North Wing Bathroom | Hearst Castle

North Wing Bathroom | Hearst Castle

 This beautiful black and white designed bathroom, can be found here in the new wing, of the castle. This bathroom is both glamorous and sheek, with gold fixtures and an abundance of marble found about. It also features wall to wall mirrors, so you can make sure you are...

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North Wing Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

North Wing Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 Construction of the North Wing began in the late 1930s, and it carried well into the 1940s. When working out the details of this area, William and Julia Morgan decided upon a lighter palette and an increased use of natural light. These design choices would give this Wing, a...

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North Wing Bedroom | Hearst Castle

North Wing Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 As you can see, the north wing features some absolutely incredible paintings, like the one seen here. This lovely bedroom is located just around the corner from the sitting room. These rooms and their lighter colors, make this space feel bright and spacious. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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North Wing Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

North Wing Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 This sitting room contains a number of elegant art pieces from China. On display here, is a small collection of ornate Chinese lamps, vases, and rugs. Take for instance the beautiful Lion of Buddha lamp, seen directly ahead. Traditionally, guardian lions are special creatures found in tombs or temples,...

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North Wing Bedroom | Hearst Castle

North Wing Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 The construction of this wing was continued long after William left the hilltop for the last time, in 1947, and it was among the last extensions of the castle to be completed. With a lighter color palette, and new approaches to the lighting, this wing features some of the...

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North Wing Bathroom | Hearst Castle

North Wing Bathroom | Hearst Castle

 Welcome to one of the wing’s elegant bathrooms. Designed and created to match the aesthetics found within the north wing, many of the details here could be considered modern, even by today’s standards. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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North Wing Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

North Wing Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 The light corridors of this wing help to make these rooms feel bright and spacious. It is thought that the lighter colors found on the walls were just a temporary color, that would change once the final details of this wing had been completed. More Destinations on THE GRID...

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North Wing Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

North Wing Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 Welcome to a lovely sitting room, located within the North Wing. This stunning sitting room features an absolutely magnificent rug from China, along with beautiful jade colored lamps and fine Spanish artwork hanging on the walls. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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North Wing Bedroom | Hearst Castle

North Wing Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 This bedroom reflects a more modern aesthetic, and a much lighter color selection. On display in this lovely room, you’ll find beautiful Spanish furniture, and artwork. Like much of the north wing, this bedroom remains remarkably new in appearance because it has seen fewer guests, than the older parts...

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Gothic Bedroom | Hearst Castle

Gothic Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 Welcome to the master bedroom of William Hearst. The ceiling of this magnificent room is a fourteenth century Spanish Gothic ceiling, that originated from Teruel, Spain. The portrait to the right side of the bed is of his mother, Phoebe Apperson Hearst. It was painted by Henry Clive, who...

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Gothic Bedroom | Hearst Castle

Gothic Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 This beautiful Gothic bedroom was once home to Marion Davies. Marion was an actress who’s first feature film was Runaway Romany, in 1917. After a highly successful career as an actress, Marion retired from film in 1937, choosing to devote herself to Hearst and charitable work. She was named...

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Gothic Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

Gothic Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 Here we are in the Gothic sitting room. From this vantage point you have access to a number of locations, including the Gothic Study, the Gothic balcony, and the Gothic Suite bedrooms. This room is beautifully decorated with 15th century Spanish Art, including this striking portrait of Jesus, displayed...

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Gothic Study | Hearst Castle

Gothic Study | Hearst Castle

 At the very end of the study, you’ll find this secluded room. It features a spectacular view of the estate behind beautiful Gothic windows. and if you look directly behind you, you’ll also find a magnificent fireplace that was used to warm up cold nights at the castle. More...

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Gothic Study | Hearst Castle

Gothic Study | Hearst Castle

 Good evening, and welcome to the centerpiece of the magnificent Gothic Study. Directly ahead, you’ll see a striking painted portrait, of William. This painting was created by his lifelong friend, Orrin Peck, in 1894. As you can see, the Gothic Study also features some of William’s most exquisite statuary,...

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Gothic Study | Hearst Castle

Gothic Study | Hearst Castle

 The incredible Gothic Study was the epicenter of William’s business affairs. His use of this room was quite ingenious. In order to expedite the editing process, he would place his numerous newspapers on the floor, in a grid pattern. Once they were laid out, he would quickly navigate to...

