About The Inn

While their grand “Italian Villa” at the top of the hill was under construction from 1910–1912, Richard T. Crane, Jr., and his family spent summers in this cottage. The cottage was originally built as a farmhouse in the mid-1800s. In 1899, businessman John Burnham Brown inherited the property, complete with the house and outbuildings. Brown, who was president of the Chicago and Indiana Railroad, expanded the farmhouse into a larger “Shingle-style” home. He hired Boston landscape architect Ernest Bowditch to develop a road system and garden plans. This was typical of the American Country Place Era, when many industrialists converted farms into grand summer estates.

In 1910, Crane and his wife, Florence, purchased the property, which was advertised simply as “Ipswich Beach Farm.” That same year, the Cranes renovated the Brown Cottage, with their architects Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, so they could live there while their main house was being built. They renovated it again in 1917. The cottage later served as a guesthouse. It was frequently occupied by visiting family members, especially Mrs. Crane’s father, Harlow Niles Higinbotham of Chicago.

After the death of Mrs. Crane in 1949, son Cornelius Crane lived in the cottage with his wife, Miné. They renovated the house in 1958 and added the Colonial-style tavern building in 1959 as an additional space for entertaining. In 2000, The Trustees of Reservations restored the cottage and opened it as “The Inn at Castle Hill.” Here, guests once again enjoy summerhouse living with glorious views across the marshes.

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The Crane Estate

The Crane Estate

The spectacular Crane Estate encompasses more than 2,100 acres in Ipswich, Massachusetts and includes 2 beaches, a historic mansion, spectacular gardens, and miles of trails.
Crane Beach

Crane Beach

At Crane Beach, you’ll enjoy one of the finest beaches and outdoor recreation destinations on the East Coast.
Crane Estate Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

The Crane Estate is home to tons of events and programs throughout the year.

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The Inn at Castle Hill is part of the beautiful, 2,000 acre Crane Estate which includes two beaches, a historic mansion, spectacular gardens, and miles of trails.
The Trustees of Reservations

The Trustees of Reservations

We are more than 100,000 people like you who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of New England, and who believe in celebrating and protecting them, for everyone, forever.
The Inn at Castle Hill
A Trustees Property
280 Argilla Road
Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938

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