George Washington Vanderbilt II decided to build his own house in the 1880s and he called it Biltmore. He bought almost 700 parcels of land, including over 50 farms and five cemeteries. The construction started in 1889 and it required 1,000 workers. Vanderbilt brought decor from abroad like tapestries, hundreds of carpets, and decorative objects. However, he bought American items like rocking chairs, a walnut grand piano, and a wicker wastebasket.
Biltmore Estate has become a historic house museum and tourist attraction in Asheville. The main residence is a Châteauesque-style mansion and it is the largest privately-owned house in the United States. It remains one of the most prominent examples of Gilded Age mansions. The home features 250 rooms, including 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces.
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While exploring this wonderful place, you will be able to visit the Biltmore House and get a self-guided tour through the four floors. One of the favorite areas is the library with about 10,000 books. Also, if you want to wander around, make sure to visit the gardens. The Walled Garden features a rose garden with more than 250 varieties. The Bass Pond is a short walk away from the gardens. At the end of the pond, there is a waterfall that you can see from a bench. It is a very relaxing experience that you can't miss!
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