Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250-room chateau is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago. Biltmore House is truly a wonder of architecture and hospitality. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the house, as well as the 8,000 acre backyard of beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding it, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. It is truly a magnificent site!
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Visited here on a whim with my teenage daughter. Every. Single. Thing. was simply stunning. This home is probably the closest thing to a castle I've ever seen. The rooms in the home were jaw dropping, food here was superb, gardens visually breathtaking. The home tour was fascinating, and we enjoyed the gardens, too. We walked a long time on the azalea trail, and it felt like a fairy tale. We ate at the stable cafe (excellent), purchased candy in the candy shop (yummy), and then did the winery tour. It was so fun to do the wine tasting, and we bought wine and other food items in their store. The grand finale was a tapas dinner at the Village Hotel's restaurant. We ordered crab bisque, salad, the biscuit plate, tempura asparagus, potato wedges, cold lobster, and two desserts! We're foodies and it was out of this world, especially the battered asparagus and potatoes. I'd come back again in a heartbeat and plan to bring the whole family during Christmas. Such a wonderful time!
Beautiful home with lots of history. I will be generous and give it a "3". However, we have visited Versailles, Buckingham Palace, Catherine's Palace, Peter's Palace, and the Hearst Mansion (all similar in scope, size, and quality) and they all provided equal or greater experience at half the cost or less. It is unreasonable for the Biltmore Mansion NOT to offer a house-only or house-and-gardens tour option. Instead, visitors are required to buy the entire tour package (house, gardens, village, hotel, shops, restaurants, bass pond, etc) even though many people would like to just tour the hose. If you really want to make this ostentatious example of the robber-baron class accessible for the majority, make it more affordable. And please, do not provide the boiler-plate patronizing response that "we do not receive public funding". I can't believe the Vanderbilt family descendants who operate this facility and continue to profit from their fortunate lineage really need it.
This estate is full of American History. Plan on several hours here and good walking shoes in order to see it all. We started in the garden area to avoid the heat of the afternoon. We spent about 1 1/2 hours in the beautiful gardens. The house has no air conditioning but has many fans through out and windows are open for a cool breeze. There is an elevator for 1st to 2nd floor only....and lots of stairs. They have an alternative theater for those who can't do all of the walking. You can rent audio head phones to hear the history of each room. We bought our tickets at the Asheville Vistor Center which saved money from buying tickets at the door. We chose to eat outside of the estate as the lines were long. There are some places in Biltmore Village to eat. In our opinion, this might be a difficult site for small children.
Magnificent! Awesome! Wow! Tremendous! One of the United States of America's Wonders we can all enjoy! Easy to access and reasonably priced. Great personnel helped us register and provided us with information to make our visit a success. Was only going to visit one day but could not resist staying extra day. Hard to believe the mind of "man/woman " can create such a structure! Also, the land design and intricate blending of trees, streams, bridges and roads serves to preserve and enhance nature! Truly a lasting contribution to mankind. A true Bucket list item for us Seniors. The personnel went the extra mile to make our stay at the Inn totally a pleasure. Our stay at the Inn was ideal to get the full benefit of the Biltmore experience!!
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Will I need to print my E-ticket for entry to the Biltmore Estate?
Yes. For the Biltmore Day Pass, your E-ticket is your Biltmore Day Pass ticket. You will receive one page per ticket purchased with bar codes to present at the gate for entry. For the Candlelight Christmas Evening admission, you will exchange your E-ticket for admission at the Group Sales Office on the right as you enter the gates.
How long does it take to tour Biltmore Estate?
Allow yourself a full day to experience all that Biltmore has to offer. Guests are amazed at the size of the estate and you’ll want to give yourself enough time to see the House, Gardens and Antler Hill Village.
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