Hearst Castle 4: Guest House + Kitchen

To catch you up to speed, check out:
Hearst Castle 1: The Gardens + Pools
Hearst Castle 2: Casa Grande
Hearst Castle 3: Upstairs Tour

This is the last of my Hearst Castle Tour posts. Our last tour was a visit to the guest houses, kitchen, and wine cellar. We were very lucky to be able to do all the tours, as it gave us a complete vision of what William and his home are like. Having 3 different tour guides gave us 3 perspectives on his life. On this tour we also learned that the Hearst family still lives on the property at the bottom of the hill (hidden amongst the trees) and that they occasionally come up to use the pool or throw parties in the home. Ahhh, the life.

One of the three guest houses.

I want! I want!

These ceilings are so ornate. Can you tell I spent most of these tours looking up?

Such luscious guest rooms. Between the colors, textures, art and views I’m not sure which I love best.

I LOVE the colors in the photo above. The golds, pale pinks and cream with hints of turquoise. Love it!

These cans read like an Andy Warhol painting.

This was my favorite piece of this giant kitchen. More fun with colors, blues, turquoise, creams and browns.

As a drafter/artist myself, I had to include the above photo of the architects office. Out of this giant mansion with many buildings, this 6’X10′ is the only space alotted for the architect, Julia Morgan, who slaved away on this home her whole career. And she had to convince William to allow her this space. It’s painful.

Up next, I’ll suggest places to stay around San Simeon as well as places to stop along the route home to Los Angeles.

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Hearst Castle 2: Casa Grande

Catch-up to speed by readingĀ Hearst Castle 1: The Gardens and Pools.

The first tour we did was of the Casa Grande (aka, the big main house). Since these tours are pricy and people often just do one tour, this is the most popular tour they choose. Our group easily had 25 people in it. This tour was nice, but it left out the quirky William Hearst details that this house is screaming of. Thankfully, the upstairs tour and guest house tour filled in a lot of gaps for us.

It looks like a college campus or cathedral more so than a house.

How many people do you know who collect ceilings and walls from Europe?

Every room is covered with architectural details/artwork from Europe what an unusual collection. William ate dinner here with all of his guests. All guests were required to attend dinner at the same time here. Your seats were assigned based on how long you’ve stayed at the castle. New people sat in the center and guests who overstayed their welcome were pushed to the ends of the table. William would often select someone and say “entertain me”, and that guest was required to put on a one-person-show for William Hearst. It’s like people were his puppets. So strange.

Church right? Nope, dining room wall. Yeah, my dining room looks like this too.

The billiards room.

The above photo is a decorative ornamental column in the theater. This is where guests were required to watch a film every night at 11pm. You were not allowed to skip this. So unusual.

Next up, Hearst Castle 3: The Upstairs Tour.