North Wing Bedroom | Hearst Castle

North Wing Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 This is the last and final stop on this enchanting tour, of Hearst Castle. Here we find ourselves in an elegant North Wing bedroom. I hope you had a wonderful time exploring the castle with me. I encourage you to visit Hearst Castle in person if you should ever...

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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 Bathroom | Hearst Castle

North Wing Bathroom | Hearst Castle

 Inside this bathroom, you’ll find a black and white solid marble sink, and a golden seven headed shower. So if you need to freshen up, or get your morning started on the right foot, you’ve come to the right place. I think this elegant North Wing bathroom, would be...

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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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Casa Del Mar Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Mar Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 The concept for Del Mar was conceived around a sixteenth century Spanish motif. Originally this house was planned as the primary residence for William Hearst, and because of this the building received a heightened attention during construction. It was because of Wiliam’s exquisite attention to detail, that this room...

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Casa Del Mar Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Mar Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 This sitting room inside Del Mar was decorated, to resemble the sitting room in the Payne Whitney mansion, located in New York City, NY.. The spectacular red velvet wall drapings, the incredible gold accents, and beautiful low-relief gilded ceiling, all help to create the grand opulence, that is felt,...

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Casa Del Mar Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Mar Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 This spectacular room opens up to the back side of Del Mar where the loggia is located. As you can see here, the sunlight shines in from the loggia, and casts this room in a radiant glow. From this location, we can see the doors to two bedrooms, and...

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Casa Del Mar Bedroom | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Mar Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 Here in this elongated bedroom, you’ll find enough room for two separate beds, and a sitting area. The floor inside this room is constructed with Spanish terra cotta tiles. Complete with its own wood burning fireplace and sitting area, this room is a beautiful blend of opulence and function....

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Casa Del Mar Bedroom | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Mar Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 Aptly named the “Shield Room”, this bedroom in Del Mar was designed with nobility in mind. Among its features is a private wood burning fireplace, and plenty of gold details to satisfy the richest of taste. From this vantage point you can see an abundance of these gold accents,...

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Casa Del Mar Bedroom | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Mar Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 Welcome to a room that is commonly known as the “Hero Room”. This magnificent bedroom features a ceiling that was patterned from a sixteenth-century original, found at the “House of the Heroes”, located in Granada Spain. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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Casa Del Mar Bedroom | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Mar Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 This home was both the first and the final residence for William. Initially health problems made this guesthouse a preferred place to stay, but ultimately in the end, William would be forced to leave this house behind, when his health began to fail. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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Casa Del Mar at Night | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Mar at Night | Hearst Castle

 This cottage is named the “House of the Sea”, and it is a guest house that fully embraces the nautical theme. With nautical details found everywhere. Originally, this home was created to be William’s main residence, this changed however, soon after the main building was constructed. More Destinations on...

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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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Casa Del Monte Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Monte Sitting Room | Hearst Castle

 Welcome to the Del Monte sitting room. Inside this extravagant room you’ll be hard pressed not to notice the exceptional ceiling. This stunning ceiling is hand painted, and covered in 22 carat gold leaf. It even has the inscription “San Simeon” written on it, and if that wasn’t enough,...

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Casa Del Monte Bedroom | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Monte Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 During the early stages of construction, William made it known that he wanted Julia to decorate this house in a 16th century Renaissance style, with lots of “garlands, and putti”. These decadent design choices give Casa Del Monte its unique charm. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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Casa Del Monte Bedroom | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Monte Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 This front bedroom has a magnificent view of the surrounding gardens and paths. The writing desk found in this room was used by writers who William Hearst employed. Those fortunate enough to be invited to the Hill, could sit here in this desk, and let their ink flow, like...

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Casa Del Monte Bedroom | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Monte Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 Among the beautiful features of this room is the spectacular ceiling, a private fireplace, and a unique view of the grounds. Also found within this beautiful bedroom, is a delightful wood carved bed, which was originally created for the Balbi family, of Genoa Italy. It is dated to be...

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Casa Del Monte Bedroom | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Monte Bedroom | Hearst Castle

 It is not uncommon to experience a misty morning here at the castle, this is due to the altitude of the building and its proximity to the ocean. On this particular morning, you can see the enchanting mist, just outside the windows of this guest house. I can’t help...

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Casa Del Monte Lobby | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Monte Lobby | Hearst Castle

 Just inside this splendid lobby, you’re greeted by a beautiful statuary holding up an offering to you. This room was once used as the place to make and receive phone calls. Surrounding the upper walls near the ceiling, you will see a spectacular painting that wraps all the way...

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Casa Del Monte at Night | Hearst Castle

Casa Del Monte at Night | Hearst Castle

 Greetings. This cottage was given a name that’s Spanish in origin, and when translated it means “House of the Mountains”. It earned this name because it has a spectacular view, of the surrounding Santa Lucia Mountains. This home was the first location on the enchanted hill to be completed,...

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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 South | Hearst Castle

Duplex South | Hearst Castle

 Inside this Duplex there is a beautiful ceiling depiction of “Luna and Endymion”. This is a 17th century painting by Simon Vouet, located in Paris France. This gorgeous painting was created with oil on canvas. In Greek mythology, Endymion seeks out to find his love Luna, and it is...

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Duplex South | Hearst Castle

Duplex South | Hearst Castle

 Originally planned as an open area, this room was supposed to function as a light well for the rooms below. William changed his mind however, and requested that this be turned into actual living-space. Julia Morgan approached this architectural challenge by creating a loft style apartment. This re-imagined living...

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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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Theater | Hearst Castle

Theater | Hearst Castle

 Welcome to the magnificent Hearst theater. This beautiful theater would host a nightly showing to everyone staying or working at the castle. Guests, employees, grounds, even construction, and the household, all enjoyed watching movies in this very theater. The nightly movie was of course optional, but true fans of...

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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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