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“Biltmore was great; Diamond Tours ruined it”
Review of Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate
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Biltmore Estate and Wine Tasting from Charlotte
Ranked #1 of 195 things to do in Asheville
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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.
Reviewed December 11, 2012

First of all the Biltmore is outstanding. Go! But whatever you do, don't take Diamond Tours on Brazos Valley Bus. Our bus broke down not once, but twice, costing us hours in the hotel lobby and once on the Picadilly parking low. We waited 7 hours the first time for a new bus, and less time the second time...but in fear of waiting another 7 hours, some of us went ahead and rented a car to come home. No compensation from them at all.

The hotels with Diamond Tours were okay...some not clean, but others okay. If you go, stay at the Biltmore Hotel on the property. And you don't need a tour company to see Biltmore or stay there.

The restaurants on the Diamond Tour were mediocre...you know...Whataburger, Ryan's Steakhouse, etc. Too many great places to eat in Louisiana and North Carolina to eat there. When we were on our own on meals, there were some outstanding restaurants.

Diamond Tours contracts with different bus companies. Check and make sure, if you go, that they are not taking Brazos Valley Bus Tours. From what I understand, the emissions were not acceptable, and it shuts of the bus and won't let it go. Thank God we weren't on the side of the road at night....

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

A must see for everyone! Walk the grounds and take in the beauty of it all! Rent the headset and you will get so much more out of the home.

Thank lovinglifeintheUSA
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Gorgeous and technologically advanced for its time period. Be sure to book a tour. We had the Butler's Tour and it gives one a bird's eye view of "the other half". Think Downton Abbey! Sumptuous furnishing. If possible take the Christmas evening candlelight tour and then go back by day for the contrast. Do not miss the Conservatory, and if in season, the wonderful landscaping. From the moment you turn the corner after a 3.5 mile entrance drive(), you will be amazed at the beauty and the planning that went into this home.

Thank Deborahc620
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

It was so interesting to see how the 1% of the 1% lived! It is a gorgeous house and they've done an excellent job with preservation. I was pleased to learn that the house is still privately owned by the family. It's Christmastime and the house is amazingly decorated. There is a Candlelight tour that would be stunning, I'm sure. I would love to see the grounds at different times of the year. We saw a whole bunch of wild turkeys roaming the grounds today. It's not cheap to get in, but if you have the time, go anyway. No one lives like this today!

Thank jloreine
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

This place is absolutely gorgeous. From the moment you drive in, before you even park, you will experience the beauty of the Biltmore grounds. Everyone here is super helpful. We bought day tickets (cheaper if you buy them on the website before you arrive here) and walked around all the gardens first, then into the house. I especially like that you can walk around as you please outside, makes it nice and romantic. It is pricey, but worth every penny.

Thank mariabeans
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