Hearst Castle // interiors
Back in January I listed Hearst Castle as my number one dream destination for 2015, so you can imagine how excited I was to be stopping by on the last day of our Cambria trip. We decided to do the Upstairs Room tour instead of the Grand Rooms tour (more on that in another post!), and we were VERY happy with our choice. There’s something about seeing the private rooms that makes you feel connected with the past; the walls tell more stories there and you can sense the lives that have passed through.

Fun fact: W.R. Hearst was a ceiling collector! Consequentially, the array of designs and paintings above each room was breathtaking. I took over 200 pictures at Hearst Castle (whittling this post down was almost impossible); it is beautiful inside and out. My favorite room was W.R. Hearst’s office, pictured below (after the photos of the sitting room with blue walls). The vaulted ceilings with the medieval-esque painting on them reminded me of an old European church, with tasseled lamps hanging from the beams. I could see myself being extraordinarily productive in that room!

While I said the office was my favorite room in the castle, my favorite interior was with this indoor pool (that doesn’t count as a room, right?). Called the Roman Pool, it is absolutely breathtaking. The brilliant blue and gold tile work is divine, and can you see that diving platform? U N R E A L . The walls were perfectly reflected in the still waters, only adding to the fantastical feel of the place. I can’t imagine actually swimming in this pool…it seemed to peaceful to disturb!

>Have you ever been to Hearst Castle? If so, did you do the Grand Rooms tour? Because I want to know what that one is like haha.

  • Wow! This is GORGEOUS! I’m so jealous that you got to see it – if I ever get out that way, it’s definitely on my list.

    • You for sure should! It sucks that it’s out of the way from both LA and SF, but I think it’s totally worth the drive ;]

  • Kate Mitchell

    Wow! This is GORGEOUS! I'm so jealous that you got to see it – if I ever get out that way, it's definitely on my list.

  • oh my gosh this is breathtaking! That pool looks so absolutely incredible….holy crap! I live nowhere near here but now I really want to go! haha

    • Right?? Seriously the most amazing pool ever created. And I understand your desire! If you’re ever in CA it’s worth a visit for sure :]

  • oh my gosh this is breathtaking! That pool looks so absolutely incredible….holy crap! I live nowhere near here but now I really want to go! haha

  • I’ve been thinking about revisiting Hearst Castle and after reading through your post it’s now on my 2015 bucket list!! Just curious, are these your photos? They are really awesome!

    • I’m glad I could inspire you :] It seriously isn’t that far from LA, and driving up the PCH is always so beautiful anyway. And yes these are my photos…thank you so much :]

  • I've been thinking about revisiting Hearst Castle and after reading through your post it's now on my 2015 bucket list!! Just curious, are these your photos? They are really awesome!

  • oh my gosh how amazing are those interiors! such lively colors and detail!

  • oh my gosh how amazing are those interiors! such lively colors and detail!

  • Wow this is incredible! It’s easy to see why Hearst Castle was your #1 must-see of 2015. I think I would’ve gone with the interior rooms, too; at a place like this you could almost guarantee them to be as funky and spectacularly designed as the Grand Rooms.

    • I agree 10000000%…the Grand Rooms I’m sure were really grand haha but I just love the intimacy of the private rooms, and like you said just because they aren’t called “grand” rooms they definitely didn’t skimp on the decorating or funkiness!

  • Caitlin Travis

    Wow this is incredible! It's easy to see why Hearst Castle was your #1 must-see of 2015. I think I would've gone with the interior rooms, too; at a place like this you could almost guarantee them to be as funky and spectacularly designed as the Grand Rooms.

  • You for sure should! It sucks that it's out of the way from both LA and SF, but I think it's totally worth the drive ;]

  • Right?? Seriously the most amazing pool ever created. And I understand your desire! If you're ever in CA it's worth a visit for sure :]

  • I'm glad I could inspire you :] It seriously isn't that far from LA, and driving up the PCH is always so beautiful anyway. And yes these are my photos…thank you so much :]

  • I know right? I need this interior decorator to do my house haha. I especially need that pool…!

  • I agree 10000000%…the Grand Rooms I'm sure were really grand haha but I just love the intimacy of the private rooms, and like you said just because they aren't called "grand" rooms they definitely didn't skimp on the decorating or funkiness!

  • So true – I need to make this happen.

    As for the photos – I'm so impressed!

  • Thank youuuu, I appreciate that very much! <3

  • Hima

    OK yes the indoor pool did exist I’m glad I wasn’t just imagining it. LOL at how the tiling is literally a crab.