Spend a Night in a Historic Castle on a Private Island in Upstate New York…
The Thousand Islands region has to be one of the most beautiful places in North America. Dark Island, just one of those islands, is situated on the St. Lawrence River, close to the border of the USA and Canada. It is an island with more than 100 years of history. At the turn of the 20th century, Commodore Frederick G. Bourne, former director of the Singer Sewing Machine Co., commissioned the construction of a hunting lodge on the island. He appointed well-known architect Ernest Flagg, who took inspiration from the English castle described in Sir Walter Scott's Woodstock. Even the clock tower with chimes has been replicated. A certain mystery surrounds the castle on Dark Island - with its underground passageways and evocative paintings. Singer Castle is one of the very few historical castles in the United States. Trained tour guides lead visitors daily through the various halls, rooms with antique furniture, the old castle library, the squash court, and much more. In the evening, the island is yours alone. Savour the magnificent river views from the terrace. Dine in the great hall, relax in the library or set out on a discovery tour of the network of secret passageways. You will stay in the best room in the castle - with lavish decor and breathtaking views. You can rent the entire island exclusively for weddings, family celebrations or business conferences.
Rates USD 700 plus tax per night for the VIP suite, including breakfast and dinner.
Location On the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands region between Toronto and Montreal, but inside the US border near Alexandria Bay. The historical town of Brockville lies opposite on the Canadian side.
Accommodation The most beautiful and spacious antique bedroom has been fully refurbished with stylish furniture. Sink into the imperial king-size bed and relax in the cosy upholstered furniture. Naturally, the exclusive and modern en suite bathroom is part of your suite.
Dining Your suite has a small coffee kitchen with mini-bar and refrigerator. Every morning, the island manager provides you with fresh produce for a delicious breakfast. We recommend that you visit some of the good restaurants on the mainland nearby. The menu at the Cavallieros caters for all tastes and the Riveredge Hotel’s restaurant offers exquisite cuisine.
Activities Delight in the island's unique atmosphere as you relax on the spacious terrace, in the garden, on the Skiff House beach or in the Tea Garden. Try your hand at fishing, or swim in the St. Lawrence River, where the water clear as glass. There are many excursions to experience in popular Alexandria Bay: for instance, Boldt Castle, and the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton which houses two original speedboats once belonging to the original castle owner, Frederick Bourne. Not to be missed is the boat trip on the St. Lawrence River past the countless islands, lighthouses and villas. Montreal, Ottawa and Niagara Falls should also be visited before your holiday comes to an end.
Best time to travel The season is from the end of May to November. July and August are popular months for tourists. The area is particularly spectacular during Indian summer in the autumn.
Getting there Just 1 1/2 hours by car from Canada's capital city Ottawa. There are direct flights (1 hour) from New York City to Syracuse Airport. Transfer to the island is by boat from Chippewa Bay.
„Spend a Night in a Historic Castle on a Private Island in Upstate! Singer Castle on Dark Island was built in the early 1900s by Frederick Bourne, of Singer sewing machine fame. The castle has been renovated to its Gilded Age splendor, and open to the public. Lucky guests can even stay over for their own …“