The Art of Keeping America’s Largest Home
Situated overlooking the servants’ entry and courtyard, the room gave Mrs. King a bird’s-eye view of the hustle and bustle below. Visitors will see the room in an unrestored state, learn about Mrs. King and her staff and find out what it took to keep the 250-room home running smoothly.
Biltmore’s curators have been working on conserving several household items that will be on display in the room, such as a turn-of-the-century vacuum, foxtail duster, toilet cleaning brush and other supplies of the period.
Winter at your leisureGenerally in the winter, Biltmore House is a quiet time for visitors to spend more time exploring the rooms, and strolling the grounds at a leisurely pace. The estate’s restaurants are offering seasonal menus, while the Winery hosts guided tours, red wine and chocolate seminars and free tastings. A visit to Antler Hill Village is a great place to unwind and take in the less formal side of the estate. The Legacy building features storytelling sessions, a film about George Vanderbilt’s legacy and exhibits about Edith Vanderbilt’s passion for entertaining.
Winter is a great time to take advantage of Biltmore packages and values. Children 16 and younger are admitted free with an accompanying adult, and ticket pricing starts at $29 when purchased online seven days in advance, which is 50-percent off of the regular season price.
Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, America’s largest home is a 250-room French Renaissance chateau, exhibiting the Vanderbilt family’s original collection of furnishings, art and antiques. Biltmore estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Today, Biltmore has grown to include Antler Hill Village, which features the award-winning Winery and Antler Hill Farm; the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate; Equestrian Center; numerous restaurants; event and meeting venues; Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division; and Biltmore Inspirations, Biltmore’s home party business. To learn more about Biltmore, go to www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.