Biltmore House: Country House Goals

Hello friends! This weekend I got to tag along with Kip on a work trip to Asheville, North Carolina.  We had an opportunity to visit and tour Biltmore House and walk the gardens and I'm not going to lie, I had moments where I was sure I was supposed to live there.  The home and the gardens indulged every princess fantasy I ever had as a child, and while I joked that I was just going on the tour for decorating inspiration, I actually did feel very inspired as we left.

So I thought I'd share a portion of the one million pictures I snapped during the two days we visited the house.  This will have to be a multipart post but I promise not to bore you with too much history, since it's pretty easy to look up (See - I'm a history nerd so I can't get enough of it). Just know it is the largest privately owned house in the United States, still owned by the descendants of George Vanderbilt, who was sort of the intellectual hippie of the family, if you will.  George loved Asheville, NC and  I was secretly hoping to find Anderson Cooper lounging on a chaise in the library, but it turns out he doesn't live there despite his Vanderbiltness.  Enjoy!

We weren't allowed to take pictures inside the house (don't worry, I found plenty),
but I could easily take my coffee on this balcony every morning.

I'd be so outdoorsy if this was my view.

The camera phone has come a long way

The limestone carving were so detailed, it's hard to capture in just a picture

I spy my cute husband who had a tendency to walk in front all of my shots 

side view

I would love to interpret this as the angels showing me the way home ;)

Y'all, I saw the look of fear in my husband's eyes as I told him how I could actually see myself walking the grounds with my two boys, telling them all about life and hard work as I gesture out to the land and say, "someday, boys, this will all be yours."

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  1. Jennifer, I would be in heaven, touring this iconic manse and seeing the grounds from all directions!
    I will have to check on some of the history as to whether Gloria lived here etc. Cannot wait to see more!!
    Kip must be wondering just what he is going to have to accomplish, Ha!

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  2. One of my all time favorite places to visit. I agree with you-I could totally live there! 😘
    xo, Lissy

  3. Jennifer, My first visit, via Splenderosa.
    I had a Summer lodge in Saluda, every Summer at least 3 times,
    I loaded the quests in the Limo and we did the Biltmore Estate. Then the Grove Park for Lunch.
    It is so gorgeous. I see you like chintz too.

  4. Love the Biltmore - did you get a chance to see the gardens and conservatory? There is also a cute farm with chickens and a winery on the property. Just love it there.


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