The Trustees Crown Jewel Seaside Reservation - Castle Hill on Crane Estate - Promises a Grand Experience for the Day or Overnight Visitor

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Media Contact:
Holly Hannaway
Communications & Marketing
The Trustees of Reservations
Phone: 781.307.5707

Ipswich, MAMay 22, 2013 – The Trustees of Reservations are excited to announce the opening of their new Castle Hill Café as well as the start of their expanded cultural tour programs at the National Historic Landmark, Castle Hill, in Ipswich. Part of the spectacular 2,100-acre Crane Estate, Castle Hill features meticulously maintained designed landscapes and walking trails as well as the seaside estate known as the “Great House” and The Inn at Castle Hill – voted “Best Estate Stay” by Yankee Magazine.

Visitors to Castle Hill should plan to set aside a full day to enjoy the house and grounds. Guided house and landscape tours, lunch on the Allee at the Castle Hill Café, and a leisurely stroll to the bluffs overlooking Crane Beach are sure to soak up more than afternoon. And, for the visitor that is also looking for seaside R&R, plan to extend your stay and spend the night at the Inn at Castle Hill, nestled at the bottom of the Hill surrounded by pristine dunes, tidal estuaries and the award-winning beach Crane Beach. (And, if you can't make a whole day of it, then it just gives you a reason to plan multiple visits this summer!)

Trustees CEO & President Barbara Erickson comments, “With the growing public interest in historic homes and lifestyles, thanks in part to the success of "Downton Abbey," the opening of the Castle Hill Café and our expanded access to the buildings and grounds at Castle Hill are just some of the ways we are working to bring our historic properties to life for today's visitors.”

Castle Hill Café
At The Castle Hill Café, you can enjoy your lunch on the Great House terrace or a picnic along the Grand Allee, the half-mile-long “front lawn” stretching from the house to the sea. Either way you’ll enjoy panoramic ocean views. The café, managed by Ferreira Foods in Salem, will compliment the beautiful surroundings with fresh and innovative lunch choices and great service, giving each and every guest a truly enjoyable experience. Lunch menu items include fresh salads like Curried Cous Cous and Classic Caesar Salad as well as a delicious selection of sandwiches including a Field Greens & Goat Cheese Wrap and Tuna Provencal, as well as fresh fruits, yogurt and baked goods.

Café Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11AM–2PM

Great House Tours
The Great House Revealed one-hour tour offers an in-depth look at a 1920’s David Adler masterpiece – once summer home to Chicago plumbing magnate Richard T. Crane, Jr. On this walk through the mansion, you'll be inspired by the past, and see how Adler masterfully combined centuries of architectural tradition with early-20th-century features including ornate woodcarvings, luxurious Italian marble, sterling silver fixtures, and, of course, stunning bathrooms that exemplify Crane Company craftsmanship.

Tour & Gallery Hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 10am-4pm | Fri & Sat. 10AM–2PM

Castle Hill Estate Tours
Experience the art, architecture, and landscape design highlights of this 20th-century estate by the sea, a National Historic Landmark. Learn how landscape architects, including the Olmsted Brothers, transformed a bare, sandy drumlin into a stunning country retreat. Explore formal garden rooms and other outbuildings. Investigate the original barn complex and walled vegetable garden, all part of a working farm that supported and sustained the estate. Breathtaking views included!

Tour Hours: Thursday & Saturday, 11AM

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About the Crane Estate
The crown jewel in The Trustees of Reservations' collection of 110 properties located throughout the state – 20 of which are located on Boston’s North Shore – The Crane Estate is one of only a few remaining estates intact from the Country Place Era. Like any National Historic Landmark, Castle Hill requires ongoing care and maintenance so that it can continue to be enjoyed more than 300,000 visitors from New England and beyond each year.

Chicago industrialist Richard T. Crane, Jr., purchased approximately 1,380 acres in Ipswich in 1910, the beginning of what would become the Crane Estate. A contemporary of Cornelius Vanderbilt, Crane was captivated by the beauty of the landscape, and, over time, worked with eight leading architects, landscape architects, and artists to shape his summer family retreat. In 1928, he crowned the estate with a grand mansion designed by renowned Chicago architect David Adler. Today, the Crane Estate encompasses 2,100 acres, and is open to the public, offering educational and cultural programs, including SummerQuest, recognized as one of Massachusetts’ best summer programs for children. The Crane Estate also offers opportunities for year-round recreation and wonderful sites for private functions.

About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest, statewide land conservation organization founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust,” and care for properties of scenic, cultural and natural significance for current and future generations to enjoy. Supported by members, donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 110 spectacular “reservations” (over 20 of which are on Boston’s north shore) located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts. The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, green communities locally and around the state by providing hundreds of year-round programs, events and engagement opportunities for all ages. Most property entry fees, programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members. Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. To find out more about membership, volunteer, job and other engagement opportunities with The Trustees visit