Hello friends, Have you ever been to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC? Have you been at Christmas time? Well either way you need to go. I have been to Biltmore many many times. I love it!!! I especially love going at Christmas time. It is magical. Last week my husband and I had a few extra days off from work and we decided to go. It is about 3.5 hours from where we live. We decided to go over very early and spend the day and come back.
Not the best picture of the estate but it’s hard to get a good shot of it it’s so big.
George Vanderbilt visited Asheville with his mother in 1888 and loved the area so much he started purchasing 125,000 acres of land to build a “French Renaissance Chateau”. It took six years of construction and around 1,000 workers ranging from local laborers to internationally known artists. Biltmore House was started in 1889 and finished in 1895. George was a Bachelor at this time. He married Edith Stuyvesant Dresser in 1898 in Paris. She had not seen the house. Can you imagine what she thought the first time she came through the trees and saw the house!!!!
Biltmore house has 250 rooms, including 35 bedrooms for family and guests, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces and three kitchens and two libraries, a total of 178,926 square feet of floor space.
This is the Banquet Hall. The ceiling here is over seven stories high. At Christmas this room is decorated with a 35-foot Fraser Fir. The tree is decorated with 500 ornaments up to several feet long, 500 lights and 500 packages. It is really something to see.
This is in the entrance hall and the first thing you see when entering the estate.
This is the Breakfast Room. Guests of the Vanderbilt’s were served both breakfast and luncheon here. It is located just off of the Banquet Hall.
This is the Tapestry Gallery. This room is 90-feet long. The Flemish tapestries on the wall are part of a 1530s set know as The Triumph of the Seven Virtues.
The Music Room
George Vanderbilt’s Bedroom
Edith Vanderbilt’s Bedroom
This is the Library. This room contains half of George Vanderbilt’s 22,000-volume collection of books which range in a large variety of subjects.
The 70,000-gallon swimming pool was heated and still has the original underwater lighting.
This was one of the nation’s first bowling alleys in a private residence. A favorite place for the guests to spend time.
In August of 1900 the Vanderbilt’s welcomed the arrival of their daughter Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt. The Halloween Room in the basement of the estate was often used for parties with Cornelia’s friends.
In April of 1924 Cornelia married the Honorable John Francis Amherst Cecil. In 1925 the couple spent weeks painting the wall scenes for a New Year’s Eve Party.
The staff quarters was very minimal but Biltmore functioned much like a luxury hotel. Employees received room, board and uniforms as well as New York wages which was substantially higher than the Asheville standard.
Every year a gingerbread house is set up in the kitchen area of the estate. It is one of my favorite things to see at Christmas. The detail is really unique.
Seeing the Biltmore Estate is only a very small part of what visiting the Biltmore is about. There is so many things to do while you are on the grounds. There are several different tours of the house that you may purchase separately if you wish. These are behind the scenes tours that you don’t usually see while touring the house.
There is also several places to eat on the estate, and many gift shops to purchase one of a kind treasures.
The spring is a wonderful time to visit during the Festival of Flowers. The gardens are absolutely unbelievable.
The Winery, Antler Hill Village, The Farm and The Village Green are just a few of the places to visit while you are on the estate.
November 8, 2019-April 7, 2020. DOWNTON ABBEY, THE EXHIBITION is on display at Biltmore with many of the costumes worn while filming.
There are two places to stay if you would like to include an overnight or a few days to enjoy everything. My husband and I stayed at The Inn on Biltmore Estate for our anniversary a couple of years ago it is spectacular with beautiful views of the entire property. There is also The Village Hotel which is not quite as upscale as the Inn but also very nice.
Biltmore Estate is a magical place. I always like to pretend what it would have been like to live there. I can only imagine. Put this on your to do list. Asheville NC is also a beautiful place to visit. For some additional things to do in Asheville check out my previous post here from a few months ago when I spent a few days in Asheville.
Until next time, always remember,
Love your day your way