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The Crane Estate

Ipswich, MA View map Visit website

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Up to 223 guests

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

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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    Kelly T. Married on 08/28/2021
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    Beautiful Venue, Fantastic Food

    Our Labor Day weekend 2021 wedding at the Barn at the Crane Estate was picture perfect! Trying to plan a wedding amidst the ever-changing rules of the pandemic was not an easy feat but Maura was super communicative and supportive. We weren't able to do any sort of menu tasting due to COVID, but the food was absolutely amazing!! Multiple guests told us it was the best wedding food they've ever had. The specialty cocktails were fantastic too! The only downsides for us were that there was no easy onsite getting ready space (for that we rented out the Cedar Hill Farm B&B in Essex and it was actually perfect) and also that the mosquitos were out during our sunset photos (however, thankfully the outdoor ceremony and outdoor cocktail hour were totally bug-free, so no guests go bit). All in all, the staff at the Barn at the Crane Estate was amazing, the setting was beyond gorgeous, and the food was wonderful. We are still on Cloud 9 from our happy day!
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    Rachel L. Married on 09/27/2020
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    Absolutely the best through many changes

    We had originally planned a 125 person wedding at the Barn. Then, COVID happened and our plans were upended. Maura and her team were wonderful every step of the way. She was incredibly supportive, communicative and flexible as we had to shift our wedding date, location (to the Great House and tent), redo our seating and reduce our numbers multiple times. Crane and Maura went above and beyond to make sure we had the best celebration. The food was delicious, the service was superb and they made sure our wedding was joyous and safe. It's a very personal decision whether to delay your wedding due to the pandemic, but we could not be happier that we celebrated with 40 close friends and family. And, we are forever grateful to Crane and Fireside Catering for supporting us through all the changes and hosting an amazing and happy wedding!
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    Alison C. Married on 09/21/2019
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    Venue is gorgeous. The staff and team are incredible.

    The Crane Estate is breathtakingly beautiful. We loved that it felt like we were in Europe, while only having to travel one hour from Boston. Maura and the Fireside Catering team were incredible. They went above and beyond to make sure that we could execute all of the details that we wanted. We were able to customize menu items, bring in specialty foods, and tailor the look of the wedding with a lot of flexibility. Maura made it all happen, graciously working with us via conference calls, extra meetings, and late night e-mails. She was so kind, understanding and professional. We had absolute confidence going into the weekend that the event would run flawlessly, which really is priceless. We cannot recommend this venue and the Fireside Catering team enough!

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner

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Professional Network & Endorsements

13 Endorsements
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
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