The history of America's largest home.
Building Biltmore Estate was, at the time, one of the largest
undertakings in the history of American residential architecture and the
results were astounding. Over a six-year period, an entire community of
craftsmen worked to build the country's premier home. The estate
boasted its own brick factory, woodworking shop, and a three mile spur
for transporting materials to the site.
Biltmore Estate is an easy
drive from most locations in the southeast. It's nestled in the
beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina with major interstates
nearby. Plan to arrive as early in the morning as possible. With so much
to do on the estate every day, if you start bright and early, you
should have enough time to visit Biltmore House, gardens, winery, and
Historic Horse Barn.
Enjoy Christmas Inspired by the Vanderbilt's
George Vanderbilt introduced his new home to family and friends
on Christmas Eve 1895 with a wonderful celebration that we continue
today. Enjoy America's largest home decorated with dozens of Christmas
trees, hundreds of wreaths, bows, and poinsettias, miles of evergreen
garland, and thousands of ornaments. This year, the seven-story high
Banquet Hall will appear as if the Vanderbilt family has prepared for
the employee Christmas festivities. Tricycles, dolls, toy furniture,
books, horns, trains, hoops and tops will hang from the massive, 34-foot
Fraser Fir tree, with garlands of evergreens, mistletoe and shining
holly dressing the Banquet Hall dining table.
Firelight and candlelight fill the house with a warm glow and
accent delicate ornaments and priceless treasures, while the Front Lawn
of Biltmore House sets the scene with a sparkling holiday illumination
of evergreens bathed in thousands of twinkling light