The Biltmore Estate…

The Biltmore Estate...

05102009 065To get some idea of just how large the Biltmore Estate is… I wanted to show you a full frame photo so you could get a little bit of scale. From this vantage point, I estimate we are approximately 4 miles, as the crow flies from the estate. As I said in yesterdays post- the Biltmore is America’s largest home and sits on 8,000 acres of land (it was originally an estate of 125,000 acres) . The home was completed in 1895 after 6 years of construction. It consists of 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. There are 4 acres of floor space! Now the part that blows my mind- this home was built as a country retreat for George Vanderbilt… a retreat mind you… Vanderbilt married 3 years after the completion of the home where he and his wife raised their one child! Can you imagine how awesome the games of Hide and Seek could be in a house that size.

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