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BILTMORE: OUR DOWNTON | Asheville, NC


(inspiring instrumental music) – [Voiceover] We go
behind the velvet ropes. – [Voiceover] And so, this
is 20’s-era china, so, during the time of Downton,
this is what the Vanderbilts would have been eating on. – [Voiceover] For a little
upstairs/downstairs comparison, between the Biltmore Estate and the PBS Masterpiece
series Downton Abbey. – [Voiceover] It’s amazing
how many storylines on Downton you actually see here, too. Just a lot of the
personal struggles. – This is my floor,
I come in here. I need to vacuum the pool table. – [Voiceover] Come along,
as we explore Biltmore, our Downton. – [Voiceover] Quality public
television is made possible through the financial
contributions of
viewers like you, who invite you to join
them in supporting UNC TV. (happy violin music) – Hello, I’m Heather Burgiss, at the Biltmore Estate
in Asheville, for
a very special look at the comparisons
between the Biltmore and Downton Abbey. We are told not a day goes by, when a guest doesn’t
walk through the door, and proclaim how much
this reminds them of their favorite Masterpiece
Series, Downton Abbey. And there’s good
reason for that. From the staff to the
Vanderbilt family, the style and the
time-period, it’s all there. And even the staff, the modern
day Mr. Carsons and Daisy’s rise early, to make
sure the house is ready, and perfect to
greet their guests. (energetic string music) – [Voiceover] From the very
first moment when you first go into Downton Abbey, and we see the house and
they’re opening up and you see the servants opening the house,
and getting the fires ready, and opening the blinds, it’s very much
like Biltmore was, and it’s very much like
how Biltmore is today. – [Voiceover] My name
is Dina Gasperson. I’m in Housekeeping. I try to get here, maybe about
fifteen to six, so I can have me a sip of coffee. We start cleaning from the
top, all the way to the bottom, and everything in the
room is cleaned spotless before we leave. We dusted yesterday, so this is, half a day, in that time, dust
from where the guests come in at nighttime from candle light. And first floor gets very dusty. We’ll brush, see the dust
coming up with flashlight? – [Heather] Kind of
have a plan of attack, for the cleaning, every day. Do you kinda know what, where you’re going
and what you’re doing? – [Dina] Yeah, I have
a plan, because, see, first floor is so big anyway,
which, all the floors are big. We’ve got quite a lot to do. I’ve got special
brushes that I use. – [Voiceover] You go with that. – Okay. – Take a look at
one of these books. – ‘Kay. – [Dina] Our manager here, he
likes to come through with his flashlight, and he checks us to make
sure we don’t leave any dust. And it helps us too,
and he lets us know if we’ve missed something. – [Voiceover] So
what’s the story on the banquet hall chairs? – [Dina] Okay, went in
yesterday morning… – I’m Jared Palmer, the
Biltmore House Housekeeping Manager, and my role here is to
preserve Biltmore House and its collections. the horsehair brush on it? – I did. – They’re a wonderful staff,
they’re expertly trained. We rely on them heavily. Because they are the eyes
and ears of the collection. They’re intimately involved
with the collections, and they let us know
when something’s wrong. – [Voiceover] I’m Molly Reid,
and I’m a floral designer at the Biltmore Estate. Every morning when I get here,
I fill up my watering cart, and I water and groom all
of the plants and flower arrangements inside
Biltmore House. It really is like a family here. There are a lot of people
that have been here, 10, 20, 30 years. There are a lot of
families that work here. – [Heather] So what is it like
to be here in the morning, getting this house
ready for guests? – [Molly] There’s a little bit
of excitement in the air, and you know, it’s quiet and
peaceful, kind of like, a calm before the
storm. (laughs) But we like to make things
perfect for the guests, so, it’s a very enjoyable
experience for everyone. There’s not another job
on the planet like this, and I wouldn’t have
it any other way! I love my job! (swaying instrumental music) – [Heather] Biltmore is
America’s largest home, but for fans of
the PBS Masterpiece
Series Downton Abbey, the Biltmore Estate
is a close reality to the fictional Crawley family, and the lives of their
staff portrayed on the show. – [Voiceover] Something
we’ve been trying to do, for the last several years, is to make this grand
house seem livable. To show that this was
a house, and a home, that was used by
the Vanderbilts, and I think Downton Abbey has, helps us imagine what life
was like at Biltmore House. – [Heather] From the time
period, the furnishings, the elaborate meals
and even the horses, many of the daily
activities seen on screen are very similar to the
real lives of George, Edith, and their daughter,
Cornelia Vanderbilt. – [Darrin] When you’re
watching the Crawley family on Downton Abbey, you
know, you’re seeing how they went through their day. It could be everything from,
you know, garden walks, or hunting parties,
or, you know, going off of the estate,
and then of course, fine dining in the evenings. And then you’re also seeing
what’s happening downstairs too. – [Voiceover] People, I think,
are more and more interested in this time period, and
really interested in the inter-relationships
between staff and family. And so, that has certainly
been very fun, you know. People wanna learn more about
the people who worked here, and the people who lived here. They’re really curious
about the Vanderbilts. – [Heather] You may
remember, in Downton Abbey, the series kicks on in 1912
with the sinking of the Titanic. Biltmore also has a chilling
connection to that tragedy. – [Darrin] George, Edith
and Cornelia Vanderbilt were all booked to, to go on the maiden
voyage of Titanic, and at the very last minute, they chose to go to the
sister ship, Olympic. And, I guess it ended up
being a pretty good decision. – [Heather] Of course,
Biltmore, constructed in 1895, is much newer than Downton
Abbey is portrayed, but much of the same style
is used throughout the home. – [Leslie] You’re seeing,
you know, portrayal of an English country house. And though Biltmore has
a very French facade, the interior runs very much
like an English country house. I think George was very
inspired when he made Biltmore, and so you see these rooms
that have historical furniture, but yet are
