Our great buddies, the Flemings, joined us today in visiting the Biltmore Estate, the largest private home in the United States. Located in Asheville, North Carolina on 8,000 acres, a is a Château styled mansion built by George W. Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895.
The main house is 178,926 square feet of floor space (135,280 square feet of living space)!
This American palace is a monument to the tycoon family’s riches, but also to the taste and artistic sensibilities of George Vanderbilt. This jewel is set into one of the most beautiful areas in the world, the mountains of North Carolina. Still owned by one of Vanderbilt’s descendants, it is an American palace of the Gilded Age that rivals anything I’ve seen in Europe. (And certainly grander and more tasteful than my home state’s Hearst’s Castle). Photography isn’t allowed at the Biltmore estate, so if you haven’t seen it, please google it to see the home I would build, if I had unlimited funds. 😀