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Historic Highlight: Biltmore Estate

We've started to make a new feature to our blog and that will be a weekly Historic Home Highlight! Tune in on Thursday's of every week to see a historic, American home. And this week... we know you won't be disappointed. 

Biltmore Estate 

We've started things off with a bang! This week's home highlight is the Biltmore Estate. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Biltmore Estate is the largest private home in the United States comprised of an eye-popping 178,926 square feet. It is located in Asheville, North Carolina and one of the most beautiful examples of the Gilded Age.

The house was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II in an attempt to be closer to his mother who was residing in Asheville at the time. Vanderbilt fell in love with the climate and scenery of North Carolina and decided to build a "little" mountain escape. The home itself took nearly 7 years to build (1889 - 1896) with well over 1,000 workers and 60 stonemasons. The home consists of 4 floors, 250 rooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. He even built "Biltmore Village" to house the estate employees and their families. 

Vanderbilt may have had bigger eyes than his pockets. After his death in 1914, much of the estate's grounds were sold to the United States government after not being able to keep up on the newly imposed income taxes. It is said that he depleted much of his inheritance on the estate. In 1930, Vanderbilt's only child, Cornelia, opens the estate to the public to generate income during the depression. During World War II, priceless works of art from the home were relocated to the National Gallery of Art in our home at Venyou, Washington, DC. 

Today, the estate attracts over 1 million visitors each year. It was a declared a National Historic Landmark in 1964. Oh, and it can host your wedding, corporate event, tour, or educational event!


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Venyou and You

So, now that you know who we are and why we started Venyou, you're probably curious to know who we work with. Venyou works with corporations, nonprofits, and higher education to match them in historic homes.

We've received loads of questions regarding birthday parties and anniversaries. We would love to host these events however, some of our historic sites have limitations of the types of parties they are able to serve. We would still be more than happy to place you in a historic home or estate but understand there may be some limitations on the amount of properties available. 

We've also received questions regarding if they can rent out just the home or have the home and an event planner. Great news! We are able to do both. We have partnered with a great firm that has global capabilities that can help you regardless of location. However, we understand some firms like their own vendors and want to bring them in. That is fine too! Whatever your event calls for is what Venyou will do. 

So, send us an email. We're pleased to help regardless of what type of event you may have to plan. We have a solution for you no matter what. 

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Why Historic Homes and Estates?

Have you ever gone through the RFP process? Ever needed to see a property and do a site visit but you were oh, I don't know, 300 miles away? Us too. That's what we cut out all the nonsense. And the easiest way to cut the nonsense is to get right to the point and pair with properties that are flexible, motivated, and beautiful. This is why we chose historic and private homes.

Historic Homes aren't only a beautiful part of our country but they are in dire need of some revenue. We have thousands of properties in the United States that are underfunded and in need of some love. So, we put a business model around it. 

Most of these properties have an event planning arm but no advertising or marketing dollars that show that they are available for rent. This is where Venyou comes in. We list these properties and show different packages depending on your budget. From there, we pair you with the historic home. It seems like a win-win to us. Do you think so too?

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