comfortable and used, and that’s something
that’s certainly true here. – [Darrin] There’s a
library and a dining hall, and a drawing room,
all on Downton Abbey. We have those same types
of rooms that were, have the same purpose, you
know, here at Biltmore. We have, you know, a very
fine painting collection, a tapestry collection. Each room is decorated in a
different style or period, and you see the same thing. You know, it’s kind of in
the background at Downton, so you have to kind of
look past, you know, the plot lines and
what’s happening. – [Heather] As for servants,
many of the same protocols were in place, but in America,
the Housekeeper ran the home, not the Butler. Sorry, Mr. Carson! – [Darrin] The
difference is that, here at Biltmore and in
a lot of American homes, the Head Housekeeper
actually was the highest ranking servant, and from what we know,
Mrs. Keen ran the house, and then the Head
Butler was under her, but he supervised a
lot of the meal staff. – [Heather] Just
as seen on Downton, there’s a call system
to ring for service, but at Biltmore, George
Vanderbilt had installed an electric, state-of-the-art
call system. No bells here. Just lights, to show
the servants which room or area of the home
needed attention. – [Darrin] We know that, from
the technology of the house, that the main call system, that
the telephones, everything, and you know that the
Housekeeper and the Head Butler were running things from
the Butler’s Pantry, so that is a difference. A dinner was a grand affair,
you know, full dress at eight o’clock. You know, white-tie, as
you see on Downton Abbey. We do know that also occurred. That’s the way it
occurred here at Biltmore. – [Leslie] Can only imagine
the dinner dresses at Biltmore, jewelry sparkling in the
candlelight at dinner time. Just, fantastic, and I think
you see a lot of that happening on Downton Abbey. – [Darrin] The dinners were,
grand, elaborate meals, typically somewhere
around seven courses. They had professional chefs
that worked in the kitchens. Being able to showcase
the talents of your chef was considered part of running
a grand home like this. The way they portray how
busy it was in the kitchens, I think that is quite
accurate from what we know, and from our research. – [Heather] And house guests
were a large part of the fabric of Biltmore Life, just as we
see on almost every episode of Downton Abbey. – [Darrin] There were
large house parties. There were also small
house parties, and, so you would have Edith
Vanderbilt’s sister visiting by herself. We do know that the Vanderbilts
had a lot of friends in the Arts community, so a lot of artists or
authors would visit. We know that Edith Wharton
came a couple of times, as well as Henry James. – [Heather] On Downton, we
see Lady Mary’s son George and cousin Sybbie’s life, as
infants at the English estate. Cornelia Vanderbilt herself
was born in this room at the Biltmore, and also had nannies to watch
over her frequent childhood romps. – [Leslie] She certainly
would have had a very weak childhood growing up. She was the only child
of the Vanderbilts. This was really her home,
and her castle to grow up in. – [Heather] You can often
hear visitors to Biltmore ask about the similarities
to Downton Abbey. One of them being Cornelia
Vanderbilt’s lavish wedding in 1924. Just like Lady Mary, Cornelia
Vanderbilt’s wedding attracted attention far and wide. – [Leslie] Cornelia
was married in 1924, and she was also married to, marrying into the
English nobility. Her husband was of
aristocratic birth. – [Darrin] We know from
photographs that there was a huge crowd that had formed
in the Biltmore village, and they were wanting to see
who was coming to this wedding. – [Heather] Just as
the fictional Crawley
family has had to deal with financial setbacks, in keeping of the
manner of their estate, the same could be
said about Biltmore. Throughout the years
the Vanderbilts had
to think creatively to keep the Biltmore Estate
viable and sustainable for the future. – [Darrin] George Vanderbilt
dying at an early age, and Edith Vanderbilt
having to try to, you know, pick up the pieces, and to
maintain this grand estate. – [Leslie] Certainly when the
state taxes came into play, income taxes, they really
had to do a lot of planning, in order to make sure that the
estate was able to persevere, and to be maintained. – [Darrin] George Vanderbilt
was a visionary in that way, from the very beginning, and he planned for the estate
to be self-supporting, and that included multiple
farming operations. – [Heather] Biltmore Estate
curators say they feel each new episode of Downton
Abbey, in some vivid ways, brings to life the upstairs
and downstairs history of Biltmore. – [Darrin] I think Downton
Abbey helps us imagine, even though it’s
a fictional drama, that, you can see
what’s happening in
a similar-type home, and, really understand,
you know, how people lived, at that particular time. – The holidays at Biltmore
have always been a beautiful and exciting time, and we see that as
well, in Downton Abbey. The Vanderbilt and the Cecil
families both loved to throw lavish parties that were
both fun and fashionable for the times. And so, we enter
the banquet hall, a central focus of the
holidays for the Vanderbilts, and we see that on Downton as
they enter their banquet hall. – Certainly, certainly! – What went on here during
Christmastime and the holidays? – So from the very
beginning, they decorated, not probably quite this
lavishly, really, our, our decor is inspired
by the gilded age. But they had this phenomenal
tree, from the very beginning, so a 30-foot tree, that
was really the centerpiece. So in 1895, when
Biltmore first opened, George was a bachelor, so he
didn’t have a wife to hostess, and so his mother
filled that role, and they handed out
gifts to the children– mountain children, which
didn’t have access to fruit on a regular
basis, and so, oranges and apples
were a great treat, so each child got that. And the oral histories that we
have from the very beginning, all the way up until the
50’s, talk about how, Christmas was such a
special time at Biltmore. How is was such a wonderful
tradition, and how many, how warm it was, to come
together with their family, and to receive these fun
gifts from the Vanderbilts. One of my favorite stories. A woman who was quite elderly
was sharing her memories of growing up on the estate, and she talked about coming
to the Christmas party, and Mrs. Vanderbilt
