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“Beautiful experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate
1 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
828-225-1333
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Ranked #2 of 84 Attractions in Asheville
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Wine tasting, Dining, Driving
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Owner description: George Vanderbilt's historic country estate in Asheville, NC; Biltmore includes Biltmore House--America's largest home--plus gardens, winery, Antler Hill Village, historic farm, 4-star Inn on Biltmore Estate, shops, restaurants, branded products, and outdoor adventures. This National Historic Landmark is an amazing destination offering a wide range of activities for all ages.
Indiana
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“Beautiful experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2007

We visited the Biltmore Estate the last week in July 07. The estate mansion was remarkable to see. The weather was sweltering outside. However, the estate rooms had large fans blowing which helped during our self guided tour. I highly recommend using the audio headset if you are self touring. Also, in the summer months make sure and go when the doors open around 9 am to avoid the crowds and heat. The outdoor concert we attended on the grounds was excellent! Quite the mountain setting all around. The flowers and gardens are beautiful at the Biltmore. The Stable restaurant was very good. You must visit the Winery on the grounds and buy a bottle of the sparkling Biltmore Grape Juice!
We stayed at the Fairfield Inn nearby.

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Atlanta, GA
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“Loved our visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2007

We loved our visit to the Biltmore Estate. We got there around 10:00 am and immediately bought our tickets for the Roof Top Tour. Our tour group was only 5 people including the guide, so we had the unique opportunity to ride the elevator up to the 3rd floor. Our tour guide was great! We weren't able to see one of the rooms normally on this tour because they were filming a documentary about the restoring of that room. But, we loved the Roof Top Tour. Definitely worth the extra expense.

Since we loved that tour so much, we bought tickets to the Behind the Scenes Tour. Once again, we had a great tour guide. Our group was a little larger, so it wasn't as personal, but was still a great tour.

After those two tours, we got the Audio Tour. Definitely worth the expense. If you are going to purchase anything extra, this should be it. Without the Audio Tour, you really won't get a full understanding/knowledge of the Biltmore house.

After touring the house, we headed to the winery. The tour here was not as impressive as the house. Just a simple self-guided tour with signs and a few videos.

We did not have an opportunity to go to any other parts of the Biltmore Estate.

I suggest you buy your Biltmore Estate tickets online because they are cheaper than buying once you are there. Also, I suggest you get there right when they open so you can have time to get everything in.

Overall, we definitely enjoyed our visit to Biltmore Estate and would go back again.

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“Ashville ,N.C”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2007

Ashville area and Biltmore Estates is a treat .

Biltmore Estates with its hundrens of rooms including 43 bathrooms ,is a lot of history and how the rich( Vanderbilts ) lived and entertained. A 125,000 acres with the mountains in the background is breathtaking.

Get the audio tour tap,it would be hard to make sense of the tour without it.
Also if you want a taste of elegant dining ,made arrangments to eat on site ,a little pricy,but well worth the superior food and service.

A nice side trip is the Ashville,extremly friendly and unique folks,also the N.C arboretium ,was very enjoyable to me.

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“very nice..”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2007

Wow. Must see.. now on to the nit and grit of it. Costly to get in. Also the parking is a little far away. I felt like cattle while i was inside the main bldg. Beign herded threw . But theres is also alot of the rooms you cant see which wasnt cool. Barn sux'd no nothing to see just crap to buy or eat. Waste i would rather see more the way it was stuff. NOT RETAIL. Lunch at the winery was ok but over priced. If you dont mind paying stay at the hotel onsite. If it is in summer bring water with you. Nice shoes lots of little rocks/pebbles on the grounds.

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memphis, tn
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“expect history, not luxury”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2007

I am glad that the estate is open to the public, its a great lesson in history. The house is beautiful, but the upper floors have small rooms that by our standards today are less than majestic. The grounds are much more attractive than the house itself.

We traveled in the heat of the summer which lessened the crowds, but the house has no a/c so we were a little warm to say the least.

The area is not visitor-friendly. There are few places to sit and relax at any of the venues; winery, estate, farmyard. There is virtually no inside seating at all which is not pleasant when it gets hot outside.

The winery was a disappointment. I really love wineries and have been to quite a few across the county so I was really looking forward to this one. They herd you like cattle into a giant tasting room where there are 10 stand-up bars where a young person goes through a prepared speech about the wine that you are supposed to drink in their poor order with the others at your bar area. Our guy was more interested in talking to the other young people in our group than talking about wine (and I'm only 30!!). We were definately rushed. After we drank 2 of his choice of wines he told us we only had x many free choices left. Well, I wouldnt have picked the first two then. Unfortunately, the wine itself was great and reasonably priced. We didnt end up buying any because we were so rushed and ignored that we were just ready to get going. Wine tasting should be fun and relaxing; this experience was neither.

If you go, and want to get away from the crowds, check out the farm yard area. I cant remember its exact name, but it is near the winery. The staff was down-to-earth and nice there. We ate great sausage and bbq and icecream. We had a table to ourselves (outside of course) and had a nice time.

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