Where is Hearst Castle?
Magnificent villas in California are like Sand by the sea, because here movie stars and it millionaires have built their palaces and constantly expanded them with new wings, Pools and Yoga pavilions. But none of these properties are comparable to Hearst Castle.
It was designed by Julia Morgan, California’s first architect, for major publisher and media mogul William Randolph Hearst and completed in 1947 – and is unsurpassed in opulence and debauchery. Today, it is at the heart of one of California’s most visited State Parks, a must – see on any itinerary, a spectacle that never fails to catch the eye of every visitor: 165 rooms, over 50 acres of terraced gardens, fountains, swimming pools and – as a icing on the cake-magnificent panoramic views of the sunny Central Coast.
It’s easy to spend a whole day (or more) exploring the castle and surroundings of San Simeon: the town on the Central Coast offers a beautiful selection of accommodation, from Hotels for the general public to majestic quarters. Start your visit with one of the daily tours of the main house of Hearst Castle or special tours of the cottages; in November or December you will see the property in a very festive holiday setting. To top off your visit, visit the San Simeon’s Heart Ranch Winery, co-founded by William Randolph Hearst’s great-grandson Steve.
Address: 750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452
Area: 127 acres
Owner: William Randolph Hearst
Architect: Julia Morgan
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