gave her paper dolls. And her name was
Eugenia Halliburton, and Eugenia did not care
for her paper dolls. And instead of just
keeping that to herself, she was comfortable enough
with Mrs. Vanderbilt, and told her that, she didn’t
really like her paper dolls. And instead of being
horrified, you know, Mrs. Vanderbilt was completely
gracious, and she said, “Well, Eugenia, what
would you like?” And she looked at the
trees, and she said, “I’d love those glass balls.” And instead of just taking
one and giving it to her, Mrs. Vanderbilt called
Donahue, who was the Butler, and they stripped all of
the balls off of the trees, and gave it to all of
the children, and then, from that point on, whenever
Mrs. Vanderbilt traveled, which was a significant
period of time, she would bring back
glass balls for Eugenia By the time that she was older, had en entire tree
full of balls, and then her cat climbed it,
and knocked down the tree, and broke all of
the glass balls! – [Heather] Oh my goodness! (upbeat piano music) When we’re standing in
the Butler’s Pantry, what would have been happening? What kind of hustle and
bustle would be going on for a dinner party? – This would have been,
grand hustle and bustle, so this is really
the Butler’s domain. This is where our
Carson would be. Food would be coming up from
the kitchens down below. Being plated here on this table. Everything would be
ready to go, and then, our Carson would just have
everything under control. Have the next course ready to
go out, when the Vanderbilts were finished. Have everything
running like clockwork. – [Heather] We see in
the Butler’s Pantry, the beautiful Vanderbilt china. And this is really
representative of
the time period. – [Leslie] In the 20’s
when the house became his daughter Cornelia’s, but what she ended up doing
is using her own monogram on a design very
similar to her father’s, so instead of the GWV,
that you see on George’s, you see CSV on Cornelia’s, and so this is
20’s-era china, so, during the time of Downton,
this is what the Vanderbilts would have been eating on. – [Heather] Alistair Bruce
is the historical advisor on Downton Abbey, and when he came to
visit he talked about how nannies would put knives
on the back of the chairs, to make sure children
sat up straight. Was it that extreme
here at Biltmore? – [Leslie] Cornelia certainly
grew up with proper etiquette, and, we know she had
really upright carriage, was very elegant,
spoke very well, and certainly had learned
all the appropriate lessons, but I don’t think she had knives
on the back of the chairs. I think things were a little
bit more loose at Biltmore. It’s a modern, modern house. People see the outside,
and they think, “Oh, it’s like an
old English castle, “or an old French castle,” but on the inside of the house,
it is both state-of-the-art, American technology, everything
that you really could have wished for, certainly a lot of things
that we have here that they didn’t have at Downton,
even though the time periods are similar. Here, we have a dumbwaiter. We have two, actually. One that is electric, and
one that is hand-powered. This one actually
goes up all the way, to right outside of Mrs.
Vanderbilt’s bedroom. And goes down to the kitchen, so as– We’re in the Butler’s
Pantry now, but we’re just above the kitchen,
so as our Mrs. Patmore would have been
finishing the meal, our Daisy, basically, would
have been bringing things, loading it, and sending
it up to the Butler here. It had a telephone
system, as well, and so, for 1895, this
was completely modern, completely state-of-the-art. This is a footman who
worked at Biltmore. It was completely
off of our radar. He wasn’t on our census records. We didn’t know that
he was here, and then one of my colleagues,
Lenore Hardin, was cataloging this item. We keep everything in the
collection very organized. Everything has a number,
everything has its place. She was cataloging it and
noticed a tag that had an an “S. Patrick” and
“Mrs. Vanderbilt, 1921,” and so we realized
that this was a name. Went into our archives,
started digging around. Found the story of
this gentleman who
worked at Biltmore, and we actually
tracked him back. He came from England. He was trained as a
footman, trained in service. Actually worked in
New York for a while. Worked at George
Vanderbilt’s sister’s home. We found him in the
census for 1920 there, and then he came here in 1921. Unfortunately, he
contracted tuberculosis, which was very prevalent
at that time period. Really fought it, and, we
have letters, back and forth, that are really touching,
because it really cronichles his period of illness, and his
hope for coming back to work, and how much he
liked to work here. It tracks how good the
Vanderbilts were to him. They were sending him
checks every month, and paying for his care. He was cared for in Asheville. It was actually a center
for tuberculosis care. And he really fought the
disease, for a long time, and unfortunately, our
research ultimately led us to New Mexico, where
he passed away in 1928. But he kept this bond
with Biltmore through
the entire time, and was always
hoping to come back. In fact, we have
correspondence between the estate manager and
he, talking about how Mrs. Vanderbilt has offered him a position gardening
at her new home, when he’s all recovered,
so it’s a sweet story, but a very sad one. (upbeat strings
instrumental music) – [Heather] And as
we enter Biltmore, visitors see the Winter
Garden, a beautiful greeting, for everyone who comes here. Talk a little bit about it. – [Leslie] It’s such
a welcoming space. So it was designed by Richard
Morris Hunt, the architect, to really bring the outside in, just to fill the
home with light. There was a fountain
at its heart, which really brought it
to life, in so many ways, by a really amazing
Austrian sculptor. And this was one of the first
things to come into place, as they were getting ready
for the first opening, so it was really
always a welcome. So, as they were getting
ready for the first party, Christmas of 1895, this sculpture was
put into place, and everything prepared
for his guests. And then, in the 20’s, they
had a lot of parties here, including, Cornelia had
her coming out party, when she turned 21,
amazing costume party, just over the top. And then, for her
wedding in 1924, they had the wedding breakfast,
surrounding this area, and the table was
set up in this space. – [Heather] Now we’re
entering the Halloween room, which is really not
