The house was modeled after three sixteenth century French chateaux, and has 250 rooms, including 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. Nancy and I walked throughout all of the rooms that were open to the public, and it was incredible. Imagine a basement that contains enormous kitchen and food storage areas, plus a tiled swimming pool and a bowling area!
People were out with their dogs, enjoying the weather. Bikes were quite popular, too.
The conservatory housed beautiful ferns, palms, and orchids, and was one of my favorite areas.
Here's a lone Christmas tree getting ready to wait out the year until next December.
Forsythia was blooming, adding splashes of yellow throughout the landscape.
All that walking around and being impressed gave us a mighty appetite, so we had lunch at one of the restaurants on the estate. We shared a very good barbecue sampler plate and a bowl of cherry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Before we knew it, the day had slipped away, and it was time to head back to the Bat Cave...er, back to Charlotte for meetings. Soon all that was left of our vacation was a stack of maps in the back seat of the rental car.
As always, thanks for coming along! I hope you enjoyed Asheville as much as we did.