Sadly, they didn't allow you to take photos inside the house. (500 year old tapestries don't hold up well to flash photography. Plus, they can sell you a book of photos book later.) I do have some pictures from the outside and the gardens. But Cal and I discovered that without the kids, it's not as fun taking photos. We just had to keep taking pictures of each other. It was better when we could say, "Luke/Ariel/Jake/Matt stand over there and let me take your picture."
Here are the photos.
The Biltmore estate main entrance.
I think that the lion is protecting me. Cal says that he's getting ready for lunch.
This is the main entrance. At the top corners are gargoyles.
On the loggia, overlooking the forest behind the house. Interestingly, the area was completely denuded when George Vanderbuilt built the house. He and Frederick Law Olmstedt planned and planted the forest that's there now. It was the beginning of forestry in the US.
I love architectural details. I won't bore you with all the gargoyle, downspout, and carving photos. But I thought I'd share just one.