George Vanderbilt starting building his impressive home in 1889, a 250 room masterpiece inspired by the French Renaissance. In 1985, George opened Biltmore to friends and family, showcasing the four acres of floor space, 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. After marrying Edith Stuyvesant and a honeymoon in Italy, he surprised his newlywed with an ornate house tucked away into the mountains of North Carolina, where the air was clean and the grass green.
Today you can still drive up the “Approach Road” which winds up through the estate, literally approaching the House. As you round the last bend, you start to glimpse the House in its entirety. On a self-guided or special tour, you can explore the House, and imagine how the Vanderbilt’s treated their guests with incredible hospitality. You see the Library, Banquet Hall, an indoor pool, and a bowling alley. There are often exhibits running to add to the experience, for instance last year “Dressing Downton” displayed costumes and information from the show “Downton Abbey.” Currently, the “Fashionable Romance” exhibit displays the wedding gowns of many famous individuals.
Entryway into House
View off the back of the House
Adjacent to the House are the beautiful Biltmore Gardens, including an Italian Garden, extensive Rose Garden with over 250 varieties, and a Conservatory. The gardens were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park in New York. There are 2.5 miles of walking paths that lead through the blooms, and a trail that leads by the French Broad River, Deer Park, and the Lagoon. Take a stroll, and stop to smell the roses!
Enjoying the beautiful Biltmore Gardens & Rose Gardens