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Castle Hill on The Crane Estate

Ipswich , MA
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290 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938 US (map)

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978-356-4351

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A GRAND SEASIDE ESTATE
Celebrate your special occasion at this stunning seaside property, Castle Hill on The Crane Estate. The Crane Estate, a property of the trustees of... Read more
A GRAND SEASIDE ESTATE
Celebrate your special occasion at this stunning seaside property, Castle Hill on The Crane Estate. The Crane Estate, a property of the trustees of reservations, encompasses over 2,100 acres overlooking Crane Beach, Crane wildlife refuge, and winding salt marshes. The exclusive use of The Great House is the perfect venue for your dream day.

Perched high above beautiful Crane Beach, this Country Place Era estate offers a dramatic setting for weddings, events, and corporate functions, with extraordinary atmosphere and breathtaking views along the half-mile-long Grand Allée. The Great House accommodates up to 200 guests inside. Tenting is required for groups over 200 for which there is an additional fee.

The Crane Estate has additional venue options for your wedding celebration and private event.

If you've always dreamed of saying "I do" with sun, sand, and surf as your setting, then choose Steep Hill Beach for a seaside ceremony. Two private lawns overlooking the Atlantic provide the perfect spot for a reception to remember.

The historic Italian style barn, boasts terra cotta walls, post and beam interior, wood floors and a green tiled roof. The Barn on The Crane Estate can accommodate up to 140 people for a New England barn celebration. Combine The Barn with Steep Hill Beach or The Vegetable Garden for your ceremony for breathtaking views of winding salt marsh, tidal rivers, woodlands, and the Atlantic Ocean.

No matter which venue you choose, our professional and experienced event staff will be there to help you every step of the way. Please call 978.356.4351 x8814 or find us at www.craneestate.org for more info.

Brides have chosen The Crane Estate as TheKnot.com's Best of Weddings pick for seven years in a row. Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
4.6/5.0
I was very happy with the flexibility and accommodating nature of the staff who run the Crane EState wedding planning. It's a gorgeous location and an ideal spot for the perfect wedding.
I was very happy with the flexibility and accommodating nature of the staff who run the Crane EState wedding planning. Read more...
I was very happy with the flexibility and accommodating nature of the staff who run the Crane EState wedding planning. It's a gorgeous location and an ideal spot for the perfect wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
4.7/5.0
Of all of the parts of my wedding, I have to say that Castle Hill was my absolute favorite. From the minute I saw the pictures online I knew that I wanted to have my wedding there. The events coordinators at Castle Hill were wonderful to work with throughout the planning process and the entire wedding went off without a single hitch. Castle Hill does have some restrictions on the use of the property because of its status as a property of the Trustees of Reservations, but ultimately those restrictions did not negatively impact my wedding at all. I simply cannot say enough about how wonderful it was to have my wedding at Castle Hill.
Of all of the parts of my wedding, I have to say that Castle Hill was my absolute favorite. From the minute I saw the Read more...
Of all of the parts of my wedding, I have to say that Castle Hill was my absolute favorite. From the minute I saw the pictures online I knew that I wanted to have my wedding there. The events coordinators at Castle Hill were wonderful to work with throughout the planning process and the entire wedding went off without a single hitch. Castle Hill does have some restrictions on the use of the property because of its status as a property of the Trustees of Reservations, but ultimately those restrictions did not negatively impact my wedding at all. I simply cannot say enough about how wonderful it was to have my wedding at Castle Hill. Read less
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Kara
Wedding:
10/11/2014
4.6/5.0
The Crane Estate is such a beautiful place to get married. We are so happy we chose this venue. You barely need any decor because it is just such a gorgeous setting.

Event Planning - 5 stars for this. Request Francie!! I'm obsessed with her and wish we could be BFF. She was the reason I did not stress at all on my wedding day. She has EVERY SINGLE THING covered. Her level of service, professional and responsivness cannot be matched. Everyone in our wedding party and family continues to rave about how awesome Francie was. She did not miss a beat and was so lovely to work with.
Tent - I would recommend the white tent. We did the clear tent. The clear tent has so much potential, but it photographs really poorly, in my opinion. We thought we might be able to see the sky, but the lights from the house make it difficult.

