Filoli is a vibrant landscape of the Bay Area, situated on the unceded ancestral lands of the Ramaytush Ohlone, in Woodside, California. The estate boasts 654 acres of beauty nestled along the slopes of California’s coastal range. Originally built as a private residence in 1917, Filoli was opened to the public in 1977 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The property is considered one of the finest remaining country estates of the 20th century, featuring a 54,000+ square-foot Georgian revival-style mansion, 16 acres of exquisite English Renaissance gardens, a 6.8-acre Gentleman’s Orchard, and a nature preserve with 5 distinct ecosystems. At Filoli we create inspiration in everyday life by welcoming all to experience the House, Garden, and nature preserve.
year opened to the public
House & garden acres
To connect our rich history with a vibrant future through beauty, nature, and shared stories.
We envision a time when all people honor nature, value unique experiences and appreciate beauty in everyday life.
We acknowledge that Filoli is located on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone people who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula.
Filoli is collaborating with members of the Ohlone community to create a detailed land acknowledgement, programming, and narratives that honor and accurately reflect past and present indigenous communities. We are grateful for their participation in this ongoing process.
Mr. Bourn arrived at the unusual name "Filoli" by combining the first two letters from the key words of his personal credo:
Fight for a just cause.
Love your Fellow Man.
Live a Good Life.
Filoli stands opposed to systemic and institutional racism.
Filoli has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.
Historic Status Recognition
National Register of Historic Places, Designation Number 75000479, on August 28, 1975
California State Historic Landmark, Designation Number 907, on February 8, 1977