In the House
As always, keep your eye out as you explore the House for statues of Toto, one of the Bourn family’s dogs that used to live at Filoli many years ago! How many Totos can you find today?
If you visited Filoli 100 years ago, you would have been greeted by a butler in the foyer and then invited to freshen up in the cloakroom bathroom. Can you spot this impressive sculpted faucet, with a fanciful Renaissance-era design meant to resemble a dolphin?
Look for these 12 animal-headed figures, which represent the Chinese zodiac signs. Created in the 1700s during the Ch'ing dynasty, they were favorites of Lurline Roth.
This roaring lion’s head decorates the Ballroom’s giant fireplace, inspired by the Hercules Room at the Palace of Versailles. The gilded bronze statue heads reference the myth of Hercules and the Nemean Lion.
When the Roths moved into Filoli, they converted a closet in the Study into a wet bar. Can you spy the old-fashioned bottle of 7-Up?
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After suffering a stroke in 1921, Mr. Bourn used this wicker wheelchair to move around Filoli. His nurse Marie would take him up to the High Place, his favorite place in the garden, to see the view of the Crystal Springs Reservoir.
This electric callboard in the Butler’s Pantry still bears the names of the Roth family and their rooms. When a family member pressed a button, a bell rang and the board lit up. The staff would use the dumbwaiter in the corner to send food and supplies up to the second floor.
In the Garden
The front courtyard of the Filoli House is framed by magnolia trees. They are known for their large, sweet-smelling flowers that can grow up to 10 inches wide.
Can you spot the mysterious face that’s almost underwater at the edge of the Sunken Garden pool?
The impressive wicker “peacock” chairs that Mr. Bourn and his grandson Billy are enjoying in this photo were original furnishings in this garden retreat, where they still live today.
To create the beautiful spring bulb displays, Filoli’s gardeners plant more than 75,000 tulip, hyacinth, and narcissus bulbs each year. Can you find these cheerful red tulips in the Walled Garden?
You’ll have to look up as you walk through the garden to find this Filoli crest! The design separates each syllable, hinting at Mr. Bourn’s motto that inspired the estate’s name: “FIght for a just cause, LOve your fellow man, LIve a good life.”
The Bourns made this sundial the centerpiece of one of the garden rooms. It’s no longer perfectly accurate, but you can still try using the shadow to tell time!
Each year, thousands of daffodils emerge in the Family Orchard. Some of them come from 100-year-old bulbs planted by the Bourns, the original owners of Filoli. If they aren’t blooming yet, can you spot the telltale shoots of green coming up through the soil?
Don’t miss the High Place, a green theater at the southernmost point in the Garden. When Filoli was first built, you could see the reservoir from this spot, but in the 100 years since, trees have grown to block the view.
In the Woodland Garden, search for this statue of a mischievous satyr (a half-man, half-goat from Roman mythology).
During spring, flowers often float in this birdbath. Look for it at the top of the diagonal grass steps in the Walled Garden.
Did you know that the Clock Tower Shop was first built as a garage with room to park six cars? At the top is a Chanticleer rooster, the original symbol of Filoli.
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Before becoming a country estate, Filoli was home to ranchers, settlers, and the Indigenous Ohlone people
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Filoli's historic House stands as California’s most triumphant example of the Georgian Revival tradition and is one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century.
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