Christmas Tour of The Tate House in Tate, Georgia

Updated on December 21, 2019
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

The Tate House in Tate, Georgia.
The Tate House in Tate, Georgia. | Source

My husband and I recently moved to Georgia, and for the four months that we have lived here, we often have driven by the Tate House and commented that we would like to tour it. In December, we took that tour, and I must say that it was such an amazing afternoon; I am glad we waited until Christmas to tour it rather than going in the fall. This tour was one of the highlights of our Christmas season.

The Tate House in Tate, Georgia, was completed in 1926 and built by marble tycoon Sam Tate. Sam Tate owned the Georgia Marble Company right behind the house. The Georgia Marble Company is famous for pink marble, and it has been used on the outside as well as parts of the inside of this house. This marble quarry is still in business today. The house was used as a Bed and Breakfast until 2006 when the then owners decided to renovate the house. It is currently used for weddings and special events. It is open to the public for tours in the Fall during the Marble Festival in nearby Jasper, Georgia, and also at Christmas.

The Start of the Tour

Walking into the home, we were warmly welcomed and told that the tour cost $15.00 per person. We had already read that on the website, so it was not a surprise to us. We paid our money and were told to go up the stairs to our right and relax for a bit until the opening informational lecture. After that, we would be free to tour the house on our own. We went up the stairs to find a long hallway, decorated with white and gold flowers and arrangements. The tables were welcoming, and each had a Christmas arrangement on it. We were told that this area used to be a front open porch and it had only recently been enclosed. The large glass windows gave us a nice view of an Italian courtyard.

A Very Pink Room

We headed around the corner and were treated to a most amazing sight. The room at the end of the hallway was small, circular and very pink. In front of the window was a large Christmas tree with figures of Santa Claus and three children dressed in period clothing. It was amazing to see how lifelike they all looked.

The Dining Room and Pantry

The next room was the dining room. The table was set as if for a great Christmas feast. There were Christmas decorations of flowers, ribbons, greenery, and ornaments everywhere one looked. In the corner near a window was another large tree, with an adorable teddy bear standing next to it. The fireplace was opulently decorated as well, with a series of white lit candles in front of it. Many people were in this room taking pictures because the sight was so amazing.

Off of the dining room was the butler’s pantry with the original ice box and sink. I don’t know if the house was this extravagantly decorated at Christmas when Sam Tate lived in it, but everywhere one looked, even in the pantry, there were wonderful decorations that truly brought home the Christmas experience.

The Library

From there, we went into the library which again was extremely decorated. The fireplaces in this house were beautiful, and each one had its own swags of greenery and Christmas balls and bells. The library was no exception.

I lost count of how many rooms there were and what each was used for, but this one particular room had a life-sized Santa Claus who from afar looked like the real jolly old elf himself. From the library, we walked into the main hallway, where we were treated to the sight of another huge tree which was sitting next to an electronic grand piano which had been programmed to play Christmas music. It was a nice touch and added to the ambiance of the house.


Splendid Staircases

From the main hallway, we went upstairs, and as you can imagine, the stairway railings were extremely festive with red bows and Christmas balls. At the top of the stairway was a sitting area with two couches and three amazingly lifelike elves. It was a place you might want to stop and hang out with this trio to soak up some Christmas cheer. The trio was quite jolly, and the workmanship of these characters make observers believe in Santa and his workshop filled with these busy, happy toy makers.

More Sumptuous Rooms

The rest of the rooms upstairs consisted of four bedrooms and a library. All of the bedrooms were beautifully decorated. On each door was a sign stating the name of the room. There was a “Jewel Room, a “Luke Room,” and a “Flora Room,” as well as a “Captain Steve” room. The rooms had their own very well-appointed bathrooms, each containing marble. And of course, each room had its own Christmas tree that reached almost to the ceiling.

The Children's Room

Once the tour of the upstairs was completed, we headed down to the main floor and around a corner to go downstairs. Rounding a corner, I let out a surprised, “oooh” as we came to another pink room, filled with animal figures and candy replicas. What a delight this room would have been to a small child but unfortunately we did not have any children with us.

The Children's Room.
The Children's Room. | Source
The Children's room at the Tate House.
The Children's room at the Tate House. | Source

Cookies and Warm Beverages to End the Indoor Tour

On the other side of that room was a large bar area made of wood, glass, and marble. It was quite an impressive room and is obviously used for the current special events and weddings. To the right of the bar is the large ballroom, with tables set with holiday splendor.

