George Vanderbilt’s “little country home” is a sprawling French Renaissance chateau with 250 rooms. Spanning 175,000 square feet, America’s largest home has 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces.
You get to see only a fraction of the home on your Biltmore tour but it’s still impressive.
The dining room is magnificent.
This Louis the XV bedroom is where George and Edith Biltmore’s only child was born.
There’s a swimming pool, bowling alley and full gym.
The kitchen is huge.
There are multiple rooms devoted to the laundry.
There are many nooks and crannies with gorgeous light that seem to call my name.
Of course, the library is my favorite room with this wood paneling, floor to ceiling bookcases and ambiance lighting. There’s even a secret passage that leads to the bedrooms for the convenience of anyone wishing to find some bedtime reading.
I would spend all my time in this room if I lived here.
Touring the Biltmore is hard work if you have difficulty walking or climbing stairs. They do have an elevator to make it handicap accessible and shuttles from the parking lot if you wish to ride.
Want to read more? Check out this post about the estate gardens! We packed a lot into our North Carolina adventure so keep checking back for more stories!