"Western facade and terrace" Top 5 Page for this destination Biltmore Estate Tip by matcrazy1
Biltmore Estate, Asheville: 77 reviews and 216 photos
There is a huge and completely flat area covered by green grass (the Great Lawn) in front of the Biltmore House. I expected to see similar landscape on the opposite side. I was surprised when I passed through the House it to the terrace on the opposite, western side finding myself a few meters above quite steep hill. The House is built on the edge of flat area.
In my opinion the front, eastern side of the House is somewhat too large, too rich, overhelming and even a bit chaotic in shapes. The much better balanced is the western facade with the wide, tall and covered terrace or verandah that stretches between the South and the North Tower and offers great view down to the valley of the Broad French River which splits the Biltmore Estate. There are a few comfortable old-fashioned chairs on the terrace. If you are lucky you may take a seat and relax.
WHY IN ASHEVILLE?
I had to ask why George Washington Vanderbilt II (1862-1914) decided to build his impressive residence just in Asheville (some 3 miles south of downtown to be exact). He was rich enough to build his house wherever he wanted in the USA or abroad.
I got to know that he was a bit similar to me. He showed little interest in commerce and fashionable society but he was absolutely fascinating with learning and travel. At age 10 he traveled first time to Europe and then he journeyed to Europe, Asia, or Africa nearly every year of his adult life. On the trip to the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains he discovered the beautiful, hilly land south of Asheville that he would transform into Biltmore Estate.
Address: Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC 28803
Directions: The Biltmore House is in the middle of the Biltmore Estate (map here). Details in my last transportation tip here
othercontact: +1 (828) 225-1600
Phone: +1 (800) 624-1575
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