Head about 90 miles north of Cincinnati and you’ll find the small town of Sidney. Situated on Interstate 75, Sidney has that small town feel with modern day amenities. It’s also home to multiple castles, one of which was converted into a lodge and spa that lets you escape the stresses of everyday life for a time.
“GreatStone Castle is an elegant and unique venue for private and corporate events and meetings, a bed and breakfast, and a day spa,” says GreatStone Resorts Day Manager Elizabeth Evans.
GreatStone Castle’s history dates back to 1895 when the Victorian mansion was constructed by owners William and Fannie Goode. According to Evans, the castle is now run by retired Lt. Col. Frederick and Victoria Keller.
The Castle is available for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, family gatherings, business and organizational meetings, showers, graduations, anniversaries, and celebratory of all sorts.
However, when you’re looking for a place to go to escape the busyness of the city, GreatStone Castle has you covered. The bed and breakfast as well as its spa offer relaxing accommodations and services.
It terms of its spa services, GreatStone Castle offers relaxation, deep tissue, and European stone massages as well as a variety of body rubs, mineral whirlpool baths, and facials featuring Repechage products. Evans says that all spa services are available by appointment to both bed and breakfast guests as well as walk-ins.
“The Spa at GreatStone only offers the finest face and body treatments with Repachge products,” says Evans.
Skin care services include OptiFirm Eye Treatment and a variety of facials. Spa treatments at GreatStone include mineral baths, hand and feet masques, hand and feet treatments, body rubs and polishes, which are between $25 and $105 and range in length from a half hour to an hour and a half.
Aromatherapy can be added to massages and there are also packages available for individuals as well as couples. Evans says that stays with the Castle can be booked alongside spa services to get everything scheduled at once.
Lodging options at GreatStone Castle includes the Windsor and Brighton suites and the Victorian room. “The suites are a bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom en suite,” says Evans. “Both feature king-size beds, original gas fireplaces, and flat screen televisions with cable.”
Meanwhile, the Victorian, which is popular with groups of ladies, has both a queen and a full bed and television with cable.
“Breakfast at GreatStone Castle is served from 7:30 am to 10:30 am and is cooked to order from our menu and served in the Conservatory,” explains Evans. “We are always happy to accommodate special dietary needs if notified when reservations are made.”
The Castle also offers Wi-Fi, but if you’re looking to go off the grid for a weekend, the Canal Lake Lodge just outside Sidney is an ideal place to visit.
The Canal Lake Lodge, which is a separate facility about 10 minutes from the Castle itself, is built of log and stone. “It’s a mile off the road, surrounded by 100 acres of farm and woodland,” says Evans. “The Lodge sits on a wooded plateau overlooking a private 8-acre lake.”
For those in search of a relaxed getaway, the Lodge is the ideal spot, according to Evans. “Guests that bring their fishing gear can take one of our rowboats out on the well-stocked lake. There is also a much-used shuffleboard court.”
“The Lodge is available for overnight stays for a couple, group of friends, or a family. A king, queen, and three twin beds are available. It has a huge wood-burning fireplace, gas grill, and fully-equipped kitchen,” she explains. “A flat screen television and BluRay player are provided but the Lodge has no cable or Wi-Fi, making it the ultimate ‘get away from it all’ destination,’”
The cooking and cleaning at the Lodge is up to the guests, although breakfast foods are supplied. Evans says for the ultimate stay at the Lodge, you can book massages there, too.
Evans says a weekend getaway to GreatStone Castle and Canal Lake Lodge is ideal because it’s geared to adults that wish to have a quiet, pampered getaway in unique surroundings. “It is our goal to make every guest feel welcome, while affording them the privacy they crave,” she says. “Many of our guests are now ‘regulars,’ returning again and again.”
Plus, the Castle itself is unique. Constructed of an 18-inch thick Bedford Indiana limestone, it features a wraparound porch supported by stone columns. “Three turrets give the massive structure its castle-like appearance,” says Evans. “GreatStone is finished in rare hardwoods from various countries, transported by ships and rail, to their final destination stop a hill in Sidney.”
Within the Castle is an extensive collection of stained glass and antiques, which are displayed throughout the mansion. “With over 4,200 square feet on each floor, there is plenty of room to explore,” says Evans.
Plus, GreatStone Castle is just a few blocks away from downtown Sidney, a small town that is in the midst of a revitalization with booming shops and eateries, and also features architectural gems such as the county courthouse, its Gothic revival Civil War memorial building, the Big Four Bridge, and the famous People’s Federal Savings and Loan building, designed by Louis Sullivan, a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright.
GreatStone Castle is located at 429 N Ohio Avenue in Sidney. To learn more about their services and pricing information, or book your stay, visit www.greatstonecastle.com or call 937-498-4728. You can also “like” them on Facebook.