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Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate, also referred by many as the “legacy of the land”, is the largest privately owned estate in the United States. The estate covers 8,000 acres and ranked eighth in America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects. The main tourist attraction site is the Biltmore House built by George Washington Vanderbilt.

The Biltmore Village comprises of a post office, restaurants, 4 gift shops, doctors’ office, the Cathedral of All Souls church, a school, a winery, and rental cottages. This estate was built for estate employees and their families. The estate had cattle farms, poultry farms, forestry programs, hog farms, and a dairy. The Biltmore Company manages this estate.

The Biltmore House was molded after two extraordinary houses, one of them being the Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England. The house is a four-story mansion with 252 rooms consisting 33 bedrooms for families and guests, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, and 3 kitchens. The estate has electric run elevators, forced-air heating, fire alarms, an intercom system, and centrally controlled clocks. Once home to the Vanderbilts, the estate is now a tourist attraction site. The home is open to the public for tours. Tourists are invited to enjoy a self-guided tour of the house, as well as the grounds and beautiful gardens surrounding it.

You can experience what Biltmore has to offer by booking a vacation stay at the Biltmore Estate. There are numerous choices to pick from. The Village Hotel is merely steps away from the world-renowned winery at Antler Hill Village. This hotel is a great way to experience the magnificent hospitality Biltmore estate has to offer.

If you do not wish to stay at the hotel, the Inn at Biltmore Estate is another available option. This four-star Inn offers personalized services and professionally prepared cuisine.

If you want to be one with nature at Biltmore Estate, then the English-styled Biltmore Cottage is just the thing for you. The cottage opens up to views of forests and farmlands.

Frederick Law Olmsted designed the beautifully manicured gardens and parks of the estate. The Biltmore Forest School, established in 1896 was the first forestry education program in the United States. Gifford Pinchot and Carl A. Schenck first managed this school. This estate promotes forest conservation and sustainability (due to the six acres of solar panels recently installed) to honor Vanderbilt’s legacy of environmental preservation.

The estate has horticultural experts who work tirelessly to preserve the gardens and grounds as they once were. The breathtaking Italian garden is well looked after and the Biltmore’s Rose garden is a perfect replica of the original vision featuring more than 250 varieties of roses.

Tourists can fully take in the beauty by taking a stroll along the 2.5 miles of multiple trails. Here, they can enjoy the fantastic views of the French Broad River, the lush green forests, or the open meadows of Deer Park.

The village comprises of restaurants opened in 1979 and 1987 and 4 gift shops opened in 1993. In 1985, the former dairy barn was converted to the Biltmore Winery, recently remodeled in 2010. From the winery, the tourists can view George Vanderbilt’s preserved 1913 Stevens-Duryea C-Six. This white with black pinstripes car is the only remaining vehicle on the estate once belonging to the Vanderbilt’s. The winery consists of award-winning wines in excellent hospitability, quality, and sustainability. The wine tasting sessions allows the guests the opportunity to learn more about the wine makers, Vineyards, and wine collections. Tourists learn a great deal on different types of wines, pairings, and much more. There is a wine club for members willing to experience the best of Biltmore’s wines. Tourists get the opportunity to shop for wines to carry home as a token, or purchase it as a gift for a friend.

Planning to have an unforgettable wedding at this prime location? Biltmore provides clients with professional staff who ensure your special day runs smoothly without any hiccups.

At Biltmore estate, riders can bring their horses and explore over 80 miles of the estates trails. The estate also offers riding lessons to beginners.

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Written by Amelia Gardner

NC Zoo at Asheboro

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