North Carolina Has One of America’s Most Beautiful Castles
Did you know that you don’t have to travel far to see some of the most stunning castles? There are plenty right here in the U.S. For example, Boldt Castle in New York and Scotty’s Castle in California. Castles aren’t just faraway dreams. They’re closer to home than you might think.
House Beautiful, an interior decorating magazine, compiled a list of the most beautiful castles in the nation. This compilation was created with input from their editors, creative personnel, and a network of interior designers. It also incorporated information from various sources to establish the selection of featured properties.
They did note that all of their choices are not technically castles but that their selections offer what most castles do, which they said is “majestic glory.”
A North Carolina castle named one of the most beautiful in the U.S.
Included in their compilation of the most stunning castles in the United States, you’ll find the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. While technically an estate and not a castle, House Beautiful recognizes it for its elegance and charm. According to the estate’s website, George Vanderbilt’s fondness for the Blue Ridge Mountains during his 1898 visit led to the estate’s creation. The 250-room French Renaissance chateau construction took six years, with architect Richard Morris Hunt and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
An interesting tidbit about the Biltmore Estate is that it claims the title of the largest privately owned house in the United States. Visitors can enjoy the winery and tasting room on-site, indulging in Biltmore Wines. It all started in 1971 when George Vanderbilt’s grandson, William A.V. Cecil, began experimenting with vineyards and winemaking at Biltmore. The very first vintage was produced from French American hybrid grapes grown within sight of Biltmore House and bottled in the estate’s Conservatory.
See their list of stunning homes, ranging from a secret gem nestled in Central Park to an 800-year-old cliffside dwelling in Arizona and the location where Kevin Jonas and his wife Danielle tied the knot, and Taylor Swift filmed her “Blank Space” music video. Take a look at the complete list of the most beautiful houses here.