Exterior of Filoli in California.

photo by: Julie Bly DeVere

Historic Sites


A Distinctive Destination
  • Constructed: 1915-1917
  • Architect: Willis Polk
  • Address: 86 Canada Rd
    Woodside, California 94062
  • Hours
    10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Phone 650-364-8300

Filoli is a 654-acre country estate recognized as a California State Historic Landmark, and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Since 1975, Filoli has been a National Trust Historic Site.Located 30 miles outside of San Francisco, Filoli is recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. The estate offers unique, restorative experiences for the whole family every season.

Designed by California architect Willis Polk, this Georgian Revival mansion surrounded by 16 acres of formal gardens and over 600 acres of woods was built for William B. Bourn II. Its reflecting pools, formal gardens, arbors, and shady walks were all planned to blend harmoniously with the nearby San Andreas hills. The spectacular grounds present a hallmark of garden landscape design, breathtaking in scale and displaying the diversity of California flora.

Filoli’s first owner, William Bowers Bourn II, arrived at the unusual name Filoli by combining the first two letters from the keywords of his personal credo: “Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life.” The house took nearly three years to complete, with the garden and other key features soon to follow. Popular rooms in the house include the grand ballroom, the library, and the kitchen. The sunken garden, the garden house, and the wedding place also receive many visitors.

From the historic home and manicured gardens to a vast estate and natural trails, Filoli is the perfect place to explore the beauty and tranquility of another time. Guests can visit the cafe, have a glass of wine, or enjoy afternoon tea during their stay. Filoli also hosts seasonal activities, including tours of the home and grounds, art shows, educational programs, and special events. Proceeds support Filoli’s mission, from the care of the historic house, gardens, and nature preserve, to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years.

Filoli is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and operated by the Filoli Center.

“Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life.”

Credo of Mr. Bourn

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