Biltmore Estate is the largest privately-owned home in the USA. It was the Southern retreat for George Vanderbilt and his friends. It's one of the most ostentatious displays of wealth you have ever seen but it sure is amazing. It has 250 rooms, with 34 bedrooms and 43 bathrooms. It took 1,000 workers to built and took six years, from 1889-1895. It has an indoor swimming pool, bowling alley and it's own electrical grid, hot water and central heat.
This place puts Jay Gatsby to shame. At some point, the cost of maintaining the home was greater than the inheritance of George Vanderbilt's heirs. To their credit, rather than letting it fall into disrepair like so many European castles, the Vanderbilts put together a plan to turn it into the most beautiful estate destination in America, with two hotels, a village and a winery that sells 2 million bottles of wine a year. If you are ever in the Asheville area, it is definitely worth a visit.
This photograph was captured with a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone.