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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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English first
Staten Island, NY
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

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 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
40 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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