Hallmark is bringing the romance of the Biltmore Estate to its viewers with an upcoming movie filmed at the historic North Carolina property.
The Biltmore Estate, built by George Vanderbilt in 1895, is a sprawling 8,000 acre property that includes a 250-room chateau and a winery. It is also the largest privately owned home in the United States and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hallmark will be filming a movie at the Biltmore Estate this summer. The movie is tentatively titled “Biltmore” and tells the story of a young woman who moves to the estate to work for an eccentric family.
According to Hallmark, the love story will play out as follows:
“Lucy Collins (Lenz) is a screenwriter who lands the job of a lifetime when she’s hired to write the script for a remake of the beloved holiday movie His Merry Bride! First filmed in 1947 at beautiful Biltmore House, it has long been considered a Christmas classic. As Christmas approaches, Lucy travels to Biltmore Estate for research. She joins a guided tour of the grounds where she gets insights into the history of the location and the filming of His Merry Bride!, and once inside the house, she’s drawn to a beautiful hourglass. When Lucy accidentally knocks it over, she finds herself transported back in time to 1946 -the Golden Age of Hollywood – as cast and crew prepare to film His Merry Bride! at Biltmore. Lucy does her best to navigate an unfamiliar place as a woman out of time, charming some and raising suspicions of others. It’s not long before Lucy catches the eye of the film’s dashing lead Jack Huston (Polaha) and although she initially rebuffs his advances, their connection soon becomes undeniable. Lucy’s sudden appearance sets off a chain of events that put the production in jeopardy. Before she can return to the present, she must make things right or threaten to alter the future forever. Lucy has one chance to go home but must say goodbye to the man who might be her soulmate unless some Christmas magic can keep the curtain from closing on their love story.”
The movie will feature many of the estate’s iconic features including the Biltmore House, the Winery, and the grounds. The movie will also capture the beauty and history of the estate as well as its many activities including fishing, biking, horseback riding, and falconry.
The Biltmore Estate has been featured in many movies, television shows, and music videos. Most recently, the property was used as a location for the hit television series, The Crown.
Hallmark is excited to be making a movie at the Biltmore Estate and is looking forward to showcasing its beauty and historical significance. “We are thrilled to be able to film at the Biltmore Estate and to be able to bring the romantic story of this iconic property to our viewers,” said Hallmark’s President of Production and Development, Michelle Vicary.