Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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.
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PAhomebody
Quakertown, PA163 contributions
Aug 2021
We went to the Crane Estate on a lovely, warm summer day. The first floor was open to the public, and we enjoyed it very much. The design of the house clearly shows how to keep a home cool and comfortable in pre-air conditioning days: the ceilings are very high so hot air rises above the living space, the front and back are quite close together so open doors create constant breezes, and the position at the top of the hill ensures every breath of cool ocean air funnels through the building. The grounds are well maintained, and there's flower gardens with shaded seating in which to relax. Timed admission means you need to make a reservation in advance.
Written August 10, 2021
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smac
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May 2022
We took a guided tour of the estate which was lovely. The tour was lead by a house staff member in character, which he did a great job at! Beautiful estate with beautiful views and the lawn, while a bit of a hike, is worth it to the casino and the ocean view at the end. My only complaint was that we walked the half-mile to the ocean which includes stairs at the casino to go down one of the steep hills. Upon our return, there was a play rehearing at the casino area and we were told we could not use the stairs to go up. Instead, we were directed to a very steep, grassy hill that we would need to climb to get back to the house. I broke my kneecap two years ago, so this was difficult but the only available option. As a paying customer, I would have liked to have been warned about this prior to going out as far as we did. The individual from the play who was directing tourists seemed annoyed that we were there and was yelling at everyone that they couldn't use the stairs, which didn't make sense as that is how we got there in the first place. Upon returning to the house, we informed the women at the desk of what was going on but they just confirmed that it was a play rehearsing for an event later that night. We told them they might want to warn their patrons, especially if they might not be up for hiking up a hill...
Written June 5, 2022
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Colleen C
Middleton, WI297 contributions
Oct 2021
The Crane Estate is beautiful inside and out, but we were disappointed that for the cost of the ticket, you still had to purchase additional tours to be able to see the rooms upstairs. The grounds are awesome, though, and we really enjoyed walking around and seeing everything. We also had a stunning, clear day, which made the views even that much better. One of the more interesting points to the stop, however, was that on that day, the second room of the gift shop was just being opened to the public, and I was the very first person to see it. While this in and of itself was fun, it was made even better because the gal in the gift shop that day gave us the history of the rooms we were now able to see as a result and get a little bit more of the story of the estate. She really was the icing on the cake for this stop.
Written July 3, 2022
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Greg S
Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States53 contributions
Jul 2021
We were supposed to see Castle Hill one day earlier, but our reservation was cancelled because of a movie shoot there. Luckily, we had an extra day left in our vacation to move it to the next day. The problem was, the movie crew was still there. The staff was noticeably upset that the large 18 wheelers, gear and movie trucks were still parked outside at 10am the next morning with people running in and out carrying props, furniture, plants and stuff. One employee told me they were supposed to be gone hours ago, and he was very apologetic. So, in short we saw the house in chaos. It was not a great tour at all, and that $10 you pay per person, only gets you the bottom floor. It's extra to see other floors, or to have a guide. It honestly seemed like no one even knew we were there, even though the house was full of people. It was an odd experience, especially because we'd already seen all the big Newport mansions and they were so organized, attentive, informative, and friendly to visitors. This felt like visiting your friends on a day they're moving out of their house. On the other hand, the grounds, gardens and other places there are gorgeous. It was a beautiful day and the grounds are well worth seeing, even if there's not much to the house. (At least on the ground floor). No, they didn't tell me what movie they were shooting, but I did ask. We also wanted to be there to see where a few scenes from Little Women were shot a few years ago. Which we did find, and that was cool too.
Written July 30, 2021
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ronk1000
Charlotte, NC302 contributions
Jul 2022
Loved that the staff was in costume as they guided us through the mansion and spoke in the dialogue of the times. The family and mansion history were facinating; Views were phenomenal; Bathrooms exceeded our expectations. We felt as though we were back in England at one of the old country estates.
The one downside was that it was unseasonably warm (89F) and most of the rooms had closed windows and no fans. Very uncomfortable. Surprised that windows weren't open to enjoy a breeze like the originally family enjoyed.
Written August 4, 2022
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Dr. Steve B
Nanticoke, PA232 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
We did not notice this on Trip Advisor or different publications, but we are so happy a fellow traveler told us about the Crane Estate. Known for originally designing bathrooms, the Crane family has a fascinating history, and their great house is amazing and loaded with beautifully designed bathrooms. The tours are so creative. We selected the basic tour of the house plus history of the family. We got to select a card that described an historic guest who visited the Cranes and portrayed that guest on the tour. What a great way to experience the house and the family. The maids and butlers (tour guides) all remain in character and are dressed in period clothes. Our butler was dressed in a tuxedo. When the tour concluded, we were treated to a beverage (a non-alcoholic drink served in a champagne glass on a silver tray) while we got to ask questions to our docent as he stepped out of character. This was a classy, refined, and very enjoyable experience. Don’t miss the gift shop, and ask about the relationship of Chevy Chase to the Cranes.
Written August 18, 2022
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PaTraveller40
Philadelphia, PA5 contributions
Aug 2021
The estate and grounds are well worth a visit. However, It's a bit pricey in my opinion
at $10 per out of state adult. Plus, if you want to see more than the first floor of the mansion, you have to join a tour and pay quite a bit more. Still, the grounds and history were really interesting, impressive, and unique. A super nice employee approached us and answered our many questions about the estate and family history. If you are in the area and it's a nice day, do visit. BTW, Crane Beach which is nearby, requires an appointment and a hefty fee, although it looks beautiful.
Written August 21, 2021
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Hunter.oz@comcast.net
Sutton, MA80 contributions
Jun 2022
We took the Highlights of the Hill tour. Really nice tour. Vicki our driver is very good. Gave us a brief overview before driving off in her brand new electric vehicle cart. She gave us plenty of information on the various spots-the rose garden, the beach area, a great view from the hill overlooking Crane's Beach and Plum Island. Vickie is very knowledgeable about the estate and the general area. She gave us a little over 60 minutes and it was well worth it. And she even gave us restaurant recommendations that saved up guessing about where to eat...CK Pearl in Essex which was 10 minutes away.
Written July 3, 2022
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Ashley K
Twentynine Palms, CA33 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
NO DOGS! Even if they stay in thr car, they do not allow dogs on the property period. I understand they are a wildlife conservation group, but a dog in a car shouldn't be a problem. We didn't even make it past the front gate since our dogs were sitting in the back seat.
Written October 4, 2022
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Kristina S
Ashland, MA16 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Beautiful place, but staff is rude and unwelcoming. Kristina completely ruined our day by training us where we can and can't go. Complaining to us how other visitors vandalized her signs, leaving their cars on the Crane's parking lot, but going on the beach to swim and braking rules. Instead of calm relaxing weekend we just got stress and even couldn't visit the house, bucause they just forgot to remove the sigh saying the house is closed today....
Written July 2, 2022
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