Whether you are entertaining out-of-town guests or looking for local activities and entertainment, go and have some Filoli fun under the summer sun.
Located just 30 miles south of San Francisco and recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century, Filoli is a great place to visit. This remarkable 654–acre property is set against the dramatic backdrop of the northern Santa Cruz Mountains, and has a 54,000 square foot Georgian country house and a 16–acre English Renaissance garden.
The Gardens of Filoli offers the opportunity to learn about various plants and the estate’s renowned horticulture practices, or simply enjoy the serenity for which they were designed. The Friends’ Garden, adjacent to the Café, features California native plants. The more than 649 trees in the heirloom orchard consist of a rare collection of more than 141 American hybrid table grapes, such as Concord, from the 19th and early 20th centuries and is the largest private collection of heirloom fruit in North America.
The House was built between 1915 and 1917 by Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn, wealthy San Franciscans in the mining business. Mr. Bourn was also owner and president of the Spring Valley Water Company whose property comprised Crystal Springs Lake and the surrounding lands, areas that are now part of the San Francisco Water Department. He selected the southern end of Crystal Springs Lake as the site for his estate. In 1976 the grounds and home opened to the public as a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The home was designed by Willis Polk and is known for its elegant interiors and extensive collection of 17th and 18th century English antiques. Special rooms of interest include the Butler’s Pantry and Kitchen with the walk-in safe, the wood paneled library, and the 1925 Ernest Peixotto paintings in the Ballroom.
Filoli has provided a memorable location for a variety of motion pictures, television, and commercial productions, including: Dynasty, Heaven Can Wait, Joy Luck Club, The Game, What Dreams May Come and The Wedding Planner.
Guided tours through the House and Garden and nature hikes exploring some of the 7 miles of trails can be reserved in advance of your visit. Art exhibits, jazz concerts, special events, classes, and lectures are planned throughout the year. Visit Filoli.org for complete information and a calendar of their upcoming events!
They also have a Gift Shop and Café on site so you won’t go hungry. However, no picnicking allowed on the property. Parking is free.
Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, a visit to Filoli will provide you with a variety of options and beautiful scenery.