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“Lovely tour - lovely tour guide!”

Hills & Dales Estate
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in LaGrange
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Hills & Dales Estate is the historic home and garden of textile magnate Fuller E. Callaway. Located in LaGrange, Georgia. The centerpiece of the estate is a beautiful Georgian-Italian style home built in 1916. Designed by the noted architectural firm of Hentz & Reid it is one of the finest homes built toward the end of the country house era. The home was occupied by two generations of the Callaway family and contains all of the families' original furnishings. Formal gardens surrounding the home and were created by the original owner of the property, Sarah Coleman Ferrell prior to the Civil War. Within the gardens visitors will see many of Sarah's religiously inspired planting including a large planting of the word "God" and her personal motto "God is Love." The extensive formal boxwood garden also feature an herb garden, greenhouse, fountains and garden sculpture. The 35-acre estate, complemented by a Visitor Center containing family artifacts and displays, opened to the public in 2004. In May of 2010 twenty additional rooms on the second and third floor of the home opened for tours.
Reviewed March 24, 2017

Wonderful tour guide with lots of info! Most parts of the Villa are not roped off but you aren't to touch anything inside. The gardens are wonderful but many flowers were affected buy a cold front that came thru before our visit. Still lots of flowers blooming in the greenhouse and some outdoors.

Thank Norma W
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Reviewed March 24, 2017

Especially if you are visiting Callaway Gardens, visit the Callaway house. Its not a museum, it's a private home and the atmosphere is so warm. The entire house is open, you see every room on every floor. Its absolutely beautiful. The architecture, the furniture, the decor is to die for. I especially loved the kitchen.

It is not wheelchair friendly however, and it's a lot of walking around and stairs. The gardens themselves are pretty, but rather small. The house is the main attraction to me.

The tour itself was fantastic. It was just me and my girlfriend with our guide so we lingered as long as we wanted in each room, asked whatever we wanted. She, and I regret not knowing her name, was so knowledgeable. She knew the date of each piece of furniture, she knew where the marble came from that made the fireplaces, she knew what was original to the house and what was added and when. There is a lot of passion from the staff.

Thank Davis R C
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Reviewed March 23, 2017

My docent, Claire, was fabulous! She not only knew all the Ferrell and Callaway stories and details of items int he house, but also threw in many tidbits to make the tour relevant to me, in particular, by finding out my interests before the tour began. She even made restaurant suggestions that proved, afterwards, to be spot-on! The house tour was so interesting and, at the conclusion, I felt like I had a good sense of the folks who built the place and lived there. The gardens were impressive, as well as the grounds, in general. Though it was early in the growing season, the gardeners were busy at their various early Spring tasks. The greenhouse was especially worth a look. The tram ride to/from the visitors' center was an excellent feature too, as the place is very hilly, though I chose to walk back to the visitors' center after the tour since it was a lovely day and the journey was mostly down the hill! The gift shop was well stocked too and reasonably priced with helpful staff. All-in-all, this was a stop well worth the time (about 2 hours).

Thank vdrees
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Reviewed March 21, 2017

Very interesting story about the Callaways. We watched movie to learn and hope to go back soon with our RV club.

Thank Marla W
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Reviewed March 11, 2017

Picked up a local attraction magazine and discovered a special place to visit in LaGrange, Georgia. Hills and Dales Estate is a beautiful old home built in the early 1900's. Has always been used as a multi-generational family home that has been maintained as it was when the family lived there. The house tour goes room to room with many details of day-to-day living presented by a knowledgeable and friendly guide. The gardens date back to the Civil War era and require 8 full-time gardeners to keep it trimmed, pruned, and ready for guests to stroll the grounds. We were there when the Azaleas were in full bloom and the tulips had just opened up - just beautiful! Cost was very reasonable for a relaxing afternoon experience.

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