Here’s another destination for your bucket list: The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. The largest estate in America–over 250 rooms on 800 acres. It was built by George Vanderbilt–the grandson of industrialist tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. (All earned before the days of income tax!)
George Vanderbilt was ahead of his times in many ways–lots of modern (for that era) conveniences built into the estate, the seldom seen areas of the house were just as well crafted as the living areas, and he paid New York wages to the Asheville, NC employees.
Construction of the house took six years. The finished home contains over four acres of floor space, including 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces.
Cornelius married Edith Stuyvesant in 1898 and they had one child, a daughter, born at Biltmore in 1900.
George died of complications of a ruptured appendix in 1914, at the age of 51. His untimely death was the end of an era for the Vanderbilt family.
As you can tell by the clouds–I encountered a little bit of everything! Rain, sunshine, wind, and snow!
The greenhouse on the property.
If you’re a Downton Abbey fan, I strongly recommend that you take the Butler’s Tour. You get a sneak peek into life downstairs.
So what places are on your Bucket List?