Atalaya Castle

Atalaya Castle, Pawleys Island: Hours, Address, Atalaya Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Atalaya Castle
4.5
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Roy C
Whispering Pines, NC541 contributions
Beginning to Crumble
May 2021
Located inside Huntington Beach State Park, access to which it costs $8.00 for non-South Carolina residents, there is an additional charge of $2.00 for the Castle itself. Patterned after the Moorish castles of old, millionaire Archer Huntington had this castle designed and built for him and his wife so they could escape the bad weather of the north in winter. There are no furnishing inside the castle, most of the rooms of which were for staff, as the Huntingtons did very little entertaining.

The interior and exterior of the castle, made mostly of bricks, is beginning to deteriorate. Some areas are not suitable for strollers and wheel chairs with no ramps to some rooms. The gardens, however, are quite nice, giving the impression of the Spanish/Moorish era of old.
Written May 17, 2021
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EvanGuthrie
Charleston, SC7,183 contributions
Atalaya Castle
Dec 2020 • Couples
Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet is a cool castle and home on the beach that is fun to explore, climb on, and imagine what everything was like when it was operational. I really like the design and location of everything. I did not know this existed the many times I passed by and it was fun to check out.
Written April 1, 2021
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cnn73
Jacksonville, FL588 contributions
Fascinating
Dec 2020
This historical residence was a pleasure to visit. Although it is just a shell of its former self it is still delightful to see and explore. One can easily imagine the grace and elegance this old building once possessed. Great visit when combined with Brookgreen Gardens across the street.
Written December 13, 2020
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Robert W (SGM Pops)
Columbia, SC41 contributions
History in South Carolina
Nov 2020
Very interesting place to visit. Didn't realize SC was a popular place with people from the North. Would have stayed longer, but it was getting cold as storms came in.
Written November 29, 2020
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John S
Matthews, NC16 contributions
The Empty Attraction: Atalaya Castle
Jul 2020
Atalaya Castle now is an empty shell. This was a private home in the 1930's for Mr & Mrs Huntington, wealthy people from New England who built it. (She was a world-renowned sculptress and he translated a famous Spanish book El Cid into English.) Now, there are just empty rooms to see with stone walls and no furnishings at all. However, since this is at Huntington Beach State Park, it is a diversion to kill an hour if the weather is not good for the beach.
Written November 23, 2020
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Karen123WV
Elkins, WV188 contributions
Very interesting
Oct 2020 • Couples
The was a very interesting place to tour. The signs in each room gave nice info about the Huntingtons and how the house was used. It is very unique architecture.
Written October 23, 2020
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Bruce T
Talbott, TN56 contributions
State Park
Oct 2020 • Family
What a find, didn't know about this castle until we went to Huntington Park. Cool place with so much information on the lives of the namesake's of the park. Absolutely need to visit Brookgreen Gardens as well, which is located down the road.
Written October 14, 2020
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Michelle M
4 contributions
So interesting if you love local history!
Sep 2020
Really a neat place to visit, lots of rooms and they previously had bears! Go visit, and find out all about it!
Written September 22, 2020
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RosieJC
Hendersonville, NC102 contributions
Must see!
Sep 2020
Great visit and an amazing story of the people who created it! Learn about the Huntington family and their home.
Written September 15, 2020
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tangi1
Elizabeth, NJ646 contributions
Lovely Visit
Sep 2020
Our purpose of going to Huntington Park was to visit this special place. Take your time and learn about the history and art throughout the castle. There are many rooms and passages in the site. I learned that the state park is named for these benefactors. Afternoon well spent.
Written September 10, 2020
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