The Crane Estate
The Great House
The spectacular Crane Estate encompasses more than 2,100 acres in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The Estate is made up of three properties: Castle Hill, a National Historic Landmark that is the home of The Great House, a spectacular venue for weddings and corporate events, guided tours, and programs. Crane Beach, a popular public beach and summer destination; and the Crane Wildlife Refuge, a natural treasure boasting many rare plant and animal species.
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The Casino Complex is made up of the Ballroom and the Bachelor Quarters. The historic, Italian-style villas (casino is Italian for "little house") are located along the rolling lawn of the half-mile Grand Allée, halfway between the spectacular Great House and the sea.
Steep Hill Beach
Schedule a day at Steep Hill Beach on the Crane Estate for fun in the sun. This secluded stretch of white sandy beach at the western edge of Crane Beach is the perfect destination for your company’s summer outing, private family function, or a day of wedding bliss.
The Crane Estate Barn is currently booked for the 2015 season. May we suggest a couple of options: The Great House or Steep Hill Beach at the Crane Estate.
Nestled amid the stunning landscape of Castle Hill, The Crane Barn is a handsome model of rustic times gone by. A study in old-world craftsmanship, this historic, Italian-style barn is a singular and gorgeous setting for your event.
Originally built as a gathering place for Cornelius Crane and his friends, today the historic “Tavern” offers an unforgettable setting for business retreats, private celebrations, and more.
Located in the heart of the spectacular Crane Estate, the Inn at Castle Hill offers simple yet luxurious pleasures, giving you the chance to reconnect with what really matters to you. All ten rooms at the Inn are uniquely appointed, and many feature stunning views over the salt marshes and Atlantic Ocean.
Inn at Castle Hill
The historic award-winning Inn at Castle Hill, with 10 uniquely appointed rooms, is also part of the Estate, and is the perfect place to relax and unwind on an overnight stay to the area.
Chicago industrialist Richard T. Crane, Jr. first purchased the 2,100 acres that would become The Crane Estate in 1910. Crane was captivated by the beautiful landscape, and over time worked with eight leading architects and landscape architects to shape his summer retreat. In 1928, he crowned the estate with a grand 59-room, Stuart-style mansion, designed by the world-renowned architect David Adler. Nearly 100 years later, the Crane Estate plays a vital role in the local community and beyond as a place for year-round recreation, historic house tours, weddings, corporate and private parties, an annual art show, summer concerts, lectures, movie filming, a popular summer camp and public volunteer opportunities.
Archived in December, 2015
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