Imagining a Bygone Era of Opulence in Woodside, CA
Almost a century before the rise of the stock-funded mansions south of San Francisco, gold mining magnate William Bowers Bourn II plunked down his lavish 16-acre Georgian estate on the peninsula. The Filoli Estate and gardens were designed and named as an acronym after the verbs in Bourn’s personal motto: Fight for a Just Cause, Love Your Fellow Man, and Live a Good Life. Bourn’s dedication to living the good life comes to mind while visiting the interior of his 35,000-square-foot country house, featured in numerous Hollywood films and the television series Dynasty, but the true grandeur of Filoli lies in its elegant formal gardens. In springtime, stroll among thousands of tulip and daffodil blossoms, cherry trees, and weeping wisteria vines.