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Paris Ritz Renovates Traditional Antique French Decor

I am pleased that the Paris Ritz renovation is finally completed and the hotel is open again! Here at EuroLuxHome.com we import all our fine antique furniture from Europe (hence the name!) and although some of the furniture comes from other European countries, most is from France. Paris is close to our hearts and the Paris Ritz is an icon. The building on Place Vendôme is beautiful and it is packed with antique furniture. So let’s see how it looks now, because even if we can’t all afford to stay there, we can enjoy the beautiful antique décor.

Ritz Paris Windsor SuiteThe photo above of the Windsor Suite gives a taste of what to expect. When Swiss hotelier César Ritz bought this private palace built in the early 18th century, he planned to turn it into a luxury hotel with: “All the refinement that a prince could desire in his own home.” He did a good job of it because when the Ritz opened in 1898 the most influential people started to stay there.  The Ritz boasted a private bathroom with each guest room! In those days, this was an unheard-of amenity. Boy, how times have changed. Even a Motel 6 room has its own bathroom now!

Paris Ritz Imperial Suite

In 2012 the current owner closed the Paris Ritz in order to restore it back to its former glory. The hotel is famous for its traditional 18th-century French décor, splendid and opulent, but the antique furniture and decorative items needed some work.

Ritz Paris suiteThey had craftsmen restore the antique furniture and light fixtures, and apparently the hotel expected a lot from the artisans who did the restorations. For example, some of the antique chairs were repainted 15 times to restore them to their original authentic colors!

Marie Antoinette Room Paris RitzAntique objects and art still fill the Ritz Paris after the renovation, and some of the suites replicate the furnishings that reflect the décor styles of the famous names that once stayed at the hotel. For example, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Coco Chanel, and Marcel Proust all had their individual styles. This is the Salon Proust:

salon Proust Paris Ritz

The New York-based French architect and designer Thierry W. Despont was in charge of this precious renovation. Yikes, he had to carry a lot of responsibility. He had to keep the essence of the hotel but also allow for modern technology to be included, and hey… as a New York architect he certainly knew that they had to upgrade the air-conditioning system!

It seems that the renovations at the Paris Ritz have been very popular. It looks like they did a great job of it. If you’ve stayed at the Paris Ritz since it reopened, tell us about it on the blog or even send some photos… we’d love to see them!

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Charming Victorian Inns for a Cozy Getaway

If you’re looking for a cozy getaway this fall and winter, these charming Victorian inns are picture perfect! These beautiful Victorian homes have been made into inns and decorated in period style, including antique and vintage furnishings and fine antique-inspired furniture.

Hamilton-Turner Inn

The Hamilton-Turner Inn in Savannah, Georgia, was built in 1873 to be the home of Samuel Pugh Hamilton, known as “The Lord of Lafayette Square.” It was the first residence in Savannah with electricity. When the electric lights were turned on in 1883, those watching the house light up were afraid it would explode!

Hamilton Turner Inn Victorian Inn style

The mansion was featured in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” as the location for many wild parties and the lavish decor really gives a sense of Savannah’s opulent style.  The individually designed rooms and a separate carriage house feature details like antique four-poster beds, claw foot tubs, romantic fireplaces and ornate draperies.

Chanticleer Inn

Chanticleer Guest House in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, has a very different feel! This rustic retreat (above) in a renovated 19th-century farmhouse and barn is decorated with period antiques and surrounded by forest and ponds. The country charm makes this a lovely place for a relaxing weekend getaway curled up by the fireplace, but there is plenty of pampering too with whirlpool tubs and tasty breakfasts delivered to your room!

Jeweled Turret Inn Victorian Inn

The Jeweled Turret Inn (above) in Belfast, Maine, is a more traditional Victorian B&B, and a Landmark on The National Register of Historic Places. Built on Penobscot Bay in 1898, the Victorian house has been restored and decorated in classic Victorian style including some lovely antique furniture and collectibles. Outside, guests can relax on two verandas with porch swings.  tourmaline-room Jeweled Turret

The “Tourmaline Room” shown above is decorated with antiques, lace, chintz, and a marble-topped bureau, and the bathroom features birds-eye maple woodwork and a Victorian claw-foot tub. The “Amethyst Turret” is a popular honeymoon room, located in an octagonal turret complete with a four-poster bed AND a fainting couch! It’s clearly designed for romance so the hero can sweep the heroine off her feet in several parts of the room!

