America's largest home boasts 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, priceless art and antiques.
Thousands of original furnishings. Comforts and technologies that were virtually unknown back in 1895. Original art from masters such as Renoir. Magnificent 16th-century tapestries. More than 40 bronze sculptures. Curiosities collected from George Vanderbilt's excursions to Europe, Asia, and Africa. Napoleon's chess set. A library with 10,000 volumes. A Banquet Hall with a 70-foot ceiling. Fascinating kitchens and remarkable recreational areas. Room after room of art, history, and luxury.
The sheer scale of Biltmore House is almost overwhelming, yet it feels surprisingly welcoming and comfortable. After all, these amazing four acres of floor space were designed not as a museum but as a family home and country retreat. To this day, it is still the largest privately owned home in America, and it remains one of the most engaging portraits of 19th-century life ever created.
By AlbinoFlea @ 2006-03-16 01:38:49