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Filoli

86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA 94062
650 364 8300
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Woodside
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
Activities: Group tours/day tour
Traveler Description: Filoli is a famous and beautiful house, a house with Georgian architecture (used in the TV series Dynasty). The house has an area of 36,000 square... more »
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California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

How did I live in the Bay Area all these years and not know about this place??? The estate and gardens are gorgeous! Interesting history, absolutely perfectly groomed formal gardens, stunning displays of flowers and art. The orchard, vegetable and cutting gardens are impressive too. It's a cornucopia of visual pleasures. I plan to go again in the spring. Be... More

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Martinez, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I brag about this place to all of my friends. The volunteers were so friendly and helpful. The grounds were better than what I expected!!! So gorgeous and peaceful!! My boyfriends parents ended up going after they saw my pictures and they loved it as well, $18 per person and you get to tour around the house as well

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The home was built between 1915 to 1917 and the gardens designed between 1917 to 1921. Filoli is a remarkable modified Georgian 36,000 square foot California Golden Age home. One of the many highlights is the ballroom, with its 22 1/2 foot ceilings and the Ernest Peoxotyo oil on canvas murals. The formal gardens and surrounding landscapes are beautiful. Filoli... More

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Newcastle
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The 2-hour Docent-guided tour of the house and gardens is a must if you're in the San Francisco area. Our docent was wonderful - gave us lots of facts and answered all our questions. Prior to our tour we enjoyed a delightful lunch in the Cafe....check out their decadent desserts! Take a step back into a more opulent era...visit Filoli... More

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Aptos
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Just recently I had the opportunity to visit, for the first time, this beautiful house surrounded by its lovely gardens. At first I was dismayed by the large number of people waiting for the tour (at least 20), but, to my surprise, the group was immediately divided into several small groups, each with its own guide. Our guide, Sam, was... More

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SF Bay Area
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80 reviews 80 reviews
15 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

I have lived in the area since 1966, visited many of the fine homes/castles of the world, the mansions of Newport, Hearst Castle, the Vanderbilt Mansion in Asheville, etc. but never managed to get to Filoli until very recently. This 66,000 sq foot, 44 room home with extensive gardens (16 acres) may be modest in size by comparison but is... More

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Los Lunas, New Mexico
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68 reviews 68 reviews
8 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

It was very well groomed and taken care of. The paths and types of plants made us want to look at them all. Everything was very beautiful. Wasn't too entertaining for an 8 year old. The first couple hours went by quick. But our time was dictated by the kiddos which was fine. Pretty much everywhere is stroller friendly. Cafe... More

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Danville, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

All the other review have summed up the uniqueness of Filoli. I'm from England have have seen many truly great houses, but have lived in the Bay Area and have never heard of Filoli until a few weeks ago, and it up there with some of the great European houses. A lot smaller, but absolutely charming it was built by... More

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Columbia, Missouri
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This place is magical from the house to the grounds that surround it. The house has so much detail to view that it is hard to soak it in. The folks in the house have wonderful tales to tell of the house. Then you step outside to an array of color and smells. We had a great time wandering around... More

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USA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

I actually learned about Filoli from a Groupon offer. Though I didn't buy the coupon, I made a mental note to drop by the next time I was in the area. I wasn't disappointed. My partner and I visited on a gorgeous sunny Saturday and spent quality time enjoying each other's company on strolling around the gardens. The huge mansion... More

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