Tour Asheville’s Biltmore Estate

When you tour Asheville’s Biltmore Estate (only 3.4 miles from Hill House Bed and Breakfast), you are at the largest private residence ever built in the United States.  With 250 rooms, it is more than understandable that there are 200 fulltime and more than 1600 part-time employees.

In 1895, George Vanderbilt, after working with architect Richard Morris Hunt and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, officially opened Biltmore House after six years of construction.  Surrounded by 8,000 acres of Blue Ridge Mountain beauty, today’s Biltmore Estate includes award-winning gardens, a selection of restaurants, its own winery and a variety of shops.   

Visitors to the Biltmore Estate can opt for additional tours including

  • the 90-minute audio tour filled with stories about the Vanderbilts and treasures in their collection
  •  a behind-the-scenes, 60-minute guided upstairs and downstairs tour which shows sneak peeks into servant life and grand parties,
  • amazing views during the 60-minute guided rooftop tour about the design and construction of the Biltmore House
  • a motor coach tour of the estate with information about the history of the land, structures, and former residents.   

Depending upon the season, visitors, for an additional fee, can participate in many extra activities, such as biking, carriage rides, fly-fishing, guided horseback trail rides, river rafting, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and basic, off-road, Segway tours! Also, as the seasons and their themes change, so too do the decor and public displays.  

The acres of Biltmore Gardens, designed by New York Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmstead (who is considered the father of American landscape architecture), always have something in bloom throughout the different seasons of the year. No matter the time of year you come, there will be natural beauty to see.

And, you of course are welcome to enjoy the comforts of Hill House Bed and Breakfast during your visit to Asheville, North Carolina.  We also offer two-day passes to the Biltmore Estate.  

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