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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Visit the Fioli Castle in the Bay Area

Fioli is a  654-acre estate located in the center of the San Francisco peninsula   It is located just 30 miles south of San Francisco in the Santa Cruz mountains.  It was designed between 1915-1917 and is an excellent example of the golden age of American garden design and country house architecture.

Fioli is one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century and is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Filoli was built for Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn, prominent San Franciscans whose chief source of wealth was the Empire Mine, a hard-rock gold mine in Grass Valley, California. 

Mr. Bourn arrived at the unusual name Filoli by combining the first two letters from the key words of his credo: “Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life.”

There are house & garden tours led by docents,and are approximately 2 hours. 

Tour times 
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. 
During April and May there is an additional tour at 11:30 am.

Adults $15 / Seniors $12 / Students $5 / Children ages four and younger are free.

Located in Woodside, California, just south of the junction of Highways 92 and 280. 
The address is 86 CaƱada Road, Woodside, California 94062.  

The House

The Sunken Garden

The Garden