Biltmore Estates

In 1889, George Vanderbilt began construction,

of Biltmore House, the largest private home in America

con_bh_construction_site__2_850x563__largeVanderbilt’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

candlelight_christmas_evenings_127x127__largeIt’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.

It’s the same scenario in America’s largest home, but on a much grander scale. After putting away the thousands of Christmas decorations used to adorn Biltmore House during the holidays, Biltmore staff uses the quieter winter months to focus on caring for the 250-room home and preparing for the year ahead. It’s not unusual for winter visitors touring through Biltmore House to see a staff member climbing scaffolding, feather duster in hand, to reach out-of-the-way surfaces in the Banquet Hall or George Vanderbilt’s Library. Visit Biltmore Estates for more information