Think decorating your apartment for Christmas is difficult? Try decorating the largest privately owned home in the country, Biltmore Estates in North Carolina.
Every year the estate, which is open to the public, has about 300,000 visitors during the holiday season and the decor does not disappoint. ABC News filmed a video of the decorations going up, which include a 35-foot-tall Christmas tree (that required 40 employees to move) and an 18.5-foot-long replica of the estate made from dollhouses. This year’s theme is “Hearth and Home,” which is “drawn from stories of Vanderbilt family hospitality—emphasizes Biltmore House’s many fireplaces accented with extravagant decorations.”
The home was built in 1889 by George Vanderbilt. It opened to the public in 1930, and is currently owned by The Biltmore Company, a trust that is controlled by George’s great, great grandson William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil, Jr.
In addition to the beautiful interiors, all of the gardens and landscape of the estate were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.