Secluded beyond the ornamental iron gates of the Crane Estate and nestled at the foot of Castle Hill is our beautiful Inn. Serenely situated, the Inn at Castle Hill is a center for retreat and relaxation as well as for embarking on an exciting day's journey. Tasteful yet luxurious furnishings, sumptuous breakfasts, and a warm and generous staff anticipate your arrival. Take tea on the wraparound veranda and gaze across the spectacular coastline, or read quietly upon a sun-bathed window seat. All of the rooms at the Inn are uniquely decorated and most feature stunning views over the salt marshes, sand dunes, and Atlantic Ocean. Beyond the Crane Estate, activities invite both the adventurous and retiring. Kayaking, fishing or whale watching await you. Explore the beautiful grounds of adjacent Castle Hill. Or visit nearby historic Salem, Rockport or Gloucester and shop for that special antique or treasure. The Inn at Castle Hill is owned and managed by the Trustees of Reservations, a conservation organization dedicated to preserving historic and ecologically important sites in Massachusetts. All proceeds from the Inn go to continuing these conservation efforts.
A light and cheery room, Symonds has yellow walls and white linens. This ground-floor corner room adjacent to our living room has a queen-size bed. The windows look out onto the woodlands and the back yard of the inn with its traditional stone wall.
Light avocado-green walls and beautiful matching toile window treatments give Choate a clean, yet elegant style. From the windows of this second-floor corner room, guests look out onto the woodlands of Castle Hill. Choate has a queen-size bed.
Wonderful brown toile wallpaper and an antique, tiger-maple “quing” bed (slightly larger than a queen, a little bit smaller than a king) highlight this second floor room. With two windows that face west, the room is bathed in the afternoon sun, while the north-facing windows look over the woodlands.
Reminiscent of a ship’s cabin with sailing charts, brass lamps and built-in drawers that date from the house’s construction in the 1850’s, Teller is a third-floor cozy room with a queen-size bed and an incredible ocean view from the window seat.
With two window seats overlooking the marshes and Atlantic Ocean, Florence has sand colored walls, dark wood furnishings, and a sisal rug to create a "beach-cottage" feeling. This attractive third floor room has a queen-size bed.
Clean lines and a charming animal print motif characterize this light, second floor corner room. With windows on two sides, guests enjoy a view of the marsh and ocean from two windows while watching the setting sun from two others. Winthrop features sand colored walls, an iron, four-poster, faux-bamboo queen-sized bed and rattan furniture.
The largest of all of our rooms, Higinbotham is a wonderful escape on the third floor with windows overlooking the marsh and ocean, the woodlands and the stunning Italianate farm buildings below the inn. The three window seats and day bed provide inviting areas to relax and take in the views. Walls are painted in a very serene taupe with complementing wool carpet. With a king-size bed and the twin-size day bed, three guests may be accommodated in the room.
With two windows looking onto the marsh and the ocean and a fireplace flanked by windows overlooking the woodlands of Castle Hill, Miné is another favorite of our guests. The two-toned, glazed yellow striped walls and floral window treatments offer a very warm and welcoming space on the second floor. This corner room has a king-size bed.
Upon walking into Cornelius, guests are met by a most spectacular view of the Great Marsh and Atlantic Ocean. The soft dove gray walls and white Berber carpeting create a soothing atmosphere to relax in two comfortable upholstered chairs or the king-sized bed. This spectacular second floor room is one of our most often requested accommodations.
Sitting on the window seat in the bedroom of Burnham, guests may take in the woodlands of Castle Hill. The small sitting room off the bedroom catches the brilliant afternoon sun and offers views of the woodlands and Italianate farm buildings. The décor is clean and contemporary with off-white fabrics and window treatments complemented with matchstick blinds. Two full bathrooms provide extra space for the guests. The bathroom off the living room offers guests one of the most stunning views of the marsh and ocean.
4.4 on April 29, 2013
The price was a bit of a budget stretch for me, but I had the cheapest room, downstairs on the corner, which was delightful, and luxurious for one person. The breakfasts are outstanding, and I was able to take a simple lunch of yoghourt, cookie and fruit each day for my long walks on the beach. Crane beach is spectacular, with infinite different aspects - beach, dunes, marshes, shells, driftwood. On my last morning, the staff encouraged me to hang around once I'd checked out of my room, and Bob even took me for a tour of the great house, which was one of the highlights of my visit. Staff were always delightful, If they provided frozen entrees and a microwave for evening meal I would have never even have driven into town! Fiona
2.6 on July 20, 2012
The entire Crane Estate is magical. The Inn is very impressive and a lovely place to stay. The rooms are well represented by the website so in reality they met my expectations as did other things like service, value, and cleanliness. The breakfasts are good but the service in the dining room needs improvement as well as at the front desk, where one can wait a while before someone appears. There is something intimidating about having to pick up the phone that is at the front desk to call someone if you need something when they are within sight yet out of earshot. If peace is important do not stay at the Inn at a busy time because there tends to be too many inconsiderate guests who have no respect for the peace and tranquility of the place. This is no fault of the Inn but the place might be too commercialized at this point. I will try the place one more time and if I don't enjoy that stay then I doubt I'll return. This last visit I felt that something has been lost in the shuffle.
5 on December 02, 2011
This inn is expensive, but worth every penny. We stayed in one of the best rooms, with lots of light and a spectacular expansive view of the ocean and a marsh. Every detail of our accommodations was perfect - fabulous towels and terrycloth robes, wonderful sheets. Service was attentive and impeccable. Each night a fire was lit in the living room for our enjoyment, and the staff was helpful with directions about places to visit. Nearby Crane Beach is one of the gems of Massachusetts, and our walk in the dunes was most rewarding. If you want to pamper yourself, this is the place to go! Also, there are no TVs or phone in the rooms -- our idea of what is necessary for a peaceful retreat.
5 on November 07, 2007
The most relaxing, elegant, de-stressing, peaceful weekend! Can't say enough!!!
Conservation Land, Countryside, Oceanside, Small town
Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 30 miles
From the airport, follow the signs directing you to Route 1 North. Merge onto Route 1 North and follow Route 1 to the exit for Route 128 North (towards Gloucester). Follow route 128 North to exit 15 (School Street; Essex & Manchester). At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto School Street and follow it 3.0 miles into the town of Essex. At the intersection, turn left onto Main Street and follow it for 0.5 miles over the causeway. Bear right onto route 133 West and follow it for 2.5 miles. Turn right at the sign for Castle Hill onto Northgate Road. Follow Northgate Road 0.5 miles until it ends. Bear right onto Argilla Road. Follow Argilla Road 1.9 miles and, at the bend in the road, bear left (almost straight) towards the estate columns and wrought iron gate. The Gatekeeper will greet you. The Inn is straight ahead; parking is on your left.
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