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Biltmore Estate

A while back, I had an opportunity to tour Biltmore in Asheville, NC. I’d been there many years before and really enjoyed the tour, but I remembered having been a little disappointed that so little of the upstairs was open for viewing.

Well, all that’s changed now and it’s an awesome experience! They continue to restore more rooms each year, so more and more are opened up for tours. The tour took us 1 1/2 hours…and it was amazing! Visiting Biltmore is truly an unforgettable experience…if you haven’t been, I highly recommend it. You may read more about Biltmore by visiting HERE.


(Picture from Biltmore website)

For this Pink Saturday, I wanted to share some pics I took while visiting the gardens around Biltmore. There is so much to see and do on the grounds of Biltmore…you really need a few days to see it all.

As you walk down the long set of steps off to the left side of Biltmore…you begin to enter the Italian Garden.

The following photos of the pools, were taken in the area you see off to the left of Biltmore in this pic below… (pic from Biltmore website)

There are three, large, symmetrical pools in this garden area and they are filled with water lilies and Egyptian lotus.

Wish I’d thought to take a bigger view of this whole area for you…

Some of the fish swimming in the pools…

As you’re walking down along beside these huge pools, you look up and here’s your view. It’s the far left end of Biltmore. This area also contains lot of beautiful, classical statuary.

We continued on into the gardens, which were tremendous in size…so many, many fabulous perennials. I’m afraid I didn’t take as many pics as I probably should have…just found myself enjoying the beauty. Here are the few that I did take.

Beautiful echinacea (Purple Coneflower) with a busy little bee…

I couldn’t get enough of this conservatory…isn’t it amazing!

Just outside the conservatory…

Now we’re inside…

Do you see Mr. Bee?

I think this was taken inside a smaller green house that is located close to the conservatory…

Another view of the conservatory… aren’t the mountains breathtaking?!




Comments

  1. Breathtaking! Can you even imagine living in a house like that? Thanks for sharing – Happy Pink Saturday!

  2. I love Biltmore – it's been quite a few years since I've been there. You just brought back some fun memories! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Roeshel

  3. Country Wings in Phoenix says:

    Hi Susan!
    I have never been. Thanks for the wonderful tour. I had a great time. I always love going to places that I have never been. Your were a wonderful tour guide. Happy Pink Saturday. Country Hugs, Sherry

  4. Mary Ellen (megardengal) says:

    I have heard so much about this fabulous place- thank you for sharing your visit with us! It truly is amazing to think a family lived in that huge mansion! I wonder if it felt cozy and warm to them? I wouldn't give up cozy and warm for any amount of square footage!! (though I would love a gorgeous conservatory like that!)

    blessing
    mary

  5. Susan @ Not the Good Scissors! says:

    I cannot imagine that a family even lived there at one time. The Biltmore is on my list of things I want to do and see. One of these days. You took some great pictures. Coneflowers have a special place in my heart.
    Have a great weekend.

  6. Pam @ This Humble House says:

    An American version of a castle! Thanks for the beautiful photos!

  7. Skaggs Family says:

    Oh MY those pictures are amazing!!! I love the little bee with the fuzzy head and the beautiful purple flowers. I don't know what the Biltmore is but I'm sure going to click your link and find out, it looks amazing!

  8. I'm Julia says:

    What wonderful memories you've stirred up… we visited Biltmore on our honeymoon in 1975… driving the Blueridge in a teeny maroon convertible. Wonderful to see it hasn't changed.

    Happy Pink Saturday :-)
    ~Julia @ Drawn to the Sea

  9. fitty's pinky rose cottage says:

    wow.. a really huge and beautiful castle! so much like a fairy tale one! I wonder how many servants, maids, butler, gardeners does the Vanderbilts has at that time to mend their house!.. stunning!

    happy PS!

  10. Wow. Love all. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy weekend.

  11. Susan, The next time we are near Biltmore, we are going to see it.

    Your pictures are great. Thanks for showing them.

    Barbara

    HPS

  12. These were beautiful photos of a place I would like to someday see. Thank you for the insight as to how lovely this place really is! Sue

  13. Suzann @ Lavender and Roses says:

    WOW!

  14. Enchanted Rose Studio says:

    Happy PS, Susan! I've always wanted to visit The Biltmore. I was first introduced to it on America's Castles. I wish pbs or amc or which ever station it was would bring back that program. I loved seeing the rooms and hearing the stories about the people who built America's grand homes! I'll never forget how beautiful and amazing Hearst's Castle is. First time I went I was 12, then again at 21.

