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Stone Hall Castle offers visitors and guests a medieval experience, in the unlikely setting of Regina, Saskatchewan. Inconspicuous externally, the castle has a remarkable interior, much of which would not look out of place in a renaissance chateau or even a medieval castle. Stone walls and dark wood beamed ceilings combine with grand fireplaces, oil paintings and period furniture to transport guests to a different era.
Three sumptuously appointed rooms are available for overnight guests whilst castle tours are also available by day. Stone Hall Castle can also be booked as a unique venue for weddings and events.
From the Stone Hall Castle website:
“Originally built by Francis Nicholson Darke as a fortress for his beloved wife Annie, Stone Hall Castle brings an incredible Medieval European experience to Regina, Saskatchewan.
The history surrounding this castle is as intriguing as its original owner. It is a little known fact that the original Darke residence, located where the Hotel Saskatchewan stands today, was damaged during the devastating cyclone of 1912, which tore a path through downtown Regina. Legend has it that his beloved wife Annie was so shaken by that event that she pleaded with him to build a home where she could feel safe again. If it weren’t for this natural disaster, this castle would probably never have been built. In his early sixties, with the children all grown, Darke set out to build his Annie her fortress. He resolved to use the most durable building materials to withstand Prairie cyclones. With cost being no concern for the wealthy Darke, he imported the exact limestone used on the Regina Legislative Building – an action unheard of in its time for a local residence – and work began.
In 1926, Darke, with the help of the finest masons, carpenters and artisans of his time, delivered on his promise to his beloved Annie and presented her with a solid stone fortress complete with stone roof and bomb shelter in the basement”.
2210 College Ave, Regina, SK S4P 1C6, Canada
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