Bales of Hay Produced Each Year
Mares kept by Lurline Roth
Fruit Trees in Orchard
Water Wells on Property
The Estate Trail is a one-mile self-guided walk through the Filoli Nature Preserve and past the Sally MacBride Nature Center. While many animals are nocturnal or elusive, you may spot some of Filoli’s permanent residents on your hike, including deer, turkeys, banana slugs, and dozens of bird species.
The Estate Trail closes at 5pm.
The Filoli Nature Preserve boasts a variety of ecosystems within a compact area, including oak-madrone forests, redwood groves, and chaparral. There are also natural springs and creeks, a reservoir, and cultivated grasslands.
San Andreas Fault
As you walk over Fault Creek Bridge, you will pass from the North American Plate to the Pacific Plate and cross the famous San Andreas Fault. The Bourns experienced their first quake at Filoli the very month they moved in, though it caused little damage due to the House’s steel superstructure.
Over the last 150 years, the fields have been heavily grazed by a variety of animals: first by the native black-tailed deer and later by domestic farm animals introduced by the Spanish. This 1920 photograph shows that the Bourns grazed sheep on the property. Today, a local farmer leases the land for haying.
Filoli has been a continuously working estate for over 100 years. William Bourn planned Filoli to be self-sustaining, with agricultural fields, livestock, and orchards. He considered himself a gentleman farmer and took great pleasure in the seven acres of fruit trees in his Gentleman’s Orchard. Filoli continues today to produce fruit butters, hard cider, honey, dried lavender, and culinary herbs.