made for Halloween. It was more of a New Year’s
room for 1925. – It was, it was! – Tell me a little bit
about the paintings that we’re seeing. – So there are
murals all around us. Some of them are scenes out
of Russian folk stories. But we got the name
because of, there are, cats and bats and witches,
and some spooky characters, but really, they’re drawn
from a Russian cabaret, that was popular in the 1920’s, and John and Cornelia
saw it, really enjoy it, and kinda recreated
it down here. They wanted it
recreated in Biltmore. – So, I see over
here, we see bats, and we see, kinda the
witches, so I can see why people started to call
it the Halloween room. – [Leslie] Sure, sure! But they’re all actually
scenes from this cabaret. In our music
collection, we have the piano rolls from the
player pianos that then they would have
used to entertain people. Had the music going. I’m sure, had the wine
flowing, I would imagine, even though it’s,
prohibition! (laughs) – [Heather] Yes, yes! – And, just really
turned this entire space into a party space. – [Heather] It’s fantastic, and one thing I love,
is that there’s that
parallel with Downton with 1925–
– [Leslie] 1925! – [Heather] Which is our
last year that we’re seeing, and there’s parties,
and there’s fun, and that is what
is was all about! The grandeur–
– [Leslie] Definitely. – [Heather] is I think
is, is that what, it makes it so fun
to cover all this. – [Leslie] Oh, it
makes it so fun! It makes it fun to see and to
show what they were wearing. To imagine that happening
in these spaces. The sort of, pre-planning,
and what the staff is doing. The hustle and bustle
down below, below stairs, and the preparations that are
happening up in the bedrooms, the dressing, the sort of,
intrigue, romantic intrigue. All of that was happening at
the house parties at Biltmore, so it’s so fun to see
it onscreen at Downton. – [Heather] The beautiful
costumes in Downton Abbey do so much to tell the
story in each episode. And those same costumes
passed through right here, at the Biltmore. We take a look back, to see
the enthusiasm that was created when they were here. You might say there are
some new house guests at the Biltmore Estate, and they are dressed to impress. – [Leslie] It really brings
this period of time to life, to have the costumes
in the house, to get a sense of what people
would have been wearing when they’re visiting Biltmore. It’s just, it puts
everything together. One of the busiest
times at Biltmore was Cornelia’s 1924 wedding. And this is the time period
that Downton is now in, in the middle of, and one of
the times that the most guests come is for her wedding, so to have them all here. Have it be around 1924,
it’s pretty exciting. – [Heather] From lavish
gowns, to servants attire, and exquisite every day tweeds
and fine fabrics, the exhibit “Dressing Downton, Changing
Fashion for Changing Times” features the elaborate
costumes worn by the characters of Downton Abbey. – [Leslie] I think one of the
most fun parts of this project was selecting where all of
these guests would be going. We were really able to imagine,
imagine the characters. Where we would have them
staying in the house. What would be appropriate, and what would look
good in the rooms? – [Darrin] The
costumes are wonderful, and I think the costume
designers that worked, work with Downton Abbey
have done a great job to make them historically accurate. But then, we have a lady
here, curator Nancy Lawson, who has been dressing
the mannequins, putting the costumes
on mannequins, and she has done
an incredible job of bringing the
costumes to life, to the instance where you can
actually imagine the actors in the costumes, such as
Violet, the Dowager Countess, with her cane, and, it’s almost like she’s there. – [Heather] One
look at the frocks, and you feel the characters
of Downton coming to life, throughout the Biltmore House, whether it’s the
village flower show, or maybe the Dowager’s
judging stance, and ever timely comedic comment. – [Darrin] It’s great that
we have the accessories, such as the cane, which, you can almost imagine
Maggie Smith, you know, (mumbles) looking at
some family member. And of course, we have
the Lord Grantham, in his linen day suits,
which, I think both of those can be seen in several scenes. – [Heather] The award-winning
costumes are inspired by the changing philosophies
and attitudes of the times. – [Leslie] I think one of
the most fascinating things that we’re seeing in costumes, is this change,
the social change, so we see the hems raise, we
see the difference between, Violet’s costumes, which are
a little bit more traditional, have a little bit more of the, form from that time
period, from the 1890’s. Just sort of a,
throwback, in a way, and then you see these really
modern silhouettes, that, the Grantham girls are wearing. There’s just a real range,
and it’s exciting to see. – [Heather] As they
prepared the exhibit, the Biltmore Museum
Services Team, marvels at the
attention to detail in each costume. – [Darrin] Knew the costumes
that were coming, but, to see them in person,
and to see the details, and the embroidery,
the beadwork, and of course, their accommodation
of vintage pieces, vintage costumes, or
costumes with new fabrics, but with vintage pieces, and, to see them in person is
just, is completely different. – [Heather] And Lady
Sybil’s maternity gown glows with a beautiful style that
features antique beading, but new material. – [Leslie] There’s
beaded embellishment. There’s this really
detailed ribbon-work. Things that you
wouldn’t even expect. Things that we didn’t
even really get to glimpse on the screen. A lot of detail at the
necklines, hemlines. – [Heather] And maybe
you remember the coat, worn by Cora’s mom,
Martha Levinson, played by the actress
Shirley MacLaine. In this guestroom at Biltmore, the fashion looks right at home. And throughout the exhibit, the Downton Abbey costumes
speak to visitors, as they can better imagine the
real lives of the Vanderbilts and how their family and staff
lived, worked, and played at the Biltmore. – [Darrin] It gives
us an opportunity to really explore
deeper, how, you know, how life was like, at Biltmore. – Thank you for joining
us for a look at Biltmore, our Downton. We’d also like to say thank
you to the Biltmore staff, and the Biltmore
Museum Services Team, for their expertise in
helping us with this show. And thank you for watching! (upbeat and happy horns music)

