Friday, 24 July 2015

Biltmore

 A huge highlight on our holiday was being able to visit Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC.
It was STUNNING!

Joining Amy for Five on Friday at Lovemademyhome.blogspot.co.uk.

1. Biltmore was built by George Vanderbilt in 1888 and finished in 1895.
2. Built in North Carolina in the Blue Ridge mountains.
3. The mansion has 250 rooms and 43 bathrooms!
4. One of the earliest mansions to house a bowling alley and indoor swimming pool in the basement!
5. After so many trees were used in building and surrounding area, George Vanderbilt planted over a million trees!

The architectural detail was amazing on every part of the building, both inside and out but unfortunately no photography is allowed inside.


 Above is a wee photo of me sitting in front of the staircase which has a neat parapet round it on the exterior.

Below is a shot of the rear turrets and if you click on the photo, you can see the detail above the two middle windows which have the monogram V for Vanderbilt.



We also hired bicycles fro m Antler Hill village in the estate and rode to the lake which offered wonderful views of the mansion through the trees.


Back in the house we stepped out on the terrace and again the views were beautiful over the mountains and all the trees that were planted.



The gardens are also beautiful. Formal parterres boasting lots of variety and color.





 A glimpse of the towers and flag waving over the mansion.


Once again I'm linking with Amy's Five on Friday.
Here's the link to go to join in!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit!

Have a wonderful weekend!



33 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness...what an incredible place and those views! They're absolutely spectacular! Thank you for taking us along on your tour, dear Christine! I so enjoyed it as well as a few of the interesting facts about Biltmore! :)
    Have a blessed weekend!
    Kelly-Anne

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  2. Wow! What a beautiful place! Thanks for a great armchair get-away!

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  3. What a fun adventure. I've visited the Biltmore several times, but have missed the summer months to view the beautiful gardens. Thank you for sharing your visit, Heather

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  4. Hi, I have been anxiously awaiting your photos of Biltmore. I am so thrilled that you enjoyed the visit and captured so many wonderful photos. The gardens were very colorful for your visit. I especially love the view through the trees from your cycling trip and of course, I love the mountain views/trees from the balcony.

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  5. Thanks so much for this lovely tour and sounds like you had a nice vacation!

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  6. Hi Christine, I'm new to Five on Friday. It was lovely to see all your marvellous photographs. It looks like you had a wonderful time. Barbara

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  7. Awesome! - What a grand place this is. Loved that view from the balcony.

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  8. I've heard its beautiful. thanks for sharing your lovely images to give us a little peak.

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  9. Fantastic post! Loved the photos and info! I've never been but my daughter went with her grandparents one year. So glad you got to go!

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  10. I would love to visit this beautiful place. I will have to look it up on the internet to see what the inside is like. Have fun :-)

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  11. These are amazing pictures! I have never visited Biltmore. It looks like such an imposing building. The photo of the terrace is so lovely. It looks like you had a wonderful visit to this historic place.

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  12. Hi Christine, sounds like you had a great time! Isn't North Carolina beautiful?! Just popped by to say Hi, not playing in Five on Friday this week but still visiting everyone!
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  13. Oh wow, what a wonderful place to visit and the views were awesome. Thank you for sharing such a lovely tour and have a great weekend... :)

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  14. We spent 5 days in the area and visited the Biltmore as part of our honeymoon in December 28 years ago. The decorated Christmas trees were incredible.

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  15. I would love to visit Biltmore one day! I so enjoyed going on a virtual visit with you though and getting to enjoy it. Glad that you enjoyed it too! Thank you so much as always for joining in. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

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  16. It's such an amazing place to visit at any time of the year. We have a home nearby and have been blessed to visit there many times over the years. It's always special! You got some wonderful photos! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  17. Another blogger I know visits Biltmore a couple times a year. It's such a lovely place, I would love to visit there some day

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  18. Beautiful photos - I love the scene of the mansion over the lake! I would love to go there! xo Karen

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  19. You took us on a wonderful tour, what a great place to visit.

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  20. A bowling alley? Very cool. My kids would love to live here! I love that exposed stairwell. I love how they used its shape as a design element. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  21. Hi Christine, what a fantastic tour, so much to see. Thanks for sharing and letting me tag along.Blessings Francine.

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  22. Beautiful and fond memories, we visited there when I was a child. Thank you for sharing...Have a Blessed Saturday.

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  23. We went to Biltmore last fall when we went to visit our kids that are attending Duke University. It was such a lovely day and one of my bucket list things I wanted to do!

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  24. Great place !!! And pictures !!!
    Have a fun weekend !
    Anna

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  25. Wow. Thanks for this insight but I cannot get over 43 bathrooms!

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  26. I went many years ago at Christmas.
    It is an amazing place!
    I loved your photos.

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  27. Awesome! A lifedsyle I can only dream about. ;)

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  28. Wow, that's quite the place Christine, how great you got to pay a visit there!

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  29. Wow - beautiful photos Christine! What an amazing place. Thanks for sharing and hope you have a wonderful week! xo

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  30. Oh how wonderful! You know, I have lived in NC for 23 years and have never been to the Biltmore! It is definitely on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing your experience :)

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  31. what a great place! I love buildings like this and all the history. beautiful gardens! Thanks for a great share.

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