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Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

290 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938-2647
+1 978-356-4351
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Fascinating tour

Our tour guide was knowledgeable, and conducted the tour in the character of a maid from the 20s... read more

Reviewed 10 December 2017
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Christmas at Castle Hill estate

We had wanted to see this estate for some time and went when they run their Christmas decorations... read more

Reviewed 2 December 2017
Nashua, New Hampshire
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good21%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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290 Argilla Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938-2647
+1 978-356-4351
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Reviewed 10 December 2017

Our tour guide was knowledgeable, and conducted the tour in the character of a maid from the 20s, which was a lot of fun.

Thank robertalrubin
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

We had wanted to see this estate for some time and went when they run their Christmas decorations and music program. It was overly crowded but the rooms were nicely decorated and the music was well done. However, the estate itself could use some repair...More

Thank F P
Reviewed 21 November 2017

I only saw Castle Hill on the map when I decided to go thinking of great costal views. Not disappointed. The home of a family that found "gold" in building fancy bathrooms for the very wealthy is worth a visit. When I arrived a tour...More

Thank peetg
Reviewed 2 November 2017

Didn't appear to be open but the gate was open with no one at the little admission house so just took a drive up the big hill, enjoyed the view and the landscaping and drove back down. Would someday like to take an inside tour...More

Thank sugarbushfarm
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Castle on the Hill isn't a castle, but a very nice stately home built by the Crane family (think porcelain for bathrooms). The grounds and house are immaculately well kept. It was pouring with rain the day we went, so we plan to go back...More

Thank bryguy350
Reviewed 24 October 2017

The grounds, gardens, and mansion are impeccably maintained. While not as grand or opulent as the Newport Mansions, the mansion is beautiful and grounds/gardens are some of the prettiest in New England!

Thank Josh T
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I did the "Cupola" tour of the Crane Estate. It was especially meaningful, as we had gotten married at the manor 30 years earlier. The weather was ideal for us to enjoy the spectacular views from the roof. Our tuxedoed host was...More

Thank Pauline R
Reviewed 30 September 2017

It's the Castle on the Crane estate which is located on a small hill. You will have to pay for visiting the Castle otherwise if there is any private function is going on. There is parking at the side of the castle and even at...More

1  Thank EspritSaro
Reviewed 28 September 2017

The historic estate --house and grounds-- has much to offer. You can tour on your own for the first floor and grounds. Above first floor requires a tour, which would be great except be prepared you must play a "role" as if you are in...More

1  Thank yogaroom
Reviewed 23 September 2017

The same parking fee for Crane Beach allows you in to the Crane Estate. There are tours of the house and lovely grounds and gardens to wander. There are vistas down to the ocean in the distance. And statues and metal sculpted griffons (by the...More

1  Thank kathyandalan
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Cathy F
24 May 2017|
Response from Erwizard | Reviewed this property |
Hi Cathy. I went for the yoga experience, but I don't recall seeing elevators. I had to walk up steps to get into the castle but I would be shocked if they had no handicap accessible amenities. Google "thetrustees" and visit... More
2 May 2017|
Response from dangregory31 | Reviewed this property |
yes, the hours posted are accurate. There are limited times and days to visit, but you can drive out to this place most days and drive through the estate grounds, get out and walk around or just go siteseeing as a hike.