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Discover two very different parts of Hearst Castle on the Cottages & Kitchen Tour. View Hearst’s wine cellar and then stroll through the historic gardens to the first guest cottage, Casa del Monte (House B.) Then compare its rooms to those in Casa del Mar (House A), before visiting the Castle’s enormous kitchen.

Physical Requirements

The Cottages & Kitchen Tour is 45 minutes long and consists of approximately 176 stairs, both up and down, and a 3/4-mile route to walk. For those who have difficulty walking or standing for lengths of time, we recommend Accessibly Designed Tours.

Tour Changes and Cancellation Policy
Subject to availability, changes in tour date or time can be made for a fee of $3.50 per ticket. Cancellations can be made up to one hour before the tour start time, by calling 1-800-695-2269, with a $7.00 cancellation fee and a $3.50 service fee per ticket.

Visit the Grounds

Wine Cellar
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House B: Casa Del Monte
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House A: Casa Del Mar
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The Kitchen
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The Gardens
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Neptune Pool
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Roman Pool
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  • 1 Wine Cellar

    Although William Randolph Hearst was a moderate drinker, he was a passionate connoisseur of fine wine, serving nothing but the best for his famous guests. Descend the spiral staircase to the underground wine cellar to see where he kept his impressive collection of wine and spirits—even during the prohibition era.

  • 2 House B: Casa Del Monte

    Walk through the first building ever completed at La Cuesta Encantada, which served as the Hearst family’s earliest residence in the summer of 1922. Referred to as “House B,” its formal name was Casa del Monte—Spanish for “House of the Mountain”—which referred to the sweeping views of the Santa Lucia Mountains.

  • 3 House A: Casa Del Mar

    Referred to as “House A,” its formal name is Casa del Mar—Spanish for “House of the Sea.”  Hearst’s family stayed there while Casa Grande was being built. Stroll through the sumptuous house overlooking the California Central Coast to see where Mr. Hearst lived for the last two years of his residence at this hilltop estate.

  • 4 The Kitchen

    Explore the enormous kitchen where all meals were prepared for Mr. Hearst and his vacationing guests. The kitchen itself is full of practical devices—including stock pots, industrial-sized mixers, and early refrigerators—which stand today just as they did decades ago. Admire the Monel countertops, a metal alloy of nickel and copper with trace amounts of iron, manganese, carbon and silicon.

  • 5 The Gardens

    After the guided portion of your tour concludes, explore the expansive garden grounds that surround “La Cuesta Encantada”—Hearst’s Spanish name for The Enchanted Hill. Look for native plants, rare flowers and lush foliage that have been at the Castle since Mr. Hearst resided here.

  • 6 Neptune Pool

    Continue the tour at your own pace to the dramatic and spectacular Neptune Pool with its fantastic references to ancient times. The colonnades and statues provided the setting for lavish pool parties and lively social gatherings.

  • 7 Roman Pool

    Located where you board the bus to return to the Visitor Center, the intensely decorated indoor Roman Pool is the perfect place to stop and relax. Modeled after ancient Roman baths, this meticulously detailed, majestic pool is tiled from ceiling to floor, and features copies of eight ancient Roman marble statues.

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