Biltmore
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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. To access Biltmore Estate, guests must have an admission ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties.
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  • Tommy599
    Two Rivers, Wisconsin822 contributions
    A truly grand experience
    We had previously purchased our scheduled entrance time tickets . Note the price (which provides you with an audio guide you carry along & activate as you enter various areas) cost $116 PP. Note there are other tour formats with a private guide you can pre purchase.. You can go to a parking lot with free bus shuttle a long way from the house or self-park a little closer and walk in yourself, but make sure you remember what lot number (there are 6). Fitbit step counter for today well over 10,000. Note if you do not have a reservation time, you must get into line to “see” if they can find a time space to sell you! The entire mansion was decked out for Christmas. For the purpose of this observation my goal was at compare this tour against a few major grand homes locations we a comparison to Hearst Castle in California, Hampton Court just outside London and Versailles in France. Found it very interesting way down in the basement seeing the steel reinforcement of the floors above. The Biltmore which is more practically put together, of how real people of wealth lived. The home had two master bedrooms and 45 guest bedrooms We observed much more detail / locations that were not observed in other grand home locations. If you have seen the Netflix BBC series of Downton Abbey, you might recall we were exposed to a lot of the inner workings of a British mansion; with the Biltmore we observed all those inner working detail, that was totally missing from other great homes we have visited!
    Written January 2, 2023
  • Allison R
    Bluffton, South Carolina18 contributions
    Must See Asheville
    The Biltmore Estate is definitely the reason why my husband and I visited Asheville. Even though we stayed off property, we could have easily spent the weekend at one of the on-site hotels and been entertained by all the venues and amenities available. There are plenty of restaurants and shops to experience. We visited the Estate on a Friday. We arrived around 10:15 AM for entrance into the Biltmore mansion at 11:30 AM. We are glad we arrived early as there is plenty to see. Shout out to the fantastic and friendly staff! We visited the South Terrance and enjoyed dramatic views of the landscape and Biltmore property. We also visited the Stable Courtyard and visited shops before waiting to enter the house. There was a short line to enter the house, but being a weekday, it was not that long and we probably entered the house around 11:45 AM. The house is beautifully curated and the audio tour is very informational. I noticed some visitors exited after walking on the main floor and upstairs to see the bedrooms. I would highly recommend walking through the rest of the house as you paid for the tour and the downstairs of the home is just as fascinating. When we finished the house tour (~1.5 hours later), we went to the Stable Café and had to wait about five minutes before being seated. We had an excellent lunch before walking to the gardens. Please plan at least an hour for the gardens as there is so much to see! Between the house and the gardens, you can spend the entire day at the actually Biltmore house and gardens. Our ticket also included a complimentary wine tasting. Definitely make reservations for this as early as you can as they fill up fast. We were able to get in at 3:30 PM and I made the reservation around 10 AM.
    Written September 11, 2022
  • susanwinetasting
    Putnam, Connecticut694 contributions
    Not Just a Mansion; It's an Immense Estate with Something for Everyone
    If you have been considering touring Biltmore you already know it's the largest privately owned home in the US. The size is impressive, not just of the house, grounds and gardens, but the entire property. There is a conservatory, a winery, a village, hotels, horse back riding and more. You should set aside a day for your tour, which includes a tasting at the winery. Tickets are booked on-line and there are several types of tours to select from. Be aware that you need to drive to a parking lot, then take a shuttle or walk to the mansion. Tour entry is timed and you will likely wait in line to enter. The prices for tours are expensive and not everyone drinks or cares that a wine tasting is included. If you are mobility challenged there is a parking lot for just those with handicap parking permits. There is a wheelchair accessible shuttle to bring you to the mansion, and from the mansion to the gardens, which are a good walk for the able-bodied downhill (and uphill on the way back. A discount is offered to those who cannot climb stairs, which involves a phone call. I did not pursue this and wished I had as I was only able to see half the mansion and some of the gardens. There are four floors exhibited, but the elevator goes from the first floor to the second. I still cannot believe there is only one elevator in a building with 250 rooms. Those unable to navigate stairs are offered a movie of the third floor and basement. It's just not the same, so make the call. The gardens are lovely and I loved the orchid room. I am now absolutely in love with orchids. Since so many people tour this property, it is difficult to take photos that do not include others. I suggest booking a later tour as the crowds tend to thin mid-afternoon. You can arrive early and tour the grounds before the house tour. There are a number of places to have a simple snack or a complete meal. I have reviewed the winery separately.
    Written December 31, 2022
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Tommyboye2020
Lynchburg, United States10 contributions
Jan 2023
We got lucky with decorations as Halmark is producing a movie, so Christmas decorations were still up. Enjoyed the tour of the house especially the library and the main dining are with the massive fireplaces. I would recommend lunch right near the main house called Stables. Excellent meal and service.
Written January 27, 2023
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Staci J
1 contribution
Jan 2023 • Friends
Beautiful estate. Extremely overpriced, and you don't even get to see all of the property inside, they block areas off through the year. My friend asked what I thought of the indoor pool, never knew it was even there because it wasn't allowed to be seen when I went a few months after her. For that price, you should be able to see the entire house. For the money, it's just not worth it. We had finished our walk through and listen to all audio in just under an hour. Racket! The wine tasting... nice to offer, none of the 5 wines I tasted were good.
Written January 26, 2023
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Robert S
4 contributions
Apr 2022
Overrated and concerned only about money and not customer service. I was a Biltmore Passholder having paid thousands of dollars just to get a membership and perks at the property. In spite of two years of restricted access due to COVID, cancellation of events, and a lack of service I continued to be a member and booked a 25th anniversary stay at the property. Unfortunately my mother had a stroke and we had to cancel the trip. Biltmore gave me an option of leaving my deposit on the account and coming back at another date and time. No restrictions were mentioned and I opted to let Biltmore keep my deposit and rebook.

