See the largest privately owned house in the country and truly remarkable architecture. Built by George Washington Vanderbilt in 1895 and still owned by one of his descendants to date, Biltmore Estate is an 8,000 acre private estate and attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main house on the estate, is a Châteauesque-style mansion with ornate etchings, peering gargoyles and limestone columns. Grand, sweeping and staggeringly big, the estate occupies 125,000 acres and was ranked eighth in America’s Favorite Architecture. Grab a camera and walk the grounds for once-in-a-lifetime photos in the jaw-dropping formal rose garden.