Beautiful Hearst Castle, a must see destination when driving the California Coast.They have several tours; the first one is recommended for first-time visitors and provides a broad overview of the many facets of Hearst Castle and it has the least number of stairs. :)The tour last for about 1 hour and 45 minutes which includes the bus ride to and from the castle. It now includes the companion movie “Hearst Castle Building the Dream.” Don’t miss the movie as it explains how Hearst Castle was started.All of the Castle tours highlighted by stops at each Hearst’s two swimming pools. The Neptune Pool is a magnificent Greco-Roman style pool that features unparalleled coastline views from the hilltop. The Roman Pool is an indoor pool decorated from ceiling to floor with 1″ square mosaic tiles.
The gardens on the grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The view from the is awestruck!
The Casa Grande is on the first tour, which covers the ground floor of the main house. There are five rooms on the ground floor. There is an assembly Room which is the largest of the four sitting rooms and once a gathering place for Hearst’s guests, the Refectory which is the single dining room at Hearst Castle, the “Morning Room” which is a magnificent sitting room filled with Spanish antiques and Flemish tapestries, the Billiard Room which is a game room featuring two 1920s billiard tables and a Gothic “Mille fleurs”.
The second tour focuses on the architectural elements and vast art collection in the main house, called the Casa Grande. The featured rooms on this tour include; the Doge’s Suite, “The Cloisters” which are four guest rooms flanked by open walkways, the Library, the Gothic Suite which occupies the entire third floor and includes Hearst’s impressive private suite, library and office, and the Kitchen.
This tour is about 1 hour and 45 minutes as well. The Doge’s Suite is an Italian-style suite with a balcony inspired by the Doge’s Place in Venice.
The kitchen and pantry, which is a large-scale food preparation area for Hearst and his guests. The Library has over 4,000 books and a collection of rare Greek and Roman antiquities.
Tour reservations are highly recommended, please reserve online or call (800) 444-4445.