Modeled after a 16th-century chateau in France’s Loire Valley, George W. Vanderbilt’s 250-room mansion was completed in 1895. America’s largest privately owned home has more than 4 acres of floor space, 65 fireplaces, 43 bathrooms, 34 bedrooms, and 3 kitchens. You need a full day to explore the mansion, the gardens, and beyond; an estate tour is only part of the experience.
You can also visit the winery for tastings or tours, or stop by the Antler Hill Village, once the center of life for Vanderbilt employees who raised crops, tended livestock, worked in the Biltmore Dairy, and cared for the mansion. Today, the village is alive with blacksmiths, woodworkers, and other artisans. The Smokehouse serves barbecue, sandwiches, and traditional southern dishes. Note that reserving tour tickets in advance can save you a few bucks.
- Asheville, North Carolina 28803
- 35.56658800, -82.54521800
- Daily 9--5; hrs. vary by season; winter includes some evening candlelight tours.
- Visit Website
- (800) 411-3812