Regina man turns regular home into medieval castle

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Renovations took 13 years and millions of dollars to turn home into Stone Hall Castle

From the outside, Jason Hall’s 1920s-era home fits right in on Regina’s College Avenue, south of the downtown.

Inside, however, it’s a different story. It’s quite literally a castle.

“It’s really a throwback to when they built castles, not necessarily for war but for prestige,” Hall said. “Look at me … this is that kind of a castle.”

Some of the many medieval items in Stone Hall Castle. (Nichole Huck/CBC)
Some of the many medieval items in Stone Hall Castle. (Nichole Huck/CBC)

Called Stone Hall Castle, the home is complete with a bear skin rug, opulent furnishings, and stone fixtures that look like something out of Game of Thrones.

“I don’t think I set out the day I bought it to say let’s make this thing what it is today,” he said. “It kind of led me down this path. Almost like the Field of Dreams.”

The incredible transformation has already taken 13 years, and Hall said he’s not done.

“I’m quite serious when I say this will be another 25 years of constructing. I’ve got some big ideas.”

Stone Hall Castle has not been a cheap endeavour. Hall has been pouring millions of dollars into creating what he calls an authentic medieval castle. The furniture and lights alone cost $1.5 million.

Now, people in Regina can experience Stone Hall Castle for themselves. The castle will be open for tours starting Tuesday.

“I never set out with the idea of building a castle to do tours, but I think what I’m hoping for is that the castle will start paying for itself.”

Stone Hall Castle (Nichole Huck/CBC)
Stone Hall Castle (Nichole Huck/CBC)

However, Hall said the goal was never to make money.

“I look at myself as more of an artist than a businessman,” he said.

Tours will be available on evenings and weekends for $25 per person.

  • Monday to Friday: 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 9 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.
  • Weekday day tours available by request

By spring 2016, Hall said he’s hoping the castle will be ready to start having people stay overnight for $1,500 per night.

“There’s nothing like staying in a castle served by a butler or a wench.”

You can find more on his website here.

 

Source: cbc.ca