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The Biltmore Estate

Ah, the Biltmore Estate. Just your average American home.

In 1889, George Vanderbilt purchased 125,000 acres in western North Carolina. His vision: to create a palace… er… private home that rivaled opulent European castles. Mission accomplished.

Builders completed the 250-room home in 1895. Today, the Vanderbilt family still lives there! Bless their hearts, they welcome the public nearly every day to  tour their home. Though let’s be honest, it’s so big I’ll bet they don’t even notice.

The estate houses 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, an extravagant indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, and bowling alley. I wonder what George Vanderbilt would’ve thought of the tiny house movement?

The grounds sprawl over 8,000 acres, host a 250-acre deer preserve, and include impressive rose, tulips and azalea gardens. The Biltmore’s grounds and woodlands have approximately 30 miles of paved walkways, so wear your FitBit and go to town!

A visit to the Biltmore includes self-guided audio tours, although you may opt for a guided tour. Recommended! And please keep in mind that people can easily spend four or five hours at this place. It’s just that expansive.

If you want to experience life as a Vanderbilt (at least for a night), book a room at the Inn at Biltmore Estate.

Have you visited the Biltmore Estate? What did you think?

Travel expert Samantha Brown tours the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Wow ! That’s spectacular Samantha thankyou I met Gloria and one of her sons the one past away in 1985, in New York city, she was known as the poor little rich girl, so sad a life isn’t it no matter what we have its not easy they also have a mansion in Rhode Island which is quite spectacular, I’ve never been but have seen photos of it ! Well cherrio my dear Samantha it was nice to see you and the palace !!

  2. I love your luggage . . . would you consider a “briefcase” for files and IPad/Computer size Tote. I am going to order the Tote you have on HSN, but I think it is going to be a little big. I love the colors (easier to catch your eye and net leave behind) and the croc type material.

  3. That was one the most beautiful places we have visited. My mom wanted me to leave her the area, she loved the trees, the quiet of it all, need to take her again.

  4. Thanks for the video. I miss watching your shows on TV. You should do a roku travel app with your shows

  5. This is one of my favorite places to visit. I have been fortunate to visit 3-4 I only live 2 hours east.
    I had a wonderful mother’s day package one year. which included house tour, lunch, and winery. We stayed nearby as the Biltmore Hotel is a bit about my price range. Also visit Omni Grove Park Inn.

  6. I have visited the Biltmore Estate. It was well worth the trip with my friends. It was in 2010 or earlier. Loved everything about the tour, the shops, just a wonderful day!

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Samantha Brown at Biltmore Estate in Asheville North Carolina
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