In 1919, media mogul William Randolph Hearst hired architect Julia Morgan and told her he wanted to build "a little something" on the Californian Coast.
His "little something" turned into a 165-room castle with 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways, all furnished with Spanish and Italian art and antique items. Three large guests houses flank the incredible building.
HELLO! Online was lucky enough to visit the castle on the way from Los Angeles to San Francisco during a roadtrip. The state's Park Service has preserved Hearst Castle as a State Historical Monument, so visitors can tour the jaw-dropping estate.
We were taken through the rooms and grounds by an extremely knowledgeable tour guide who gave us a glimpse into the life of the fascinating owner.
The interiors are literally showstopping – there were more than a few open-mouthed as we stepped inside the incredible structure. We won't reveal any more – we'll leave it for you to discover!
For more information visit hearstcastle.org/