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At the end of March while down in Morro Bay, CA. He-Man and  I visited Hearst Castle. It had been over 30 yrs since our last visit.  The tours and visitors center have changed since our first visit.

We saw a bit of everything back then, but this time that wasn’t an option so, we chose to the Upstairs Guest Rooms, Hearst’s Bedroom, and Marion Davies Bedroom.

I’ll be sharing more doors and rooms in future posts, but here’s a Guest room door.

It was one of the most decorative and opulent doors I saw while on the tour.

Hearst Castle Guest Bedroom Door

 

 

The entire bedroom was gorgeous; trimmed with gold leaf, and works of art on the walls, and decorating the furniture.

Guest Bedroom Hearst Castle

Mantle in Guest Bedroom Hearst Castle

A view of the castle while riding up the hill to the castle in the transport bus.

Hearst Castle from the Visitors Center

More about Hearst Castle from Wiki-Pedia

Hearst Castle is a National and California Historical Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California, United States. It was designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947[3] for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951. The California Park Commission voted to approve its inclusion in the California State Park System, which was approved by the California State Legislature in 1954 with a proposed admission charge of $1 per person ($9 adjusted for inflation) and a 50¢ bus ride.[4] However, ironing out the details with the Trustees of the Hearst Estate and the Hearst Corporation took several years. Agreement was finalized in 1957, and it opened in 1958.[5] Since that time it has been maintained within the Hearst San Simeon State Park where the estate, and its considerable collection of art and antiques, is open for public tours. Despite its location far from any urban center, the site attracts “millions of travelers each year”.[6]

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Nikon Df| Nikkor 24-70mm| Delkin Digital Film| Hand-held| PS CC 2015

More to come…

 

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30 Comments

  1. Amazing door!!

  2. How gorgeous! I read the story about the Hearsts!

  3. That bedroom shot is just gorgeous! Rich and glowy. I haven’t been to Hearst Castle if you can believe that. I need to get down there some day!

    • Thank you so much Laura! It’s a lovely area. We’d like to go back to visit some vineyards, do a little wine tasting, and do another tour of the castle.

      So, many places to go, so little time and money!

  4. Oh wow! So ornate, so beautiful!

  5. What beauty! Thanks for the history and the lovely pictures!

  6. That’s amazing! So intricate! But then look at the room…WOW! Thanks for sharing that! 🙂

  7. As I look at the ornateness of this door, I can’t help but smile at my own simple request in comparison for new door moldings. Maybe I should add this to my wish list so Husband can negotiate me down to my real, and significantly more modest, request 🙂

  8. One of these places I still need to get to. Wow, talking about a door! It’s a work of art! Thank you for sharing this treat!

    • The whole house is a work of art from the roof down to the floors. It’s amazing. You should go!

      • Definitely … one time! I think we live closer now, than when we lived in LA….

  9. Wow, they must have thought a lot of their guest to give them a room with a door that grand. That must be the most decorative interior door yet.

  10. That place is amazing. We were there on the general tour in 2010. I would have loved to take this and some of the other tour options but we didn’t have time. This makes me want to go back and take the time. Great post!

    • Thank you Norm! I wasn’t as keen to go this time around, but He-Man was so we went and I’m glad I did!
      I remembered it was beautiful, but had forgotten just how beautiful it is, and the Julia Morgan was an amazing Architect and designer. It was a quite the coup for a woman in that time.

      I would like to go back now as well. The tours are structured so you need to if you want to more of the rooms these days.
      If you do the upper floors be prepared for lots of stairs. There were over 300 steps on our tour. 🙂

  11. I visited the area in 1977, but we were unable to tour the castle at that time. Circumstances beyond my control mean that I don’t have any of the photos that were taken. Thanks for letting me peek inside and for the head’s up that things have changed over the years. I remember reading statistics about how many artisans it took to complete the castle – now I know why. I can’t imagine the labor involved in that single entrance, and that, to a guest room.

    • How you get in is quite different as is the tour structure, but the house is the same. They’re always cleaning and restoring somethings, but it’s the same.

      There’s a HUGE visitors center now. Back in the early 80’s there was a small one with a ticket booth, and a place to wait to catch the tram-like bus up the hill to the castle. Today the parking lot is enormous and it was nearly full the day were there. You still need to take a bus up but it’s a real travel tour bus not anything like a tram. 🙂 There’s a gift shop, theater, BBQ cafe, art store, and a look-out deck with tables to eat your food while gazing up at the castle on the hill.

      Every room is sumptuous. It’s hard to take in all the guide was telling me about the art, and rooms. I’m sure on more than one occasion I was standing with my jaw dropped open in awe. 🙂

      • Ok. I’m sold. I’m adding it to the next trip where I have some time. Unfortunately, I think my next trips out west are to southern CA

        • It’s only a 5 hour drive north on US 101 from LA. 🙂

          • I’ve made that trip! It takes way more than 5 hours when you include camera breaks.

            • I was really good and didn’t stop at the Elephant Seal look-out, and the places I wished I could have stopped for a photo op there are no turn-outs/pull-outs. He-Man got lucky there. 🙂 To make up for that I talked him into driving home Hwy 1 so we could stop in Big Sur. 🙂 We got home later than our original plan, but we both enjoyed the drive and company.


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