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Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Ipswich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Experience the grandeur of a seaside estate and its marvelously landscaped grounds, notable for a broad, undulating lawn running down to the shore.
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

There is nothing more beautiful than the Great House and the grounds of the Crane Estate. Beautiful views of the salt marshes and beaches, manicured grounds, lovely architecture. It is charming and romantic. The staff of the Estate are wonderful and helpful. Part of the grand allee were partly being renovated when we toured in July 2014, and we can't... More

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This 59 room summer home of Richard Teller Crane Jr his family was used for six to eight weeks in the summer. It is a jewel of a home with exquisite grounds to explore. Tours of the home and grounds are given from mid May to mid October. The guides are gracious, knowledgeable, and, give you a great flavor of... More

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Irvine CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Castle Hill is the summer "cottage" of the Crane family, a wealthy Chicago industrialist. The architecture is in the style of an English manor house. The house has 59 rooms, many of which are furnished in the style of the 1920s. Our tour guide was knowledgeable about both the house and the family. Extraordinary wealth can create a grand summer... More

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Massachusetts
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38 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Back to Castle Hill for another wonderful day. The weather was great and the Grand Allée is growing in wonderfully. A nice walk down to the ocean was just the ticket after a pleasant lunch on the patio. New to us was a café operation offering wonderful sandwiches and delicious iced tea and lemonade. Just right for this setting. Work... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Never knew this place existed. Went there on a Ladies Tour (husbands at Naval Reunion Meeting in Boston). It was just beautiful. Grounds are magnificent with rolling hills and you can see the Atlantic Ocean on a clear day. Rooms are quite interesting, particularly the bathrooms. Of course, Crane manufactured bathroom fixtures, but it was still amazing to see what... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Great tours, beautiful views, and a small café overlooking the Grand Alee - nice place for a picnic in their Italian gardens.

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NH
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

It costs $5 per person just to enter the grounds of this estate. Then if you want to take a tour it costs an additional $7 per person. We opted to just visit the grounds, but there was really not that much to see. There is a beautiful rolling green "mall" that leads down to the ocean, and 2 gardens,... More

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Orange Beach, Alabama
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It was very interesting and beautiful..We did it on a rainy day, but I would even go back on a sunshiny day!

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

The Crane estate was built as a summer home for a wealthy family in a bygone era. Our tour guide gave us all the details about the construction as well as the family history of the Cranes. As you would expect some of the bathrooms are beautifully done as this was the speciality of the Crane business. The grounds are... More

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Needham, Massachusetts, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A spectacular remnant from a bygone era. Every room is lovely and the views from each take your breath away. Even the butler's pantry (the coolest butler's pantry I've ever seen!), butler's suite and flower arranging room had great ocean views! My friend and I brought our children (two 9 year olds and two 7 year olds) to tour this... More

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