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The Morning Room | Hearst Castle

The Morning Room | Hearst Castle

 Greetings and welcome to the beautiful Morning Room. This space was used by guests as a sitting room for morning activities, and once again later on, in the evening. The Morning room gets its light from the adjoining vestibule, located directly behind you. As the sun rises, it shines...

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Refectory | Hearst Castle

Refectory | Hearst Castle

 In a monastery the term “Refectory,” is used to describe a dining room. An interesting feature of this magnificent room, is the beautiful Gothic choir stalls covering the lower portion of the walls. This incredible woodwork, originated as fourteenth century stalls, from Spain. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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Refectory | Hearst Castle

Refectory | Hearst Castle

 This room is called the Refectory, this is where virtually all meals were served for breakfast lunch and dinner. If you look towards the ceiling, you’ll see 17 symbolic banners hanging from the walls. These banners represent the different districts of Siena, in Italy. In Italian, they are known...

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Refectory | Hearst Castle

Refectory | Hearst Castle

 Please take a moment and look up at the ceiling inside the Refectory. From this vantage point, we see 15 large rectangular coffers, each containing an individual carving of a saint, including: St. George on his horse, the Virgin Mary on the moon, and St. Lucy with her eyes...

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Library Lobby | Hearst Castle

Library Lobby | Hearst Castle

 This is the lobby area of the library. At the very center of this walkway, two ceramic figures can be found. These ceramic busts are from Florentine Italy, created during the 16th century. Purchased by William in December 1935, from the Goldschmidt Galleries, in London. More Destinations on THE...

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Library | Hearst Castle

Library | Hearst Castle

 A number of fantastic titles can be found filling the walnut shelves of this library. Here you can find titles from the great William Shakespear, to the adventuresome Mark Twain. Or perhaps Jane Austen or Charles Dickens is your cup of tea. In any account, I can’t think of...

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Library | Hearst Castle

Library | Hearst Castle

 William had always considered the library, to be one of the most important rooms of the castle. In addition to his collection of books, this room contains enchanting ceremonial drinking cups, Greek vases, and other wonderful artifacts from the ancient past. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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Library | Hearst Castle

Library | Hearst Castle

 Measuring in at approximately 2500 sq. ft., this impressive library contains over 4000 books. Directly in front of you is a magnificent second century, Roman, bust. This Roman figure is positioned near the entrance to the North Alcove. Looking around this library, I can’t help but find myself suddenly...

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Library | Hearst Castle

Library | Hearst Castle

 This part of the library is known as the north alcove. Here, guests could read a book or novel, in spectacular fashion. On display next to the books, you will see ancient Etruscan and Greek pottery. Many of these relics, are now located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art,...

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South Deck | Hearst Castle

South Deck | Hearst Castle

 Welcome to the south deck. This bedroom is located on the second floor near the cloisters. This room has a unique charm and marvelous details. Placed in front of you on the luggage, are examples of evening attire, that a guest might wear. and you know it is a...

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Duplex North | Hearst Castle

Duplex North | Hearst Castle

 This is the main floor of the North Duplex. Directly ahead, is a beautiful three tiered candelabra. Once used to light the way up this dark staircase to the loft upstairs. Originally this space was intended to be completely open, functioning as a light well for the rooms below....

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Duplex North | Hearst Castle

Duplex North | Hearst Castle

 Right now you’re standing on the second floor of The North Duplex. This elevated loft area has a very high opening, overlooking the room’s living area. Created from what was intended to be a light well for the rooms below. This unique bedroom is positioned just above the sitting...

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Kitchen | Hearst Castle

Kitchen | Hearst Castle

 Next to the Morning room and the refectory, is the kitchen. Here the Hearst kitchen Staff would prepare meals for breakfast lunch and dinner, to be served inside the Refectory. Interestingly, when TC Montague first visited Hearst castle, he was given a work space inside this very room. More...

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Doge Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

Doge Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 The Doge sitting room features a spectacular ceiling painting known as a trompe l’oeil. This art piece is dated to be early 17th century, created from wood, gesso, and tempera, from the Netherlands. The title of this painting is the “Annunciation to the Shepherds”, and it depicts the symbolic...

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Doge Suite North | Hearst Castle

Doge Suite North | Hearst Castle

 The Doge Suite North was among the first bedrooms to be completed during the construction of the main building. The Doge’s consist of a North and South bedroom, as well as a sitting room. To have the pleasure of spending a night in the Doge’s, made you a very...

