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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Biltmore, Part 1




Yes, dear reader...
I took so many photos that I must divide my post
in 
two..

for those of you who have been there, you know that they do not allow photography inside..







and there are camera police 
and docents everywhere...
with good reason... since the house is filled with
treasures..







I got a close up of the lions at the front door,
with the grand staircase to the left ..
you will see them in the photo below..
and to give you an idea of how large these are...
I am 5 feet tall and stood with my arms outstretched with my iPad 
to shoot this photo...









everything is massive here..
with 65 bedrooms and 42 bathrooms..








to learn more about the Estate
check out this link..







If you are a Downton Abbey fan,
then you will understand the size and complexity of this home..
and it truly was a home..





The grand staircase of the Biltmore is visible from outside, the windows light the way..



there are photos and family portraits, artifacts and art works
that were here originally...









I was of course quite taken with the details...








and the copper on the roof which has turned to
a gorgeous shade of verdigris..










the courtyard and stables have been renovated as shops, bistro and bar..


















the roof top terrace leads directly 







down to a lovely 
Italian Garden...








complete with a fountain..








and lovely places to sit and relax...










before venturing into the miles...






of gardens...






below...









See you next Tuesday..
when I will have journal pages finished...
and please stay tuned for part two..


ciao, ciao!





14 comments:

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Lovely place, a bit too ornate for me, I'll stick with the more shingle stylex rambling beach houses around here. xox

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

How great to stop and have refreshments...so much to take in!

Gail Pierce said...

Wowzer! Thanks for sharing your exquisite photos!

Mostly Turquoise said...

Lovely! And everything looks so perfectly well kept, maintained. Must be a lot of work!

Sharmon Davidson said...

It brings back memories for me; it's been a long time since I was there and I love being reminded of those exquisite details...

Seth said...

Every detail is spectacular here.

~*~Patty S said...

So glad I waited until I could enjoy your tour from the BIG computer screen!
Lovely lovely Cat.
We enjoyed our visit there so very much and took our traveling tea cup along a couple of years ago ;-)
We bought the two day pass and spent one entire day roaming the grounds. The other day we did the house tour. At first I twitched a bit at not being able to take pics inside LOL but you are right they were not allowing it.
Looking forward to Part Deux of your special visit.
oxo
p.s. we have friends that bought a second home in Asheville and they said how gorgeous the house is at Christmas time...I can only imagine!

Caterina Giglio said...

Ah Corrine, your beach house is stunning!! xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Mary Ann, it was a LOT to take in, my mind was reeling from so many John Singer Sargent works and original Renoir's that hang in the dining room!

Caterina Giglio said...

Glad you liked Part 1 Gail and I know you would love the tour, just incredible! xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Hey Sharmon... then you know how amazing it is and how overwhelmed I felt!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Regina, they employ the whole town... they have a vineyard too and they keep everyone busy... it is quite self sustaining!

Caterina Giglio said...

Thank you, Seth!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Patty ... I was twitching too when I realized that I couldn't take photos! I especially wanted photos of the Halloween room... but I was a good girl! I would love to spend Christmas there and we have talked about it, it would be lovely... xoxo