecture you often see in Indiana or even here in the United States for that matter. But, the Wabash Valley has a castle, which brings to mind old fairy tales and makes them that much more real.

Just a few miles outside of Poland, Indiana, along a gravel road, is a home that will make you think you’ve stepped into Medieval England. It’s a medieval castle and it’s also the home of Doug and Mary Jo Smock.

“The castle is a long time dream, it started about 10-15 years ago at a castle bed and breakfast in Ohio, and thought we can do that in retirement,” Mary Jo said.

They call it Clayshire Castle, named after Clay County.

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“Clayshire Castle: Couple’s Unique Dream Home Becomes A Reality”

December 7th, 2012 by Clayshire Castle

Life in a castle! A medieval dream! Can you imagine living in a castle, not on the other side of the world in Europe but in Clay County, Indiana. That is just where Doug and Mary Jo Smock will be living out their dream. Doug, an aerospace engineer with Rolls-Royce, and Mary Jo, a pediatrician at a public health clinic in Indianapolis, visited a castle bed and breakfast in Ohio and became intrigued with the idea.

“We have been dreaming of castles for ten to fifteen years. This isn’t just an impulse,” Mary Jo said of their fantasy-like home.

Read more of this article in The Hoosier Topics.

“Family builds local castle” – The Brazil Times

December 7th, 2012 by Clayshire Castle

As your car winds down the long gravel road, you begin to wonder if you’re in the right place. But then you turn the corner to see a vast opening with a large castle before you.

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.

Read more of this article from The Brazil Times.