Fodor's Expert Review Biltmore House and Estate

Biltmore Village Castle/Palace/Chateau Fodor's Choice
Biltmore House, Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Built in the 1890s as the private home of George Vanderbilt, the astonishing 250-room French Renaissance château is America's largest private house and the number one attraction of its kind in North Carolina. Richard Morris Hunt designed it, and Frederick Law Olmsted landscaped the original 125,000-acre estate (now 8,000 acres). It took 1,000 workers five years to complete the gargantuan project. On view are the antiques and art collected by the Vanderbilts, including notable paintings by Renoir and John Singer Sargent, along with 75 acres of gardens, a conservatory, and formally landscaped grounds. You can also see the on-site winery, the most-visited one in America. Candlelight tours of the house are offered at Christmastime. Also on the grounds are a deluxe hotel, a more moderately priced hotel, many restaurants, and an equestrian center. Antler Hill Village houses a hotel, shops, restaurants, farm buildings, and crafts demonstrations. Most people tour the house on their own, but... READ MORE

Built in the 1890s as the private home of George Vanderbilt, the astonishing 250-room French Renaissance château is America's largest private house and the number one attraction of its kind in North Carolina. Richard Morris Hunt designed it, and Frederick Law Olmsted landscaped the original 125,000-acre estate (now 8,000 acres). It took 1,000 workers five years to complete the gargantuan project. On view are the antiques and art collected by the Vanderbilts, including notable paintings by Renoir and John Singer Sargent, along with 75 acres of gardens, a conservatory, and formally landscaped grounds. You can also see the on-site winery, the most-visited one in America. Candlelight tours of the house are offered at Christmastime. Also on the grounds are a deluxe hotel, a more moderately priced hotel, many restaurants, and an equestrian center. Antler Hill Village houses a hotel, shops, restaurants, farm buildings, and crafts demonstrations. Most people tour the house on their own, but guided tours are available. Note that there are a lot of stairs to climb, but much of the house is accessible for guests in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. At busier times, self-guided visits of the interior of the house require a reservation, so call in advance or book online. Pricing is complex, varying by month and day of the week, and not inexpensive, but a visit is well worth the cost for its access to the house, gardens, winery, and extensive grounds.

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Quick Facts

1 Lodge St.
Asheville, North Carolina  28803, USA

828-225–1333

www.biltmore.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $50–$69 for daytime visits, with access to nearly all parts of the estate; higher rates on holidays, Hrs for admission gate, house, gardens, and winery vary seasonally, $55–$85 for daytime visits, with access to nearly all parts of the estate

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