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Hearst Castle

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750 Hearst Castle Road
San Simeon, CA 93452
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Hearst Castle is so beautiful and tourists come from far away to see it, which is really neat since we live so close to it. This "castle" was built by William Randolph Hearst and ...

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Beautiful house, in the middle of nowhere 10/1/2006

If you've never heard of Hearst Castle or the Hearst name, you've undoubtedly read a newspaper or magazine from this publishing giant (Cosmo, Redbook, O, Esquire). William Randolph Hearst had this place built on 127 acres and it took almost 28 years to complete the 165-room estate, complete with beautiful gardens, pools, terraces, and walkways. There's a few different tours you can choose from, depending on how much time you have, as well as the time of year. We chose Tour 1, which included the 19-room guest cottage, the Esplanade and Gardens, the main house, and all tours include the indoor and outdoor pool. The indoor pool, the Roman Pool, is lined with Venetian Glass and *gold* and is located beneath the private tennis courts. The pool's roof was always leaking because the pounding from the tennis playing above. The outdoor pool, the Neptune Pool, is absolutely gorgeous! The view is spectacular; the house is built on a mountain so you can see for miles. Hearst used to have wild game roaming the property -- like his own private zoo-type safari when he lived there. They also had traditional farm animals like chickens and cows that they would raise for food. It's been awhile since I've been so the details are kind of fuzzy, but this is definitely a place worth visiting. It's beautiful! They have tours for the disabled, as well as many different foreign language tours. Strollers are not permitted, so parents of small children may not be too happy with all the stairs. Call ahead for more information and special requirements. more

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Beautiful 4/16/2006

We stopped here on the way up from LA to SF. I lived in the Bay Area for 4 years and did not even know this gorgeous castle was here. The tours are a bit expensive, but seeing a house like this in the middle of nowhere is just amazing. The visitor area gives you a little history on the Hearst family and William Randolph Hearst who built the building. Then you take a little bus ride up to the top of the hill where you get a tour (your choice of four) of the grounds and house. I was totally blown away by the pool. That alone made the cost of the ticket worthwhile for me. The rest of the house is also gorgeous. I don't know if I would make it a point to go here just to see the castle, but if it is on your way, you should definitely stop by. more

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Hearst Castle 4/1/2006

Hearst Castle is so beautiful and tourists come from far away to see it, which is really neat since we live so close to it. This "castle" was built by William Randolph Hearst and everything about it is extravagant. There are tons of things that are gold-plated, beautiful swimming pools (indoor and outdoor) and the grounds and gardens are amazing. They offer several different tours because it is much too large to tour the whole thing at once. So, you have to choose which part of the castle you want to see the most. During the summer, they have nighttime tours and it is really pretty and romantic with the soft lighting. If you haven't been, I recommend checking it out. You can buy presale tickets on their website. more

I had a great day at the castle 11/26/2005

I had a blast here when I was a kid. The tours are great, and what really stood out to me was the swimming pools. There are a variety of tours, and were based around how many steps you would need to do while on the tour. For those that want to avoid walking, this is definitely not for you. The guest houses are amazing, and the actual castle is breathtaking. The history behind all the pieces in the house, as well as the stories about Hearst are great as well. I would recommend this destination for anyone. more

Great rest stop 9/24/2005

When you're driving the long stretch between the Bay Area and Los Angeles this is a great place to break the monotony. This beautiful former house is so elaborate that you'll have plenty to see during your visit, and hearing the history of the place makes it all the more interesting. A step above your typical rest stop. more

A luxrry place to visit in north CA 8/21/2005

Hearst Castle is a historically fascinating place in north California. If you like to hear people’s story or visiting big houses, it is a right place to go. The main house is designed by a student whose teacher designed for the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. The elaborate patterns and antique sculpture designs are unforgettable. The indoor swimming pool is another place made me open my eyes widely. There are gold leaves on the tiles for who-knows-what reason. I paid a visit to there and made myself feel like I am one of the stars from Hollywood who was invited from the owner back then. more

Beautiful historical site 8/21/2005

Located on the California coast in San Simeon, Hearst Castle is a neat place to visit. The home was built by newspaper mogul, William Hearst, and is indeed a castle. There are different tours offered of the various different areas of the home. Especially not to be missed are the Neptune and Roman Pools. more

good place but the ticket price is not reasonable 8/20/2005

We drove about 6 hours to there from LA. There are total 5 tours and you are not free to go around by yourself. Definitely it is a good place but it is not happy to have only 2 hours visiting only parts of the castle. We were totally in such a hurry that the tour guider pushed us all the time. If you want to visit the whole castle, you may pay for several tours about $100 . more
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