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 werenâ€™t for this natural disaster, this castle would probably never have been built.Â 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 â€“ an action unheard of in its time for a local residence â€“ 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 aÂ solid stone fortress complete with stone roof andÂ bomb shelter in the basement.
A treasure downtown Regina. Â Worth way more than the price of admission! Â Words don’t really do justice, the amazing paintings, stonework, furniture, the list goes on and on. Â The guided tour is a lot of fun.
The outside of the building is deceiving looks plain, then you literally enter an authentic medieval world of stone walls, paintings, hallways and all the furnishings of an old castle indistinguishable from one in Europe!
Awesome tour! The stuff Jason’s done so far is nothing short of amazing! For anyone even remotely interested in knights, castles and that general period I highly recommend this one! Fully interactive (“go ahead, sit in the chairs! Lay on the beds! take pictures till your memory card is full!”) and this gents passion & detail into what he’s doing is nothing short of remarkable! Can’t wait to see what the next evolution in the process will bring! Thanks again for having the vision & means to create what so many of us dream about sir!
An Incredible Experience
This castle simply cannot be described or shown in pictures. The level of detail that has gone into it is almost unbelievable! It’s one of the most amazing things in this city. Just go see it!!
Staying the Night and Special Events
Staying at the Castle
The castle has 3 unique, unforgettable experiences available for staying the night. Call 306-539-3170 to reserve your stay.
From the ultra-luxurious, spacious Masterâ€™s Chambers â€“ complete with stone hot tub, fireplace, kitchen, and more, to the loft Servantâ€™s Quarters and Princess Suite. All suites have their own washrooms and cable television with some suites having their own kitchens and laundry.
All suites include access to the castle dining hall, library, state-of-the art home theatre room and airport pickup/drop-off available.
Wedding or Corporate Bookings
The Castle may also be booked for special corporate events or wedding photos that you will never forget!