When I was a kid my parents took us to visit the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. Built at the end of the 19th century by George and Edith Vanderbilt in a french chateaux style, the estate remains the largest private home in America. Jenni and I took a day trip down to Asheville a few years ago and took a tour of the house and the winery. It was a great experience. The house features a bowling alley and an indoor swimming pool. The extensive grounds were designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, of Central Park fame.