Filoli Historic House & Gardens is a 654–acre property, including a 54,000 square foot Georgian country house and spectacular 16–acre English Renaissance garden. The name Filoli comes from combining the first 2 letters of the original owner, William Bourn’s credo “FI
ght for a just cause; LO
ve your fellow man; LI
ve a good life.” Start at the visitor and education center where you can pick up a self-guided tour brochure, watch a short orientation film, and view rotating art exhibits. There’s also a small café and patio where you might be visited by the resident peacock. Scheduled guided tours leave from the visitor center.
The House is an interpretive museum showcasing an extensive collection of 17th and 18th century English antiques. Only thefirst floor of the house is open to the public. There is a ramped entry at the south end of the house. It’s easy to move about the interior in a wheelchair although some thresholds between rooms may be problematic for some.
Outdoors many of the paths through the formal gardens are accessible. The visitor map identifies wheelchair accessible routes and whether they are gravel or paved paths.
Trails and Pathways
- Garden pathways
- Time to Complete:
- 1 hour
- Trail Length:
- Less than .5 mile
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
- Typical Terrain:
The garden is a succession of garden rooms containing parterres, terraces, lawns, and pools arranged between two parallel north-south walks. Only the perimeter walkway around the northwest and southwest terraces are paved or brick. Pathways on the perimeter of the gardens are firm packed dirt & gravel but the interior paths are too narrow for most wheelchairs and some have steps. You will still get good views of the entire garden, which at different seasons offer different experiences. Except for one steep section at the entrance, I was able to navigate the Woodland Gardens in a motorized wheelchair.
There is no accessible route to reach the Estate Trail, a dirt, one-mile loop that takes you through the field and to Red Barn.
More Info: Interior paths are less than 3 feet wide. Some of the short ramps connecting pathways may be greater than 1:12. There is one steep section at the start of the Woodland Garden.
The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria
unless otherwise noted.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – Restroom at the Visitor Center is accessible. The two unisex, sinle-user restrooms located in the house are not designated as accessible but may be useable for some. There’s no grab bars but the room is spacious.
- Accessible Visitor Center: