|Looking towards the stables.|
When Mr. Vanderbilt built this stately home, he did so with the desire to create a fabulous get-away for friends and vacation home for his own family. He had a vision of creating a “farm” that was completely self-sufficient, one that would help the people of the mountains with jobs and resources for personal use as well. Mr. Vanderbilt passed away before all of this was completely realized, but over the last 117 years his family has carried on his legacy making the dream a reality.
Now, the Biltmore is breathtaking anytime of year, but especially so at Christmas. Of course you can’t take pictures inside the house, but everywhere else, photography is welcomed. Here is a peak of the some of the beauty around the house.
|Now housing restaurants and shops, this is the roofline of the old stables.|
No detail was spared in the building of this beauty. And if just the architectural details around the stables and front of the house aren’t enough, the details and view from the terrace in the back of the house are stunning!
|Walking out onto the terrace|
|Entry to the terrace|
|When the house was completed in 1895 was it wired for electric lighting, this included the porch areas which showcased beautiful lamps.|
|I loved all the expressions found on the gargoyles that flanked the windows.|
|Window that looks into the library; 10,000 plus books are shelved there!|
|Seriously, check out the detail from the rain spout!|
|Mrs. Vanderbilt’s bedroom was located in this rounded area.|
I think the things that captured my attention more than any around the house were the little details. From the doorbell to a bust of Mr. Vanderbilt you find elements that homes today would never incorporate.
|A fresh flower Arrangement on the front “porch” entryway…. 95% of the floral arrangements (and most all of the garlands and wreaths) are fresh year round.|
|Ceiling in the entryway.|
|Exiting the house.|
|In the front entrance.|
There is so much more to the Biltmore Estates than the house, but too much for one post. We enjoyed fabulous food as well as experiencing first-hand a bit of George Vanderbilt’s dream of self-sufficiency in the winery on the estate. I’ll share a bit later.