If you've never watched the series on PBS called Downton Abbey, you don't know what you're missing. I never thought I'd be watching a series on PBS other than documentaries. This series has everything (and I mean everything): mystery, history, great cast of characters, beautiful period costumes, romance, etc. It's a British drama series that aired in the United States with its first episode in January 2011. I've been watching it since the first series. If you have a chance, at least watch the first season because then you'll get a good background of the characters as well as the time period. After that most likely you'll be hooked. Think I'm kidding? Check out all the awards this series has won: Downton Abbey
|One of the terraces shaded by wisteria and trumpet creeper vines|
What does Downton Abbey have to do with The Biltmore Estate? Well, not much I guess other than when I first saw The Biltmore last spring the first thing I thought of was: Downton Abbey.
Quite a few years ago, our daughter attended a wedding at The Biltmore and she was pretty impressed with it and suggested we visit it. So on our way back from Florida last year we decided to take a tour of it.
The Biltmore Estate is a tourist attraction and a private estate located in Asheville, North Carolina. It's not to hard to get to, and the parking was great. You stop at this checkpoint and pick up your tickets. Actually, I thought it was an expensive tour ($63 each), however I think it might vary depending on the season.
The Biltmore Estate was built by George Washington Vanderbilt III. It was built between 1889-1895. It's the largest privately owned house in the United States. It is still owned by one of the Vanderbilt descendants.
Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take photographs inside the house. But the tour is a self-guided one, and you can tour the house at your own pace. When we were there it was April, and it looked like it was going to rain any minute so we did a tour of the gardens before we toured the interior of house. I posted a link below to the official Biltmore website if you are interested in seeing some lovely photos of the interior of the building. The house has 250 rooms, 33 family/guest bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, and 3 kitchens.
This year from February 5, 2015 through May 25, 2015, The Biltmore Estate will be featuring an exhibit from the Downton Abbey series of their original costumes. More than 40 costumes will be on display throughout the house. For more information you can click on this link: Dressing Downton Abbey
If you are in the area, at some point you might want to visit this spectacular estate. The gardens and grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. Within the 250 acre property there are 40 acres of manicured gardens and grounds (Note: we did not tour all of the grounds.)
There were so many tulips and daffodils blooming in their gardens that I thought I was in Holland.
Additional Information: Biltmore Estate - Wikipedia (this link will give you a better description of the interior of the house as to: size of living areas, landscape, history, etc.)
The house was opened to the public in response to requests to increase area tourism during the Depression and to bring in money to preserve the estate. The house was opened to the public in 1930.
|Original stable now used as a gift shop.|
Glad we toured the gardens when we did because then the rain started.
The official website: The Biltmore In this website you will find several photos of the interior of the house.
If you missed my previous post on another castle in the United States you can check out Boldt Castle at this link: The Thousand Islands Region - Boldt Castle
Hope you enjoyed your tour of The Biltmore.
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