Of course, we wish The Crane Estate was more flexible in timing, but we knew that going in. If you are looking for complete flexibility, The Crane Estate is not for you.

It's expensive, but it was worth it for us! Again, you must request Francie. She's the best!
The Crane Estate is such a beautiful place to get married. We are so happy we chose this venue. You barely need any decor Read more...
The Crane Estate is such a beautiful place to get married. We are so happy we chose this venue. You barely need any decor because it is just such a gorgeous setting.

Event Planning - 5 stars for this. Request Francie!! I'm obsessed with her and wish we could be BFF. She was the reason I did not stress at all on my wedding day. She has EVERY SINGLE THING covered. Her level of service, professional and responsivness cannot be matched. Everyone in our wedding party and family continues to rave about how awesome Francie was. She did not miss a beat and was so lovely to work with.
Tent - I would recommend the white tent. We did the clear tent. The clear tent has so much potential, but it photographs really poorly, in my opinion. We thought we might be able to see the sky, but the lights from the house make it difficult.

Of course, we wish The Crane Estate was more flexible in timing, but we knew that going in. If you are looking for complete flexibility, The Crane Estate is not for you.

It's expensive, but it was worth it for us! Again, you must request Francie. She's the best! Read less
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Shelby
Wedding:
10/9/2014
4.9/5.0
My husband and I remain in awe of the Crane Estate and all of its staff after the performance they coordinated for our wedding this fall. The majestic, historical estate and extraordinary view took our breath away, along with our guests', and our on site coordinator toiled like clockwork to produce one seamless, incredible evening that we will cherish remembering. Our friends and family cannot pass along enough compliments about the wedding, which is in great part attributed to this very special site. The staff held our out of state hands all throughout the year of planning and down to the faintest detail, and they blew us away with their seasoned expertise and professionalism. There is just nowhere else like The Crane Estate, and we feel very lucky to have celebrated our wedding at Castle Hill.
My husband and I remain in awe of the Crane Estate and all of its staff after the performance they coordinated for our Read more...
My husband and I remain in awe of the Crane Estate and all of its staff after the performance they coordinated for our wedding this fall. The majestic, historical estate and extraordinary view took our breath away, along with our guests', and our on site coordinator toiled like clockwork to produce one seamless, incredible evening that we will cherish remembering. Our friends and family cannot pass along enough compliments about the wedding, which is in great part attributed to this very special site. The staff held our out of state hands all throughout the year of planning and down to the faintest detail, and they blew us away with their seasoned expertise and professionalism. There is just nowhere else like The Crane Estate, and we feel very lucky to have celebrated our wedding at Castle Hill. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We worked with Heather from the Estate for our October wedding. We had our ceremony at Steep Hill Beach and our reception at The Barn. Beautiful setting and we got access to the grounds for our pictures and its very cool that the estate is littered with deer who will definitely make a sneak appearance into your pictures!
We worked with Heather from the Estate for our October wedding. We had our ceremony at Steep Hill Beach and our reception Read more...
We worked with Heather from the Estate for our October wedding. We had our ceremony at Steep Hill Beach and our reception at The Barn. Beautiful setting and we got access to the grounds for our pictures and its very cool that the estate is littered with deer who will definitely make a sneak appearance into your pictures! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
9/28/2014
4.8/5.0
If you love sweeping ocean views, historic buildings, sprawling lawns, and intimate sunken gardens, this place is for you. We toured several venues on the north shore, in Boston/Newport but my heart was at Crane since I was a young girl.

Before you book you should know that because they are owned by a large conservation group and are a registered historic property, you don't have a ton of flexibility when it comes to decor, vendors, timing, etc. However, even with those restrictions, my husband, myself, and my mother were all totally enchanted by the beauty of the place and we decided to book immediately.

