Saturday, October 11, 2008

Biltmore Estate

I think everyone should put the Biltmore Estate on their list of things to do before you die. It's located in Asheville, North Carolina. It's hard to tell how big it is in this picture, but if you look really closely, you cansee people on the steps in from of the house, and they look like ants. I believe there are 4 floors and a basement. It's beautiful beyond words. There are hundreds of rooms with exquisite furnishings, some old and some reproductions. It was built around 1890 by Washington Vandelbuilt settled in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. The view from the back porch is rolling hills and mountains.
The gardens are the biggest and most elaborate I've ever seen (or even heard of). There is a swimming pool in the basement and a bowling alley. The library is something else too. The side of the house is decorated with gargoyles, knights, and other carvings that you would expect to see in Europe. So I say this is something you can't miss. Oh and if you like wine... the winery was amazing. The house is really on an estate where they used to support hundreds of servants (stables, winery, dairy) and the town holds a historic shopping district that used to be houses for servants.

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