Biltmore Estate is a large private estate and tourist attraction near Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Châteauesque-style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178926sqft of floor space . Still owned by George Vanderbilt's descendants, it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age.Make Biltmore Gardens a centerpiece of your Asheville vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Asheville road trip planning site.
In the 1880s, at the height of the Gilded Age, George Washington Vanderbilt II, youngest son of William Henry Vanderbilt, began to make regular visits with his mother, Maria Louisa Kissam Vanderbilt (1821–1896), to the Asheville, North Carolina, area. He loved the scenery and climate so much that he decided to create his own summer estate in the area, which he called his "little mountain escape", just as his older brothers and sisters had built opulent summer houses in places such as Newport, Rhode Island, and Hyde Park, New York. Vanderbilt named his estate Biltmore derived from "Bildt," Vanderbilt's ancestors' place of origin in Holland, and "More", Anglo-Saxon for open, rolling land. A portion of the estate was once the African-American community of Shiloh. Vanderbilt bought almost 700 parcels of land, including over 50 farms and at least five cemeteries. A spokesperson for the estate said in 2017 that archives show much of the land "was in very poor condition, and many of the farmers and other landowners were glad to sell."
Biltmore Gardens Reviews
this was relaxing stroll especially after the hectic day's rush through the guided tour with the colors as well aromatics- must sit to absorb full essence of the outdoors. more »
You have to pay the admission fee even if you just want to stroll in the gardens. Nothing is free at Biltmore. Being aware of that it might be wise to choose your timing of Biltmore visit in... more »
Very nice on a cold March day this took our breath away. So much to see very well taken care of a must see even in the winter.
Spring is definitely the best time, if you are just visiting the gardens. Summer and Fall are great to visit the entire grounds, so that gives you most of the year to enjoy the grounds around Biltmore. Great for a weekend stay, or just a one day visit or date. If you are also visiting the mansion or winery, then anytime is a great time at Biltmore.
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