George Vanderbilt had family and friends in mind when he set out to build his country home. His vision of a retreat for loved ones to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life had finally come to fruition, but only through years of concerted effort. Today, Biltmore House is preserved as a National Historic Landmark that welcomes guests just as George Vanderbilt would have.

“It is doubtful whether, either in the Old World or New, a builder has ever erected a nobler residential edifice than the Southern home of Mr. George Vanderbilt.”

—George Hill, Architectural Record, Volume V, Number 2, October-December 1895; p. 200