The Crane Estate

290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938 Map · Phone number
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About The Crane Estate

GREAT 2019 DATES STILL AVAILABLE!

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!

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  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.4
  • Value 4.7
  • Average response time 4.8

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    Kristin · Married on 08/12/2018

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    My husband and I were married 8.12.18 at The Crane Estate and it was a dream! We fell in love with the Estate a year earlier when we visited for the first time and planned our ceremony remote (with Detailed Engagements, our amazing wedding planner!). At least in our experience, the wedding booking was through Fireside Catering, the official events partner for The Crane Estate, and we worked with Maura who was absolutely wonderful. Coordinating the details was easy - everything was simple and clearly communicated - from costs for different set-up or food scenarios, to rain contingency plans. Going into the wedding weekend - even with rain forecasted - I had not a care in the world. The rain lifted for our ceremony and thankfully we could enjoy the great lawn - we even had some turkeys make a cameo appearance! The staff couldn't have been more attentive - cups full, plates cleared, and as the bride my "attendant" Heather was always there for me and so kind. The food from Fireside was amazing and even our foodie friends, who can be unfiltered critics, are still raving about the tenderloin filet entree and lobster roll appetizer! Our guests felt spoiled and my husband and I were thrilled to give our friends and family such a magical backdrop to witness our vows and celebrate with us. Thank you, Maura, Fireside, and Crane Estate team!!

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    Christine · Married on 09/18/2015

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    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.

    Sent on 11/14/2015
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    Amy · Married on 07/11/2015

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    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.

    Sent on 07/03/2016

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The Crane Estate FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season? $ 6,500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season? $ 6,500.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue? Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season? $ 500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season? $ 500.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee? Bridal Suite, Chairs, Clean Up, Event Planning, Linens, Parking, Set Up, Tables
  • What is the maximum capacity of your venue? 223
  • What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue? 1
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer? 3
  • Describe your venue: Historic Building, Mansion, Waterfront
  • What kind of settings are available? Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor, Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service? Ceremony, Reception
  • What event services do you offer? Catering Services, Event Planner, Event Rentals, Get Ready Rooms
  • What catering services do you offer? Cocktail Reception, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations
  • What event items are available? Chairs, Dance Floor, Tables, Tents
  • What food and beverage items are available? China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
  • What transportation and access is available? Parking

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  • Riverview Chamber Players
    Riverview Chamber Players Wedding Musicians

    You can't find a more gorgeous setting than at Castle Hill. To describe the venue as stunning would be a major understatement. Divine, is getting closer and, "It simply takes your breath away" is probably even more accurate. The staff at Castle Hill is wonderful, easy to work with, incredibly helpful, always kind, and totally on the ball. It is an honor to play classical music at Castle Hill. This Castle was meant for beautiful classical music and we are so happy to bring it to all the many clients and their guests who have their event there. Rebecca Strauss, Music Director, Riverview Chamber Players

  • Person + Killian Photography
    Person + Killian Photography Wedding Photographers

    The Crane Estate is one of our favorite New England venues for weddings — with the historic Great House located on Castle Hill and sweeping lawns, all just steps away from the ocean, its a perfect backdrop for our photography! Not only is the venue so unique and beautiful, the staff is amazing! Everyone at the Crane Estate is friendly, professional and goes above and beyond for their clients as well as the vendors!

  • Unique Weddings by Alexis
    Unique Weddings by Alexis Wedding Planners

    Castle Hill is one of our most favorite venues to work at in all of New England. Not only is the Castle beautiful, but also the setting is unique and private - and their staff is absolutely amazing! The team at Castle Hill consists of all true professionals. They are experienced, accommodating and very involved. For larger events, the tent off the side of the Castle works really well and allows for all of the guests to be seated in the same area. Many of our weddings have been under a tent there and all have turned out beautifully.

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  • 290 Argilla Road Ipswich, 01938 See on map
    7812213003 (Phone number)
    7812212244 (Fax Number)

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