When Dorothy and I visited Hearst Castle in San Simeon we were not sure what to expect. We had seen pictures of the castle and especially the swimming pools in advertisements for the tour but nothing prepared us for the over-the-top building and grounds we visited.
The castle is decorated with art treasures from all over the world, arranged in a manner pleasing to W.R. Hearst, not necessarily one that would please a collector or museum operator. The art and sculpture is not kept in uniform groupings but placed for ambience and feel. The pools, the Neptune exterior pool and the Roman Bath interior pool, are amazing works of art that happen to be usable for swimming.
Hearst Castle, is over-the-top opulence but well worth the visit.