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The Inn at Castle Hill Welcomes Visitors for the Season with Newly Refreshed Décor and Expanded Visitor Services

A Timeless Place of Understated Elegance & Serenity Set on 2,100-Acres of Peaceful Conservation Land Offers Escape, Rest and Rejuvenation and a Return to the Age of Innocent Pursuits

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Ipswich, MAApril 1, 2014 – The Trustees of Reservations have completed some exciting improvements to the Inn at Castle Hill, a stunning seaside retreat located on the beautiful 2,100 acre Crane Estate on Boston’s North Shore. Described as having the “supreme porch view” by the New York Times and voted “Best Estate Stay” by Yankee Magazine, The Inn at Castle Hill invites guests to return to an age of innocent pursuits and step into a timeless place of understated elegance and serenity with updated décor and expanded visitor services.

The Inn at Sunset

After 13 successful years in operation as a treasured New England escape, the 10-room Inn was ready for an interior design refresh, with design consulting work donated by the award-winning design firm, Carpenter & MacNeille (C&M) of Essex, MA, the same firm that converted the Inn from an existing cottage structure (known as the Brown Cottage) with The Trustees back in 2000. C&M was contracted at the time to make many of the cosmetic improvements within the Inn as well. After the original renovation was complete, each room was decorated by a different Massachusetts-based designer as part of a Decorator Show House to both inspire community involvement as well as keep costs manageable. Now, the Trustees and C&M have had the opportunity to work together again, reuniting the spaces with a cohesive design and master vision.

“While each of the rooms were unique and lovely, we felt it was time to move away from the Show House feel of the Inn and refresh the space in a sophisticated style that unites and reflects both the interior décor and the external beauty of the surrounding property,” says Barbara Erickson, Trustees of Reservations President and CEO. “Thanks to the generosity and expertise of Carpenter & MacNeille and their talented design team, as well as many of our staff, donors and volunteers, we have been able to make some much-needed improvements at the Inn to enhance our visitors’ overall experience at this special property for many years to come.”
Upon completion, expected by the end of April, the Inn’s refresh will be visible in all aspects of the décor, with fresh paint featuring a mix of soothing and bright wall colors, updated fabrics, new local artwork (also for sale), and additional antique rugs and furnishings from some recently released historic collections owned by the Trustees. “Our vision has been to enhance the overall feel of casual elegance and unify all the rooms while honoring the design of the original turn of the century cottage” says Carpenter & MacNeille Interior Designer, Wendy Hodgson. “We have been using as many of the existing furnishings as possible, but also working with new colors and textures inspired by the surrounding landscape to impress a seamless continuity, and provide calmness and serenity throughout.”

The Inn Water Views

A combination of warm colors ranging from salmons and reds, to neutrals like beige and caramel, and soothing blues and greens are being added to complement the colors currently present in the rugs, walls, paintings as well as the exterior views.  C&M designers have complemented these colors with the rich and varied textures of rattan and upholstered furnishings and linens as well as velvet and crewel fabrics, even further enhancing the peaceful, relaxing atmosphere for guests. The first floor refresh will also feature additional seating with carefully selected pieces of antique furniture, arranged in cozy groupings that will allow more guests to simultaneously enjoy the space. As Hodgson explains, “We want the visitors to feel that the space is classic, simple and welcoming, almost as if they have wandered into the guest quarters of a great country house.”

In addition to the new design elements, guests will soon be able to enjoy updated amenities including refurbished reading spaces with community iPads; access to the Inn’s romantic Tavern building featuring a large, wood-burning fireplace and new common-area television; as well as an opportunity to use the Inn’s new hybrid bikes and attend Thursday evening concerts in July and August, all free of charge. In addition, guests have access to the estate’s renowned outdoor activities like Kayak Tours, Castle Hill Great House tours, and other programs and services designed to make their stay even more relaxing and enjoyable. All the uniquely appointed and updated rooms feature stunning views overlooking the salt marshes, sand dunes, and Atlantic Ocean. Though no two rooms are alike, the refreshed Inn promises a sound night's sleep with the anticipation of waking up in the dreamlike world that is The Crane Estate.

The 2014 season at the Inn at Castle Hill will offer simple yet luxurious pleasures. Guests can start the day off with a hearty breakfast featuring local food from The Trustees nearby Appleton Farms, followed by a myriad of entertainment options. Explore the estate, stroll along four miles of pristine shoreline at Crane Beach or simply bask in the sun. Rock the afternoon away with a cup tea on the veranda and gaze upon the spectacular coastline or read quietly upon a sun-bathed window seat. Enjoy a bottle of wine with cheese fireside or in the historic Tavern next door. A stay at the Inn promises peace and renewal. 

Spring Renewal Special
Reserve a room April 7 through May 15, Sunday through Thursday night, and enjoy your second night for only $99 along with a complimentary bottle of wine on the porch or fireside. The Inn at Castle Hill is located at 280 Argilla Road in Ipswich, Massachusetts. For more information visit: or call 978.412.2555.

More about Castle Hill & The Crane Estate
The Inn at Castle Hill is part of the Crane Estate, a property of The Trustees of Reservations. The 2,100-acre Crane Estate encompasses rolling hills, quiet woods, open meadows, vibrant salt marshes, and miles of sandy beaches. The centerpiece of the Crane Estate is Castle Hill, with its glorious 59-room Stuart-style Great House presiding over 165 acres of designed and natural landscapes and commanding panoramic views of the ocean. Located in Ipswich, MA, the heart of the North Shore and the center of the Essex National Heritage Area, Ipswich and the surrounding communities offer superb dining, antiquing, recreational and cultural activities. The area also has numerous local farms, including The Trustees of Reservations Appleton Farms, just 5 miles down the road that has a dairy store featuring the farm’s fresh cheese, yogurt and milk as well as more than 12 miles of walking trails. All Inn proceeds support the land conservation and historic preservation work of The Trustees. 

About The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) “hold in trust” and care for properties, or “reservations,” of irreplaceable scenic, cultural, and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees is the world’s oldest land trust and one of Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation non profits. Supported by more than 100,000 members and donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 112 spectacular reservations including working farms, historic homesteads and landscaped gardens, community parks, barrier beaches, mountain vistas and woodland trials located on more than 26,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth. An established leader in the conservation and preservation movement and worldwide, The Trustees have also worked with community partners to protect an additional 34,000 acres. With hundreds of outreach programs, workshops, camps, concerts and events annually designed to engage all ages in its mission, The Trustees invite you to Find Your Place and get out and experience the natural beauty and culture our state has to offer. For more information, visit:

About Carpenter & MacNeille
Established in 1996, Carpenter and MacNeille specializes in architecture, interiors and construction of distinctive private residences. While inspired by the rich and eclectic architecture of coastal Massachusetts, the firm has designed, restored, and built award-winning homes from Maine to the Caribbean.

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