STEVE ADAMS is touring California in a motorhome for a feature that will appear in Camping & Caravanning magazine later this year. Here’s his latest report from the road.
As media moguls go, I’d take William Randolph Hearst over Rupert Murdoch any day of the week. The eccentric millionaire, often assumed to be the inspiration for Citizen Kane, was the only son of a wealthy family (gold rush money, as well as silver and other precious metals) and went on to run about 30 newspapers as well as have a finger in umpteen media pies, including film and TV.
He’s best known for creating Hearst Castle (he called it simply ‘The Ranch’), an incredible 165-room hilltop property set on 123 acres of land near San Simeon. The absurdly excessive ‘Enchanted Hill’ estate took decades to complete and was inspired by – and contains – an array of treasures seen (and in some case collected) by Hearst during his regular travels to Europe. It’s largely based on a Spanish cathedral, and every room – or certainly the ones we saw during our tour – brims with incredible art. The castle is also surrounded by incredible statues, villas, Roman baths and more, many with views across the hills to the coast.
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