Biltmore: Architectural Treasure in Our Backyard, Part 2

DSC_0237ecw title2In my previous post about the Biltmore House, I showed photos of the Entrance, the Foyer, the Winter Garden, Billiard Room, and Banquet Hall. After exiting the Banquet Hall, you pass down a hall and enter what is called the Breakfast Room, although it was also used for luncheon.

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DSC_0993ewRelief sculptures along the hallway

DSC_0994ewTiled ceiling and chandelier in the hallway

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Next is the Music Room

DSC_0029ecw Leaving the Music Room, you come upon a doorway leading out to the Loggia, a long porch looking out toward the mountain views.

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Returning to the foyer from the Loggia, the next doorway leads to a very long room, the Tapestry Room with multiple seating areas, fireplaces, a grand piano, and tapestries hanging along one side of the room.

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Passing through massive doors at the other end of the Tapestry Room, you enter the library. The library holds 10,000 volumes.

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Leaving the library, you walk back through the Tapestry Room and exit into the foyer. Near the front entrance is the Grand Staircase leading upstairs.

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DSC_0204ewAt the top of the stairs on the second floor is the Second Floor Living Hall and then a hallway leading to Mr.  Vanderbilt’s elegant bedroom.

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DSC_0129ewConnecting Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt’s bedrooms is the Oak Sitting Room.

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Mrs. Vanderbilt’s bedroom is truly elegant and feminine.

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The guest bedrooms were given names. The self-guided tours of Biltmore allow visitors to walk through a number of those guest rooms, though not all. Each room has a bathroom. The home was state of the art for its time and obviously had elegance in all the details, murals, and furnishings. The one area that I think is in stark contrast to the opulence of the rest of the home is the bathrooms. At the time, a bathroom consisted of a toilet and a tub. The wash basin was in the bedroom. Here’s a shot of one of the bathrooms.

DSC_0191ewPretty plain isn’t it? No fancy stuff in there. I mean, for the time, I’m sure it was considered fine, but it’s just so different than the rest of the rooms.

Well that’s our tour of the beautiful architectural treasure in our backyard. Have you visited the Biltmore Estate? If you’re ever in the vicinity of Asheville, be sure to go. The home tour is well worth the time and the cost! Especially if you’re a Downton Abbey fan, (Aren’t we all still in mourning that it’s over?) this home is kind of the American version of Highclere Castle.

Linking up with:

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

The Scoop at Stonegable

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Inspiration Gallery at The Chronicles of Home

Foodie Friday and Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm

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