Published on Oct 22, 2012
The Biltmore House and Gardens is located in Asheville, N.C. The castle-like structure is the biggest privately owned house in the U.S.A. and is open to the public for a nominal fee which allows you to spend the entire day if you wish.
George Vanderbilt, grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the railroad baron, built the house and it first opened in 1906, I believe. He had one child and the place is currently owned by a grandson.
Construction of Biltmore House was under way in 1889; it was a massive undertaking that included a mansion, gardens, farms, and woodlands. George Vanderbilt engaged two of the most distinguished designers of the 19th century: architect Richard Morris Hunt (1828-1895) and landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903).
The centerpiece was a four-story stone house with a 780-foot façade—a monument that would rival the surrounding mountains in grandeur. Hunt modeled the architecture on the richly ornamented style of the French Renaissance and adapted elements, such as the stair tower and the steeply pitched roof, from three famous early-16th-century châteaux in the Loire Valley: Blois, Chenonceau, and Chambord.
Even after six years, Biltmore House was not complete when George Vanderbilt opened it in 1895; work would continue for years. Its scale continues to be astounding: the house contains more than 11 million bricks; the massive stone spiral staircase rises four floors and has 102 steps. Through its center hangs an iron chandelere.
The Biltmore mansion is one of the largest private homes ever built in the United States. It encloses 4 acres of floor space, 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. The grounds of the original 125,000-acre estate were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the famous landscape architect who also created New York's City's Central Park.
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Tours are primarily self-guided but officially guided tours are also available.
The stunning grounds were designed by Frederic Law Olmstead who also designed Central Park in NYC and a number of other very famous places. There is a winery on the grounds that produces award-winning wines and has a lovely tasting room.
A number of restaurants offering endless menues of foods are also available as is a wonderfully stocked gift area.
There is also a rather large motel/hotel on the grounds now but plan on making reservations early! Mant motels are located in nearby Ashville.
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I've visited Biltmore many times in all seasons and would be hard put to decide in which season the place is more beautiful! At Christmas time there are beautiful lights outside, dozens of trees, poinsettias and red ribbons inside and music in the indoor circular conservatory. Well worth a visit!
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