Regal real estate: $1M castle for sale in Morden

Calling all royal wannabes! A castle in rural Manitoba is up for sale with a $1-million price tag.

117-year-old stone building operates as bed and breakfast, restaurant and wedding venue

Bella's Castle in Morden, Man., is for sale for $1 million. (TylerJames Photography)

Calling all royal wannabes! A castle in rural Manitoba is up for sale with a $1-million price tag.

Bella's Castle, a 117-year-old stone mansion in Morden, Man., is being sold by its owner, Lili Krushel.

Her family is selling the castle — which serves as a bed and breakfast, restaurant and wedding venue — because they don't have the time to commit to the growing business, she told CBC's Nadia Kidwai on Weekend Morning.

"We just opened the tea room in the second year and this year we started the weddings. We just had one wedding yesterday," Krushel said Sunday. "It's just growing so much that I feel like it's taking away time from my family, so that's kind of the reason why we're selling it." 

The family purchased the mansion because of her mother's love for old things, Krushel said.

"My mother really loves collecting antiques. Usually it's on a smaller scale, but when we moved to Morden, she really fell in love with this house."

The castle serves as a bed and breakfast, restaurant and wedding venue. (Bella's Castle/Facebook)

Originally the plan was to live in the house, but it was too big for Krushel and her mother. They started renting out rooms as a bed and breakfast and their business skyrocketed from there.

They've had visitors from all over the world.

"We have a world map on the wall and every continent has been pinned," Krushel said.

Her family bought the building three years ago for $500,000 and put the same amount into renovations, so they're hoping to make that money back. They're selling the business privately, along with the property, including furniture.

The 4,000-square-foot home has five rooms and a wraparound porch and is on a 31,000-square-foot lot.

The stately residence was built in 1902 for a lawyer named Harry Black. He was the son of Rev. John Black, the first Presbyterian pastor of the Red River Settlement in 1851.

Although Krushel is busy with her family and another full-time job, the castle has been an important part of her life, she said.

"I'm going to miss it tremendously," Krushel said. "I hope I can help the new owner to transition and maybe I can still help out here and there."

With files from Nadia Kidwai


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