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 3: Upstairs Tour

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

The next tour we took was the Upstairs Tour. This was where we heard some real dirt on William Hearst. Up until now everything we heard and saw (in a film about his life in the visitors center) left out big chunks of information. Like where he got his money (from his parents) and why he waited so long to build the house (because he had to wait until his mother died because she didn’t want him wasting her money)? Also, he’s married and has a mistress yet he doesn’t allow his guests to co-mingle at his home. There was a lot of glossed over topics in the presentation of the facts. In the upstairs tour, some of these topics were unavoidable and our tour guide give us the dirt we were looking for. It was excellent, and my favorite tour of the three.

The upstairs tour explored the guest rooms, Willam’s bedroom, his office, and more private quarters.

I really believe this house was built to show off Williams extensive ceiling collection. It’s just amazing how these came all the way from Europe in those days, came out to California and up this crazy hill (on horse-back?) and then were reassembled here. What a journey. Most humans don’t make a trek like that in their lifetime.

They had sample clothes laying out on the beds in the guest room to give you a feel of what a guest would have worn to dinner at the castle. In fall docents volunteer and dress in these clothes and walk around the castle playing the role as guests. This would be fun to see. My sister brought up the idea of a fundraising event for the castle: Murder Mystery Night. Genius.

William owned rare books. Very rare books.

Williams office. This is where he read the newspaper every day and redlined it.

I loved the windows on the upstairs level. I had fun taking photos of the shadows.

Up next, Hearst Castle 4: Guest Houses + Kitchen