This historic bed and breakfast is one of the gems of the South Sound. Nestled on four acres on American Lake, the castle’s fascinating history dates back 500 years. The castle was meant as a gift from Chester Thorne, a pioneer in Tacoma’s history, to his bride. In 1907, he bought a 4000-year-old Elizabethan manor in England and had it dismantled and shipped, brick by brick, from England. Thornewood Castle is constructed with concrete and steel on a solid three-foot-thick foundation. Exterior walls are brick and concrete with steel reinforcement. The floors are ten inches of concrete. Construction took three years to complete, from 1908 to 1911, with many of the materials, including the brick, oak paneling, oak staircase and the medieval stained glass coming from the castle in England. The red brick facing on the outside of the estate was imported from Wales. Three ships were commissioned to transport these building supplies around Cape Horn to the Pacific Northwest. The castle offers over 27,000 square feet of living space, graciously arranged under one tile roof and boasts 54 rooms, including 22 bedrooms and 22 baths, along with 3 acres of grounds and lakefront.
Address: 8601 N. Thorne Lane SW; Lakewood, WA 98498