I was very excited to see this castle. I’ve seen the signs that point to its directions. A lot of people I know have been here. It seems like a must-go-to place in California. It is glamorized, romanticized. It is deceivingly grand. Certainly majestic. All the attentions to its originator and its architectural wonders are definitely warranted. There are four tours – Grand Rooms, Upstairs Suites, Cottages and Kitchen, and Garden Tour. Prices range from $25 – $36.
Architecturally, to me, Hearst Castle is a reminisce to La Giralda of Seville, Spain.
One very intriguing areas of the framework design are these little angels that look as if they’re holding up, supporting the structures.
I admire the castle designs and its arts individually. As a whole, if you look and analyze closely, there are many areas that quite indecorous and mismatching from each other.
Knights, angels, religious figures, European faces, dog-like creatures, etc. can be seen in one view.
These lamps are scattered all throughout the castle grounds.
Let’s go inside…
This Grand Rooms tour took us to the social rooms that hosted many guests who visited Hearst Castle. Most of which are movie actors like Cary Grant and Charlie Chaplin, some political figures like Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, Bob Hope, and Calvin Coolidge, and other notable famous celebrities and personalities like Howard Hughes.
Everything is decorated. There are larger-than-life tapestries that I would love to take home. 🙂 You can see the couch there. You drop one tiny crumb and you won’t find a trace of it from all the graphic patterns. There are artworks. Each I like on their own. Altogether, in my opinion, looks congested, overdone, and mismatching. Maybe if we could stay in one room longer and not in rush to actually sink things in, I probably would admire it better. No, we were in and out of the rooms like children running during a fire drill. With so much to seeyou and I both will do just fine observing all of it in pictures.
I was stunned by the ceilings …
They’re my favorite part.
William Hearst was actually a ceiling collector…
I can’t imagine how much of a factor these ceiling frames played on dictating the size of the rooms.
In all honesty I have a mixed bag opinion about Hearst Castle. I didn’t like the mismatching arts and designs. I didn’t like that the tours are very very rushed. It might just well be all the talk about richness and glamours that are clouding my judgment. Maybe it is just because it really is grand … in a good and bad sense. It certainly is majestic, and is enveloped with so many fascinating back stories. One thing though, with all the stimulants here- the gardens, the rooms, the Enchanted Hill, the histories and back stories, the artworks, etc, I wouldn’t say that a trip to The Hearst Castle is a waste.
Photo overload, I know.
William Hearst wanted other people to see and appreciate European arts without going to Europe. If you do get the opportunity to see The Hearst Castle, I recommend to appreciate its arts … individually. 😉