Also, as a former vacation home for the Crane family, the setup of the house is not like a traditional wedding venue -- unless you tent ($$$) there won't be a bunch of tables surrounding a dance floor, but rather the tables are put in different rooms and you dance in either the ballroom or on the terrace. Some people (including myself) are not a huge fan of that, but when I saw it all put together on our day I actually kind of loved it -- it felt like we were guests in someone's home which created a very personal and intimate vibe. So lovely.

Another bonus for us was that the property is protected and will (hopefully) always be there for us to visit and bring our children to, etc. Sounds sappy, but that was actually very important to me - I dream of the days when our children run on that amazing lawn! : )

Day of, everything went off without a hitch, and we were all ecstatic with our choice. Many of our guests had never been up to the house and they were all blown away by the views and magical atmosphere -- it is truly stunning.

We worked with Ashley, Toni, and Laura, and all the ladies were very helpful, responsive, and caring. I highly, highly recommend The Crane Estate for a bride who wants a timeless, historic feel with an unparalleled ocean view -- you won't regret it!
If you love sweeping ocean views, historic buildings, sprawling lawns, and intimate sunken gardens, this place is for you. Read more...
If you love sweeping ocean views, historic buildings, sprawling lawns, and intimate sunken gardens, this place is for you. We toured several venues on the north shore, in Boston/Newport but my heart was at Crane since I was a young girl.

Before you book you should know that because they are owned by a large conservation group and are a registered historic property, you don't have a ton of flexibility when it comes to decor, vendors, timing, etc. However, even with those restrictions, my husband, myself, and my mother were all totally enchanted by the beauty of the place and we decided to book immediately.

Also, as a former vacation home for the Crane family, the setup of the house is not like a traditional wedding venue -- unless you tent ($$$) there won't be a bunch of tables surrounding a dance floor, but rather the tables are put in different rooms and you dance in either the ballroom or on the terrace. Some people (including myself) are not a huge fan of that, but when I saw it all put together on our day I actually kind of loved it -- it felt like we were guests in someone's home which created a very personal and intimate vibe. So lovely.

Another bonus for us was that the property is protected and will (hopefully) always be there for us to visit and bring our children to, etc. Sounds sappy, but that was actually very important to me - I dream of the days when our children run on that amazing lawn! : )

Day of, everything went off without a hitch, and we were all ecstatic with our choice. Many of our guests had never been up to the house and they were all blown away by the views and magical atmosphere -- it is truly stunning.

We worked with Ashley, Toni, and Laura, and all the ladies were very helpful, responsive, and caring. I highly, highly recommend The Crane Estate for a bride who wants a timeless, historic feel with an unparalleled ocean view -- you won't regret it! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
What a gorgeous venue! We couldn't be happier with the Castle Hill and its superb team. The property is incredibly well-kept, from the inside to the outside - the bridal suite is fantastic, and so is the Groom's suite. I LOVE this place. tThe only down side is you have limited time on the property, but if you have the right team supporting you throughout your day, everything should go smoothly. It was important to me and my husband that we find a place that allows for being indoor and outdoor for our ceremony to cocktails and reception, and this property does it all!

There are so many parts Castle Hill that are so amazing for photo ops. You really can't go wrong with any part of it - be sure to check out the Italian Gardens! The rolling hills as a backdrop for the outdoor ceremony are picturesque. Everything about the Crane Estate makes you feel like you've been swept away into some faraway, fantasy land that is just absolutely beautiful. The staff is super professional and polite, they were marvelous. It's an elegant property that is on the pricier side but SOO very worth it! This place allowed me to have the wedding of my dreams and so much more!!!
What a gorgeous venue! We couldn't be happier with the Castle Hill and its superb team. The property is incredibly Read more...
What a gorgeous venue! We couldn't be happier with the Castle Hill and its superb team. The property is incredibly well-kept, from the inside to the outside - the bridal suite is fantastic, and so is the Groom's suite. I LOVE this place. tThe only down side is you have limited time on the property, but if you have the right team supporting you throughout your day, everything should go smoothly. It was important to me and my husband that we find a place that allows for being indoor and outdoor for our ceremony to cocktails and reception, and this property does it all!