If you know a beautiful Victorian Inn that you’d love to recommend to our blog readers, please leave a comment or tell us on our Facebook page.

And if you want more Victorian Inn inspiration, I hope that you’ll enjoy my earlier posts on Romantic Victorian Inns and Historic Inns.

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Graceful Getaways in New England

If you feel like a getaway in New England this year, we’ve got three beautiful suggestions of places to stay!  Anyone who has followed my series of posts on travel and historic hotels, knows that I love finding places to stay that have a sense of history or are beautifully furnished with antique furniture or in antique style. These three Grace group hotels make me want to pack my bags!

Mayflower Grace Hotel

Mayflower Grace hotel with antiquesThe Mayflower Grace is a great country retreat, just a short hop from New York City (about a 2 hour drive) in the scenic Litchfield Hills in Washington, CT.

The boutique hotel and spa is located on 58 acres of landscaped gardens and a collection of 18th and 19th century art can be viewed throughout the hotel.

The rooms are furnished with very good taste and plenty of antiques and antique-inspired decor. For example, the hotel features antique rugs and antique four-poster beds. Grand mahogany wood fittings, marble and Limoges look very VIP!

Mayflower hotel with antiques

Not surprisingly, the Mayflower Grace was named one of The 7 Most Romantic Hotels in North America by Travel & Style. It’s a great base for scenic hiking trails or going antiquing. It’s also near Connecticut’s oldest art house movie theatre, the 1927 Bantam Cinema.

The Vanderbilt Grace Hotel

Vanderbilt restaurantThe Vanderbilt Grace is an historic boutique hotel in Rhode Island. Formerly Vanderbilt Hall, the vintage Newport mansion was built by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt in 1909.

Guests can expect to be greeted with a glass of champagne on arrival and canine guests are even treated with special doggy meals. I love that idea! I bet our pups Jake and Rudy would love that idea too, and then all the cats would want to come as well. So shhh! Don’t tell them!

As the hotel is near the waterfront, rooms are named with a maritime theme such as the Admiral Suites and Captain’s Loft Suites. This is the very fancy restaurant called Muse. There is also a rooftop bar to watch sunset over the harbor.

White Barn Grace Hotel

White Barn restaurant

The White Barn Grace (previously the White Barn Inn & Spa) in Kennebunk, ME, has been a local landmark for 150 years. The hotel has its roots back in the Civil War era, when people stayed at the old Boothby Boarding House which grew from a farmhouse into a hotel. Many additions and renovations later, it has grown into a luxurious retreat and the original barn has become a AAA Five Diamond restaurant. Artifacts from the old barn were saved to show in a display loft.

If you have a favorite hotel, B&B or other getaway that has a historic story or is decorated with antiques, let us know in the comments box below. We’d love to take a tour with you!

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 9 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

 

Stay at Beautiful Historic Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle in England has been called “The Loveliest Castle in the World” and it’s easy to see why! The castle is the perfect day trip from London. But if you want to stay for longer, visitors can not just tour the amazing castle and grounds, you can stay there too!
Leeds Castle EnglandLeeds Castle is in the English county of Kent, which is known as ‘the garden of England.’ The castle is nearly a thousand years old and it’s set in the middle of a fabulous moat, just like the stuff of legends.

Leeds Castle EnglandThe first stone fortification was built on this site in the 1100s and when Eleanor of Castile bought it in 1278 the castle came into royal hands. Over the centuries, it has been associated with a total of six queens of England. In the 1500s, King Henry VIII had a big makeover done on the castle to make it a truly resplendent royal palace for him and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

Leeds Castle Banqueting Hall

This is the banqueting hall and you can just make out a portrait of King Henry VIII over the fireplace. Henry didn’t travel lightly… when he visited Leeds Castle in 1520 he took a crowd of 5,000 courtiers and retinue with him! The king was on his way to France for the famous ‘Field of the Cloth of Gold’ meeting with King Francis I.

