With spacious, finely-appointed parlors, the Shakespeare will accommodate your social event or business meeting in comfortable, elegant surroundings. The Shakespeare Chateau features four large main floor rooms which can be opened up to flow together, or close the original pocket doors to create private event spaces or break-out rooms. We specialize in elegant, personalized service. WIFI is available, and two main floor restrooms are provided.
Facility rental charges for events or business meetings:
Half Day: 8am-Noon or 1pm-5pm
$200 Saturday or Sunday
Full Day: 8am-5pm or Noon-9pm
$400 Saturday or Sunday
$175 Saturday or Sunday
$175 Sunday – Thursday
$250 Friday or Saturday
Enjoy a relaxing and refreshing afternoon with friends in a palatial setting!
As you enter through the massive, heavily carved front door, you’ll be greeted by the Owner in the splendid foyer, resplendent with richly burnished cherry wood paneling, carved colonnades, a floor-to-ceiling grand mantle crowned with the bust of Shakespeare, stained glass windows on every side, and a richly-patterned mosaic tile floor.
Afternoon tea is served in the Zuber Parlor and Dining Room of the mansion, with intimate seating in groups of two to six people per table. The Zuber Parlor is a spectacular room with rare and historic scenic wallpaper, a beautiful bay window with stained glass, and a grand fireplace mantle. The richly paneled dining room features golden English oak woodwork and paneling, a Belle Epoque crystal chandelier, and exquisitely detailed parquet floor. Period-appropriate antiques decorate both rooms.
Tables are set with fine bone china, silver flatware, and a tiered server laden with delicacies. Our house specialty tea blend of premium orange pekoe leaves is served to accompany a delectable selection of traditional savories, finger sandwiches, and sweets. Warm homemade scones with lemon curd and Devonshire cream complete the repast. You may also enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne or a champagne cocktail while dining.
After the tea, your knowledgeable hostess is available for a tour of the main floor of the mansion, and to answer questions you may have.
Afternoon tea is arranged by reservation only for groups of 10 or more. Full high tea is priced starting at $30 per person, depending on your menu choices; a lighter offering of tea and scones is also available priced at $18 per person. Champagne and champagne cocktails are priced separately at $10 per glass. Call today to make your reservation!
The 2023 “Jewels of St. Joseph” Tour of Historic Homes will be held Sunday September 17, 2023 from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Advance tickets are now SOLD OUT. We are sorry to disappoint anyone still trying to get tickets, and hope you’ll come on the tour in 2024!
Tickets purchased in advance will be available for pickup on tour day at 809 Hall Street (the Shakespeare Chateau), starting at 9:30 am. Our volunteers will have your name and the number of tickets you purchased on the list.
Refund Policy: All ticket sales benefit the 501(c)3 organization, Historic St. Joseph Foundation. We regret that refunds for ticket purchases cannot be issued. However, tickets are transferable to another person. If you purchase tickets that you cannot use, please contact us and we will issue you a donation receipt for tax purposes.