Biltmore Estate

The highlight of our Smoky Mountain road trip was taking a tour of the Biltmore Estate.  Kelsie L. Smoot Biltmore Estate

George Vanderbilt took his inheritance from his father’s railroad and steamboat monopoly and invested in 125,000 acres of land in Asheville, NC.  The Vanderbilts enjoyed this view designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead from one of their balconies.

George Vanderbilt Land in Asheville, NC

My favorite room of the house is the Banquet Hall which features a seven-story-high ceiling.  Mr. Vanderbilt was very generous and loved to entertain family and friends.

Biltmore House Banquet Hall

As a P.E. and Health teacher I can appreciate his dedication to recreation by having a home gym, a 70,000 gallon heated indoor pool and a bowling alley.  Mr. Vanderbilt also made sure to have plenty of private changing rooms for his guests.

Biltmore Estate Gym

On the lower level of the home is where the servants lived and performed most of their duties.  There was one servant per guest who stayed in the home.  The female and male employees lived in separate areas of the estate.

Biltmore Estate Servants

With 250 rooms and 43 bathrooms, the Biltmore has several kitchens, pantries, and laundry areas.

Biltmore Estate Tour

The Vanderbilts had separate bedrooms to suit their personal tastes.  They were also adhering to the social standard of it being inappropriate for servants of the opposite sex to enter into the bedrooms.

Mr and Mrs. Vanderbilt's Bedrooms

The estate’s library is a reflection of George Vanderbilt’s love for books.  I was impressed by the thousands of books and the size of the fireplace.

Bitlmore Estate Library

Every room is full of detail from floor to ceiling.  There are hidden doors to avoid disruption in the decor.  These photos show a seating room, the breakfast room, the organ loft in the banquet hall, and the music room.

Biltmore House Asheville

There is a portrait of Fredrick Law Olmstead in the Second Floor Living Hall.  The 50 feet tall, iron chandelier weighs 1,700 pounds.

Biltmore House Chandelier

The lower right photo shows the exterior view of the staircase:

Biltmore Estate Exterior

We walked outside to the Italian Garden where there is a concentrated display of Chihuly glass artwork.  There are Chihuly exhibits throughout the estate which took two years to plan and install.  The glass exhibits will be on display until early October 2018.

Chihuly Biltmore Italian Garden

Kelsie L. Smoot

This a view of the Biltmore home from the Italian Garden:

Biltmore House view from Italian Garden

We were in awe when we caught our first view of the four acre Walled Garden after walking through the Shrub Garden.  The beauty hits you out of nowhere.

Biltmore Estate Walled Garden

The conservatory was designed to nurture exotic plants and flowers.

Biltmore Estate Conservatory Hot House

Biltmore Estate Conservatory Cool House

Admission to the Biltmore Estate includes wine tasting that is about a 10 minute drive to Antler Hill Village and Winery.  I was surprised that minors were allowed at the bar.  The girls enjoyed their sample of grape juice while they tried to tell me how to swirl, smell and sip my wine.

Biltmore Estate Winery

Biltmore Estate Wine Tasting

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimension” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Kelsie Lou

About KelsieLou

Therapeutic Foster Parent, Teacher, and Runner who believes that life is what you make it. Envision, Empower, and Educate.
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5 Responses to Biltmore Estate

  1. That’s a house? It looks more like a small city! I can’t believe how huge that estate is!

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  2. janowrite says:

    Thanks for these wonderful photos!

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