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Doge’s Suite South | Hearst Castle

Doge’s Suite South | Hearst Castle

 Welcome to the delightful group of rooms known as the Doges. The Doge suite was reserved exclusively for very special guests staying at the castle, and according to the actress Colleen Moore, “When you slept in the Doge’s, you knew you had ‘arrived.’” This bedroom was among the first...

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Assembly Room | Hearst Castle

Assembly Room | Hearst Castle

 Welcome to the magnificent Assembly room. This room stands on its own in terms of size, and grandeur. Measuring in at 2600 sq. ft., this room was more than enough space for a lively evening of dancing, and card games. A grand room to mingle over a cocktail, or...

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Assembly Room | Hearst Castle

Assembly Room | Hearst Castle

 Hanging on the walls of the Assembly room are a number of 17th century Flemish tapestries. One such tapestry by Jacob Jordaens, tells a tale of the thunderous God Neptune. Here Neptune can be seen creating a horse, by striking his powerful trident against the shore, while Neptune’s wife...

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Assembly Room | Hearst Castle

Assembly Room | Hearst Castle

 On the back wall of the Assembly room, is a 16th century fireplace made of stone. This spectacular French mantel is 15ft high, and 7ft wide, making it a striking fixture within this grand space. The mantel was purchased by William Hearst, from art dealers French and Company. Prior...

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Assembly Room | Hearst Castle

Assembly Room | Hearst Castle

 The wonderful ambiance that this room creates helped guests to relax and unwind. This grand space was created with the sole purpose of entertaining. Here guests would mingle, dance to music, and play card games. This made the Assembly room a very important social hub of the Castle. More...

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Cloister Bedroom | Hearst Castle

Cloister Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 Within this Cloister, you’ll see a beautiful painting titled “The Assumption of the Virgin”, by Ludovico Xuarez, in Mexico, sixteen eighty. The Cloisters represent a row of guest rooms, located above the Refectory. Each is designed and decorated to embrace Spanish, Italian, Gothic, and Renaissance themes. More Destinations on...

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Cloister Bedroom | Hearst Castle

Cloister Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 This lovely bedroom is commonly known, as the “Della Robbia, Room”. Located inside this beautiful Cloister, is a 17th century Spanish painting, titled “Immaculate Conception”, the artist is unfortunately unknown. The painting depicts the heavenly Virgin Mary, accompanied by her lovely mother, Anne. Hats off to the artist, whoever...

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Cloister Bedroom | Hearst Castle

Cloister Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 Located just outside the window, you’ll find an open walkway that connects these rooms together. This walkway allows for natural light to shine into this lovely space. Each of these charming guest bedrooms are designed around a variety of themes, including: Spanish, Italian, Gothic, and Renaissance. More Destinations on...

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Celestial Bedroom | Hearst Castle

Celestial Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 Greetings. This is the Celestial Bedroom. This room is the highest room in the castle, and it has an incredible 360 degree view of the surrounding grounds and gardens. Decorated in gold this room features a number of heavenly accents, and it embraces the ethereal, like no other bedroom...

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Bell Tower | Hearst Castle

Bell Tower | Hearst Castle

 This morning the castle appears to have a lovely mist about. If you look towards the towers, you’ll find an abundance of incredible Spanish architecture, inspired by the Cathedral at Ronda, located in Ronda Spain. From this vantage point you can see our next stop, the celestial bedroom, located...

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Bell Tower | Hearst Castle

Bell Tower | Hearst Castle

 My goodness, what an incredible view, we have here. If you take a moment and look towards the towers, you’ll notice the bells through the top opening. Amazingly, Eighteen bells fit into each of these towers. William imported these bells from Belgium in 1927, and they were later installed...

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Gothic Balcony | Hearst Castle

Gothic Balcony | Hearst Castle

 Here from this one of a kind balcony, you have a spectacular view of the courtyard and a stunning view that extends all the way to the ocean. This exquisite location can be accessed through the Gothic Sitting Room located directly behind you. This is just a short walk...

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The Enchanted Hill | Hearst Castle

The Enchanted Hill | Hearst Castle

 Good evening, and welcome to Hearst Castle. Newspaper tycoon William Hearst, had this legendary estate “Hearst Castle” constructed between 1919, and 1947. Designed by the architect Julia Morgan, this glamorous estate contains 165 rooms situated on 250,000 acres overlooking the ocean above San Simeon, California. Hearst Castle was known...

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