Leeds Castle Drawing Room

Leeds Castle is full of original European antiques and exquisite architectural details. This is a wood-paneled drawing room.

Leeds Castle

What a lovely library! Look at the row of large porcelain vases lined up above the bookshelves as well as the urns on the mantelpiece over the fire. The old books look so handsome but I wouldn’t want to have to dust this room!

Leeds Castle Maidens Tower Bed and BreakfastIf you plan to stay at Leeds Castle you have various choices including B&B, holiday cottages, and glamping. This is one of the bed and breakfast rooms in the 16th century Maiden’s Tower, decorated in period style with modern touches. Breakfast is served in a 17th Century oak-beamed restaurant.

Leeds Castle Knights Glamping Fantasy Camping

Or you can try glamping (glamorous camping) in one of the Medieval style Knight’s Glamping striped pavilions in the castle vineyard. The pavilion tents are so posh that they sport four poster beds with cotton linens and you can keep warm on a chilly night with a wood stove.

Leeds Castle is about an hour from London and there’s a lot to do on the 500 acres of formal gardens and parklands. Try punting on the moat, watch a falconry display, or explore the maze formed by 2,400 yew trees.

Check out my posts on other English Castle Hotels and French Castle Hotels for more unique and historic European vacation ideas. Send us a postcard if you go!

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English Castle Hotels

If you love the romance of English history, lore and legends, you’ll be pleased to know that you can experience the romance for yourself by staying in an English castle! I blogged before about how to take a castle vacation at Château de Bagnols in the Beaujolais valley and in other French castle hotels. But today we’re hopping across the Channel to sneak a peek at the English castles that could tempt us to put on our wimples and go for a visit.

Hever Castle, Kent

Stay at Hever Castle in England

Hever Castle is famous for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, the second of King Henry VIII’s six wives. Henry was never going to win “Husband of the Year” and poor Anne came to a very unfortunate end. But first she made her mark on history by giving birth to a little girl destined to be the future Queen Elizabeth I.
This impressive double-moated medieval castle was built in 1270. It’s thanks though to the American William Waldorf Astor that the castle is so well restored today. He gave the castle a facelift and to keep it authentic his workmen use the same materials and tools that the Tudors used!

Hever Castle Inner Hall

You can stay at Hever Castle or just visit to enjoy spaces like this amazing Inner Hall with walnut panels and columns. During the Tudor years it was the Great Kitchen, cooking up feasts for the household after their hunting parties, no doubt.

Augill Castle, Cumbria

Augill Castle CumbriaIf you’re visiting the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales in the north of England, you’ll find Augill Castle a convenient and mighty impressive place to stay! It’s been named English B&B of the year and it offers Gothic towers and turrets, antique furnishings and 20 acres of grounds with a tree house!

Augill Castle room Queen Victoria

Built in 1841 as a country residence for a Victorian gentleman, Augill Castle has a library, its own cinema, and 15 guest rooms for travelers to stay in.

This is the Pendragon room and it is said that Queen Victoria stayed in this room on her way to her Scottish country castle of Balmoral.

In addition to that stunning four poster bed, the room has a carved oak fireplace and arched leaded windows. The bathroom boasts stained glass windows and a Victorian cast iron claw footed bath.

 

 

Amberley Castle, West Sussex

Amberley Castle

Visitors should be safe in this 900-year-old castle… it’s surrounded by a 60-foot-high castle wall and a twin-tower gatehouse with a portcullis that is closed each night! During the 14th century the castle was the Bishop of Chichester’s Summer Palace. Now it’s a hotel including a restaurant with suits of armor and a 12th century barrel-vaulted ceiling.

Amberley Castle hotel room

Bedroom decor includes antique furnishings, original fireplaces, and four poster beds – one room even has access to a tower! Peacocks roam the 12 acres of grounds with 1920’s topiary and statues, and you can play tennis, old-fashioned English croquet, or golf on the 18-hole putting green.  It’s easy to stay at Amberley Castle if you are traveling though London as it’s less than 60 miles from the city. It’s also near the seaside town of Brighton which is well known for its antique shops!

If you’ve ever stayed in an English castle – or a castle in France or anywhere at all – we’d love to hear from you!

