When we went to Paso Robles in December 2017, we decide to take a tour of Hearst Castle located nearby in San Simeon. A quick drive up the coast and we found ourselves at the bus station at the entrance. From there we decide to take the Designing the Dream Tour because of our love of Vintage Hollywood and the coziness the Cottages had to offer.
We started on the majestic climb up the mountain in a comfortable bus and a driver that spouted off trivial facts as we climbed.
We started to see the castle about half way up!
Once at the top it was time to get in line for our tour. Here is an excerpt from the Hearst Castle official online site regarding this tour…
“Collaborating for decades with Julia Morgan (1872-1957), the first woman to hold an architect’s license in California, Hearst created an environment that is unique in the USA. Design and construction of the Enchanted Hill took more than three decades, and the estate was never really finished. This tour features Casa del Sol (the most elaborate of the guest cottages), the dressing-rooms behind the Roman Pool, and the more “modern” Art Deco esthetic of the North Wing of Casa Grande, which was built and furnished in the late 1930s – early 1940s.”
We then were taken about the cottages with each boasting their fineness and high richly staterooms. They laid out clothing that would have been from that era and it was easy to imagine stars from that day getting ready to be seated in the grand ballroom for dinner!
We toured through the cottages, bathrooms, dressing rooms…
One great room after another. All with spectacular views of the countryside!
Imagine walking through the beautiful gardens on your way to the main castle.
While admiring the views along the way!
If you were lucky, you would get to stay one of the Castle rooms. Each room is filled with glorious art!
Beautiful views from every room.
Spared no expense even in the sitting rooms! Fireplaces surrounded by marble and carvings that are beautiful.
Every attention was give to detail. Even the ceilings.
Just a few things you would see in the rooms…
The bathrooms donned the finest marbel.
There seemed to be a sitting room around every corner.
And the hallways were also home to many beautiful pieces of art.
So many rooms! Could you imagine how grand the dinners were?
A pair of gossip chairs – I bet they could tell some stories of their own!
Yes, finally a robe and a night cap!
Then imagine the next day you get up and stroll on down to the pool. Take in the view of the beautiful ocean…
Look through the limbs of the magnificent trees…
Pass the grand tennis courts….
Into the glorious dressing rooms.
And finally you see it… The pool….
Not just any pool that is…
“Modeled after ancient Roman baths, this meticulously detailed, majestic pool is tiled from ceiling to floor, and features marble copies of eight ancient Greek and Roman deities and athletes.”
What a majestic pool! This is the diving board. A grand stand way above the pool! Surrounding by the gold and marble and tiles that are so outstanding and glorious!
Well that was the end of the tour before going to see the film about showing the castle alive with the many famous people that visited the grounds.
What a fantastic trip in time that was! I can’t wait to go back and see more of the tours. I have to see the wine cellar and kitchen for sure next time!
The bus ride down was bitter sweet but it was nice to see the country side of CA in a pure natural state!
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour! Hope you did too!
What tour do you think you would take when you go?
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