Hearst Castle is open and can be reached from the south via Paso Robles and Cambria, but Highway One is closed from the north at Ragged Point.

ceiling-in-casa-del-monte

While a number of ceilings on the estate are antique, others were custom-made by craftsmen during William Randolp Hearst’s era. This ceiling in Casa del MonteĀ (House B) guest house is handpainted and decorated with 22 carat gold leaf. It features Classical design elements, but also includes a few local references: the words “San Simeon” and eucalyptes leaves.