In the middle of the room, tables were set up with hot cider, cold water and two types of cookies: chocolate chip, and white chocolate and coconut. The white chocolate chip cookies are to die for! People were able to help themselves to cookies and beverages, and then take a seat at one of the tables. Again there was a beautiful huge wonderfully decorated Christmas tree, set up next to a very lifelike Santa Claus in a gorgeous sleigh.

The Tate House Tour, 2013

The Grounds and the House's Exterior

After having our refreshments, I took a walk outside and took some pictures of the house. The most amazing Christmas decoration I saw outside was the Nativity scene on the side veranda. The figures were life size and beautiful. The front of the house was decorated with greenery and wreaths, and the pink marble the house is known for shows through. At the beginning of the tour, we were told that two sides of the house were in the Italian style and the other two were created in the English style.

A Tour Worth Every Penny!

Originally, we thought that the price of $15.00 was a bit high for this tour. But by the end of our time at the Tate House, we were so thrilled and fulfilled by our experience that we felt the money was worth it. Especially because it was a donation to a non-profit organization.

From the absolutely beautiful decorations to the sounds of Christmas music playing throughout the house, to the adorable and lifelike figures of elves and Santa Claus figures, we had an amazing afternoon. This experience really brought the Christmas spirit to our hearts and minds. This tour was definitely worth the time and money.

If you ever happen to be in the area of Tate, Georgia, which is located in between Canton and Jasper, at Christmastime, a tour of the Tate House is definitely a worthwhile experience.

All pictures in this article were taken by the author, Karen Hellier. I was not able to put descriptions or give credit for most of these pictures underneath each due to a computer glitch.

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    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      4 years ago from Georgia

      Aw, thank you so much for your kind words. This house was the most beautifully decorated house I have ever seen at Christmas and I took pictures excitedly, planning out my hub as I went. It IS beautiful and I hope you get there some day.

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      Patricia Scott 

      4 years ago from North Central Florida

      If I could not go there, this was the next best thing, Karen. Your photos are fabulous and the descriptions made me feel as if I had been on the tour.

      Unfortunately during the years I lived in GA, I never visited there.

      Perhaps in my travels I will happen upon it at Christmas is indeed decked out beautifully.

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      Angels are on the way to you this early morning hour ps

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      You are most welcome billybuc It was truly an amazing place, especially at Christmas. I can't wait to go back again and bring friends.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I call that living in style. What a majestic piece of architecture. Thanks for taking us along on the tour, Karen!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      You are welcome. I am glad you enjoyed it. The pictures don't do it justice though. It was truly amazing and we were wowed by every room! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thank you for the tour. I had not heard of Tate House before, but I enjoyed it very much, including the lovely Christmas decorations.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      It seems like the pink rooms have the most fans! A few people have mentioned that to me. Glad you liked it.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      How gorgeous! I love the pink and red colors! Thanks for sharing!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      No Virginia, I have not. It's on my bucket list though. I think hat made this tour extra special is the Christmas decorations. They were truly amazing and brought out the beauty of this house.

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I love house tours like this, especially with the Christmas decorations. Have you been to Colonial Williamsburg at Christmas? A fantastic experience.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      5 years ago from Georgia


      When we go next year I will have to count how many Christmas trees there actually were in the house. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the season with each room as awesomely decorated as the previous one.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      5 years ago from Georgia


      You are welcome. It as so beautiful, I just couldn't keep it to myself so I wrote the article to include the pictures! Glad you liked it.

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      Melissa Propp 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      That mansion was amazing, especially seeing it all decked out in the Christmas season. Absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Jade Griffin 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      I had to come find it, too. I am so glad that I did. The pictures really make the Tate house come to life! It's so beautiful, and look at all the Christmas trees! I have to say that my favorite room was the pink room, though.

    • Trenna Hiler profile image

      Trenna Hiler 

      5 years ago

      I saw that you had written about this article. I had to come find it. I couldn't comment unless I joined. I have no clue what I just joined, but the article is great.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Yes it was so beautiful Carol. The sights, sounds and tastes were awe inspiring.

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      Success In Life 

      5 years ago from U.S.

      Beautiful! What a great way to spend the Holiday with family and friends.


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