Biltmore Estate

George Vanderbilt created Biltmore Estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1895 as a retreat for family and friends. The Biltmore House is a magnificent 250-room French style chateau filled with priceless art and antiques. Renowned American landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead designed the spectacular Biltmore Estate Gardens. The estate is home to the award-winning Biltmore Estate Vineyards and Winery. The fabulous Biltmore Estate offers over 8,000 acres of forests, farmlands, and rivers.

The splendid Biltmore House is the largest privately owned home in America. It took 1,000 workers 6 years to build. It's 250-rooms include 65 fireplaces, 34 bedrooms, 23 bathrooms, and 3 kitchens. It has a 102 step massive stone staircase, and in its center is an iron chandelier containing 72 electric light bulbs. The great hall is 74 feet by 42 feet and has a dining table that can seat 64 guests. Many of the original furnishings have been carefully preserved and the house is filled with priceless art treasures Mr. Vanderbilt collected throughout this world travels. This historic mansion brings the enchanting Gilded Age in America to life. Guests are invited to share the American Dream and "imagine if this were home".

The spectacular Biltmore Estate Gardens offer visitors an opportunity for leisurely strolls through a world of garden paths and reflecting ponds. The gardens are adorned with a great variety of lush plants and beautiful flowers. A four-acre Walled Garden and an adjacent Conservatory are part of this 75-acre garden beautifully landscaped to blend harmoniously with the surrounding woodlands.

The Biltmore Estate Winery offers self-guided tours. Visitors learn about the history, science and the fine art of winemaking. Hosts in the Tasting Room serve visitors samples of the grape juices and wines made from grapes grown in the Estate Vineyards.

Located just 60 miles east of Bryson City in Asheville, N.C. Open 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day.

For Biltmore Estate tickets call Carolina Outfitters at 1-800-468-7238, or you may purchase tickets at our office when you check in for lodging or rafting.