Monday, March 30, 2015

The Filoli House

The Filoli House Front Entrance
This is part two of my blog on the historic Filoli estate. I covered the gardens and a little bit of its history in part one. This blog will feature photographs of the house. When you visit Filoli, located in Woodside, California, your entry fee includes the house and gardens. Make sure you leave time to tour both. Give yourself three hours to be comfortable, more if you want to have lunch in their charming Café (which is not budget).

Filoli is a 36,000 ft.²,  primarily Georgian, country house built between 1915 and 1917. Much of the furnishings were donated by Mrs. William Roth, the second owner of the House. Friends of Mrs. Roth and other donors such as Southern California collector Melville Martin have also donated many of the furnishings.

View Of The Back

Columns of Tavernelle Marble And A Front Door Of Paneled Oak

Movies That Have Been Filmed At Filoli
The Library: Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Bourn, The First Owners of Filoli, Are Hanging On The Walls
The Library Is Copied From A Library At Denham Place, An English House Built In 1690
The Butler's Pantry: The Linoleum Floor, Dishwasher, And Metal Cabinets Were Installed Around 1961
The Electric Stove Was Installed During The 1940s After The Original Oil Fired Stove Broke Down
The Dining Room
Needlepoint Of Filoli Gardens Created By The Tuesday Stitcher’s Of The Assistance League, San Mateo County
Only Members Are Allowed Upstairs Where Libraries Are Available By Appointment
The Ballroom - I Wish My Photo Did It Justice; It Is Much Prettier Than This.
The Baroque Fireplace
Hercules Graces The Mantel

This is only a sampling of the beautiful rooms on display. There is so much more to see. They also feature temporary art exhibits at Filoli, usually placed in the visitor center where you buy your tickets. When I was there, they were featuring bird prints of drawings by John James Audubon.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am–3:30 pm (last admission 2:30 pm)
Sunday: 11:00 am–3:30 pm (last admission 2:30 pm)

Admission: February 10 - May 31, 2015 Adults $20, seniors $17, students $10, Children four years and younger are free (but I think young children would be very bored).
Admission is two dollars cheaper between June and October 25, Filoli is then closed until Nov 27 - Dec 5, 2015 for their Holiday Tradition Event.
If you plan to visit Filoli three or more times during the year, you might consider buying a membership.

Directions: follow the website's written directions; they warn the GPS is not always accurate.

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