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From journal Castles
Simi Valley, California
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From journal Wine and Relaxation in Cambria
Washington, District of Columbia
April 24, 2005
by Alias Girl
August 31, 2004
You should take the guided tours through the castle. There are several and you can check them all out in detail via the website below.
The detail and elaborate decor is unbelievable throughout the entire house(s) and the garden areas. One of my favorite tour stops includes the Neptune Pool and the Roman Pool. It is just breathtaking! Sigh!!!
You'll walk away like I did with an obsession of those early days when William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies had their secret rendezvous at the Hearst Castle.
Hearst Castle is located on California Highway 1, about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Approximately 230 miles.
From journal West Coast Bliss
April 18, 2004
WR Hearst threw parties, entertained movie stars and politicians here, and lived in this wonderful estate six months each year. It has been left intact and much like it was in Hearst's day. You can feel what it must have been like to be one of the honored weekend guests at this estate.
The tours are well run. The estate is SO large that it requires four tours to see the entire estate. These tours run all day long and you can book via the castle's own website at HearstCastle.com.
Four tours are offered plus an evening tour. Tour number 1 is where to start. If time only allows you one tour, this is the one you will want to purchase. This tour includes a film, the main house (first floor) plus the pool area. The other three tours include the pools, gardens, guesthouses, second floor, wine cellar, and kitchen. Each tour overlaps a bit.
The main house is called Casa Grande and looks more like a church than a home. Hearst built it that way on purpose. It was suppose to be the centerpiece of this hilltop village and that is always a church. The main house is awesome, but I enjoyed the small cottages and guesthouse most of all. I love Casa del Mar.
You start at the base of the hill at the visitors’ center and take a five-minute bus ride up the hill. Each tour requires that your return to the base of the hill to the visitors center and back up again for the next tour. It's a long ride on a curvy road and if you get motion sickness it's not fun to have to go up and down all day. We had three different guides this day and each one was outstanding and really knew their facts. They are full of cute and interesting stories and facts.
The visitors’ center has a snack bar and a gift shop. The snack bar is a basic hamburger and hot dog counter and not very interesting. There are tables to eat at outside. Things can get chilly if you pick a day with lots of fog.
This place is very well run, very organized, and worth a detour off Hwy 101 for a visit.
From journal Cambria - Hearst Castle
by Nino M.
San Mateo, California
April 14, 2004
Constructed by famed architect Julia Morgan beginning in 1919, it sits atop "Camp Hill" as a testament to the power and vision of William Randolph Hearst. Finished in 1947, this Mediterranean Revival style compound sprawls over 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways and has 165 rooms.
Inside, one is in awe at the magnificent collections of European and Mediterranean art, bought for pennies on the dollar. The rooms have grandiose ceilings, tiled walls and countless other high society touches. There is even a movie theatre on the grounds.
Outside, your breath is taken away by the beautiful marble fountains, breath-taking views of the Central California coast and the amazing Greek-columned pool where, at one time, Hearst hosted lavish parties which drew the rich and famous from around the globe.
After having experienced this place myself as a tourist, I can truly understand what architectural historian Lord John Julius Norwich meant when he said, "Hearst Castle is a palace in every sense of the word."
From journal California: A Mission, A Castle and Lots of Wine