Friday, December 3, 2010

A Country House



(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.)

Biltmore House was the country home built by George Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895 near Asheville, North Carolina. I left Betsy near the fountain on the Esplanade to go to a higher vantage point to get this picture of the house and the mountains under a blue sky with clouds moving in. (That's Betsy taking pictures near the driveway on the left.)

30 comments:

Mildred said...

Such a marvel of architecture for the times. Stunning photo George.

rainfield61 said...

Yes, I can see Betsy. She is not small, at least in the picture.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Yes, lovely architecture!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Wow, that is gorgeous!!!

Ruth said...

Wow,that is some house.The whole scene is post card perfect.
Blessings,Ruth

ladyfi said...

Wow - this is a magnificent shot when enlarged.

Life Ramblings said...

stunningly beautiful, so well-captured George. love the finely built architecture.

KathyA said...

My husband has always wanted to visit Biltmore -- would like to get there this spring.

Sandra said...

i think this fits in the category of country castles, way to big to be a house. it is beautiful

Pam said...

It is a lovely country home, isn't George.
It been around for a very long time and it still looks gorgeous. Asheville is a beautiful area to visit.

Enjoy your weekend.
Pam

Happyone :-) said...

Wow that's some house. Looks more like a castle!

Ginny said...

I have heard so much about this place? Did it meet all your expectations?

DayPhoto said...

WOW! That place is amazing! AND HUGE!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

A Lady's Life said...

really nice house and shot
george. :)

Cheryl said...

What a gorgeous photo! I love the sky. I cannot imagination living in such a huge place.

Kay said...

Now that's a "quaint" country cottage. Do you happen to know who lives there? Since you are in Tennessee, thought it might be some country singer.

Jen said...

Wow George, that is a great picture of the Biltmore! I thought it was so cool that they had a bowling alley in there.

LV said...

George you always have your camera around for some of the best shots ever. What happened that you did not catch Betsy and her mess?

Leovi said...

Beautiful panoramas with a light and beautiful clouds.

Fred Alton said...

George, whenever I think of Biltmore and all those log fireplaces, I think what a chore it must have been to keep enough firewood cut so as to keep a modicum of warmth in that old stone building. I'm glad I was not one of Vanderbilt's servants, for sure!!!

EG Wow said...

That's quite the mansion!

Ann said...

what is the building used for now? Do you have to pay to enter?

Did Betsy know you were taking her photo? This was one of the things my photography club teacher taught us, take some one taking photos.

Neal said...

That is a very nice picture and really captures the beauty of that place.

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a gorgeous capture George.
A country house??? I could deal with that...

teca said...

Beautiful image!

A great weekend, honey!

Kisses and hugs.

covnitkepr1 said...

George...God has surely blessed you with a "shutter button finger"

SandyCarlson said...

An incredible place! Thanks for the view, George!

Rajesh said...

Spectacular shot. It is a true mansion.

troutbirder said...

Very nice pics. We should have stopped there on our way to meet someone in D.C. But time constraints sad no so it was missed. A good excuse to go back to the Blue Ridge and see it.

Reader Wil said...

I love. Old houses this looks like one of the French castles I saw in 2009. It's beautiful! Have a great Christmastime together with Betsy.