If you’re a fan of Hallmark movies, you’ll be excited to hear that Biltmore Estate in Asheville is going to be the location for a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie, scheduled to be released for this year’s Christmas season!
Filming is taking place during the month of January for the movie, fittingly titled A Biltmore Christmas and starring Bethany Joy Lenz and Kristoffer Polaha.
Here’s the scoop on the plot of the movie, from Hallmark… holiday movies, time travel, Christmas magic and of course Biltmore:
“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.”
While many scenes from movies have been filmed at Biltmore, including Last of the Mohicans, Forrest Gump, The Swan and Patch Adams, this is the first time Biltmore will be the setting of a movie.
Will Biltmore be open during filming? Yes! However, according to Biltmore, you may experience some temporary traffic delays or detours on the estate, as well as temporary changes in furnishings and décor. Film sets will be closed, but filming inside Biltmore House will take place outside of guest hours, and tours of Biltmore House will go on as usual.