The great hall inside High Rock Castle in Monroe. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

The great hall inside High Rock Castle in Monroe. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Crowns, robes, thrones come with stay at Monroe castle on 19 acres

The new owners of the medieval marvel say, “We want everybody to feel like royalty here.” The regal bed and breakfast sleeps eight.

MONROE — At this vacation rental, you’ll find crowns on the shelf, costumes in the coat closet, dragons to behold and heated thrones.

What’s up with that?

“We want everybody to feel like royalty here,” said Angela Wehnert, who owns High Rock Castle with her husband, Daniel. “We want them to play and have fun. It’s not everyday you get to stay in a castle.”

The turreted castle, 21632 High Rock Road, is tucked behind a gate on a hillside on 19 acres south of Monroe with sweeping views of the valley.

Gargoyles mark the entrance with a wooden drawbridge that crosses a dry moat. By the pond is a 9-foot dragon a Swiss sculptor created from motorcycle parts. Hiking trails loop around the property and lead to a waterfall. The kitchen has a stove imported from France.

High Rock Castle mixes modern conveniences with medieval times.

“We want guests to feel like they stepped back in time,” Daniel said. “It’s a whole experience, not just a B&B, not just a nice place to stay and a nice bed.”

“But it is a nice bed,” Angela said. “They are all new.”

Daniel Wehnert, left, and Angela Wehnert, right, pose for a photo at High Rock Castle in Monroe. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Daniel Wehnert, left, and Angela Wehnert, right, pose for a photo at High Rock Castle in Monroe. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

The Wehnerts are the third owners of what was a private residence built in 1993.

The second owners bought the place in 2004 and added five suits of armor, weaponry, heraldic flags, curios, the Swiss dragon statue and a gun range. The husband was a nuclear physicist who turned his attention from explosive devices in New Mexico to cancer research in Seattle. His wife transformed the upstairs bedrooms into royal quarters with burgundy carpet and palatial drapery. She put it on the market for $2.3 million, all the trimmings included, after his death.

The castle was featured in a 2021 The Daily Herald story and on Zillow Gone Wild.

The Wehnerts, who live in a Mediterranean villa in Gig Harbor, had been looking for a castle to buy for a bed and breakfast.

“The hard work had already been done in the architecture. This was a legitimate castle that was ready to go,” Angela said.

A stipulation was that all offers had to be in person.

“We brought a bagpiper and dressed up in medieval garb. We did a full-on processional,” she said.

High Rock Castle in Monroe. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

High Rock Castle in Monroe. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

The castle became theirs for about $1.9 million in December 2022. They did extensive landscaping, added a hot tub and an outdoor movie screen.

A detached shop is being converted into a fairy tale cottage with two bedrooms that is expected to open this summer as a separate rental. The gun range might be used for archery.

“We are keeping the legacy of what was already here and adding our own,” Angela said. “The antique end tables were in a Joan Crawford movie.”

The couple met in Tucson in 1997.

“After a summer when it got 126, she tossed a coin on the map and it landed on Texas and we said, ‘Do over.’ It landed on Tacoma,” Daniel said.

He studied cognitive neuroscience at University of Arizona.

Say what?

“It’s the study of the physical and chemical processes of your brain and how it results in memory systems,” he said.

He had a 20-year career at Microsoft in Washington.

For her, what started as a table at a flea market with fantasy and mythology items led to a 15,000-square-foot store, Crescent Moon Gifts, in Tacoma, with oils, metaphysical supplies, clothing, jewelry, fairies and teas.

Two of many dragons displayed at High Rock Castle in Monroe. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Two of many dragons displayed at High Rock Castle in Monroe. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

April Turnbow, of Port Angeles, stayed three nights at High Rock Castle with family members and friends.

“It’s peaceful,” she said. “You can hear the birds. You can hear the water running from the waterfall. My favorite part was a cup of coffee on the veranda.”

The great hall was another highlight.

“Having dinner at the table was an experience,” she said. “All those suits of armor, the books, the swords. It’s just magical. Like being transported.”

The castle grounds can be rented separately as an outdoor venue for weddings and parties.

For castle lodging, two-night rental is the minimum and it is for the entire house only, which sleeps eight. Price starts at $699 a night, with the special grand opening discount.

The King Suite is 800 square feet and has a private turret sitting room overlooking the great hall, soaking tub with dome mural and a secret passageway.

“A good midnight snack tunnel right to the kitchen,” Angela said.

The Queen Suite, one of four bedrooms, at High Rock Castle in Monroe. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

The Queen Suite, one of four bedrooms, at High Rock Castle in Monroe. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Other rooms are the Queen Suite, Twin Suite and the Juliet Suite, which has double doors leading to a balcony overlooking the pond.

Suites have tea, chocolate truffles, spa robes and eye masks. The bathrooms have bidets and the heated porcelain thrones.

The great hall has a dining table for 10, cathedral ceiling, wooden beams, a two-story stone fireplace, Gothic iron chandeliers, heraldic flags and armor. Swords and weaponry are behind glass.

“For looks, not combat,” Angela said.

The library shelves have theme games, hundreds of books and even a full set of encyclopedias. Have a seat on a red upholstered reading chair.

Pop on a crown and you’re royalty.

Is there a person, place or thing making you wonder “What’s Up With That?” Contact reporter Andrea Brown: 425-339-3443; abrown@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @reporterbrown.

The kitchen at High Rock Castle in Monroe. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

The kitchen at High Rock Castle in Monroe. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

See the castle

An open house at Monroe’s High Rock Castle, 21632 High Rock Road, is noon to 6 p.m June 4.

Cost is $5 with light refreshments and discounted booking offers. Guests can explore the grounds.

Advance tickets required.

More at highrockcastle.com.

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