On Tuesday, November 15 I had the opportunity to go to Biltmore house on a tour with my close friend Charlotte and Charlotte’s neighbor, Mrs. Wright. It took us three hours to get there so here are some pictures of our drive.
When we got there we got on a shuttle and began our tour. The Biltmore house has 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces, so as you already know it is pretty big. The 1st room we went into was an inside garden. It was called the Winter Garden. It had the room full of poinsettias and it had gifts in it for the Christmas Party later that evening.
The 2nd room was the formal dining room. It had beautiful chairs and on the table there was huge ginger bread houses or more like play houses. There was an about 20 foot tree with 500 lights on it in the corner.
The 3rd room was the less formal dining room called the breakfast room. Then we went into a room where they kept some valuables during a war. It had a beautiful ceiling and they still keep some other valuable things in it.
Then there was the library. It was a room full of thousands of books! The ceiling was a ceiling that had come from a house in Europe and it had a drawing on it. In the room was Napoleon’s actual chess set!
The next room had a neat tapestry that was 500 years old and is the only one remaining of a set of seven in the world! It had the entire Bible story on it. With Matthew, Mark, Luke and John cymbals on it.
Next we went up the beautiful stairs to Mr. George Vanderbilt’s bedroom. It had a nice bed, daybed and much more fancy things.
Next was where Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt and later their daughter Cornelia could eat and rest with privacy.
Then Mrs. Vanderbilt’s bedroom. It was much like Mr. Vanderbilt’s room except that it was (in my opinion) much prettier.
The next room was where guests could relax and enjoy the day by reading, writing, playing the piano, or get acquainted with the other guests.
We then went up the stairs to the third floor to see a few of the thirty-three guest bedrooms.
Then we went in a guest bedroom called the chimney room. It’s chimney was decorated with beautiful flowers.
The next guest bedroom was where Cornelia was born along with Cornelia’s child and grandchild.
Now we will go down the basement stairs and into the long stone hallway and into the Halloween room. It has been proven that actually this room had nothing to do with Halloween but actually some Russian’s painted it for a party.
Then the bowling alley. It was also pretty neat.
The swimming pool was not filled and never will be because one night during a party they decided to swim. Well, sadly in the morning it was empty because it had a leak in it. The pool had a diving board and was 12 feet deep in some places.
The next room is the gymnasium. It was used by the guests and by the family.
Then we will walk down a hallway and enter the servants quarters. There was a huge kitchen, a washing room and a dryer along with all the servants bedrooms and dining room.
Then we went out to the beautiful gardens and got some really great pictures.
Then we went to some really expensive shops and then headed back home!!!