In 1889, George Vanderbilt began construction,
of Biltmore House, the largest private home in America
Vanderbilt’s 250-room French Renaissance chateau is a true marvel, the largest undertaking in residential architecture. Over a six-year period, an entire community of craftsmen comes together to create America’s premier home and the environmental wonderland that surrounds it.
In 1895 Vanderbilt officially opens Biltmore to friends and family
On Christmas Eve, the country retreat George Vanderbilt has spent so long planning is marvelously decorated and full of festivity. The finished home contains over four acres of floor space, including 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces.
Join the Biltmore next year for the Annual Candlelight Christmas Evenings
It’s a revelation that quite possibly is playing out in homes across the country: when the holiday decorations come down, the house looks lackluster and bleak. What once sparkled and shined appears to need a good dusting or polish. Mops and vacuum cleaners are pulled out and put to use.