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Things We Love: Hot Springs, North Carolina

As small business owners, it is sometimes hard to get away from the business and just take a few days off to relax. But we’ve arranged a belated Valentine’s getaway for ourselves. We’ll spend a night in Asheville and re-stock our booth at the Antique Tobacco Barn. I’ve been meaning to “get on the bus” for the LaZoom Comedy Tours of Asheville – it looks hilarious!

Then we’re off to our favorite spot in the woods – Hot Springs, North Carolina. We love to stay at the Iron Horse Station Inn which is actually three adjoining historic buildings right on Main Street.

Iron Horse Station Inn The original inn was built in 1929 while today’s restaurant and tavern was originally built prior to 1890 and was formerly a haberdashery and later a movie theatre. We love the original brick exposed walls, the heart-of-pine flooring and the stamped tin ceilings throughout the cozy Inn and Tavern.

Iron Horse Station Tavern

The food is very good and they always have an interesting selection of hand-crafted, local North Carolina beers on draught. I once had a super delicious Oyster Stout there that I just can’t seem to find again – maybe this time!

Our agenda is to relax! As you’ve probably guessed, Hot Springs is famous for the natural hot mineral water springs.

Hot Springs North CarolinaSince 1778, folks have been traveling to the Hot Springs just to soak in these natural mineral baths, which range from 100 to 104 degrees year-round. It was even a popular stopping point for travelers during the American Revolution. The water is pumped into your own private Jacuzzi tub in secluded open cabins with views of Spring Creek and the French Broad River.

Hot Springs is actually one of the few towns actually on the Appalachian Trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I recently read Cheryl Strayed’s book “Wild” and was very inspired by her memoir of walking the Pacific Coast Trail. (If you haven’t seen Reese Witherspoon’s performance in the movie version of Wild you should – it is Oscar-nominated!) It has been one of my bucket-list goals to walk at least part of the Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James, which is a medieval pilgrimage route from Paris, France to the Western coast of Spain. I think that would make a great 50th birthday trip in a few years! So perhaps we’ll also officially start training and do a little hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

MaxPatch Appalachian Trail

There is a spot not too far from town called Max Patch, which is on the Appalachian Trail. It is a very steep hike to an elevation of 4629 feet with 360 degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We last visited three years ago but I’m looking forward to climbing it again. A relaxing soak in the hot springs, gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and my sweetheart by my side – sounds like my kind of belated Valentine’s getaway!

At MaxPatch Appalachian Trail

If you’re looking for your own getaway inspiration, you’ll find some ideas in my recent post on Romantic Victorian Inns or in our other posts on historic getaway destinations from Bed & Breakfast Inns to European castles.

Or tell us all about your favorite get-away spot in the comments!

 

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

 

 

Romantic Victorian Inns

These romantic Victorian Inns aren’t just for Valentine’s Day – you can enjoy them all year round. The Victorian era was one of the most romantic in terms of architecture and home decor, although I’m not sure I’d do so well without our modern-day amenities. Thankfully, visitors to these four Victorian inns get all the romance AND the Wi-Fi!

The Oaks Victorian Inn, VirginiaThe Oaks Victorian Inn

The Oaks Victorian Inn on Main Street in Christiansburg, VA, has a very romantic story to tell. Major W.L. Pierce built the inn in the late 1800s for his bride, Julia. They lived happily ever after and had seven children. This is the Julia Pierce Room at the Inn, which was once Julia’s own bedroom. It’s been decorated with a Victorian bed and a hand-painted slate fireplace and the bedroom boasts a Jacuzzi tub big enough for you and your sweetie. Outside, you’ll find a garden with 300-year-old oak trees and a pretty porch.

The Victorian Inn, CaliforniaCalifornia Victoria Inn Parlor Room

The Victorian Inn in the Victorian village of Ferndale, CA, makes a delightful base to explore California Redwood Forest. Built in 1890, the Inn boasts boasts vintage fixtures and furnishings in its rooms. This is the Victorian Parlor room with an antique armoire and a red velvet Victorian couch in the bay window sitting area.  The VI Restaurant steps into the 21st Century with a mix of classic and contemporary Californian cuisine. That’s probably just as well, as Victorian food isn’t always a good fit for our taste buds today!

