Their is one four letter word that I love more than any other … F-R-E-E. Don’t we all love free things?
In New England we are lucky to have some beautiful old estates that have survived the test of time. Some of them have been incorporated into an organization called The Trustees. One of their properties is the gorgeous Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Massachusetts. A month or so back, the Trustees opened up Castle Hill for free to the public. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon, so I decided to check it out.
The estate was home to the Crane family who made their fortune in beautiful bathroom fittings. They hosted some of the most glamorous celebrities and politicians of the first half of the 20th century at their large home.
Part of the allure is the location of the estate. It’s overlooks the ocean and is right up the hill from one of the prettiest beaches in Massachusetts. And the gardens are beautiful! The main promenade is reminiscent of the gardens at Versailles.
And though the Crane family hasn’t lived at the estate for several years, it has been decorated to the period of it’s glory by The Trustees with some of the family’s original furniture as well as curated antiques.
The Trustees only do one free showing of their properties a year, but if you’re a history buff or you just love beauty, the price of admission is well worth it. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the estate’s lawns and your camera to capture the gorgeous views. For more information, check out Castle Hill on the Crane Estate and several other historical properties on The Trustees website.
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