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The Crane Estate

Ipswich , MA
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LOCATION

290 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938 US (map)

PHONE

781-221-3003

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ABOUT US

The Great House
Celebrate your special occasion at this stunning seaside property, The Great House at The Crane Estate. The Crane Estate, a property of the trustees of reservations,... Read more
The Great House
Celebrate your special occasion at this stunning seaside property, The Great House at 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, The Great House is a country place era estate offering a dramatic setting for weddings, events, and corporate functions, with extraordinary atmosphere and breathtaking views along the half-mile-long Grand Allée.

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

Steep Hill Beach

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 Barn at The Crane Estate

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 781-221-3003 or find us at www.craneestateevents.com for more info.

Brides have chosen The Crane Estate as TheKnot.com's Best of Weddings pick for seven years in a row.

FIRESIDE CATERING

Fireside Catering is proud to be the exclusive caterer for The Crane Estate. We look forward to exceeding your expectations with our delicious seasonal cuisine, elegant presentation and professional, experienced staff! Read less
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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Describe your venue:
Historic, Mansion, Museum
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Waterfront, Classic
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
350
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Bridal Suite, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Outside Vendors OK
What catering services do you offer?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Hors d'Oeuvres, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, Open Bar, Signature Cocktail(s)
What event items are available?
Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables, Tents
What food and beverage items are available?
China, Glassware, Linens

REVIEWS

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Kayla
Wedding:
10/17/2015
4.8/5.0
The Crane Estate is one of those venues that transports you back in time. The architecture and natural beauty of this place was exactly what my husband and I were looking for. The rolling hills was a gorgeous backdrop to our ceremony and we were fortunate that the weather was in our favor that day. Heather was amazing to work with and was able to answer any questions for us. Our only issue was we couldn't extend the time of the event as we got closer to the wedding date, so I would consider knowing in advance if this is something you would want to do.
The Crane Estate is one of those venues that transports you back in time. The architecture and natural beauty of this Read more...
The Crane Estate is one of those venues that transports you back in time. The architecture and natural beauty of this place was exactly what my husband and I were looking for. The rolling hills was a gorgeous backdrop to our ceremony and we were fortunate that the weather was in our favor that day. Heather was amazing to work with and was able to answer any questions for us. Our only issue was we couldn't extend the time of the event as we got closer to the wedding date, so I would consider knowing in advance if this is something you would want to do. Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
9/18/2015
5.0/5.0
AMAZING! Breathtaking views during our wedding ceremony that we will never forget. The Estate, the property and views were exactly what we were looking for when considering a venue for our wedding, and we could not be happier. Our event went flawlessly in large part due to Danielle's meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of our planning. Our event went flawlessly, easily flowing from ceremony to cocktail hour to dinner and reception in large part due to Danielle's planning and coordination. Choosing the Crane Estate was our first, and best decision we made, as it set the tone for a magical day that we won't soon forget. We HIGHLY recommend the Crane Estate for any special occasion.
AMAZING! Breathtaking views during our wedding ceremony that we will never forget. The Estate, the property and views were Read more...
AMAZING! Breathtaking views during our wedding ceremony that we will never forget. The Estate, the property and views were exactly what we were looking for when considering a venue for our wedding, and we could not be happier. Our event went flawlessly in large part due to Danielle's meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of our planning. Our event went flawlessly, easily flowing from ceremony to cocktail hour to dinner and reception in large part due to Danielle's planning and coordination. Choosing the Crane Estate was our first, and best decision we made, as it set the tone for a magical day that we won't soon forget. We HIGHLY recommend the Crane Estate for any special occasion. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
8/14/2015
4.8/5.0
We looked at a few venues to have our wedding reception but when we saw The Crane Estate it stole our hearts. The view is stunning and perfect for our classic vintage vision. Additionally, we had a lot of caterers to choose from and other vendors which was great for me as I wanted to be hands-on choosing everything. I will say, dates book up fast so if you are more interested in dates you may have to wait up to two years. The staff was amazing to work with. We did have some growing pains when the venue changed management. However, our wedding planner was wonderful and talked us through any changes and we felt very informed and taken care of. The day of the event our coordinator made sure everything went smoothly. They were professional, kept things on time and we truly could not have asked for a better day which I attribute to the wonderful job Crane did. I would recommend this to anyone.
We looked at a few venues to have our wedding reception but when we saw The Crane Estate it stole our hearts. The view is Read more...
We looked at a few venues to have our wedding reception but when we saw The Crane Estate it stole our hearts. The view is stunning and perfect for our classic vintage vision. Additionally, we had a lot of caterers to choose from and other vendors which was great for me as I wanted to be hands-on choosing everything. I will say, dates book up fast so if you are more interested in dates you may have to wait up to two years. The staff was amazing to work with. We did have some growing pains when the venue changed management. However, our wedding planner was wonderful and talked us through any changes and we felt very informed and taken care of. The day of the event our coordinator made sure everything went smoothly. They were professional, kept things on time and we truly could not have asked for a better day which I attribute to the wonderful job Crane did. I would recommend this to anyone. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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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Amy
Wedding:
7/11/2015
5.0/5.0
Castle Hill at Crane Estate was such an amazing place to get married. I was planning my Massachusetts wedding from California and only had time to visit a few venues in person on my short trip east. Crane Estate was on that short list and the second my husband and I pulled up to it, we knew this was it. This location is breathtaking and I highly encourage everyone to visit. I grew up in Cape Ann and hadn't heard of this place before wedding planning. It is truly a historic gem.

The staff are industry professionals. My day of coordinator was Heather. She was so helpful and responsive every step of the way. My wedding ran very smoothly and my guests were in awe of how gorgeous this venue is. I loved getting married here and I would highly recommend this venue.
Castle Hill at Crane Estate was such an amazing place to get married. I was planning my Massachusetts wedding from Read more...
Castle Hill at Crane Estate was such an amazing place to get married. I was planning my Massachusetts wedding from California and only had time to visit a few venues in person on my short trip east. Crane Estate was on that short list and the second my husband and I pulled up to it, we knew this was it. This location is breathtaking and I highly encourage everyone to visit. I grew up in Cape Ann and hadn't heard of this place before wedding planning. It is truly a historic gem.

The staff are industry professionals. My day of coordinator was Heather. She was so helpful and responsive every step of the way. My wedding ran very smoothly and my guests were in awe of how gorgeous this venue is. I loved getting married here and I would highly recommend this venue. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
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:
1+ year ago
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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