    Great photos! Thanks for taking us along!

    Tina

  15. Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio says:

    I am fortunate enough to live about 30 minutes from Biltmore House. We are passholders and visit the house and grounds at least once a month. There is always something going on there, from wine tastings, Friday nights with live music at the Arbor Grill, festivals, summer concerts, etc.

    I too highly recommend going to see it if you are in the Asheville area…and if any bloggers are, I would love to meet them!

    When did you go Susan? Wish I could have met you there!
    Hugs,
    Penny

  16. Claudia@DipityRoad says:

    Lovely post.

    Arent you surprised at how "prickly" those cute cone flowers are up close and personal?

    I know i was surprised — somehow i thought they would feel soft.. Ohhh no!

    Love the bumble bee catch!

    What a fun display of Pink Saturday.

    Nothing but fun! I so enjoy just lookig at all the posts put together all in the name of PINK!

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  17. Glenda/MidSouth says:

    Great photos – thanks for sharing.

  18. What a fabulous place.
    Is it anywhere near Raleigh as We have freinds there.( Mary from Across the pond).
    Great pics.Happy PS
    JJ

  19. Debbie Pearson says:

    The Biltmore is on my list of must see places I'd like to travel. You shared so many wonderful photos, thank you for the tour!

  20. Dana and Daisy says:

    Oh My! So beautiful! I love the echinacea and have them in my garden, too! BUt sadly, I do not have my own conservatory! lol!

    Happy Pink Saturday! Love, Dana

  21. The Biltmore is an amazing place. I've only been there at Christmas time, so I need to go back when the gardens are at their colorful best.

  22. darnold23 says:

    Great tour! Thanks for sharing. We're sharing peanut butter ideas and Elvis stories at diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com. I hope you will come join us. Or, join us for Crock Pot Wednesdays. Mister Linky will be ready for that on Tuesday.

  23. What a beautiful place to visit! And the gardens and flowers are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!

  24. ♥Mimi♥ says:

    How totally lovely! Thanks so much for sharing this week. Raining here…again…so I needed a little bit of cheer! Pink Saturday always makes me smile, even if the sky is gray.

    Have a wonderful weekend with those you l♥ve.

  25. Susan, thank you for the tour of the Biltmore estate. Your photos are lovely and give those of us who have never visited a sense of it. Thanks!

  26. Oh the Biltmore is truly unreal. What a gorgeous place. All the gardens are just stunning. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

  27. What a magnificent tour through Biltmore. Thank you so much!!

    Have a delightfully pink weekend!

  28. I've never been to the Biltmore, but have always wanted to go. Thanks for taking us on a tour!

  29. Country Dreaming says:

    Susan–

    I love the Biltmore!!! My goal is to someday go at Christmas time and see that beautiful place in
    all it's Christmas Glory!!

    Melinda

  30. Graceful Moments says:

    It's been years since I visited Biltmore but will have to put it back on my list. I had no idea they had opened up so many new rooms. It will be like a completely new adventure. Thanks for posting all of the great photos!

  31. Sandi@ My Yellow Door says:

    Just beautiful, Susan! Happy Pink Saturday and enjoy your weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  32. Southerncook says:

    Always seeing and reading about the Biltmore. I am hoping to make a Fall trip to the Biltmore within the next couple of months. Beautiful Pink Saturday post.

    I didn't quite make my post in time for Pink Saturday. Maybe next week.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  33. Southerncook says:

    Meant to say I always enjoy seeing and reading about the Biltmore.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  34. Oh the Biltmore is one of those hotels I long to visit. You are so lucky, these are beautiful pictures. Mumzie :)

  35. imjacobsmom says:

    Susan, Part two I guess – somehow the comment form snapped off – What I was saying was Can you imagine actually living in such opulence? The grounds are spectacular. I would love to tour Biltmore and I'm sure Jacob would, too.

  36. Happy Pink Saturday!

    What a spectacular place!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  37. 9405018--Pat says:

    Thanks, Susan, for the tour…it's been a couple years since I've been there… I just can't imagine a family living there…thanks for sharing Pat H

  38. I would so love to go here…thank you for posting this inspiring post. Happy PS.

  39. Lisa@Pickles and Cheese says:

    Builtmore is a beautiful place. We did the Candlelight Tour at Christmas time a few years ago and it was gorgeous. Glad to hear they have restore more rooms. It is time for us to go back for another visit! Thanks!

