Ever wondered what it would be like to travel back to 1900 and visit one of the country's most elegant estate? Biltmore Estate is a 10.86 mi² masterpiece. Construction of Biltmore House began in 1889 and it took six years to build. It was the largest undertaking in residential architecture at the time. In 1895 the house was opened for friends and family. The finished home contains over four acres of floor space, including 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces.
This French Renaissance chateau is astounding and it makes for a magnificent experience. Besides all the typical daily tours, they have many holiday-themed events that we, the Padmore Staff, plan on visiting next season. From tea in the afternoon to Thanksgiving dinner, we are already making lists of all the activities.
Our favorite event will probably be the New Years Eve Gala. The event package includes guest room accommodations, Chef’s Breakfast Buffet, a four-course New Year’s Eve Dinner served in The Dining Room. It also includes Estate daytime admission valid for the length of the stay, which we plan on using to memorize every inch of the large estate.
We are most looking forward to visiting the immense library. The official Biltmore blog says that the Library of Biltmore House is a favorite room among guests and employees alike because it reflects George Vanderbilt’s intellect and personality.
At the age of 12, George began keeping meticulous records in a series of journals called “Books I Have Read,” a habit he continued throughout his life. By his death in 1914, George had logged 3,159 books, which means that between 1875 and 1914, he read an average of 81 books a year. (Source)
The library includes his personal collection of 22,000 volumes. We would die to have 22,000 books in our home bookshelves, or even space for them ! Would you visit this beautiful home? Have you ever been? Let us know in the comments !
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