America's Largest Home: Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

No matter the time of year, a beautiful experience awaits you at your favorite Asheville, North Carolina bed and breakfast! Asheville is located in the Great Smokey Mountains and is home to the largest house in America: the Biltmore Estate. Your adventure into the lifestyle and history of the Vanderbilt family begins with a journey back in time to 1895 as BBOnline takes you to Biltmore.

Biltmore Estate

One Lodge Street
Asheville, NC 28803

Every season is the right season to visit the Biltmore Estate. During the spring and summer months the grounds and gardens are in full bloom, while the fall makes the way to the changing colors and foliage and ushers in the snow covered grounds and the Christmas decorations go up. Christmas is a spectacular event at Biltmore Mansion and hundreds of thousands of visitors come from around the world to catch a glimpse of the elegance that surrounds the Estate from the 35 feet Christmas tree in the Banquet Hall covered in more than 40,000 lights to the colorful lighting outdoors in the gardens!

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Biltmore House

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Biltmore House
sits on more than 8000 acres and includes the massive 175,000 square feet house with 35 bedrooms and 43 bathrooms, along with 65 fireplaces. It took 6 years to build the house from start to finish and the home is still owned by the descendants of the original owners George and Edith Vanderbilt. One of the most impressive rooms in the house is the Vanderbilt Library which holds more than 23,000 books, the rarest dating to 1506.

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Biltmore House and Gardens

There are nine gardens at Biltmore House and Gardens, each one designed and planned by Frederick Law Olmsted - the same Olmsted that designed Central Park in New York City. Each garden is themed, for example the Italian Garden holds three water features with classic statues. The pools hold Koi fish and during the warmer months lotus and water lilies are in abundance. The Walled Garden hosts the famed "Flower Carpet" at Biltmore. Four acres in size the formal garden features a kaleidoscope of tulips in spring, summer annuals and fall mums. Depending on the season, there are themed sections including a butterfly garden, winter border, Victorian border and scented border.

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The Roe and Azalea Gardens are two of the most visited on the Estate. With more than 250 different varieties of roses and azaleas, the gardens are colorful and very aromatic!

Antler Hill Village & Winery

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Wine connoisseurs will enjoy a visit to Antler Hill Village & Winery! Complimentary wine tastings are offered daily with the opportunity to purchase your favorite wines by the bottle or case. Antler Hill Village hosts boutique shops, restaurants, exhibits as well as an adventure center. Visitors can take a FREE guided tour of the winery and visit Red Wine & Chocolate and Biltmore Bubbles while sampling the chocolate and champagne.

Biltmore is open daily from 9am to 7pm. Ticket prices are reflective of the season.