History museums show us how people used to live: in history museums with all their possessions behind glass display cases. Intrude on the past with this Groupon.
- $22 for two adult general admission tickets, valid Tuesday–Friday ($36 value)
Two miles south of Crystal Springs Reservoir sits a stately manse that hearkens back to the early 20th century—Filoli. Neither a Latin word nor a mystic incantation to reveal the true form of the home's owner, the name of this estate has a simpler origin in the credo of the original inhabitant, William Bowers Bourn: "Fight for a just cause; love your fellow man; live a good life."
The jewel in the crown that is Filoli is surely the house, a sprawling country estate that manages the gap between classic and contemporary by melding familiar styles into something new. Tuscan order-style columns greet visitors at the portico, reflecting the rustic nature of the home's surroundings. The grand ballroom pays a nod to the Palace at Versailles with its Herculean mantle and massive crystal chandeliers. French notes continue into the dining room in Louis XIV style sconces, but the 1917 Italian silk curtains scream art moderne elegance. As visitors explore these halls, they will encounter centuries-old English and Irish antiques, richly textured paintings from the Dutch masters.
97% of 3,302 customers recommend
“Fantastic gardens and beautiful estate”
“Take a docent led tour. Their docents are wonderful in adding historical and trivial interest to your experience.”
“Loved this place, give yourself time to have lunch in the cafe outside. We went in the fall but would really recommend late spring or summer since the gardens are so...”
“Loved this place, give yourself time to have lunch in the cafe outside. We went in the fall but would really recommend late spring or summer since the gardens are so beautiful and plentiful at that time of year. ”