Castle at Swan Lake manager Jacqueline Brooks plays with Buck outside the newly opened resort on Greenhow Road

Castle at Swan Lake manager Jacqueline Brooks plays with Buck outside the newly opened resort on Greenhow Road

Decade-old castle unveiled

A royal revival has opened up a once abandoned castle on Vernon’s landscape

A royal revival has opened up a once abandoned castle on Vernon’s landscape.

Almost 10 years ago, builders constructed a castle-like structure overlooking Swan Lake, next to Atlantis Waterslides.

But challenges forced the ornate building to sit vacant for many years.

That is, until the unique opportunity caught the attention of partners Bob Pomeroy, Jacqueline Brooks and UMC Financial Management last summer.

The new owners have put a substantial amount of work, and money, into finally opening the doors to the Castle at Swan Lake.

The resort hotel, with its grand turrets, fine rockwork and luxury details, is fit for a king, or queen, or even a jester.

“The whole property is really lovely,” said Brooks, who manages the hotel and lives in the magnificent log house behind the property. “It’s a nice place for weddings.

“I think it will attract a lot of people to the area, but it’s also a place for the locals.”

The resort is actually comprised of two buildings, the castle-like piece fronts a secondary set of suites, with both totalling 44 rooms.

In between them is an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, which will be accompanied by a bar in the near future.

Each suite features a kitchen and balcony, while some offer additional luxuries, such as a secondary bed and bath up in a loft, direct elevator access and more.

The resort destination opened last week, but still has a few finishing touches to tend to.

“We will eventually have a restaurant and a spa,” said Brooks, who hopes to see them open by early summer, along with a convention room.

But so far, there has been a lot of interest, with a few tours and locals coming by wanting to check out the new accommodations for guests coming to town, or their own staycation.

“I think we’re probably one of the only hotels that has a water view in this area,” said Brooks, who counted six swans out on the lake last week.

“It’s a beautiful area.”

It is also central to a lot, with Swan Lake Nurseryland across the highway for groceries, Squires Four Pub down the road for grub and even some unique amenities for their unique guests.

Being a pet-friendly resort, Brooks is pleased that Wiggle Waggle is just minutes away.

“They will even come and pick up Molly and she’ll have a playdate for the day.”

In fact, the resort has two of its own pet friends.

Bob greets everyone coming into the hotel with his colourful fins, and Buck can usually be found at the heels of Brook, or chasing a ball around when he’s not alerting staff to a visitor.

Being a resort destination, golf, ski and waterslide packages are also being looked at.

The one downfall, Brooks admits, is the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Highway 97.

“A set of lights there would be really nice,” said Brooks, who tells guests to use PV Road, or turn right onto the highway and under the overpass and left to go back into town.