History of The Castle Inn, Restaurant, and Spa
'Lewis Castle' was built in the 1930s as a private residence by local businessman Bill Lewis and his wife Pauline. Plans for the structure were based on the summer home of friends on Long Island, New York, and it was entitled 'Normandy' due to its Norman Chateau facade. It is believed that local builder Howard McLaughlin was the main carpenter and was responsible for the cabinetry and woodwork that is original to the structure. Billy Taylor, another local craftsman, is credited with the river rock stonework, much of which was collected by the Lewis family. Overlooking the town from its hilltop vantage point, it became an iconic part of the fabric of Perth-Andover, and most local residents have a childhood memory of 'the Castle' to recount.
The original building suffered a fire in the early 1940s and when the Lewises rebuilt their home they added the tower that has made the Castle a recognizable landmark of Perth-Andover to this day. Milton Lewis, Bill's brother who owned and operated Lewis Canoes, built the staircase in the tower.
After his parents had both passed away, Lance Lewis planned to convert the Castle into a bed & breakfast. Unfortunately he died unexpectedly and his dream remained unfulfilled as the home was put on the market by remaining family members. The current owner, Peter Dunlap, purchased the property in 2004 and hired local carpenter James Mowbray to finish what Lance had started, and he was hard at work for several years repairing the structure and restoring the interior of the Castle.