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Be inspired by the relaxed elegance of George and Edith Vanderbilt’s 250-room family home and country retreat. Discover original art from masters such as Renoir, magnificent 16th-century tapestries, Napoleon’s chess set, a library with 10,000 volumes, a Banquet Hall with a 70-foot ceiling, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, and priceless antiques. Opened to friends on Christmas Eve 1895, this French Renaissance chateáu remains America’s largest privately owned home. When visitors plan a trip to Biltmore, they often think first of Biltmore House with its art and antiques, but there’s so much more to this 8,000 acre estate in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Whether a guest’s interest lies in food and wine, gardening, history, agriculture, family activities or just escaping the everyday, Biltmore has an event or activity to suit.
Antler Hill Village
New at Biltmore in Spring 2010 is Antler Hill Village. Located adjacent to the Winery and The Farm on its grounds, the area will be open to guests as part of daily admission to Biltmore. This pedestrian-friendly village will become a center of activity that joins two historically significant and popular attractions at Biltmore. Antler Hill Village expands current guest offerings at the estate and includes a new exhibition space, village green with live entertainment, dining, shopping and a new outdoor adventure center.
The most visited winery in the United States isn’t located in Napa Valley. It’s at Biltmore, just a mile from our bed and breakfast lodging, where approximately 600,000 visitors stop by to sample award-winning estate wines each year. Taste Biltmore’s own wines, produced and bottled on the property in a 90,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility. The winery, which opened in 1985, is housed in a converted dairy barn, originally designed by the firm of Richard Morris Hunt, the architect for Biltmore House. The operation including 94 acres of vineyards is a natural extension of the estate’s ongoing agricultural program including cattle, sheep and an extensive Kitchen Garden supplying the property’s four restaurants.
With approximately one million annual guests from around the world, Biltmore strives to accommodate those who are new to the world of wine and food as well as the connoisseur in search of a distinctive varietal. Biltmore Winery offers guests the opportunity to view fermentation and bottling rooms, stroll through the cellars, enjoy special food and wine events and, of course, taste the finished product.Guests at Biltmore Winery year-round should ask about complimentary behind the scenes tours, cooking demonstrations, seminars and wine tastings.
Stroll acres of formal and informal gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. From the formal beauty of the Italian Garden to America’s first managed forests, Biltmore’s lush landscape is a living tribute to Olmsted’s genius. Our experts continually work to preserve the original vision for the gardens and grounds, including our All America Rose Garden featuring more than 250 varieties of roses.
The glass-roofed Conservatory, designed by Biltmore House architect Richard Morris Hunt, provides flowers and plants for Biltmore House and tender bedding plants for the gardens—just as it did in Vanderbilt’s day. Its central room is a Palm House where a large collection of palms, ferns, and other foliage plants thrive year round. Annexes include a cool house, hot house and orchid house.
River Bend Barn, built in 1902 and restored in 2004, shows the rich farm life that the estate has supported for more than a century. In addition to displays of historic farm equipment, guests can explore the Kitchen Garden and meet draft horses, calves, lambs and chickens at the Farmyard. On select dates throughout the year, visitors can enjoy mountain music and see artisans including a blacksmith and woodworkers practice their craft.
George W. Vanderbilt enjoyed living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina not only for the area’s natural beauty, but also for the recreational opportunities it afforded. One hundred years ago, Vanderbilt’s guests spent hours enjoying a variety of outdoor activities on the property during their visits. And now, those original activities, plus a few more modern adventures are available to today’s guest. Guided by expert staff versed in outdoor sports as well as the history of Biltmore Estate, enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, float trips, carriage rides, fly-fishing, Segway tours, sporting clays, day camps and the Land Rover Experience Driving School. The Explore Biltmore Outdoor Center is located in an historic estate farmhouse on the property. Required reservations for activities can be made at the outdoor center, at the estate’s Welcome Center or at the Biltmore House Stable complex. An estate admission ticket, Twelve-Month or Vanderbilt Pass or inn reservation is required.
Whatever the time of year, Biltmore offers ever-changing ways to enjoy Vanderbilt’s historic property. Each spring, the estate celebrates with a month-long Festival of Flowers and Easter weekend wouldn’t be complete without the massive egg hunt on the Front Lawn of Biltmore House. Summer is packed with activities including Winery Summerfest Weekends offering great jazz and blues and Summer Evening Concerts bringing nationally known acts to the South Terrace of Biltmore House for fabulous music under the stars. And then there’s Christmas at Biltmore and Candlelight Christmas Evenings when the 250-room chateau is transformed into a fairytale castle with miles of evergreen garland, hundreds of poinsettias, dozens of Christmas trees and a magnificent 35-foot tall live Fraser Fir decked with lights, ornaments and gifts.
History buffs can spend hours exploring Biltmore House near our bed and breakfast and enjoying the glimpse it provides into life during the Gilded Age. Add to the pleasure of a visit by chatting with Biltmore House Hosts, knowledgeable in all aspects of the property. For an even more in-depth look at George W. Vanderbilt’s legacy, specialty tours are offered at an additional cost.
•The South Wing Behind-the-Scenes Tour guides guests into attic spaces and onto the rooftop for an hour-long exploration. Enjoy a panoramic look at Biltmore’s grounds, gardens and the Blue Ridge Mountains while examining architectural, structural and technological details.
•The 60-minute North Wing Behind-the-Scenes Tour takes guests into a variety of areas of Biltmore House that have not been restored including bachelor’s bedrooms and the butler’s pantry. A highlight of the tour is stepping out onto the Organ Loft in the Banquet Hall where a Skinner pipe organ entertains visitors. Guests can even explore the sub-basement, which houses the technology that made Biltmore House a 19th-century model of creature comfort.
•The Legacy of the Land Tour is a 90-minute guided motor coach ride that delves into the land’s rich past and offers information about the people and places that existed before Vanderbilt’s arrival. See remnants of a community church, a railroad trestle and important archeological and historical locations as you tour the estate’s pastoral landscape.
And then there are five restaurants, nearly a dozen shopping venues, self-guided tours of Biltmore Winery, afternoon tea at the Inn on Biltmore Estate and more surprises awaiting visitors to Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre property any time of year.