The Victoria Inn, Maine

Romantic Bed in Victoria Inn Bethel Maine

This charming bed in The Victoria Inn in Bethel, ME, looks so tempting. The romantic inn is a restored 19th century building filled with period Victorian decor and furnishings including lace-draped beds just like this one. Bethel became a vacation destination way back in the 1800s when city dwellers visited to enjoy the refreshing mountain air. The allure is apparently timeless; Ski Magazine said that The Victoria Inn was one of the 10 best inns in New England.

Innisfree Bed & Breakfast By-The-Lake, North Carolina

Romantic Victorian Innisfree Inn NCThis is nearly in our backyard! The Innisfree Bed & Breakfast By-The-Lake is a AAA Four Diamond property overlooking Lake Glenville near Cashiers and Highlands, NC.  It is perfectly placed to explore the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains but I reckon it would be hard to tear yourself away from the house itself and the 12 acres of grounds filled with gardens and woods.

Barrett Suite Innisfree Victorian Inn North Carolina

Rooms at the Innisfree are named after Victorian personalities, including one named for the queen herself: Victoria’s Grand Suite with a mahogany four-poster bed. Then you’ll find the Lord Tennyson suite with a private veranda, chandeliers, a fireplace, and a tub for two overlooking the garden, and the Barrett Suite, shown above. This romantic boudoir boasts a canopied four-poster bed with French lace and a fireplace. During the day, guests relax in the sunny parlor, and by evening Irish coffee is served beside the cozy fireplace. Guests go for dinner in the inn’s octagonal Tower Dining Room lit by chandelier.

If you want to give your spouse or significant other a hint for a romantic weekend away, just send them a link to this blog post. (Hello Greg!)

We’d love to hear about your favorite romantic Victorian inns too. Meanwhile, don’t forget our Valentine’s discount for your special person or just as a gift for your home.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

 

 

Tapestries at Wedmore Place Hotel Williamsburg Winery

European Style Tapestries inspired by antique wall hangingsWedmore Place is a country hotel at the Williamsburg Winery in Virginia. We noticed that some of the tapestries adorning their guest rooms are made by the same company as the tapestries we stock!

Just to rewind a moment, we recently began selling some stunning new tapestries, inspired by formal European tapestries but made by a family-owned American company. The photo on the right gives you an idea of their incredible detail. They also make more casual linen artwork with a Parisian flea market vibe, as well as gorgeous pillows in classic and modern designs.

Apparently the Wedmore Place Country Hotel shares our good taste in tapestries! Located on 300 acres overlooking the James River, in an area known as the Wessex Hundred, the property was once a farm and it was settled in 1615. By 1781, it appeared on military maps.

Wedmore Place HotelThe hotel features wall tapestries in some of its 28 rooms and suites, each room inspired by a different European province and era. The European country estate style hotel is decorated with period European antiques and furniture. Rooms also have wood-burning fireplaces, and fancy European bedding.

Brittany Room Wedmore Place

This new tapestry is the Brittany room, which also boasts an antique French armoire, dough chest, and dresser. I can’t be sure, but I think the pillows on that fabulous carved four-poster bed might be made by the same company as the tapestries – they look similar in style to the ones we have on our EuroLuxHome.com site.

Burgundy wine harvest tapestry

The adjoining Williamsburg Winery was established much more recently, but it’s not surprising that the hotel chose this tapestry for their Burgundy room. It shows a grape harvest in the French wine-growing region of Burgundy. The room’s antique armoire and dresser date from the early 1800s and are from the Chateau de Sauvan. I love the old copper bed warmer over the fireplace.

Wedmore Place at the Williamsburg Winery is located three miles from Historic Williamsburg, VA.  It also offers spa services, a pool, and a 19th century British style library. Sound relaxing, much?

If you like the tapestries, check out our entire collection of tapestries at EuroLuxHome.com. We carry too many to show you them all here, but these are a couple of my favorites:

Palm Landscape Tapestry

Royal Garden tapestry

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Visit a Beautiful Historic Inn this Spring!

If you’re looking for a spring getaway, why not check into one of these historic inns? Some beautiful old houses around the country have been renovated to their former glory and turned into an inn. Many boast antique furniture and period decor too. It’s a great way to step into history and enjoy the antiques lifestyle!