77 Comments

Aki Warman

Jul 7, 2016, 10:03 pm Reply

Biltmore estate is a very beautiful, enchanting estate indeed.

Teresa Hinson

Sep 9, 2016, 4:42 am Reply

was very breathe taking

Chris Allen

Sep 9, 2016, 3:07 pm Reply

This is fantastic! Seeing the costumes in the rooms really made the house come alive again.

Purplefishish

Sep 9, 2016, 7:47 am Reply

A comparison to Downton Abbey and one of the first things is someone talking about vacuuming the pooltable? PURLEEEEESE!!!!! One does not vacuum a pooltable, it is brushed clean by hand with  soft brush for that purpose lol

H D

Oct 10, 2016, 10:00 pm Reply

Wonderful. Thanks so much.

maria divina de sousa

Oct 10, 2016, 9:57 pm Reply

com tanto lugar bonito na na mansão mostram mais a cozinha ea parte de fora isso não é mansão é um palácio

PitchTorque1

Nov 11, 2016, 10:55 am Reply

has anyone else ever wondered how they got there money?

Susan McKinney

Jan 1, 2017, 5:27 pm Reply

I have always lived near here and visted so many times yet each time I get the same thrill to be in such a house. it's truly a special place to visit as well as Ashville.

Kelly Nguyen

Oct 10, 2017, 6:56 pm Reply

Wow

Dal V

Nov 11, 2017, 8:48 am Reply

Thank you so much for sharing this. I think it’s also important for people to know that although my ancestors lived a lavish lifestyle they were also incredibly charitable.

Cici D’Bourbon

Dec 12, 2017, 9:27 am Reply

Is not a Home, Its a castle!!!!!

