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A Few Reasons to Visit this Hidden Gem: Filoli Estate

June 13th, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Filoli EstateHalf Moon Bay, CA has an awesome combination of beautiful scenery, interesting culture and amazing beaches, making it the perfect places to explore and learn new things. The Mill Rose Inn knows the ins and outs of the area and wants to share the secrets with you! A great local place full of history, beautiful countryside and numerous other things is the Filoli Estate. Here are just a few reasons you should visit the Filoli Estate!


The construction of Filoli Estate began in 1915 for Mr. Mrs. William Bowers Bourn, prominent San Franciscans. The source of their wealth came from the Empire Mine, a hard-rock gold mine in Glass Valley, CA. Mr. Bourn formed 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.” After the passing of the Bourns, Mr. and Mrs. William P. Roth purchased the property and maintained it and the formal gardens, which today have gained worldwide recognition. This now 654-acre estate is a California State Historic Landmark and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.


A great way to learn more about the estate’s fascinating history, including the families who founded and maintained the Filoli vision and the architects and designers who made it a reality, is on one of the tours of the magnificent house and splendid gardens. This outstanding showcase of early twentieth-century architecture and garden design is beautiful and is one of the main reasons to visit the Filoli Estate.


The exquisitely beautiful and vibrant gardens of Filoli offer visitors the opportunity to learn about the estate’s renowned horticulture practices or to stroll around and enjoy the serenity for which they were designed.


The stunning 36,000 square foot house is a museum exhibit for an extensive collection of 17th and 18th century English antiques. Wander through the special rooms like the Butler’s Pantry and Kitchen with a walk-in safe or explore the wooden paneled library. The 1925 Ernest Peixotto paintings in the Ballroom are marvelous. The house has 43 rooms, excluding bathrooms and storerooms, that span 17′ high. The interior has tastefully carved moldings, marble fireplaces, inlaid parquet floors and stunning architectural doorways. With several tours to choose from, guests will receive an in depth and interesting overview of the house and gardens. Click here to find the perfect tour for you!


Throughout the entire year, Filoli Estate offers a wonderful array of events and programs. Including the Jazz at Filoli, Holiday Traditions and the popular Afternoon Teas. Experience the tradition of tea from the 18th century in the relaxing and elegant atmosphere of Filoli at an Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea takes place every fourth Wednesday of the month. Makes sure to plan your visit accordingly!


While thinking about the beautiful and historic Filoli Estate, don’t forget to book your stay at Mill Rose Inn. Our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast has elegantly decorated rooms and suites that offer guests luxurious modern amenities. Relax in the Garden Jacuzzi or wander through our beautiful gardens. And of course, your stay includes a gourmet champagne breakfast each morning so you’ll have the energy to take on the adventures of the day. We look forward to seeing you soon!



Photo courtesy chuck b.