Braving a Secluded Tennessee Castle

The authentic medieval decor at this eerie fortress is convincing enough to keep you up at night.

  • Location:  Williamswood Castle is 10 minutes from downtown Knoxville, TN, and yet you get the feeling of Old World estate seclusion.
  • Amenities:  Three bedrooms; full kitchen; extra large dining table.
  • Tripsy Gypsy’s Musings: What looks like a medieval castle is actually modeled after a Scottish hunting lodge and was designed by the current owner in the early 1990s as a tribute to her son, who played the bagpipes and took great pride in the family’s Scottish heritage. There is a long, gated drive approaching this remote castle, which is surrounded by 300 acres of nature center — making for a delightful hike or leisurely stroll. The castle itself is dark and creaky, but magic abounds everywhere you look: Explore a secret passage, climb a tower, and peruse the collection of swords and armor. Take in the view from a multi-level balcony overlooking the Tennessee River. There was clearly great attention paid to incorporating medieval-style decor. One room has a replica of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, and the library has a bookshelf that opens to reveal a hidden staircase. The master bedroom is expansive, with huge floor-to-ceiling windows that have no curtains, so being a female staying alone was a bit uncomfortable. It stormed the night I stayed and the tree branches scratched against the windows, à la “Wuthering Heights.” I would not recommend it for a single traveler unless you’re a fearless loner.

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