In the winter months Biltmore House offers a warm escape into a bygone era replete with rare artwork and inspiring architectural details. January through March is typically a quiet time on the estate, giving guests time to discover all the extra touches throughout the home and elsewhere on the property.
It’s also time to consider taking one of Biltmore’s Behind-The-Scenes guided tours, especially since the Biltmore House Butler’s Tour and the Vanderbilt Family and Friends Tour delve into the details about the people who lived and worked in Biltmore House during the Gilded Age, the very same time frame explored in one of today’s most popular television series, “Downton Abbey.”
Biltmore – America’s version of “Downton Abbey”
With the highly anticipated U.S. premiere of “Downton Abbey” on PBS in January, fans of the show will be interested to know that its story lines overlap the time when George and Edith Vanderbilt lived in Biltmore House with their only child, Cornelia. The Biltmore House Butler’s Tour and the Vanderbilt Family and Friends Tour expose guests to the striking resemblances between the structure and protocols of Biltmore House and Downton Abbey, and also the relationships between the Crawley family and their service staff; and that of the Vanderbilt family’s with their staff. While not an apples-to-apples comparison, these tours merely reflect those times.
After exploring Biltmore House, more indoor enchantment awaits in the Conservatory, a soaring greenhouse designed by Richard Morris Hunt, architect of Biltmore House. The Conservatory – possibly one of the warmest spots in western North Carolina during winter – is filled with thousands of tropical plants, and Biltmore’s expansive orchid display.
Taste Biltmore Wine and Explore
A stop at the Winery offers guided tours about the history of Biltmore’s vineyards and the art and science of winemaking. Warm up with a free tasting of robust reds, crisp whites and sparkling wines. Antler Hill Village is just steps away from the Winery and offers the Vanderbilts At Home and Abroad exhibition highlighting archival letters, documents, personal items and exotic treasures the Vanderbilt family collected around the world for their home.
Winter is Value Season at Biltmore
Enjoy our best values of the year from Jan. 2 through March 20. Estate admission begins at $35 if tickets are purchased online seven or more days in advance. Tickets are $45 at the gate. A ticket includes a complimentary audio guide of Biltmore House, featuring stories of life in America’s largest home. Children 16 and younger are admitted free with adult admission.
Special Rates at Inn on Biltmore Estate
Winter rates at Inn on Biltmore Estate, our award-winning hotel, begin in January:
– January rates start at $129 on weekdays; and $169 on weekends
– February rates start at $149 on weekdays; and $189 on weekends
– March rates start at $179 on weekdays; and $229 on weekends
For more information, please visit www.biltmore.com, or call 800- 411-3812.