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Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

290 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938-2647
+1 978-356-4351
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Allow plenty of time

We arrived after a late lunch, around 2:30, in an unplanned visit. For best results visit the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
new tour: "Help Wanted"

The Crane Estate is now offering a tour for prospective service employees. It was exciting to see... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
West Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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Experience the grandeur of a seaside estate and its marvelously landscaped grounds, notable for a broad, undulating lawn running down to the shore.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good21%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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290 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938-2647
+1 978-356-4351
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived after a late lunch, around 2:30, in an unplanned visit. For best results visit the website first and time your visit for the guided tour that has a theme which appeals to you. The gardens and main floor are open to visitors who...More

1  Thank Catocop
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Crane Estate is now offering a tour for prospective service employees. It was exciting to see the kitchen, butler's pantry, laundry, vault, and other hidden service areas that one never gets to see on a regular tour. The tour guide was very much in...More

3  Thank Transcendentalist
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really liked this unexpected visit into the past. Tours leave every hour, beginning at 10a.m. and we were immediately met with a very friendly staff. The hostess had us pick a card from a stack of cards representing one real historical figure who would...More

2  Thank Gena W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I joined the Trustees of Reservations after visiting one of their other properties (Stevens-Coolidge Place in N. Andover). I decided to explore Castle Hill and take some pictures. The grounds were georgous. I loved the pairing of architecture and nature. Stunning. Many great photo opportunities....More

1  Thank Christine M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful and elegant mansion with impressive grounds built in the same vein as the more famous Newport RI mansions further south, but on its own. It's a pleasant and interesting place to visit if you're looking to add an hour or two...More

2  Thank TolinRiedel
Reviewed 17 June 2017

We stumbled onto this place on the recommendation of the local "tourist" guides. They are a great source of inside information and suggestions for "what to do". They told of this place and after touring the Ipswich first period homes, we drove to the Crane...More

1  Thank 299PFrank
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Picture perfect, great venue. Like something out of a fairy tale.. made this wedding memorable and special.

Thank michelebudry
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

This fantastic home is a must see. The house tour is unique, a house maid or butler is your tour guide. You can pick a card and participate. 1929. The house is truly amazing. The gardens and grounds are fabulous! I plan to return for...More

1  Thank Stephanie C
Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

Its a nice place and you will able to click some very nice pics with great views. But with children and strollers its very difficult to go right at the opposite side. You will get exhausted. Its uphill and downhill walking.So maje sure you pack...More

1  Thank Anshul J
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Our tour guide played the part of a butler and each of us picked a character - someone who really knew the Crane's. The date is 1929, and at the end of the tour, our guide told us what happened later (the depression etc.). The...More

1  Thank SEM02139
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Cathy F
23 May 2017|
Response from Erwizard | Reviewed this property |
Hi Cathy. I went for the yoga experience, but I don't recall seeing elevators. I had to walk up steps to get into the castle but I would be shocked if they had no handicap accessible amenities. Google "thetrustees" and visit... More
2 May 2017|
Response from dangregory31 | Reviewed this property |
yes, the hours posted are accurate. There are limited times and days to visit, but you can drive out to this place most days and drive through the estate grounds, get out and walk around or just go siteseeing as a hike.