So, just how big is America's largest private residence? Consider these numbers: Four acres under one roof, 175,000 square feet, 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, one indoor pool and a bowling alley. Biltmore Village came into existence because the Vanderbilts needed a place to shelter all the workers required to build their House.
In addition to the sheer size of the House, its architectural excellence remains a draw for many. The American Institute of Architects ranks the house eighth among the top 150 buildings in its America's Favorite Architecture feature. It is a throwback to a time when artisanship and craftsmanship were valued.
Perhaps most remarkable, however, is what the house contains. Thousands of original furnishings decorate the rooms, including original art from masters such as Renoir. You can find magnificent 16th-century tapestries, more than 40 bronze sculptures, Napoleon's chess set, and a library with 10,000 volumes. It is truly a treasure.
The Biltmore House has room after room of art, history, and luxury. You won’t want to miss the banquet hall with a 70-foot ceiling. Although the scale and grandeur is almost overwhelming, the Estate has gone to great lengths to make it welcoming and comfortable.
Although you can speed through the House in a few hours, plan on spending the better part of a day taking it all in. Visitors can take self-guided tours at their leisure, but we recommend taking advantage of the audio tour on a first visit. This virtual tour from the official website also will prepare you for what's in store.
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