Saturday, December 5, 2015

A BIG house

It was a treat to tour the grounds of this historic private castle.  The scale alone leaves you awestruck, not to mention the engineering that was involved in providing electric, plumbing, synchronized clocks and every other modern convenience. Although the interior woodwork was spectacular, the masonry skills can be admired from the highest of heights.  There was an amazing library, grand dining hall, many balconies overlooking the surrounding forests, bedrooms upon bedrooms, and of course entertainment rooms such as billiards, pool, workout, bowling, sitting...and all the staff quarters and rooms for supporting this lifestyle.  It was Downton Abbey come to life...or as one would imagine it while touring. :)  We can both appreciate the skill it took to construct such a place, as well as the hard work it takes to keep things up and running.  If you are interested in architecture and history, seeing America’s biggest house, The Biltmore Estate, should be on your list.

One of the first bowling alley’s, this one made by Brunswick

Indoor heated pool, with underwater lighting (circa 1910)

The stable was even converted into a restaurant.


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