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George Vanderbilt started building himself a private mansion in North Carolina in 1889 — and 130 years later, it's still the biggest house in the US. Take a look inside.

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    The Biltmore
    Estate, which is located in Asheville, North Carolina, is
    the site of the largest privately-owned house in the United
    States.
  
  
    According to the property's website, the Biltmore
    House was built in the late 1800s by George Vanderbilt and
    features 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces.
  
  
    
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  The Biltmore Estate is home to the largest
  privately-owned house in the United States.

  George Vanderbilt, a prominent businessman from the late 19th and
  early 20th century, began
  constructing the Biltmore House in 1889.

  Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the 250-room home took
  six
  years to build.

  Asheville is a 
  mountain city known for its scenic views of the Blue Ridge
  Mountains. The area's most popular destinations include the Blue
  Ridge Parkway - a 469-mile road around the mountain's peaks -
  and, of course, the historic Biltmore Estate.

  
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  Vanderbilt opened the
  Biltmore House in 1895. Over the next 35 years, the estate
  played an important role in Vanderbilt's family life. In fact,
  his daughter,
  Cornelia, and two of his two grandchildren were born there. 

  George Vanderbilt died in 1914.
  After his death, his wife, Edith, sold around 87,000 acres
  of the estate to the United States Forest Service.

  In 1930,
  Cornelia and her husband John Cecil opened the
  house to the public. According to the Biltmore website,
  it was opened during the Great Depression to boost the area's
  attraction. 

  Since then, there have been various additions to the estate,
  including the Biltmore Winery, the
  Inn on Biltmore
  Estate, and the 
  Antler Hill Village, which features the Village Hotel.

  The Biltmore Estate, which now spans a total of 8,000 acres, is
  covered with gardens designed by American landscape architect
  Frederick Law
  Olmsted.

  The main house, America's largest, includes 35 bedrooms, 43
  bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces.

  Keep reading for a look inside.

George Vanderbilt started building himself a private mansion in North Carolina in 1889 — and 130 years later, it's still the biggest house in the US. Take a look inside.



      The Biltmore Estate is home to the largest privately-owned house in the United States.

      George Vanderbilt, a prominent businessman from the late 19th and early 20th century, began constructing the Biltmore House in 1889.

      Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the 250-room home took six years to build.

      Asheville is a mountain city known for its scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area's most popular destinations include the Blue Ridge Parkway - a 469-mile road around the mountain's peaks - and, of course, the historic Biltmore Estate. 

      Vanderbilt opened the Biltmore House in 1895. Over the next 35 years, the estate played an important role in Vanderbilt's family life. In fact, his daughter, Cornelia, and two of his two grandchildren were born there.

      George Vanderbilt died in 1914. After his death, his wife, Edith, sold around 87,000 acres of the estate to the United States Forest Service.

      In 1930, Cornelia and her husband John Cecil opened the house to the public. According to the Biltmore website, it was opened during the Great Depression to boost the area's attraction.

      Since then, there have been various additions to the estate, including the Biltmore Winery, the Inn on Biltmore Estate, and the Antler Hill Village, which features the Village Hotel.

      The Biltmore Estate, which now spans a total of 8,000 acres, is covered with gardens designed by American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

      The main house, America's largest, includes 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. Click or swipe through to see the whole thing!

      Keep reading for a look inside.

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