The Inn celebrates 15 years with new Biltmore furnishings
More From Biltmore 01/05/16
Written By Judy Ross
While crystal or watches may be traditional gifts for a 15-year anniversary, the Inn on Biltmore Estate decided to celebrate in a big way: installing new marble floors in the Lobby and new guest room furniture inspired by Biltmore House.
Most of the guest rooms (181) now feature new furnishings from Fine Furniture’s Biltmore Collection. The focal point is the signature Panel Bed in Antler Hill finish inspired by a bed with a wrapped footboard in Biltmore House. Accompanying the bed are additional pieces from the collection including a dresser, night stand, mirrors, chairside table, desk, and chair.
“It’s a real pleasure to refresh our guest rooms with furniture that represents the design and quality found in Biltmore House,” said Charles Thompson, Inn general manager. “Working with our licensed products team at Biltmore® For Your Home and their partner, Fine Furniture, has been an exciting process, and one that enable us to further extend the hospitality that George and Edith Vanderbilt created at Biltmore.”
Each season, designers from Fine Furniture spend days visiting the estate, taking extensive notes and photos as they glean details from Biltmore House and Gardens to use as inspiration for future designs.
For example, the Vestibule Tufted Chair and Ottoman in each guest room incorporates elements drawn from handcrafted leaded glass in the vestibule of Biltmore House, bringing a note of distinguished elegance to the room. The masculine Dressing Chest represents George Vanderbilt’s influence, with its details drawn from the wood and stonework molding trim found throughout the house.
In addition to new furnishings, the Inn’s marble floor in the Lobby and other public areas was replaced with new marble sourced from Turkey.
“This is part of our normal maintenance efforts to ensure that we keep a pristine appearance,” Charles said. “We chose to close down for two weeks instead of asking our guests to put up with construction equipment, noise, and dust. Now we look forward to welcoming guests back with new furnishings and floors.”
Top: The Inn's guest rooms are now set with an impressive bed and other carefully crafted furnishings from Fine Furniture's Biltmore Collection. Photo courtesy of Biltmore® For Your Home.
Right: The Vestibule Chair and ottoman from Fine Furniture adds stylish comfort to 181 guest rooms at the Inn. Photo courtesy of Biltmore® For Your Home.