Evolution of Biltmore Farms

In the midst of the construction of Biltmore House, in 1897, George W. Vanderbilt founded Biltmore Dairy Farms. Originally intended to support his estate and test innovative agricultural theories, the venture, with its surplus production, evolved into a large-scale commercial operation.

Biltmore-Dairy-TruckBy the mid-1900s, Biltmore Farms had become a major supplier of milk and ice cream for five southeastern states. Pet, Inc. acquired the dairy business in the 1980s. Under the direction of Vanderbilt’s grandson, George H.V. Cecil, and great-grandson, current Biltmore Farms’ President John F.A.V. Cecil, the company has evolved into one of Western North Carolina’s most prominent community development firms. Today, the company’s more than one hundred employees build and operate residential homes, planned communities, and commercial and hotel properties throughout the greater Asheville region.



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Biltmore Farms Portfolio

Biltmore Farms Communities

In addition to Biltmore Lake, Biltmore Farms also offers these fine communities:

  • The Ramble Biltmore ForestCommunities-CTA-1: Inspired by the legacies of George W. Vanderbilt and iconic landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, The Ramble features luxury homes and homesites in a park-like setting directly in the midst of Asheville’s amenities and ever-present charms.


Biltmore Farms Homes

Biltmore Farms Homes focuses attention on closely-held values of customer service, structural integrity, fine craftsmanship, lasting quality, and environmental sensitivity.  Its work as a quality builder through the years has come to life in The RambleBiltmore Forest, Biltmore Lake, Southcliff, Holly Springs, and Fox Run Preserve. Clients benefit from detailed design consultations, efficient build times, quality and cost controls. Biltmore Farms Homes provides a comprehensive one year warranty and a 10 year limited structural warranty for its residential products.

BF_Home_Biltmore_LakeTaking the long view, the company of professionals at Biltmore Farms Homes builds every home as if it were their own.  Recent awards that underscore that commitment include the Summit Award for Warranty Excellence (2007-2011), seven Asheville Parade of Homes Awards for Craftsmanship and Innovation (2008-2011) and the Guildmaster Award for Outstanding Customer Satisfaction (2009).



Biltmore Farms Commercial

Biltmore Farms Commercial provides a comprehensive portfolio of services for companies that range from world-renowned corporations to independent, local start-ups, as well as maintaining a collection of retail and office spaces.  From development and project leadership to leasing and property management, the specific needs of each client comes first with a set intent of responding with care, precision and ongoing thoroughness.


Biltmore Farms Hotels

  • Doubletree Biltmore HotelHotels---CTA-1: Just outside the historic Biltmore Estate and on the outskirts of Biltmore Village, the Doubletree Biltmore is an idyllic destination for a vacation, company meeting or special event.  Features include the Vanderbilt Executive Tower, an indoor pool, wireless internet and ultra comfortable guest accommodations.
  • Hilton Asheville: A Silver LEED® Certified hotel, Hilton Asheville welcomes guests as an innovative and luxurious home-away-from-home for vacation, business trip, or visit to Western North Carolina. The first green hotel of its kind in the region, the building features a large-scale solar water heating system and an array of energy efficient features.  The property, located in Biltmore Park Town Square, also includes an on-site spa and event venues.
  • Residence Inn Asheville Biltmore: If you are planning an extended stay in Asheville, the Residence Inn is a topflight choice.  Its kitchens, living and work areas, grocery shopping services and exercise options work together to make every stay personally rewarding.