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Biltmore Estate
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Biltmore Estate and Wine Tasting from Charlotte
Ranked #1 of 199 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 April 27, 2014

We had a day off and everyone said we should go here, so we did! The drive up from Greenville in the spring is very pretty, with all the trees in full leaf lining the roads. The estate is quite expensive to get in ($59), but that lasts the whole day and you do have 8,000 acres to explore. The grounds are beautiful and the house gives a view of times past. If you are used to stately homes in England, or mainland Europe, then you do recognise that some of the fixtures and fittings are older than the house, but it is a good insight into the world of the wealthy at the turn of the last century.

Thank Sean W
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

The house and grounds are breathtaking. Be sure to put on your best walking shoes. An amazing estate to ramble around with breathtaking gardens and conservatory. We were there over 5 hours and still didn't see everything. Take your best camera. There are so many photo opportunities. This was my 4th time and my husband's 1st time visiting Biltmore. I wasn't bored because I have gone in different seasons of the year and it's look different each time I go. We enjoyed eating at the Stable Café. The food was far better than we expected for the price. Then we wandered in the quaint shops and stopped at the bakery. Yum is all we could say as we were licking our fingers and scraping the bottom of the container.

Thank Jane D
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

A great place to visit during all seasons. Fun for the family and pets too! Amazing views and interesting history.

Thank Craig M
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

I have visited many castles, estates and other wonders of the world and have to say that the lack of guided tours or directions at this house is very sad. If you want any sort of guide you need to rent a handset that you walk around with in the house on top of the $50+ tickets. Again,this is on top of the exorbitant ticket prices that you pay to get in. No one seems to know where they are going or what they are looking at if they do not get the handsets. People walk around slack jawed and confused with the handsets. They also force everyone to pose for a photo that you can buy later, or not before you can proceed to another section of the home. This was kind of off-putting. The home is gorgeous but the management of its presentation is lacking. They should take some lessons from tours in Versailles, Florence, Rome, etc.

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Reviewed April 25, 2014

What a thrill to walk through both the Richard Morris Hunt designed "house' and the Frederick Law Olmstead "gardens"...if you can call a building with 135,000 square feet a house and 125,000 acre landscaped terrain gardens. So many terrific, well thought out details inside and out. The staff is friendly , helpful, and knowledgeable and the entire property is well manicured and stunning...the tulips were out in force with the rhododendrons and azaleas just due to explode in just weeks.

Even the food service is decent...I will say the ice cream is really good. The audio tour is a good way to get through the house...we took the separate "architects" tour and get into spaces not seen during the self guided tours. Lots of people but well organized so it doesn't feel overcrowded.

A definite must do when in the Asheville area

Thank Kitleyash
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