My mother's condition has prevented me from rebooking, so I contacted Biltmore and was informed that I could not get a refund as it had been more than 6 months since the cancellation. I was never informed of this, never made aware and have now lost $1244. This is not the first poor experience I have had with Biltmore. It is funny that they never mentioned any restriction when I cancelled. Had I been so informed I would have simply taken my refund and moved on.

I have grown up in Western Carolina and cannot count the number of times I have been to the Biltmore, taken family and friends to the Biltmore, and been a member of their wine club as well as a host of other clubs. I hope they enjoy my money because it will be the last that Biltmore will ever see from me, my clients, or my family.

I wonder if the Vanderbilt family would have been treated this way. Don't waste your time or money going to this place. You get a much better experience and treatment by viewing photos on line and you don't have to deal with uncaring employees and management.
Written January 25, 2023
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NorthStar666421
6 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
Beautiful home and complex! We did the candlelight tour, and the Christmas decor was amazing! Well organized and everything ran smoothly.
Written January 24, 2023
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Nicola C
10 contributions
Nov 2022
We loved this place, whent for a whole day with my family and after doing this whole tour we ended up upgradind to their annual pass because we will have to return in order to see more of it, 1 day is not enough to see it all, we enjoyed every moment in it.
Written January 11, 2023
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Abden Ivan Gonzalez
Miami, FL3 contributions
Dec 2022
A historical house set in Asheville is great to see but not a must. The property sits in enormous grounds. Driving to the house is a breath taken view even though we did this trip at the end of December 2022 and it was extremely cold. The tour of the house has a cost of $150 per person, personally I found it over priced for the controlled tour by groups. Not really worth the cost.
Written January 10, 2023
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Traveling_Scouter
Cincinnati, OH308 contributions
Dec 2022
A great experience to see how the upper class lived at the turn of the century. Lots to walk around and see from inside to outside in the gardens
Written January 9, 2023
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joan n
Calhoun, LA25 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
If you are ever in Ashville , the Builtmore is a must to see. You can use a whole day to see the grounds, house and village. We ate at the Stable Cafe, which was good and the tour of the house was awesome. It was nice to see in December with all the lights and Christmas trees in the home but I would love to go back in the spring/ summer to view the grounds with all the flowers in bloom.
Written January 9, 2023
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Brian D
Asheville, NC1,850 contributions
Jan 2023
A visit to the Biltmore is an essential part of any visit to Asheville. The grounds are beautiful and picturesque as is the interior of the house. The tour of the house is expensive and probably not needed for everyone. If you really enjoy architecture and history it might be worth it otherwise it is probably not worth the money.
Written January 8, 2023
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Allie
Lexington, NC41 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
Too many people are let into the house at a time so people are trying to listen to the self-guided audio while also taking pictures because you can only enter the house once despite the “appointment times.” It's expensive like Disney with less attractions that open late and close early. I don’t think I’ll be visiting again any time soon.
Written January 3, 2023
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