Nadia Maslo

Jan 1, 2018, 8:38 pm Reply

Biltmore House – это особняк в стиле Шато в Эшвилле, Северная Каролина, построенный Джорджем Вашингтоном Вандербильтом II между 1889 и 1895 годами. Это самый большой частный дом в Соединенных Штатах, площадью 175 000 кв. Футов (16 300 м2) и включает в себя 250 комнат , Все еще принадлежащий одному из потомков Вандербильта, сегодня он является одним из самых выдающихся примеров эпохи позолоты и значительных садов в садах джардин-а-ля-франц и английских пейзажных садов в Соединенных Штатах.

Angela Creasman

Jan 1, 2018, 5:54 am Reply

No one lives there we said empty empty house not even mr. Cecil he doesn't he doesn't want to lift up either

Driven home

Feb 2, 2018, 10:26 pm Reply

The parties where probably something out of the Shinning.

1065Olivia

Feb 2, 2018, 9:11 pm Reply

Just visited recently and it was wonderful!

Littleathquakes

Mar 3, 2018, 2:02 am Reply

Jared is hot. And they need to invest in more swiffer dusters to get rid of all the dust. brushing just moves the dust around.

Belsnickel

May 5, 2018, 10:08 pm Reply

I think it’s hilarious that they have their own line of food. I was just in Ingles one day and did a double take when I saw Biltmore cheesecake.

T. T

May 5, 2018, 3:01 pm Reply

Looks larger than Highclere Castle

Beulah Reinhardt

Jun 6, 2018, 2:29 am Reply

I love all the stories. I been trying to find my relatives for years. I hope I can find some on here or FACEBOOK

Discover With Pajerico

Jul 7, 2018, 9:13 pm Reply

Excellent, loved seeing this

Larry Quisno

Jul 7, 2018, 8:10 pm Reply

This without taxes wealthy lived

Maureen Barnes

Aug 8, 2018, 8:30 pm Reply

Imagine curating 2018 in a hundred years: flip flops, cut offs, thong underwear lol

Bruce Marsico

Aug 8, 2018, 12:25 am Reply

The love/hate relationship Americans have with the extravagant and excessive robber baron life style.  Hate, when they realise these luxurious standards could only be sustained through a retinue of underpaid, usually immigrant, servants.  One can only imagine the tantrums and vacuous demands made upon them by these nouveau riche. Love, if only they could live in such sumptuousness.  Never, never having to associate with the commoners…….always among their own ilk.

njhawk89

Oct 10, 2018, 11:47 pm Reply

Wonderful! More of the Vanderbilt family in the book "Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt"

Drew Hendley

Oct 10, 2018, 1:54 am Reply

Astonishing Asheville ?

mrsnatadair

Oct 10, 2018, 6:44 pm Reply

Anderson Cooper's ancestors

Katherine McChesney

Oct 10, 2018, 1:31 am Reply

Wonder if the Vanderbilts ever thought they have a sodomite pervert named Anderson Cooper in their family

Paracletus Revelation

Oct 10, 2018, 8:05 pm Reply

Rich bastards

Tankersley J

Nov 11, 2018, 4:54 pm Reply

There is no caparison between the two houses. get a grip.

Gary Johnston

Nov 11, 2018, 8:41 am Reply

I really enjoyed the attention to detail each staff menber has. I have to have a staff meeting at my house in the morning. Heads are gonna roll!

துக்கிப் பிராணி

Nov 11, 2018, 1:27 pm Reply

Nice people. nice video 🙂

Anthony Blue

Dec 12, 2018, 1:26 am Reply

damn….Id love to bang that hot blonde host…..sweet ass

Edith Lepage Crete

Jan 1, 2019, 4:25 am Reply

No, you should not compare Biltmore to Downton Abbey . It's very inappropriate .Actually, it's almost indecent.Analogy is possible only in the mind of those that have no notion of history. You are comparing a Hamburger to a Beef Wellington ….Just saying since comparison is so important in this sale pitch. Lets be serious , Highclere Castle was built in 1679 and it's history steeped in British aristocracy. Highclere Castle has hosted prime ministers, kings and queens. Biltmore, built in 1895, was the residence of a family that quickly struggled to up keep the grandeur of the estate and had to converted it into a tourist attraction. By saying so, I do not wish to smother any beauty of Biltmore Estate. The comparison is so ridiculous that it impoverish the image of Biltmore Estate.

Craig Parham

Feb 2, 2019, 10:10 pm Reply

NO comparison – Biltmore is magnificent – Highclere – Tiny – poorly furnished and run down

h Francis

Mar 3, 2019, 12:18 am Reply

what bullshit — Biltmore was built by a robber baron — and the USA does Not have titled genty. Biltmore did Not sustain the lives of people in a village as its lifelive…….Biltmore is NO Highcleer Castle – a la Downton Abbey

mark darnell

Mar 3, 2019, 2:53 pm Reply

What I get from this: The Wealthy and Entitled have ALWAYS been insufferable ASSHOLES! Apparently Anderson Cooper of CNN is a Vanderbilt….Oh! What a surprise!

