The Inn at Castle Hill is one of our favorite places to unwind. It is beautifully situated with views of the ocean, Crane Beach, and the marsh. It is quiet, and it has no TVs or telephones. There is a working fireplace in the common room which is wonderful on cold winter evenings. Breakfasts are gourmet and excellent. Service is spectacular - it's like having your very own servants, concierge, and welcoming friends. It is expensive, but the profit goes to The Trustees of Reservations, so you are supporting conservation while in the lap of luxury.
Crane Beach and the Great Salt Marsh are natural treasures of Massachusetts. You can walk to the beach from the Inn, or drive to the parking lot where you are closer to 4 more miles of beach and dunes. The dunes have walking trails, and you can wear yourself out for 7 or 8 miles if you feel up to it. My favorite place is the small pitch pine forest not far from the parking lot. It is magical.
You can also tour the Crane Estate and castle, and enjoy Frederick Law Olmsted's landscaping, which is pretty good, except that he planted Norway maples, which we now know are invasive. The European beeches behind the Inn are spectacular.
- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Castle Hill On The Crane Estate Hotel Ipswich