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  Escape to the Inn at Castle Hill
 
Escape to the Inn at Castle Hill
 

What to Bring

Warm clothes   Sunglasses
Hat   Camera
Sturdy shoes for beach walks   A good book to
read by the fire
 

Specs

  Directions
 
From Boston:
Follow Route 1 north to the exit for Route
128 north (towards Gloucester)
Follow Route 128 north to Exit 15
Turn left onto School Street (becomes
Southern Avenue in Essex) and follow it 3.0 miles
At the end of Southern Avenue, turn left
onto Main Street (Route 133) and follow it for 0.5 miles through the center of Essex
Bear right staying on Route 133 west and continue for 2.5 miles
Turn right onto Northgate Road at the sign for "Castle Hill / Crane Beach"
At the end of Northgate Road, bear right
onto Argilla Road
Follow Argilla Road for 1.9 miles and, at the bend in the road, bear left towards the
columns and wrought iron gate. The Inn is straight ahead; parking is on your left
  Good to know in advance
 
Rooms in the Inn at Castle Hill start at $115 in the off-seaon (November 1 through April 30); rates go up to $385 depending on the room and the season; two-night minimum
stay on weekends May through October;
room rates are single or double occupancy and are subject to 9.7% lodging tax and a 7.5% administrative fee

Complimentary continental breakfast;
additional charge for hot breakfast

For reservations, please call 978.412.2555; a deposit equal to the first night of your stay is required to guarantee your reservation
Lunch served from 11:30 to noon. Picnic
lunches also available
10% discount for members of The Trustees of Reservations
Four-course dinner at 7 pm available for
$55 per person. Optional wine pairing,
$25/person
Visit www.craneestate.org for room
descriptions
Contact: The Inn at Castle Hill, The Crane
Estate, 280 Argilla Road Ipswich,
Massachusetts 01938; Tel: 978.412.2555; fax: 978.412.2556; Email: theinn@ttor.org ; www.craneestate.org
  Etiquette
 
Check-in after 3:00 pm. Check-out is
requested by noon
Children 12 years of age and older are
welcome
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the
buildings
The Inn does not accept pets
All rooms have telephones, but no television or radio
 
   

ID Card

Overall rating: Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating
Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 1 hour
  Duration: Weekend/ Overnight
  Cost:

From $115 per night

  Main activity:

Relaxing

 
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By day, explore seven miles of beach and sand dunes; by night, retreat to your room and fall asleep to the sound of the waves: there is no better place to relax or to spend a romantic weekend than the Inn at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. So book now and discover what relaxation is all about.

The Crane Estate in Ipswich was once the vast early 20th-century summer estate of Chicago industrialist Richard T. Crane, Jr. The estate, now owned and operated by The Trustees of Reservations, includes the 59-room Great House, the 10-room luxury Inn at Castle Hill, the Crane Wildlife Refuge and the white sands of Crane Beach that stretch for nearly seven miles. All told the estate encompasses more than 2,100 acres of beachfront, dunes, maritime forest and planned landscape, managed for both recreation and conservation.

The oldest building on the estate, The Inn at Castle Hill is now a beautiful bed and breakfast featuring simple yet luxurious pleasures such as snug beds, hearty meals, and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Built as a farmhouse in the 1880s and completely renovated in the 1990s, The Inn at Castle Hill has 10 guest rooms, each offering a wonderful, inviting retreat.

All rooms have a king or queen-size bed, private bath, and views of the ocean, marshes, or woodlands of Castle Hill. Rooms feature local Plum Island soap, 300 thread-count linens, English towels, terry cloth robes, hair dryers, beach bags with towels for the summer months; to maintain the serenity of the estate, rooms have no television or radio.

Arrive early to make the most of your experience – there's plenty to do at the Crane Estate to burn off some energy if you're not quite ready to relax. At Crane Beach, 5.5 miles of trails traverse dunes and track the beachfront on both the Ipswich Bay and Essex River Estuary sides of the Castle Neck peninsula. Closer to the Inn there are four more miles of roads and trails around the estate core, winding around ancient gardens and the Great House atop Castle Hill. If walking isn't your speed, there are mountain bikes with helmets available for guest use. If you bring a kayak, there's easy water access. A boat also makes another 3.5 miles of trails at the Crane Wildlife Refuge available to you.

If you are here for a romantic getaway, horse-drawn surreys are available for $75 per couple (advance reservations required). And off the estate, there are plenty of antique shops to explore in Ipswich and neighboring towns.

In fact, an experience at the Inn at Castle Hill is not so much about what you can do at the Crane Estate – it's about simplicity and relaxation, and doing little or nothing at all. From spending two days outdoors exploring this exceptional natural area, to just reading a book on the beach, the choice is yours.

 
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