MG Massey

May 5, 2019, 10:16 am Reply

Biltmore was built by greed.

Karol Jarnuszkiewicz

May 5, 2019, 4:22 pm Reply

Not Downton Abbey – Highclere Castle. You Americans do not distinguish between fiction and reality, do you?

Pamela Walker

May 5, 2019, 2:39 am Reply

Aww at 01:49 the cooks are holding the ropes of 4 cute little baby cows ? I wonder what they're going to do with them?

Peggy Sue

Jun 6, 2019, 5:37 pm Reply

Such a beautiful home. My Grandmother (passed away) took me as a child to visit the Estate, and I have never forgotten it's splendor nor the wonder it inspired in my young mind, the dreams it wove into my life, but especially the memories I keep of that incredible time spent with Grandma. I hope it continues to impact lives and stand proudly for another one hundred years at least.

Warrior Ready

Jun 6, 2019, 6:34 am Reply

RESEARCH TRUTH. BILTMORE REALITY.
TITANIC hmmm..my ancestor perished as first class passenger. RESEARCH-THESE PEOPLE KNEW MORE THAN US…

Wye Explorer

Jun 6, 2019, 8:17 pm Reply

This is pretty awesome. The Vanderbilt family purchased Hampton Court in Herefordshire England, which my grandparents farm neighbored. https://www.hamptoncourtcastle.co.uk/ They did the whole place us then sold it. This was very interesting. Mark

Pat Gray

Jun 6, 2019, 11:09 pm Reply

I miss this good show downton Abbey. I rushed from church got my chores done and planned for the viewing

Laura Tibbles

Jun 6, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

Such a grand home I love this part of history so classy thank you for sharing

John Scanlan

Jun 6, 2019, 1:26 am Reply

Biltmore is our Blenheim Palace – learn your stately British homes!!!!

Lesley Watson

Jun 6, 2019, 7:12 am Reply

Having seen many stately homes in England, I don’t think Biltmore is comparable to any others, it has it’s own charm and beauty! I have visited twice (from Australia) and it is way up there as one of my favourites, it is stunning, not only the grand house, but the whole complex, I absolutely love The Biltmore Estate, Thankyou.

label1877

Jul 7, 2019, 3:00 am Reply

If you were a wealthy man in 1905 Asheville and wanted to build a new house… your goal would be to build the 2nd best house. Somewhat a downer. Lol ?

Marcos Garcia

Jul 7, 2019, 1:06 am Reply

Vaccuum cleaner was the best invention for the housekeepers. Not so much dust on the furniture, chandeliers.

NC redbird

Jul 7, 2019, 3:55 am Reply

I've always felt so blessed to be born and raised here. It's always been a yearly treat that my family goes to the Biltmore House at Christmas. So beautifully decorated and it really takes the breath away to just be in such a beautiful home and let your imagination run with how things had to be at the time the home was occupied by family and guests. My dream world be to just be lucky enough to stay in the home intend for a whole week as if I lived there. That would be the gift of my lifetime

Katt the HedgeWytch

Jul 7, 2019, 12:59 pm Reply

I used to live near Biltmore and Asheville, really was a magical area!

Marcus LeeP

Jul 7, 2019, 7:39 pm Reply

Looking very very nice…

Doreen Mitchell

Jul 7, 2019, 2:28 am Reply

I love the Biltmore House. I love gardens and so I especially loved where the gardeners grew the flowers for the home. I also loved the lady bugs.

Brenda Davis

Jul 7, 2019, 6:33 am Reply

Hi, so glad to find something from my state of North Carolina. I just subscribed and know i will enjoy this channel. Thank you for sharing with us as well as the WORLD……..I used to live in Hendersonville which is just below Asheville. Really enjoyed my years there.

Grace Ll

Jul 7, 2019, 10:49 am Reply

Absolute disappointment! 27 mins of Downton and hardly no footage of Biltmore or fuzzy hazy outdoor shots. A more constipated with- holding of Biltmore for commercial reasons- get off it people- this is a national treasure- share!

Angela Buyck

Jul 7, 2019, 6:09 pm Reply

Biltmore sucks overpriced made feel like cattle cheesy

veronica_isbatman _

Jul 7, 2019, 12:29 pm Reply

I’ve only been to the Biltmore once and it was amazing. Can’t wait to go back

bearpapie69

Jul 7, 2019, 12:15 am Reply

The americunts had to found a way to appropriate this story…It is understandable why americunts are the most hated uncivilised people walking this human planet!

Matilda Martin

Jul 7, 2019, 8:24 pm Reply

Very Lovely and, interesting!!!!***

Bethlehem Eisenhour

Jul 7, 2019, 7:26 am Reply

Any Bibles in there?

J. Vigeant

Jul 7, 2019, 5:08 am Reply

This program was a real treat. I was brokenhearted when the series was canceled.

