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Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

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Address: 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
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Description: Experience the grandeur of a seaside estate and its marvelously landscaped...
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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Beautiful interesting location

I visited via a bike ride from Ipswich to the top of the hill and back. It was early in the season and I got waved past the gate without paying admission ($3 on bikes). The top... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Bradford, Massachusetts
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Bradford, Massachusetts
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113 reviews 113 reviews
54 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I visited via a bike ride from Ipswich to the top of the hill and back. It was early in the season and I got waved past the gate without paying admission ($3 on bikes). The top featured great views of the ocean. The grounds include a huge mansion and plenty of ruins to visit. I only had time for... More 

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Stunning estate with a formidable David Adler-designed mansion. Beautifully maintained by The Trustees of the Reservation. Catch a summer concert on the breathtaking allee, or a Christmas tour.

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Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is the type of place you can go and enjoy walking the beach, through the wild life refuge, and through the house itself. The gardens are fantastic and the views are impressive, especially with the reconstruction being done on different features in the garden. Just be wary if you are going during the summer, the traffic can be brutal.

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Naples, Florida
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72 reviews 72 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The tour of the Castle is a nice brush with the very rich in the gilded age. The Crane's were among the richest families in Chicago and built a lavish mansion at Crane only to tear it down and build another one. The entire estate is an impressive complex that offers a window into the lifestyle of the rich and... More 

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Jaffrey, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Crane Estate at Castle Hill deserves to be seen by all those who love gardens, interior design, architecture and history. If you cannot fly to England to investigate classic British manor houses, instead visit this treasure in our own back yard, where examples of the best of Old World woodcarving & marble decoration have been seamlessly installed into a... More 

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We went to a wedding reception at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. Everything was delicious. My only complaint was during cocktail hour the bar was way too small. Had to wait 15-20 minutes in line to get served.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We loved walking around the grounds & seeing the ocean from several views. Even the smaller homes below the castle were interesting.

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Staten Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I prefer to tour large estates like this using an audio tour so that I can go at my own pace, but that is not an option at this estate. Our tour guide, Susan, was very knowledgeable about the Crane family and the house. She thoroughly answered any questions any of us had. (the tour consisted of myself, my husband,... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

You can only tour the house with a guide. Not always our first choice, but we went with it. Turned out we were just the 2 of us with Guide. She was great. Now, we saw the next tour and there were about 20 people so that may change your experience. But we loved it. We were sorry we didn't... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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