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“Boring waste!”
Review of Atalaya Castle

Atalaya Castle
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Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

The title pretty much says it all. We all were excited to visit this much talked about castle. We were very disappointed. The only thing to see was bricks. The stunning beach was the only redeeming part of visit.

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Seriously who can enjoy visiting this... It looks very nice on the website but once you get there the only thing you will see is ruins, empty rooms with frame mentionning what it was supposed to be...

OK it will only cost you 5$ ( plus entrance to the state park wich is also not worth the visit ) but for what you will see it's still a rip off...

Thank JFdeWoluwe
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

The castle itself is fascinating, the art is top-rate, the music is fun, and the beach is right there. After you've walked around ooing and ahhing and spending your money, take a walk down the beach.

Thank PhyllisK392
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Atalaya was the Winter residence of Archer Milton and Anna Hyatt Huntington, built in the 1930's just north of Pawley's Island, SC. Its about 20 minutes South of Myrtle Beach, and is now located in Huntington Beach State Park.

Anna was/is one of the premier animal sculptures in American art (Atalaya was also her Winter Studio), and Archer was a Spanish Scholor and philanthropist (with his father's Railroad fortune). The Huntington's also owned the land that the Brook Green Gardens now occupies, and many of Anna's sculptures are there (they started the Sculpture garden, and purchased most of the works displayed there).

The house is fairly plain, but of a very interesting design (its not a Castle per se, but was built in the Moorish style around a courtyard), but it has fallen into such disrepair that it is literally falling apart. Neither the State of South Carolina nor Brook Green gardens will put money into its upkeep, so it is quickly disintegrating.

It is very much worth your time to visit. Hurry, before it falls apart.

2  Thank Fellowtraveler72
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

We arrived in time for the 2pm docent led tour of this amazing house. The docent (Joan) did a wonderful job telling the story of the family, the building of Atalaya, and other key info to set the context. After the tour, walk the straight roads to see lots of animals in THEIR habitat. Animals will definitely include birs and butterflies and my include alligators or snakes. Walk trails. Bicycle or take a scooter. Go to the beach. It's all great!

Atalaya is in the state park. Admission to the park is $5.

Thank salsa.n.fun
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