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Filoli

Address: 86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA 94062
Phone Number: +1 650-364-8300
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Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Woodside
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Owner description: Recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century, Filoli...
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Type: Historic sites, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Owner description: 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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Berea, Kentucky
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The house tour was anti-climatic after touring the gardens. Prepare to take at least two hours to see all the gardens, orchards, rose beds, bowling greens, etc. The house tour will take less than an hour.

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Laguna Beach, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Went there just before it closed for the season and was pleasantly surprised by the number of roses still in bloom. The beds were been prepped for spring bulb planting, which sounds like a must see in February when the gardens re-open. I plan to return.

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Fremont, California
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1,290 attraction reviews
1,229 helpful votes 1,229 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We have visited Filoli a few times. Today they had their sale for their store items, which is an amazing place to shop. It is also so nice as they have this mid December so one can find gifts for others at an amazing half price sale. They start their Holiday Traditions, with dinners, shopping, beautifully decorated rooms and more.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
40 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This was my fifth visit to Filoli over the years and it never gets old. Filoli is the last of the Gilded Age grand estates still on all of its original 654 acres. One of the last owners were the Bourns, who owned the largest hard-rock mining operation in Calif. , as well as the Crystal Springs Reservoir, now owned... More 

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Oakland California
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117 reviews 117 reviews
27 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We were lucky to have been invited to the Filoli holiday gala this year. The theme was French....with greetings in French at the gate house and strolling accordion's at the front door. The music along with the lighting made one travel back to the elegant origins of this historical mansion. Each room of the house was elegantly decorated with holiday... More 

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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I'd heard so much about Filoli over the years, but had never been until this past spring, despite being a Bay Area native. I'm sorry I waited so long. The sprawling house and gardens are exquisite, and the volunteer docents bring the experience to another level with their trove of knowledge about the grounds. Filoli is a must see for... More 

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Rio Vista, California
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I've known about Filoli for almost half a century but never visited until this fall. Planting for the next season had begun so the flowers were not as plentiful as usual, but the house tour was extended to compensate. Our VERY knowledgeable docent tailored his explanations to the interests of our group. Visitors are free to wander without a tour... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

reminiscent of the old english estate, but on a smaller and more personal scale. gardens were beautifully designed and crafted. i could imagine spending many hours wandering, reading and napping. wonderful variety of foliage and flowers. the house is magnificent, but again, very livable. could definitely imagine a family living in the house. antiques, artwork, interior design all first class.... More 

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Sacramento, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I visited FiLoLi Gardens in April 2014 on a day tour with about 40 other gardeners from Sacramento CA and it was fabulous in the spring. I revisited with my friend October 16, 2014 and even though the foliage was gone for the fall, it was still a great day. We did not take an official tour of the house... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

What an amazing day spent in the house and gardens of Filoli - I would imagine that which ever season you visited the gardens you would see an amazing show. The house was grand but felt like a home - amazing art and antiques and as you walk through the house you are reminded of how people (with money!) would... More 

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