1 N Pack Sq Ste 400, Asheville, NC | Directions 2880135.595155 -82.552171
The Biltmore Estate is America's Versailles ... only it is surrounded by 90,000 acres given to North Carolina from the Vanderbilt holdings. If you want something unique .. take the architectural tour to get on the roof of the giant mansion. You will be pleased.
Don't miss – Prior to visiting, I never thought I'd say any house was worth a $45 admission, but this one definitely is. I wish I'd had more than a couple of hours to visit. I highly recommend.
More than just turn-of-the-century architecture, America's largest privately owned house is a feast for the imagination. – Overview
Once owned by George Vanderbilt, this historical house boasts 250 rooms stretching up three stories. Highlights include artwork by Renoir, furniture by Chippendale, a library with 24,000 books and a chess set that belonged to Napoleon. Close your eyes and you can envision Henry James or Edith Wharton dining in the expansive breakfast room. Also on the 8,000-acre estate: spectacular gardens, an expansive winery, multiple restaurants and opportunities for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
There's much to explore--easily a full-day adventure--but the house is the crown jewel of the estate. Guided tours are available (at an extra cost), but the self-guided option, with or without audio, allows you to linger where you please. The basement, which can feel a bit claustrophobic, is a must-see; narrow hallways lead to pantries and service areas, a bowling alley, pool and a gym with antiquated (though once state-of-the-art) equipment.
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