As the first building completed on the hilltop, this cottage was the Hearst family’s earliest residence in the summer of 1922. Though usually referred to by the simple “House B,” its formal name was Casa del Monte (House of the Mountains). This justly honors the wide vistas of the Santa Lucia Coast Mountains seen from its north-facing windows. In later years, this stately cottage was used by many of Mr. Hearst’s guests. It contains the so-called “Cardinal Richelieu bed” of ornately carved walnut—and many guests requested the privilege of sleeping in it.
Photo captured August 17, 2012.
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