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Visits To Massive Biltmore Estate Give Travelers An Idea Of Life As A Vanderbilt

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Ever wonder what life would be like as a Vanderbilt? A visit to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina can give you a taste. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.

If you've never had a serious case of square footage envy, you're about to.

The driveway of Biltmore Estate alone is three miles long. Its 250 rooms, 43 bathrooms, 35 bedrooms and 65 fireplaces total nearly 180,000 square feet.

"Biltmore House is the largest privately owned home in the United States," says LeeAnn Donnelly, senior PR manager for the Biltmore Estate.

It's so big, it could house about 240 average-sized New York city one-bedroom apartments.

Built for the grandson of industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt, George Vanderbilt was in his 20s and single when he moved into Biltmore house.

It wasn't a bachelor pad for long.

"Three years later, he married Edith Dresser, and then they had one daughter, Cornelia, who spent her childhood here at Biltmore," Donnelly says. "And then, she had children, and those children grew up to inherit the estate and are still very much involved."

Surrounded by thousands of acres, Vanderbilt chose the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina as the location for his French Renaissance chateau.

The formal and informal gardens were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the same landscape architect who designed New York's Central Park.

Visitors can peer into approximately 60 rooms on a self-guided tour with or without audio headsets.

This summer, kids 16 and younger are free with a paying adult.

The Summer Family Value Package includes admission for two adults, two kids and a family dining voucher, all for $140.

They don't allow sleepovers at Biltmore Estate itself, but you can hang your hat at a 210-room fancy inn on the grounds, where you can dream about what life might have been like if you married a Vanderbilt.

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