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Filoli, Woodside

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  • in old days the gardens we not much at all . now world class . it would be lots of fun today to do fine art photos early warm spring day . there is fine cafe too i am told .master j  more »
  • Filoli is open 10-5 Tuesday through Sunday. It also opened in January this year. It used to open in February. This allows you to see some magnolia blooms that you may have missed in past years, depend...  more »
  • I have been to Filoli several times in the past for their holiday decorations and shopping. I arranged to go this year for a friends birthday and when we got there were surprised to discover that the ...  more »
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  • Beautiful estate with garden in tip top shape. Spring is the best time to visit but there are a rotation of flowers in bloom as seasons unfolds throughout the year. It is a must for garden lovers. The house in itself is spectacular with floral arrangements all around. The wisteria clings building in bloom is the sight to behold. It is about 40 minutes drive south from San Francisco.
  • Beautiful place with lovely well tended gardens. Different types of flowers blooming at different time of the year. Beautiful tulip fields in spring, hydrangea and roses in summer time. If you are lucky, you might see Percy the peacock in full display.
  • Lovely gardens and fine house, filled with period furniture. Very grand. Spend an hour or two for a quick holiday. Not many bathrooms, some water fountains. Quite expensive gift store. Has a cafe.
  • I brought my sister here since she was visiting from abroad and we had such a terrible experience. There were 3 of us and we were just having fun taking pictures. One staff named Ashley approached us and told us that multiple portrait shots are not allowed. I told her that they're only regular and personal photos but apparently, she assumed that we were having a pictorial or some sort. She said we'll have to pay $75 for professional photography package and that if we want to take photos, we can take 1 photo in one place and then move on. My sister likes her photos being taken and perfected so 1 shot for her is not enough. We told her okay and then we started walking again. Just after 10-15 minutes, a male staff (forgot his name) approached us to repeat what Ashley said earlier. This time he added that we have to remove the flash of the camera because it's also not allowed. He said, "if you would still continue doing that, we are going to have to ask you to leave." which we found judgmental and offensive. They have radios so Ashley might have informed him because out of nowhere he just appeared. We followed what they said. We bumped into that male staff again and we felt like we were being watched all the time. This is my second visit here and I didn't have any problem on the first one. Unfortunately, their staff are rude and not accommodating. If we were doing a legit pictorial we are more than willing to pay extra. And I hope they would put some rules or dos and donts in their website because as I have checked, only additional camera equipment are not allowed, it is not indicated about the "flash" as the guy mentioned and the restriction to only "take one shot" per place. I will never go back here again and I won't recommend this place to my family and friends!
  • A must visit garden in san Francisco bay area. Come at different times of the year, the view/scene could be completely different because of variety of plants and flowers. There's always flowers blooming whenever you visit here. Staffers at cafeteria are all volunteers and super nice.
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