Biltmore House, centerpiece of Biltmore Estate, is America’s largest privately owned home.
Welcoming more than 1 million guests each year, Biltmore is one of the most popular historic sites in the country. Its centerpiece is America’s largest privately owned home — the 250 room Biltmore House, completed in 1895.
Biltmore’s founder, George Washington Vanderbilt (1862-1914), visited the Asheville area in the late 1880s and was captivated by the climate and mountain vistas, eventually purchasing 125,000 acres for his country estate.
Vanderbilt hired the best talent in America to realize his vision for a grand estate. Architect Richard Morris took inspiration from French chateaux for his designs; noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted designed the gardens and grounds. At the heart of the estate was Biltmore House, a masterpiece in American architecture.
Surrounded by glorious gardens and landscaped grounds, extensive farming operations including a dairy farmed for its milk and the first scientifically managed forest (large scale) adorn the property.
Today Biltmore remains a family-owned, working estate where you can experience the breathtaking beauty of Biltmore House—America’s largest home®—and century-old gardens. Enjoy Antler Hill Village & Winery with free wine tastings, great dining, and unique shopping. Explore the estate’s 8,000-acre Blue Ridge Mountain backyard by horse, bike, raft, or Land Rover. Make your visit a complete getaway at the four-star Inn on Biltmore Estate® and luxurious spa, or the casual and welcoming Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate®.
For more information, please visit Biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.
The Blue Ridge Heritage Trail is a program of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.