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Address: Huntington Beach State Park, Pawleys Island, SC
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Moorish house with inner courtyard. We did not have a tour which would have made it more interesting. Was disappointed in the poor condition of the house.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Loretta F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Moorish house with inner courtyard. We did not have a tour which would have made it more interesting. Was disappointed in the poor condition of the house.

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Thank Loretta F
Grapeview, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying in the state park so decided to visit this home. Hearing that it was built by a wealthy family in the 1930's, I was expecting a grand vacation home built along the coastal beach. Approaching the house, it looks more like a fortress or prison. It was worthwhile to take the tour with the electronic narration since... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely Stunning. Would love to have gotten to live here back in the day. Parts are beginning to really fall apart but since it's an old brick building it's expected (probably cost millions to fix up). $2 to get in is worth it but leave the children at home because they probably wouldn't understand the beauty.

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West Chester, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had no idea Huntington Beach and Atalaya Castle was such a great destination. The history of the place is overwhelming. So glad we finally made time to visit this place. Can't wait to share it with vistors -

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Thank Heather C
Hua Hin, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

If you're in SC this place is worth the trip. If you go, get the guided tour. A fun half day with the family.

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Thank Kevin M
Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

It's an unexpected large brick complex right in the middle of the park on the water. Has some cool history, but doesn't take too long to explore or tour it.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

My sister and I played in this wonderful edifice as children for years. It was always a place of wonder and excitement, letting you imagination go wild as to what life was like back when this place was built. It is very historic and amazing. At Huntington Beach State Park you just head to the right once you were in... More 

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Axton, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

I love exploring old architecture but this was in shambles. To be in the 1930's it was not taken care of. I wouldn't pay the extra money to tour it. Looks more like a prison, don't let the term Castle fool you.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

If time permits, a visit to the Atalaya Castle, which are basically the remaining brick bones of this historic home is well worth your time. There is a small charge to visit and you will enjoy the experience more if you take the guided tour which is excellence. We we impressed with the tremendous interest this wealthy east coast family... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

We saw birds and alligators! Was a good walk to take thru Atalaya! Got great pictures! I will come back with !u G's!ily and take a guided tour! This time we went on our own! Beautiful Structure!

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