Saturday, July 7, 2018

Secret Garden

This weekend, we made a trip to the beautiful Filoli Historic House and Garden, located near San Francisco. 



Tucked away in the rolling green hills of the Bay Area is the Filoli Estate. 



The public can tour parts of the mansion, including the ballroom, kitchens, and library. 



My favorite was the library, of course.



The gardens were gorgeous. 



I felt like I was exploring an enchanting, secret garden!



We bought some preserves at the garden gift shop. I'm looking forward to enjoying them with fresh bread and coffee in the morning. 


I love the blend of people and nature, of architecture and landscape.



~Jess

25 comments:

It's me said...

What a Great trip !....What a beautiful place to be.....mmmmm lemoncurd !!......happy sunday fir all of you...love Ria x 💕💕💕

Merlesworld said...

What a wonderful place .
Merle............

Karen said...

Such a lovely place to visit. I especially love the lily pond. Glad you had a wonderful time.

DUTA said...

It seems Filoli Estate has a lot to offer the visitors in terms of architecture, gardens, library.
Enjoy the goods brought at the gift shop!

Sandi said...

That is so gorgeous! Who owns it now?

Susie said...

Jess, I love the beautiful rooms and the garden. Hard to believe people lived that lifestyle. Enjoy the tasty preserves. Blessings, xoxo,love Susie

Sherry said...

filoli is a favorite place of ours ..
the gardens alone offer such beauty.
last time we were there we enjoyed
a delicious lunch in the cafe. ♥
it's high time we returned. :)

Chatty Crone said...

I wish I could go there. It looks exquisite! Well kept. Really Kelly and modern looking. Beautiful gardens too. sandie

Louca por porcelana said...

WOW!Wonderful place!

Lowcarb team member said...

Such a fabulous place, lovely seeing your photographs.

All the best Jan

Debby said...

I used to live near the Filoli Mansion. Every season we would go and look at the gardens. It's beautiful during Christmas.

I also once filmed an ATT commercial on the grounds back in the early 90's. I didn't think anybody even knew about the place except for the locals.

Dewena said...

The library and the "secret" garden would have been my favorites. A beautiful place!

Debby said...

You forgot to mention the TV series DYNASTY was filed there in part.

http://carringtondynasty.wikia.com/wiki/The_Mansion

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

What a gorgeous place! The garden is swoon worthy. You had such a lovely day to enjoy the outdoors. I love the opening to the walled garden. So secretive and inviting. The inside is certainly grand. I love peeking at the titles in the library. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful place, Jess. ♥

TARYTERRE said...

looks like a wonderful day. everything is lovely.

Jeanie said...

A friend of mine volunteered there when she lived in the Bay area and said it was glorious. Your pictures only add to that, Jess.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

My favorite would be the library too! I can just imagine spending time in that room....never wanting to leave! Beautiful lily pond and I love those artsy things floating in it. Lovely!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello Jess! These are lovely places and I just wish I had more time and money to fly out to California to see them all!

Sheri dear, I just saw that you visited my blog! Thank you so much for commenting. I'm blogging once a month now, but I'm still on Instagram if you ever want to join in!

Love to all!

Susie Swanson said...

Wow, so much beauty. Thanks for sharing with us and have a great week.

Marilyn Miller said...

The gardens are lovely. How wonderful to have the opportunity to go inside part of the mansion. I have never been here, but now I would love visiting. I think I have a general idea of the location, as I once upon a time lived in the Bay area. How I would taking a swim in that pool too.

Ann said...

Based on your pics
that place is really maazing.
I love the wonderful chandelier in the ballroom
made me think of Beauty and The Beast
and the garden looks really fabulous.
Wow! those books...

Ann
https://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

Carla from The River said...

WOW, I love the pond. That really is neat to have the glass decorations in the water.

Susan said...

Oh my, that seems like a splendorous place to visit! Thanks for sharing.Susan

Marcia said...

It’s a beautiful place. I would’ve loved the library and secret nooks too.
xo

NanaDiana said...

Not sure how I missed this earlier. What a beautiful place...and love all the 'secret' little spots. xo Diana