Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received free admission to the Biltmore Estate to help facilitate this review. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience.
My kids were on spring break recently and we decided to check out the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. We love history and thought learning about this historic home together would be a great way to spend the day. At just under 179,000 square feet, Biltmore is the largest home in the US. In 1888, George Vanderbilt visited Asheville with his mother and fell in love with the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. He decided it was the perfect place to build his home. Construction began in 1889 and he officially opened the home to friends and family on Christmas Eve, 1895. Two years later, he brought his new bride Edith home to the mansion and in 1900, their daughter Cornelia was born in the home. We were excited to tour this magnificent estate!
We were in awe as we approached the mansion. It was massive and the architecture was incredible! The boys said it looked like a castle out of a movie.
The details in the home were amazing. So much skill and artistry went into the creation of the home. The boys loved the lion statues outside the entrance of the home.
No photos are allowed inside of the home but I can tell you it was just as impressive as the outside! The mansion has 250 rooms, including 35 bedrooms and 43 bathrooms! We received the optional audio guide for our self guided tour and it gave a lot of really interesting information about each area/ room of the home as well as some of the items in it. They even had special audio guide for kids which is narrated by Cedric, the Vanderbilts’ Saint Bernard. The kids really enjoyed it and it had fun kid themed facts about the house. We were all awed by the home and all the features it had that were considered state of the art when it was built. It even has an indoor pool and bowling ally! It took us almost 2 hours just to tour the home. I truly can’t imagine living in a house that large! Thankfully the Vanderbilts had a large staff of help to take care of the home.
The home looks pretty much the same as it did when George lived there. It is still owned and operated by the Vanderbilt family and they have done a great job of preserving the beauty and history of the home. The furnishings and decor of the home were truly impressive. After touring the home, we headed out to see the property and gardens.
The views from the mansion were amazing and I could totally understand when George chose that spot for his home.
The estate contains acres of formal and informal gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. The weather was perfect on the day we visited and the gardens were beautiful!
We also walked through the green house where we saw more exotic plants.
After we were finished touring the home and gardens, we headed to Antler Hill Village and Winery which is also on the grounds. Along the way, we stopped to take in the beauty of Bass Pond.
George’s grandson William started the winery at Biltmore in 1960 and they continue to produce quality wine to this day. We were about to sample some of their fine wines on our visit to the winery. They also provide grape juice for the kiddos and I have to say it was some of the best I’ve ever had! In addition to the winery, Antler Hill Village also has a petting farm area for the kids, restaurants, a playground and a beautiful gazebo area where they had live music during our visit. It was so relaxing!
The kids loved seeing and petting the animals. They even got to hold a baby chick.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Biltmore! We had fun and learned a lot of interesting history at the same time. It offers great family activities and is a wonderful way to spend the day together. I will say, make sure you wear comfortable shoes as you will do A LOT of walking! In addition to the self guided tours, Biltmore also offer special guided tours as well. The Biltmore House is open daily 8-4:30. Adult admission is $49 if bought in advance and kids 10-16 are $24.50. However from Memorial Day to Labor Day, kids 16 and under get in free! Blitmore also offers many special events including holiday celebrations and equestrian events. You can check out the calendar of events on the Biltmore website. The Inn on Biltmore Estate offers lodging if you’d like to stay longer(with all there is to do, you could easily spend several days!). When visiting the Asheville area, make sure to check out Biltmore. It’s an experience you’ll never forget!
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