Biltmore's Water Gardens

I visited Biltmore Estate with a good friend a few days ago. The day started off cloudy, as you can see here but after lunch the sun came out. I enjoy walking from the highest parking area and through the woods to this elevated lookout. I don't know the story of these two old cars but I thought they looked great sitting in front of the house.

Biltmore House is a 250 room, 178,926 square foot privately owned house museum and tourist attraction in Asheville, NC. The architecture is similar to French chateaux. George Vanderbilt had it constructed between 1889 and 1895. Richard Morris Hunt was the architect.

The Vanderbilts lived in Biltmore House until 1956. George Vanderbilt's daughter, Cornelia and her husband opened Biltmore House to the public in 1930. The grounds include 75 acres of formal gardens and the whole estate is comprised of 8000 acres.

The Italian Garden which consists of three ponds or water gardens is one of my favorite. I love seeing all the different colors and types of water lilies, various other plants and the fish.

Butterfly Koi

Tropical water lily


Click to enlarge.

I hope you enjoyed this visit to Biltmore's Italian Gardens.


Mary Morgan said...

Absolutley beautiful, Vonda. I love how you capture the essence of the places you visit.

Alina K. Field said...

The pictures are amazing, Vonda. I can't imagine living in a home that big!

Vonda Sinclair said...

Thank you so much, Mary. That's so sweet of you to say. Taking photos is one of my favorite things.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Alina, thank you. Yes, it would be hard for me to imagine too. I'd get lost in there. :)

Annie Kelly said...

That place looks soooo peaceful. Beautiful pictures (again!)
Annie (aka Kelly Ann Scott)

Vonda Sinclair said...

Thanks so much, Annie! Glad you like them.

dstoutholcomb said...

I've always wanted to visit. I have beautiful B&W photos from a relative who went many years ago.

Vonda Sinclair said...

I hope you get to visit. You would love it.

Brenda B Taylor said...

Biltmore is so very beautiful and reminds me of the lovely castles in Scotland.

Vonda Sinclair said...

I agree, Brenda. It's such a beautiful place.