TheCarnivalguy

Jul 7, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

Can someone recommend a great book on the history of Biltmore; planning, design, building, furnishings, etc.?

M

Jul 7, 2019, 2:30 pm Reply

what about racism

Kel Fritzi

Aug 8, 2019, 5:54 am Reply

Jared looks like a bit of a dyck. He should loosen his pink thong.

Mark Hollingsworth

Aug 8, 2019, 11:37 pm Reply

Where the hell is the grey poop on?

JOHN Smith

Aug 8, 2019, 2:03 am Reply

As a person who was born and raised in Asheville NC…if u don't live here vacation somewhere else,and if ur thinking about moving here pick somewhere else.anybody who comes here know that the traffic u sit in IS BECAUSE OF ASS HOLES LIKE YOU

Rubi Ferrer

Aug 8, 2019, 2:05 am Reply

The house keeper manager is very hunsome?

Dojocho

Aug 8, 2019, 9:08 pm Reply

Richard Morris Hunt…amazing man….

Albert nimes Sightler iii

Sep 9, 2019, 5:13 pm Reply

I should have never sold it.

Pink Lady

Sep 9, 2019, 6:31 am Reply

I saw the movie, I just love the costumes. Beautiful.

jarabaa

Oct 10, 2019, 7:02 pm Reply

I knew Biltmore in the 1960s. And I find myself wondering who … "ran" it at that time. Yes, George Washington Vanderbilt II built it, in the 1890s – and then lived there with his wife Edith and daughter Cornelia – born in 1900. But George died in 1915, Edith remarried in 1925 and must have moved away (to Rhode Island, I think) – and Cornelia herself, though she married John Cecil in 1924, left Biltmore in 1932, divorced John Cecil, and moved to Europe. She died in 1976 – in England – when her sons George and William Cecil inherited Biltmore. The implication in this video seems to be that Cornelia was some sort of grande dame of Biltmore (a la Maggie Smith), presiding over the place for decades. She wasn't. She left as a young woman – never to return. So who was in charge of Biltmore all those years – from 1932 till 1976? That's 44 years. Much is made here of the Vanderbilts, but I wonder if it was the Cecils who saved Biltmore. John Cecil was born into an English aristocratic family like the characters we see in Downton Abbey. Maybe the Cecils' know-how about running estates in England was the key to Biltmore's salvation.

Sara Smith

Oct 10, 2019, 2:00 pm Reply

I have been there one time, about a year ago. The ticket was $75. it was well worth it. If you go, start early and wear comfortable shoes. The tour goes on forever, I actually got tired of it You will see the Masters bedrooms, all the way down to the servants quarters. I do wish they had included the bathrooms. you can tour Candler house here in Atlanta and go into the bathrooms and the tourguides say its the most popular. Then you go visit the grounds, which also go on forever and are worth the money by itself. For the house to be the biggest private residence in the US, it is a very cosy and comfortable place. You would be happy to live there, not because it is rich, but because it is a warm relaxing place. It is not a palace with gilt all over it. Very tastefully done. When you tour where the guests stay, look on the door, there is the original place card with the guests name on it where it has been for 80 years i am amazed nobody has taken the cards. i looked up one of the names just to see who stayed there and it was the husband of one of the daughters. Also, you get a winery tour, i was halfway looped when I toured, it helped my arthritis as i walked for miles through the place. And, you will only see a portion of the house. It would takes weeks to see it all. I loved the place.

Gloria Hanes

Oct 10, 2019, 3:41 am Reply

Why doesn't someone have a production of the Biltmore made exclusively for the time period the Vanderbilt would have been in their glory. If Downton Abbey is such a success for the English, why haven't the Americans produced our version?

Barbara Johnson

Oct 10, 2019, 2:48 pm Reply

I have loved this Love that time.

joan lantis

Oct 10, 2019, 3:55 pm Reply

i always think people who are this wealthy have not paid their employees enough and probably pay no taxes/loop holes.the houses are symbols of ruthlessness and selfishness.

New Beginnings with Budhi and Cyndi

Oct 10, 2019, 7:46 pm Reply

How awesome would it be to have a tv series of the Biltmore and the Vanderbilt family

Chris Harmon

Oct 10, 2019, 7:06 am Reply

I have so many nice memories of the Estate. Best was one time when I unintentionally came dressed just like a employee. Other guest were asking me where restrooms shops were and I could answer every question. Then there was the time my mom and I went to the tasting room at the winery and we both got buzzed

Seeker of Truth

Oct 10, 2019, 10:56 pm Reply

I was doing some background reading on the van der Bilts and learned that Cornelia van der Bilt's fourth great-grandparents were a mixed-race pirate from Morocco and a self-acknowledged woman of the night. Jackie Kennedy Onassis is also related to the same pirate ancestor. The local people in New Amsterdam were disgusted with their moral character and threw them out of their community. They were involved in many lawsuits. CNN broadcaster Anderson Cooper should be proud to have descended from such good stock.

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