This is my photo for the Sunday Creative Challenge. The word for the week is "lonely". This photo was taken at the amazing Biltmore Estates. George Vanderbilt opened this estate to family and friends in 1895. I believe it took 5 - 6 years to build, all 135,000 sq. ft. With 250 rooms, there is a lot to see. His wife, Edith and he were very much in love. They had one daughter and George tragically died of complications from an emergency appendectomy. In 1914 Edith sold 85,000 acres to the federal government and it is now the center of Pisgah National Forest.
The first time we visited, my youngest daughter was 7. Her chin hit the floor when she realized it had been someone's house. She said "Mom & Dad, this is the home I want you to buy. It makes me feel like a princess!" We wandered through the most amazing green house I have ever seen. When the house was a residence, and not a tourist site, the fresh flowers from this estate filled the mansion. I will post photos of multiple flowers from that greenhouse tomorrow.
This is the view of the house I love... I imagine I am strolling back from the tulip gardens with a few stems draping from my arms. The side yard looks out over the Italian garden, the children playing tag on the huge expanse of green lawn, my husband busy with the horses in the stable... Boy, I'm just as bad as my daughter!
Which do you like best? The above is for the B&W Wednesday Challenge.
"Everyone" says we must see it decorated for (click following word for details) Christmas. And I'm sure they are right. But I think Biltmore Estates has something for everyone, anytime of year. It has been open to the public every day for many decades. The two times I visited this place, and in particular when I stood at these gates pictured below, I felt it was and still is a place of much peace.