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Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
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Ranked #2 of 14 attractions in Ipswich
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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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

The house is beautiful and is restored as true to original as possible. It sits on over 50 acres of gardens and rolling expanses of lawn, facing the ocean. They book weddings at the Castle, and weddings and corporate events at Steep Hill Beach, which is also on the grounds of the Crane Estate. Well worth the take!

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Recently went with a friend to partake in back-to-back tours at Castle Hill. We did the "Landscape Tour" first. It was 1.5 hours (on a gorgeous autumn day) and covered some of the grounds and the outside of the house. It was pretty interesting and the docent was good and knowledgeable about the area as well. It did require a... More

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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

What a beautiful Mansion. It costs $5 to get in and you can walk around the grounds , Allowed on the first floor of the mansion and the grounds. It also includes Crane;s Beach too. But for an additional $12 You can go on the second floor and see all the rooms. You are only allowed to take pictures in... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This home is set high above the ocean in Ipswich, Massachusetts and was the home of the Crane family of plumbing fame. The ground floor is often used for weddings and parties so it contains little to see. The upstairs is furnished with period pieces and reproductions as the original furnishings were sold at auction. The story of the family... More

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Coral Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

I visited this place last March, I was visiting my parents in MA and my dad took my kids and I to this wonderful place, I've been to the area many times but didn't know of this place, glad we visited such a beautiful place my kids 17 and 16 loved it.. I will def visit again.

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San Diego Area
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

One of the summer estates of the ultra-rich you only read about, the Crane Estate is truly awesome. Can you imagine tens of millions of dollars spent to construct a six-week residence? It was done here. Spend the $12 and take the tour. Afterwards, you can mosey around the grounds to your heart's desire. There is a package deal on... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

The venue itself took place all over the lawn of the estate and the band was set up behind it. I didn't get a chance to go inside but the grounds and estate itself were pretty mesmerizing. The rolling lawn was incredible! It felt as though you could keep going. By the time I reached the end and looked off... More

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

The Crane Estate on Castle Hill in Ipswich that visitors encounter is the second of two homes erected on the site by Chicago plumbing magnate Richard T. Crane, Jr.. The first home intended as a summer home according to local narrative was considered “too atrocious” by Mrs. Crane and was torn down. The present Stuart style mansion in the 17th... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We went to a wedding at the Castle Hill on Crane Estate. It was just beautiful. The food was delicious. We weren't able to go through the entire Castle, but what we were able to see was lovely. Beautiful views too.

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Durham, New Hampshire
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24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Go on a tour of the Crane mansion and enjoy a truly beautiful building. The history is fascinating and the rooms gorgeous. Then walk down to Mr Crane's beach to see what his front yard looks like!

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