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“Incredible property, take the Architect's Tour!”
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Biltmore
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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 July 14, 2013

We visited Biltmore on June 10, 2013. We found out that only adults had to pay for admission, and so our two children (teens) were able to visit at no charge.The house is sprawling to say the least. If you watch Downton Abby, you will be able to appreciate and understand the inner workings of the home and all those that lived there.
Our family had suggested that we make a reservation for the Architect's Tour the day of our visit. We did this - the cost was $17 each (kids weren't free in this case). This add-on was well worth the money! Our tour lasted an hour and we had the opportunity to walk through areas of the home that were sectioned off from the general public. We learned about George Vanderbilt and his love of Ashville, the people that were living in the area and his desire to run the estate so that it might be self-sustaining. We were able to walk on several catwalks outside amidst the rooftops and this provided us with the opportunity to see the property in the same way that Mr. Vanderbilt and his family were able to. Both of our teenaged boys especially enjoyed this part of our visit.
While they were exceedingly well-off, the Vanderbilt family regularly reached out to those that worked in the house or on the land that they owned to help in any way they could. Case in point, Mr. Vanderbilt's wife, Edith, started the first 4-H program in the country to help the youth of those that farmed the land on the estate in in neighboring towns.
We had a marvelous day, we all learned a little more history, and the Architect's Tour was certainly the highlight.

Thank Mary E
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Beautiful piece of American history. Lovingly shared with the public. Well worth the ticket price. Need an entire day to see everything.

Thank tere r
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

The largest house in America which was built by George Vanderbilt. Tickets are on expensive side but my two kids were free. Estate is beautiful and well maintained. House offers a glimpse into millionaire living in the early 1900s. My favorite stop was the winery and antler village. Really should not be missed.

Thank FromDelaware19934
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

My wife and I had always wanted to visit the Biltmore, and we were able to make that trip happen this last June 2013. Costco had tickets for $44 each, about what you would pay online directly from the Biltmore (in advance). But the Costco tickets included a guidebook and valet parking. Both of these were nice touches - as the guidebook had great photos and stories and the valet parking (a bit pretentious) felt like the royal treatment. Just remember to stop by the guest services at the entrance (before entering the estate) to pick up your guidebook and valet voucher.

The estate was amazing. Being patient and taking breaks is necessary as there is so much to cover. We will come back - another time of the year (and probably a few years in between).

1  Thank Dale E
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

The Biltmore is fascinating. Fortunately, the rain stopped long enough to see the gardens. The docents were very helpful and answered all of our questions. The only minus was the wait to get a table for lunch at The Stable restaurant.

Thank Carol M
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