Hearst Castle

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 by Mr Roaming 5 Comments

Located along some of the most beautiful stretches of Pacific Coast Highway 1, Hearst Castle’s history begins in 1865, when George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland. During my road trip from San Francisco to LA, we stopped for a private tour of this legendary estate, before seeing it being featured in the Lady Gaga music video G.U.Y.

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

Envisioned by newspaper giant William Randolph Hearst and designed by architect Julia Morgan

Envisioned by newspaper giant William Randolph Hearst and designed by architect Julia Morgan

The estate’s extensive gardens, terraces, and walkways are included in the tour

The estate’s extensive gardens, terraces, and walkways are included in the tour

“Enchanted Hill”

“Enchanted Hill”

The view from the Hearst Castle

The view from the Hearst Castle

The estate’s extensive gardens, terraces, and walkways are included in the tour

The estate’s extensive gardens, terraces, and walkways are included in the tour

Castle’s beautiful garden

Castle’s beautiful garden

William Randolph Hearst wanted a garden that displayed a profusion of blooms throughout the year.

William Randolph Hearst wanted a garden that displayed a profusion of blooms throughout the year

You’ll always see the gardens in full bloom—no matter when you take a Castle tour

You’ll always see the gardens in full bloom—no matter when you take a Castle tour

Hearst Castle

The Enchanted Hill’s luxurious Neptune Pool

The Enchanted Hill’s luxurious Neptune Pool

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The Neptune and Nereid statues decorate the majestic pool

Neptune Pool

Neptune Pool

The Roman Pool

The Roman Pool is a tiled indoor pool decorated with eight statues of Roman gods, goddesses and heroes.

The Roman Pool

The pool appears to be styled after an ancient Roman bath such as the Baths of Caracalla in Rome c. 211-17 CE

room

Historic room at the Castle

Hearst Castle Guest House, Casa del Sol

Hearst Castle Guest House, Casa del Sol

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5 Responses

  1. PK says:

    Hearst Castle was such an amazing find in the middle of the CA central coast. A must see for sure.

  2. carole says:

    This doesn’t look like it’s in the US. I have to visit it.

  3. Samuel says:

    Wonderful location. I will be in Los Angeles area. I will look into this one.

  4. leonard says:

    this doesn’t look like it’s in America. i love your pictures of this estate

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