Hotels Near Hearst Castle
Hearst Castle, as it is now known, dates back to 1865, when it was purchased by George Hearst, and originally spanned across 40,000 acres of ranch land. During 1919, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst inherited the land and transformed it into ways that only he could have dreamed possible, renaming the retreat “La Cuesta Encantada,” Spanish for “Enchanted Hill.” By 1947, Hearst, along with architect Julia Morgan, had expanded the castle to meet the owner’s lofty specifications, designing 165 rooms, 127 acres of gardens, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, terraces, walkways -- all used to display Hearst's famed art collections.
Hearst Castle was the place to be for the Hollywood and political elite; it was the perfect place to host parties and welcome famous guests, such as Charlie Chaplin, Calvin Coolidge, Robert Taylor, Hal Roach, David Niven, Joel McCera, Louis B. Mayer, Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Dick Powel, Howard Hughes, Greta Garbo, and many other legends. Even for such a large castle, there’s certainly a lot to see, but you can always come back and enjoy that experience again and again. Here’s a small sampling of some of the attractions you’ll see.
This pool is magnificent in size, at 104 feet long, 58 feet wide and 3.5 feet deep. The Neptune Pool includes more than a few amenities: an oil burning heating system, light-veined Vermont marble that adorns the pools and colonnades, and four separate 17th-century Italian bas-reliefs on the colonnades' sides.
The wine cellar is part of the Casa Grande
basement and can be seen on the Cottages & Kitchens Tour. The cellar was originally constructed during the Prohibition era. Instead of opening with wooden doors, Hearst had iron doors installed for protection against any possible thievery. Fortunately for today's visitors, he believed prohibition on alcohol was a violation of personal liberty and had failed as a “temperance measure.”
Hearst Castle is easy to reach, no matter where you’re coming from. It’s located on Highway 1 right along the Central Coast of California. Hearst Castle also offers shuttle transportation across the grounds for visitors on tours.
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