Filoli – Woodside, California - Atlas Obscura
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Woodside, California

Filoli

This old-world mansion with lush gardens is a gem in the heart of Silicon Valley. 

Filoli is a historic country estate located at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Woodside, California. The name “Filoli” comes from the owner’s personal motto: “Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life.” 

This beautiful mansion was built in 1915 by the owner of what is now PG&E company. It is reminiscent of a wealthy estate you might find on the United States East Coast or in England. Built in the Georgian Style, it has a ballroom, multiple drawing rooms, a dining room, and a kitchen that are open to the public. More impressive still are the grounds of the estate. The owners were avid gardeners, and they created a stunning multi-acre botanical landscape with themed sections. It still requires a fleet of elite gardeners to maintain.

In 1975, the owners of the house sold it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is a beautiful space and a welcome respite from fast-paced Silicon Valley life.

Know Before You Go

The house and gardens are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).

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