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Filoli

86 Canada Rd, Woodside, CA 94062-4144
+1 650-364-8300
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Delightful fall walk through the gardens

Wonderful setting and gardens - a walk back in the past, olde California. Nice hiking trail, home... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
2CanStan
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Nolensville, TN
A Grand Country Villa

It is amazing that a huge property with a perfectly restored historic villa is available for... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nadorick
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Recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century, Filoli welcomes the public to this remarkable 654-acre property. Designed between 1915 and 1917 and set against the dramatic backdrop of the northern Santa Cruz mountains in Woodside, California, Filoli is an excellent example of the Golden Age of American garden design and country house architecture. Opened to the public in 1976 as a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Filoli features a 36,000 sq. Ft. Home and a 16-acre English Renaissance Garden. In addition, Filoli's property includes a 6.8 Acre Gentlemen's Heritage Orchard and a trail system that transverses five different ecosystems for docent-guided nature hikes. Filoli is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and stewardship of the cultural traditions and natural history of this country estate for public education and enjoyment.
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86 Canada Rd, Woodside, CA 94062-4144
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful setting and gardens - a walk back in the past, olde California. Nice hiking trail, home was beautiful, interesting to tour. All the volunteers were very nice and informative.

Thank 2CanStan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is amazing that a huge property with a perfectly restored historic villa is available for everyone to visit just 20 miles south of San Francisco. This 54,000 square foot home is magnificent, the art work impressive, and the gardens are world class. Thank you...More

Thank Nadorick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While staying in SF ahead of the 101 drive to LA, we were lucky enough to meet Wayne and Jill Hooper, who are docents at this establishment, and who told us about it, and how pleased we were that they did as it had not...More

Thank Dedham_Traveller
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't enter the mansion (not interested), so this review is about the garden. Every botanical garden we have visited had its own personality, and this one adds one more personality to the list for us. Of those we have visited, it is most similar...More

Thank Tom R
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful garden. It is simply planted relying at this time of year on massed displays of begonias and to a lesser extent roses and herbs. So though it may describe itself as an English garden, it is in design though not necessarily...More

1  Thank Stuart B
Reviewed 14 October 2017

This 400 acre site is a tranquil oasis. The house is impressive but the guided nature trail was wonderful, led by an enthusiastic and impressively knowledgeable guide, Peggy. Our small group all learned a lot, about the local plants and animals and how the original...More

Thank Robin D
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Be sure to visit this historical site! It's so worth it! The mansion is amazing and the setting is stunning. There is an excellent short video that explains the interesting history. The gardens are easy to walk with nice surprises around every corner. Make sure...More

Thank LWRFL
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I have been to Filoli many times, living in San Francisco. Honestly, the first time I went was due to the curiosity around seeing the "Carrington House" from "Dynasty." I had not expected the beauty of the gardens, from the wild daffodils in the fields,...More

1  Thank MarkasSF
Reviewed 4 September 2017

Filoli is gorgeous! I visited at first in July, 2016 on a trip to the Bay Area. Now we live here and my husband purchased me a membership because I enjoy visiting so much. I bring most everyone who comes out to visit to Filoli...More

Thank dustpan_dan
Reviewed 2 September 2017

We are HUGE fans of the movie, "Heaven Can Wait," with Warren Beatty and Julie Christie. When we found out the estate used in that film was Filoli, we made a point of visiting it while in the San Francisco Bay Area this summer. IF...More

2  Thank Lena K
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Catherine P
6 June 2017|
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Response from Shellqueen666 | Reviewed this property |
You might want to check out Foster City along hwy 92. There's a shopping center, restaurants, Costco, theater all located in that corridor
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itiner-rant
15 May 2017|
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Response from David Z | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if you can get into the cafe without paying the admission fee. You certainly need to pay to enter the Gardens.
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Verne S
22 April 2017|
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Response from jocelynd102 | Reviewed this property |
Yes many nice sitting areas throughout the estate, you can even bring a picnic!!
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