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“History of Emerald Bay Tea House”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Vikingsholm

Vikingsholm
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Owner description: Built as a summer home in 1929, this grand castle on Emerald Bay is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere.
Rancho Cordova, California, United States
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“History of Emerald Bay Tea House”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

This is a neat place to see however the hike it a bit tough. It's too bad there isn't a different way to get down to the lake to see Vikingsholm.

Visited September 2012
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BASINGSTOKE
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great tour inside.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

Take the tour inside. The guide was very knowledgeable but she was not at all boring. The rooms inside have to be seen to be believed, everything is first class quality.

Visited September 2012
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Nice walk by the lake”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

For a European, the house is nothing special, but it is in a nice cove with a nice beach and swimming area. There is also a nice walk along the shore through the trees towards Boat Camp.

Visited September 2012
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Oxford, Mississippi
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55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Pretty cool!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2012

This was a pretty cool house and I highly recommend paying the $8 for the house tour because the inside is truly awesome. Parking was insane so go early or prepare to park on the side of the narrow road and hoof it (which we did). The walk down the hill to the house isn't bad but walking up would be hard if you're out if shape. There are benches spaced throughout the hill in case you need a break. Also has some really nice old growth trees that managed to escape logging.

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Thank Megan R
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Bakersfield, California
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322 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Somewhat Impressive”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

When you consider what went into the building of this estate, you will be somewhat impressed. The inaccessibility of the area by roads and the fact that no trees were felled in the building of it, one must be at least a bit impressed.
A one mile downhill hike to get there is a strenuous one mile back up the hill when done viewing the property. In order to beat the crowds and find a parking space, we arrived at the parking lot early, finding a charge of $10.00 for parking. Arriving at the bottom, we found that the tours, which are given on the hour, are $8.00 per person, but don't start until 11 am. Having arrived at 8:30, we didn't stick around, but did enjoy the architecture and looking through the windows which provided some insight into the interior decor.
For the hike both ways and the tour, plus any wait for the next one to start, you should allow 2-3 hours.

Visited September 2012
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