Simpson House Historic InnSimpson House Inn in gorgeous Santa Barbara, California, is an old Victorian estate in an acre of English gardens. The guest rooms in this luxurious historic inn are scattered between the 1874 Victorian home and restored barn and garden cottages. The Victorian decor includes antique clawfoot tubs and antique beds – so romantic!

Monmouth Historic InnTucked away in Natchez, Mississippi, you’ll find the Monmouth Historic Inn. Natchez is 90 miles southwest of Jackson, MS, and it’s actually the oldest city on the Mississippi River. The Monmouth Historic Inn was built in 1818 and the rooms boast period decor and antebellum-era antiques. You really are stepping back in time!

Monmouth Historic InnThis hall in the Monmouth Historic Inn shows the detail in the period decor and antique furniture. No wonder it’s a National Historic Landmark. If you can tear yourself away to explore outside the inn, you can wander around 26 landscaped acres.

Roycroft historic inn The Roycroft Inn in East Aurora, New York, is a wonderful place for anyone who loves Arts and Crafts decor. The National Historic Landmark opened as an inn in 1905, as a hub for artists in the American Arts and Crafts Movement.

As you might expect, there is some lovely woodwork in the old inn. The library has an old stone fireplace and you can also see original Alexis Jean Fournier murals in the foyer.

The Preservation Directory lists historic inns in every state if you’d like to find one closer to home. Or tell us about your own favorite historic inn in the comment box below!

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Biltmore House and Gardens Estate

Biltmore House and Gardens Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is a National Historic Landmark and a wonderful place to visit. I believe it is the largest privately owned house in the United States. The 250-room Biltmore House with its fine gardens set in 8,000 acres offers plenty to see for those of us who love historic homes.

Biltmore House Estate

Biltmore House was built by George Vanderbilt after he visited Asheville in 1888 and decided it was a sweet spot for a country home. He called the estate Biltmore in honor of two Old Country words. ‘Bildt’ was the area in Holland that the Vanderbilts originally came from and ‘more’ is an Old English word that means rolling hills. The house opened with a family celebration on Christmas Eve of 1895. What a great Christmas gift!

Biltmore House castle style architecture

Vanderbilt was keen to model his new home on the working estates of Europe and he had the house designed in a château style, inspired by the architecture of French Renaissance châteaux in the Loire Valley. The architect was Richard Morris Hunt and as you can see he did a terrific job of copying the château look!

BIltmore House Library

Inside the house, this library is richly decorated with red upholstery and drapes, wood floors and a giant fireplace. The warm mood of the library just invites you to curl up with a good book and there are 10,000 volumes to choose from! When President William McKinley visited Biltmore House in 1897, the New York Times reported that he was especially pleased to linger in the luxurious library. We can see why.

Biltmore House dining roomThis impressive Biltmore House Banquet Hall also features red upholstery on the chairs. The glowing red adds a little warmth to the stone walls, otherwise the 70-foot-high hall could feel a little chilly! A magnificent stone fireplace and huge chandelier also help to balance out the scale of the room. The French Renaissance châteaux inspiration is very clear – right down to the stags’ heads on the walls.

During a self-guided tour of Biltmore House, visitors see antique furniture and art including John Singer Sargent paintings commissioned by Vanderbilt.

 

Biltmore House Landscape

Biltmore House offers different charms in every season but the maple, elm and oak trees make it popular with tourists in fall. Leaf-peepers go to see the spectacular changing colors against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Biltmore House landscape architect was Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed New York’s Central Park. Many motion pictures have been filmed at the house and gardens, including Forrest Gump and Last of the Mohicans.

Inn on Biltmore EstateVisitors can also stay over – although you don’t sleep in Biltmore House itself! Instead, you get a taste of the high life at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. It is literally the high life too – the boutique inn is located on a hill above Antler Hill Village and Winery, offering terrific views. After browsing the priceless treasures at Biltmore House, activities include carriage rides, horseback rides, a scout around the winery, and a float down the river.

Have you been to Biltmore House and Gardens? Tell us about it in the comments box below. And if this inspires ideas for a very special trip, you can get more ideas in my previous posts about historic hotels, castles, and houses to visit.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.