Discover the Largest House in North Carolina And Just How Big 178,926 Square Feet Really Is 

Written by Angie Menjivar
Updated: September 13, 2023
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In the late 1800s, history was made when the very first visitors (friends and family) were invited into the home. Today, it is open to the public and attracts visitors from around the world. It is situated on several thousand acres, and you won’t believe all there is to do and see when you visit. Discover the largest house in North Carolina!

The Largest House in North Carolina

Known for its gorgeous and grand architectural design, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville is the largest house in North Carolina. It was officially opened to family and friends on Christmas Eve in 1895. Later in 1930, this country home by George Vanderbilt was opened to the public. This massive property sits on about 8,000 acres. The mansion alone is 178,926 square feet!

There are 250 rooms throughout, 35 of which are bedrooms, 43 are bathrooms, and the estate boasts a whopping 65 fireplaces. This house isn’t just a house — it’s a castle with as much beauty surrounding it as there is within it. Forests surround the estate, inviting you to enjoy their winding trails and take in the splendor of the abounding gardens. Fancy a glass of wine? The most popular winery is in Biltmore, making it ultra-convenient to enjoy all the fruits of nature.

The Biltmore Estate with circular fountain, Ashville, NC

The Biltmore Estate sits on about 8,000 acres.

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Visiting the Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate is a prized jewel in Asheville, North Carolina, and yes, you can visit! You can buy tickets online or at the entrance. There are three options: one is for daytime admission, the second is for evenings, and the third option is to attend seasonal events. To be safe, check the Biltmore website for up-to-date information. The main attraction of the Biltmore Estate is the stunning home itself.

You can walk in and fall in love, completely fascinated with all the historical artifacts housed within. The artwork throughout captures your attention and the opulence renders you into a state of admiration. There are six gardens to explore as well. Some are more formal than others, and the nature trails (should you venture out) take you to French Broad River.

Biltmore Estate Activities

As you walk and listen to the guided tour you learn about Biltmore’s history and architecture. You also get a chance to see the banquet hall, the library, and the bedrooms. This is a busy place during the holidays and on the weekend, so try to visit during the week early in the morning to avoid big crowds. There are outdoor activities you could take part in during your visit as well. You could go biking, horseback riding, or hiking.

When you are ready to visit, pack a pair of comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. You might want to wear cotton shirts for the summer and maybe a light jacket in the fall. You can also enjoy outdoor guided tours. Activities like rafting and kayaking, touring on land rovers, exploring falconry, and fly fishing are all options. For guests who wish to visit at night, there are additional fees. There is plenty to do for both leisurely folks and adventurous spirits.

Horseback riding trail

Horseback riding is one of the many activities you can take part in when you visit the Biltmore Estate.

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Biltmore Estate Stays

With so much to see and do at the Biltmore Estate, a day trip just doesn’t cut it. For a more comprehensive visit, you can always choose an overnight stay at any one of the on-site properties. There’s an option for every budget, too, which opens the possibility of an extended stay for all. There is a moderately priced location called the Village Hotel, a four-star luxury spot called The Inn, and a premier set of cottages, all of which are located on the Biltmore Estate.

Other Large Homes in the Area

There are some exclusive neighborhoods near Biltmore Estate. While they are not as large as the Biltmore Estate, they do have their own appeal. Below are a couple of other large homes in the area:

  • Kenilworth is located southeast of downtown Asheville. It features large historic houses as well as modern estates. They are only a hop, skip, and jump away from the Biltmore Estate.
  • Grove Park boasts elegant homes and an upscale neighborhood. This neighborhood is not too close to the Biltmore Estate though it offers prestigious and historic homes.
  • Biltmore Park is an exclusive neighborhood that is a short distance from the Biltmore Estate. It offers upscale shops, restaurants, a theater, and a few green spaces which beautifully complement the architecture throughout.
  • Biltmore Forest offers plenty of greenery with beautiful, spacious homes. This exclusive neighborhood is adjacent to the Biltmore Estate.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © RLTerry / CC BY-SA 3.0 – License / Original


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About the Author

Angie Menjivar is a writer at A-Z-Animals primarily covering pets, wildlife, and the human spirit. She has 14 years of experience, holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology, and continues her studies into human behavior, working as a copywriter in the mental health space. She resides in North Carolina, where she's fallen in love with thunderstorms and uses them as an excuse to get extra cuddles from her three cats.

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