“acres of absolutely breathtaking botanical beauty”
Stroll acres of formal and informal gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. From the beauty of the Italian Garden to the breathtaking trees in America’s first managed forest, Biltmore’s lush landscape is a living tribute to Olmsted’s genius. Our horticultural experts continually work to preserve the original vision for the gardens and grounds, including our Rose Garden that features more than 250 varieties. As a century-old model for forest conservation (and, more recently, for sustainability, thanks to six acres of solar panels), Biltmore continues to honor Vanderbilt’s legacy of environmental protection. Explore the Grounds for Yourself Hike the grounds of our estate at your own pace with our extensive network of trails. Enjoy a walk along the French Broad River, through lush green forests, or the open meadows of Deer Park. Take a stroll on the 2.5 miles of paths in our manicured gardens. Early April Darwin Hybrid Tulip varieties begin blooming in the Walled Garden and Estate Entry. Other estate blooms include early flowering shrubs and trees, forsythia, spirea, magnolia, and flowering cherries. Mid-April Darwin Hybrid Tulips are usually at peak in the Walled Garden and Estate Entry. Other estate blooms include spring bulbs, dogwoods, and redbuds. Late April Single late tulips fill the Walled Garden, Estate Entry, and Winery beds, until the last week when poppies, snapdragons, and pansies are planted. Other estate blooms include hybrid azaleas and various flowering shrubs. May In bloom are poppies, snapdragons, and pansies in Walled Garden, Estate Entry, and Winery beds. Other estate blooms include native azaleas (first week is usually the peak), and various flowering shrubs. Late May - Late September Summer annuals fill the Walled Garden, Estate Entry, and Winery beds. Other estate blooms include roses and perennials and lush perennial borders in the Walled Garden, Winery and Antler Hill Village. June - August In addition to summer annuals, other estate blooms include native rhododendron and perennials. Mid-September - October Hundreds of vibrant chrysanthemums and salvias fill the Walled Garden, Estate Entry, and Winery beds. Mid-Late October Fall foliage colors.
The Biltmore was used for Richie Rich's house and as a kid moving to Asheville, I was so excited to tour his place. A few years down the road, I worked for a wedding planner and saw a lot of gorgeous weddings take place both at the Estate house and the Inn. The wine tasting at their winery is fun and I highly recommend doing a candlelit tour during Christmas here, so beautiful! A must see when visiting Asheville.
We spent a wonderful few hours touring this magnificent estate. I consider this a must do when visiting Asheville. Be sure to get the audio tour when you purchase your tickets as it is a headphone set that describes each room as you walk through the house.
Very expensive for a self guided tour. Can't even see the the outside of house or go to the vineyard to buy some wine unless you pay $59 a person to go through the gates. They do offer a $10 military discount.
The Biltmore Estate is such a surreal place to visit, the house and the grounds are absolutely beautiful and getting a tour is worth it to hear all about the history of this place. It's also massive so don't expect to tour the entire thing in a couple of hours, if you want to really dig in you should expect to spend the whole day here.
Beautiful! Especially in spring when flowers are in bloom. A full day. (Easy) hiking trails. Much to photograph. Not an inexpensive day, but if it's a busy day, splurge for the 'premium tasting' if you do the winery. The lines for complimentary on a busy day get quite long.
I feel like a princess when I was here and I took a lot of pictures here. There's so many amazing views. The building is magnificent and great landscaping.
The house and grounds are beautiful. This is definitely an all day event. I really enjoyed wine tasting at the on site winery.
We spent Christmas day 2014 here and absolutely loved every minute. You will spend the entire day and will definitely want to go back; we want to visit again in the spring to see the gardens in full bloom.
We visited the Estate when the "Downton Abbey" wardrobe was on display. It was fascinating to see the parallels between my favorite series and this real life estate. The clothes were an interesting touch adding to the already fascinating surroundings. There were audio tours available, but we just read the free booklet along the way and learned plenty about the estate and family. The staff were readily available to answer questions along the way. There was an adorable restraint in what used to be the stable. Good food, but pricey. The gift shop was adorable and had a wide variety of gifts and souvenirs. My only complaint was that it wasn't very kid, friendly for my 6 year old - but I expected that. I think kids would be much more engaged with an actual tour guide. If you plan on taking your children, even older kids, pay the extra money for the guided tour. Expect to spend most of the day here. Also, you can't photograph inside the building, even with your cell phone. The close-by Biltmore Park offers great shopping and dinner after you leave!
Was a little pricey but was worth it! The house left me speechless and my husband mind was blow with all the detail. GET THE AUDIO TOUR! There were no signs explaining anything and the people working there would talk a little about the house but we did the first few rooms with out the audio and turned around to get one after that. Over all a wonderful experience and don't forget to go and try their wines :)
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