It began with a romance the day William Kryskill told his bride that someday he would
build her a castle on the crest of a cornfield where they stood. The cornfield became
the grounds now surrounding Hyeholde. Hyeholde is the castle. What he did not tell
her was that they were going to build this dream with their own hands. It took them
seven years. The tale of this extraordinary labor of love is told in Mr. Kryskill's
book, " The Story of Hyeholde" .
The original half of the building was begun in 1931 with the intent of using
it as a restaurant and living quarters. Bill and Clara spent the three summer months
operating Clark Studio Tea Room in Noank, Connecticut, then returned, in September
of each year, to continue to work on Hyeholde. In 1938, they served their first meals
in the West Room. It became an instant success. Bill quickly began construction on
the Great Hall.
The beautiful materials used throughout the building came from the old
Stonesifer barn in present day Robinson Township. The Kryskill's dismantled and,
using every bit of the structure and its stone foundation, created Hyeholde.
The second chapter of the Hyeholde romance concerns Pat Foy and his family.
Foy’s contribution to Hyeholde was to convert it from a charming country restaurant,
geared to serving limited numbers of guests into a sophisticated operation with an
elaborate menu and fine wines, without losing the comfortable charm of a French country
In 1987, Foys constructed a new entry to Hyeholde, tunneled under the
driveway, redesigned and connected to Hyeholde a contemporary residence that William
Kryskill had built in 1952. Known as the Cabaret, it served the Foys as a night club
Now a third chapter is being written to this real life fairy tale. William Kryskill’s
daughter, Barbara and her husband, Quentin McKenna, repurchased Hyeholde in August
1991. Building on its beauty and on the best from the previous owners, they are creating
their own magic castle.
Since Quentin's' death in 2003 Barbara's long experience and her excellent staff
have continued providing the high quality their customers expect..
The same high quality prevails in the Round Room, a stone and glass sanctuary nestled
into the hillside and surrounded by trees and gardens. Monday through Thursday the
Round Room is an ideal venue for business functions including off site seminars.
On weekends it accommodates private group functions up to 10 people. More wedding
toasts have been drunk to starry-eyed brides and grooms here than have been recorded.
For those whose culinary curiosity goes beyond the dining room, Hyeholde offers a
"Chef’s Table" in the kitchen where you can experience the electricity of creative
chefs in action.
During the Summer, elegant picnics take place among the gardens that surround the
Hyeholde’s proximity to both the International Airport and downtown Pittsburgh make
it the place of choice for business persons, for special occasions and for any who
wish dining to be a feast for all the senses.
Each new season, each change from day to night graces the dark slate floors, the
great waxed beams, the stained glass windows, the old European furniture and tapestries
with a particular tranquility.