The Hearst Castle is perched high above the Pacific Ocean at San Simeon, California. The castle, a project that began in 1919 and lasted thirty years, was built by William Randolph Hearst and architect Julia Morgan. The main house consists of 115 spectacular rooms, I can’t begin to describe the awe-inspiring detail through the home. The estate also features the largest private zoo in the country, and exotic animals still wander throughout the hilltop property.
The castle was built to serve as a weekend retreat for Hearst.
Looking out toward the Pacific Ocean from the castle.
Stairs to the main house.
Marble statues surround the outdoor pool.
Indoor pool. Each tiny mosaic tile on the walls and in the pool is made from 23 carat gold. Famous guests, such as Winston Churchill, Joan Crawford, Charles Lindbergh, and Cary Grant often enjoyed a weekend swim. In fact, Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan) made a few dives from the balcony above.
Above – fountain in front of the Gothic Study
Below – Gothic Study