Sunday, November 25, 2012

Part of Our Thanksgiving Holidays

included a visit to America’s largest privately owned home in Asheville, NC. It has a 250 room chateau on 8000 acres.

This isn’t it. This is The Gatehouse.


This is the house at night – The Biltmore House. Built in the late 1800’s, it is an amazing place. We’ve never seen it decorated for Christmas so it was a special treat. Photos were not allowed inside so you’ll have to trust me that it is quite a unique experience.


There’s a sweet story about the Christmas tree that graces the front lawn this year. In 1972 Joseph Gray bought his wife this tree for Christmas. It grew at the end of their driveway in Tennessee for forty years. She passed away in 2010 and the tree was getting old. The Biltmore house found out about his situation and this special tree. They bought it, trucked it all the way to Asheville and decorated it with 45,000 lights. The story is one-of-a-kind and so is the tree. Read more here.


And just so you know, Sebastian went along with us too.


He didn’t think a great big lion wearing a great big red Christmas bow could be too dangerous. He was right.




  1. What a special story. It makes the Christmas tree
    all the more beautiful. Sebastian, I think that lion looks like a big pussy cat with the lovely red bow.
    Hugs Wilbur

  2. Wow, Biltmore is beautiful! They were just starting to decorate when I was there a few weeks ago.

  3. Hi Sebastian,

    Very interesting facts about that Christmas tree. I see you are keeping that lion quiet by sitting on his foot. Be careful if he decides to clean his paws.

    Heaps of Hugs
    Prudence ♥

  4. Oooh! I've been here during this time of year! My sister used to live in the area!

  5. That looks like a very big fancy schmancy house, we're glad you were able to find your way back out again, and that the lions with the big red bows weren't eyeing you up for lunch!


    Jack and The Clan


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