There are so many parts Castle Hill that are so amazing for photo ops. You really can't go wrong with any part of it - be sure to check out the Italian Gardens! The rolling hills as a backdrop for the outdoor ceremony are picturesque. Everything about the Crane Estate makes you feel like you've been swept away into some faraway, fantasy land that is just absolutely beautiful. The staff is super professional and polite, they were marvelous. It's an elegant property that is on the pricier side but SOO very worth it! This place allowed me to have the wedding of my dreams and so much more!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We always knew we wanted to get married at Cranes. The great house and grounds can not be beat anywhere in MA. Our coordinator Danielle was amazing and so easy to work with. Danielle and the rest of the Crane Estate staff worked hard to make our day flawless. We highly recommend this venue!
We always knew we wanted to get married at Cranes. The great house and grounds can not be beat anywhere in MA. Our Read more...
We always knew we wanted to get married at Cranes. The great house and grounds can not be beat anywhere in MA. Our coordinator Danielle was amazing and so easy to work with. Danielle and the rest of the Crane Estate staff worked hard to make our day flawless. We highly recommend this venue! Read less
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Kerri
Wedding:
8/30/2014
4.6/5.0
We just had our wedding at the Crane Estate and it was absolutely amazing. All of our guests could not believe the view and were in awe of the Great House. Here's the thing about value- yes, you will pay more in venue fees for the Crane Estate than other venues in the area, but we ended up SAVING money by going with this venue because you could work with a variety of caterers. Many other venues we looked at on the North Shore had unbelievable food and beverage minimums.

Danielle was wonderful to work with and she was great at helping keep things moving smoothly the day of. Because this is a historic venue that is open to the public there are a lot of rules you have to follow, but in the end I didn't feel like any of these really limited us. I definitely recommend going with vendors who have worked the estate before, as they will know how to work with its special quirks.

We could not have asked for a more beautiful venue to get married at and I am so happy that we now have an excuse to keep visiting!
We just had our wedding at the Crane Estate and it was absolutely amazing. All of our guests could not believe the view Read more...
We just had our wedding at the Crane Estate and it was absolutely amazing. All of our guests could not believe the view and were in awe of the Great House. Here's the thing about value- yes, you will pay more in venue fees for the Crane Estate than other venues in the area, but we ended up SAVING money by going with this venue because you could work with a variety of caterers. Many other venues we looked at on the North Shore had unbelievable food and beverage minimums.

Danielle was wonderful to work with and she was great at helping keep things moving smoothly the day of. Because this is a historic venue that is open to the public there are a lot of rules you have to follow, but in the end I didn't feel like any of these really limited us. I definitely recommend going with vendors who have worked the estate before, as they will know how to work with its special quirks.

We could not have asked for a more beautiful venue to get married at and I am so happy that we now have an excuse to keep visiting! Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
8/9/2014
4.6/5.0
The estate is absolutely stunning. Our wedding was in August and the weather was perfect. Its not too hot as there is a breeze from the ocean. The staff was great and my wedding coordinator Ashely Tangerini was the best!! She was so helpful and ensured that everything ran on time and everything was in place. We had a surprise guest and she quickly found a spot and had the caterer fix the table settings. At the end of the night she had everything ready to go and be loaded into our cars.

The venue is expensive but you can save other places because it really doesn't need any added decor because the place itself is so beautiful.
The estate is absolutely stunning. Our wedding was in August and the weather was perfect. Its not too hot as there is a Read more...
The estate is absolutely stunning. Our wedding was in August and the weather was perfect. Its not too hot as there is a breeze from the ocean. The staff was great and my wedding coordinator Ashely Tangerini was the best!! She was so helpful and ensured that everything ran on time and everything was in place. We had a surprise guest and she quickly found a spot and had the caterer fix the table settings. At the end of the night she had everything ready to go and be loaded into our cars.

The venue is expensive but you can save other places because it really doesn't need any added decor because the place itself is so beautiful. Read less
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