The entrance to Biltmore Estate is through the Lodge Gate in the original Biltmore Village. The gates bricks and roof tiles were made right on the estate. The village was constructed very close to the railroad, and it provided housing and services for Vanderbilt's many workers. The Village included a hospital, school, church, and a post office.
The road leading up to the main house winds through 3 miles of lucious landscape. The road was built running through the ravines instead of the ridges, creating a deep natural forest to drive through. At the last turn, visitors would pass through the iron gates and pillars that are topped with early 19th century French stone sphinxes.
The marble paved entrance hall has walls and arches of Indiana limestone. On the center table is a set of bronzes by Antoine-Louis Barye, a famous animal sculptor of the 19th centrury. The house is scattered with other pieces of his work.
The Winter Garden is furnished exactly as it was during George Vanderbilt's stay at Biltmore. It features bamboo furniture which was imported by Vanderbilt from France. The center of the garden has a fountain with a statue of a boy and a geese, the work of Karl Bitter, a Viennese sculptor. Bitter arrived in this country completely unknown, but rose to such fame that much of his work is now featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
On the walls just outside the court are copies of the Parthenon frieze which were executed for Mr. Vanderbilt by Eugene Arrondelle of the Louvre, Paris. The ceiling tiles were made by Raphael Guastavino.
The Biltmore House is located about 60 miles from Cherokee Cabin. It is one of the most visited historical sites in America, and we definitely recommend a trip to Asheville during your stay at our cabin rental.