Biltmore Estate - Complete Review

Built in 1889 by the Vanderbilts, the Biltmore Estate is located in in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. At 175,000 sq. ft. with 33 bedrooms, 65 fireplaces and 43 bathrooms, it’s the largest privately owned home in the U.S. This was a girls trip, so the kids and husband did not get to participate.

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Planning & Research Tip: It’s a bit confusing because the whole 8,000-acre property is often called the Biltmore Estate and the actual Biltmore house on the property is also called the Biltmore Estate.

The Biltmore Estate House Tour

The house is open for tours with a few different options, including self-guided (the most popular when we visited), an audio-guided option (headphones), and a professional staff guided tour. The price increases respectively. The tour is a one-way maze through the house from the main floor to the 2nd floor to the basement and everywhere in between.

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Dining Hall inside the Biltmore Estate

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Grand Staircase inside the Biltmore Estate

Where to Stay

The estate has three lodging options: the Village Hotel, the Inn at the Biltmore, and the Cottages. My review of the Inn at the Biltmore can be found below.

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Stunning views from the Inn at the Biltmore

Food & Drink

There’s a restaurant on site at the actual Biltmore house, the Stable Café, which is situated inside the original stables and a fun place for a meal. There are a few other restaurants on property, including the Bistro in Antler Village and in the hotels.

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Stable Cafe on site at the Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Winery

Your daytime admission to Biltmore includes a complimentary wine tasting at the Biltmore Winery located in Antler Village (a short drive from the actual house). This has a great themed entrance covered in lights. The winery boasts 20+ handcrafted vintages. We were offered our choice of wines for the tasting. This was a lot of fun! We all liked one or more enough to purchase bottles.

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Entrance to the Biltmore Winery

Inn at the Biltmore Review

We stayed on property within the Biltmore Estate at the aptly named “Inn at the Biltmore.” This 4-star hotel is one of three choices if staying on site. The Inn is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the actual Biltmore house. Beautifully furnished and formal throughout, this is a swanky place.

Evening View of the Inn at the Biltmore

The lobby and lounge offer an incredible view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The furnishings in the common areas are gorgeous. The Inn at the Biltmore offers a formal dining room and in-room dining. The formal dining room is very traditional with an elegant décor. There’s a large patio off of the lounge open to guests that is a fabulous place to spend an evening.

Our room was elegantly furnished with two double beds.

Lounge Area at the Inn at the Biltmore

Patio at the Inn at the Biltmore

Interior of Room


The Biltmore is known for its lush gardens and landscapes. Parts of these are open for walkthroughs after your tour. Biltmore Blooms is a special time of year for the gardens in April and May. These weren’t in bloom yet when we visited, so I can only imagine their beauty.

Antler Hill Village

The village houses the winery, shops, trails, the Bistro, and a mini farmyard. This is not to be confused with the “Biltmore Village” which is located right outside of the Biltmore property.

Antler Hill Village


Asheville, North Carolina has a vibrant downtown full of unique boutiques, artisan shops, and restaurants. We spent several hours walking and shopping downtown and could’ve stayed even longer. It's just a few minutes drive from the Biltmore.

Asheville Shopping

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