All visitors meet at the visitor centre and are taken up to the ' Castle' by shuttle buses...the house is high on a hill!
The bus journey is along a steep and twisting road, and it takes a while to get to the house...and there, visitors are met by sets of steep stairs!...so more climbing!
We could see glimpses of this big house...puff puff...near the top in the next photo but still more stairs to the right. Surely all those movie stars who were guests of Hearst's in the 1920s, 30s didn't have to walk up that way!!
Soon though, we were standing outside the main entrance for a talk by our guide...and a perfect chance to look at all the art work on the front of the house!
Some of those huge, 500 year old tapestries...the carved walls looked like they had come from old cathedrals or maybe just old manor houses.
Zebras grazing with cattle!!!!!
Another pastime for guests was the beautiful gardens...which were my favourite part I think!