The Washington Post: In the Bay Area, an early-20th-century estate and its stunning gardens offer period drama year-round

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Excerpt: A cozy night in for me typically involves a cup of tea, a dessert and a sumptuous period drama. The pandemic brought with it many nights in, most of them soundtracked by Julie Andrews dishing on Regency scandal in “Bridgerton,” or the hustle and bustle of the upstairs-downstairs drama in “Downton Abbey.” Lately, Monday nights are for watching Christine Baranski chew up and spit out her social underlings on “The Gilded Age.” In a period that feels anything but glamorous, the lavish costuming and scenery are a balm. Imagine my surprise when I learned there’s a historical Georgian Revival estate and garden that puts many of these screen delights to shame just south of my hometown.

The Filoli Historic House & Garden is a sprawling country estate built in Woodside, Calif. — about 30 minutes south of San Francisco — between 1915 and 1917. Designed by architect Willis Polk, the elegant 54,256-square-foot mansion at its center has its own résumé of television and film credits; most famously, it stood in for the Carrington estate on the prime-time soap “Dynasty.”

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