  40. Beansieleigh says:

    Hi Susan! This looked like a beautiful place to tour through! Thank you so much for bringing us along! I also want to mention that I was referred here to see your post about a pesky squirrel! I loved hearing what worked in deterring him from further mischief! Happy Pink Saturday, and hope you're enjoying a wonderful weekend! ~tina

  41. Hi Susan,
    Dan and I were in Asheville in June and although we didn't make it to the Biltmore, I sure loved the beautiful area. Thanks for sharing some of these amazing pics love that conservatory! Cindy

  42. Jennifer Swan Hopkins says:

    Oh so gorgeous! Wowie, that Biltmore is something else.

    I'm not participating but thought I'd stop by and say "Hello, Happy Pink Saturday". It is always such a pleasure to come to your blog and see what you've been up to.

    See you soon!
    Jennifer
    MaidenShade.net
    (- note the new blog address)

  43. Susan, as always these are amazing photos! Thanks for sharing another of your travels! Happy Pink Saturday to you!
    hyacinthforthesoul.blogspot.com/

  44. I wonder how many of us bloggers could fit in there and still be comfortable?
    What an incredible building.

  45. Bernideen says:

    I had no idea is was THIS BIG! WOW

  46. Thank you, Susan, for bringing back wonderful memories of the Biltmore. It's been 30 years since I last visited. I think that today, I would appreciate it so much more.

    I had no idea that cone flowers were "echinacea". That's one of my favorite home remedies…an echinacea bath when I feel a cold coming on. Thanks for teaching me something new today.

    Happy weekend..
    Jane (Artfully Graced)

  47. What a beautiful tour that must be! Happy Pink Saturday!

  48. southerninspiration says:

    Oh, I need to go back!!! It is gorgeous!

    Suzanne

  49. Thanks for the great tour…My husband refuses to visit Biltmore after he heard what the admission is….he felt they didn't need any more money…It certainly is beautiful…a friend went recently and when I asked her if she saw Anderson Cooper's portrait she said…(Like I was the dumb one)
    Why would his portrait be at Biltmore….when I said he's Gloria Vanderbilts son she still didn't get the connection….She didn't think Gloria is a "real" Vanderbilt…

  50. Irma's Rose Cottage says:

    Happy Pink Saturday! Thanks for sharing.

    Irma

  51. santamaker says:

    Amazing photography ! WOW!

  52. What an awesome tour! Thank you so much. I really enjoyed myself! Wonderful photographs.

  53. Little Lovables says:

    truly stunning!

  54. Susan, thank you for sharing your visit. The Biltmore is such an amazing place. Everywhere you look there is incredible beauty.

    Happy Pink Saturday, Susan.

  55. Bama Belle says:

    Oh Susan, we adore the Biltmore! We take the children EVERY year for the Easter Egg hunt on the front lawn! It is truly an amazing site to see, all of them dressed in their Easter best in front of that amazing home. We missed this past Easter but have already planned for 2010!

  56. Hey, I see some things that we missed when we visited there in 1998(?)or it is new. We have been in the Breakers at Newport, the one in Hyde Park and Biltmore in Ashville, and my favorite is still the one in Newport, but I think this is largest. Hope you were able to visit their beautiful gift shop..it is to die for!

  57. Seams to Sew and Quilt says:

    Beautiful, I would love to go there someday. Have a wonderful week.
    Vera

  58. Happy Pink Saturday. Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures. What a magnificent place.

  59. MyThoughtsMyVoice says:

    Oh wow! Isn't this just amazing. It'll probably take me a moment just staring at this beauty LOL

    Are the other koi too shy to have their picture taken and hid under the lily pads? cause I'm seeing only one :-)

    Li

  60. Lady Katherine says:

    How beautiful it is up close! I went by it and chose the weaving shop in Ashville. Thanks for sharing it up close! I love the bee! It reminds me of your flatware!

  61. I'm late in my PS visits. I LOVE the Biltmore. If I could live anywhere, I'd live there…with all sorts of fun people like you!

  62. Thank-you for the wonderful memories. I grew up about 10 minutes from the Biltmore House and have been there numerous times. We had all of our proms on the grounds there at Deerpark. I haven't been back in many years (live in Northern CA now), but I have to say it was a wonderful, beautiful place to grow up!

  63. ~Lavender Dreamer~ says:

    What wonderful photos! I live near the Biltmore and was there yesterday for the Carpet of flowers. I am posting about it tomorrow! Love your blog!

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