An idyllic retreat on the "other cape"

Easily the best "porch view" in New England
Four mile long Crane Beach is one of New England's best. Pat Brooks photo.

The Inn at Castle Hill is as good as it gets

Equal to anything in Newport and much closer

The New York Times says, " the Inn at Castle Hill might just have the supreme porch", Boston Magazine calls it "one of the top six inns in New England", and the Boston Globe agrees saying "the Inn at Castle Hill is refined without being opulent, formal without being stodgy, and blessedly quiet".

We agree - It just doesn't get better than this. This property equals any of the Newport Mansions, but you can stay overnight and dine in this property, and it is only two hours north of Cape Cod.

It is a destination in itself.

The lovely inn is at the entrance of the former Crane Estate and sprawls over 2,100 mostly wild acres framed by the Atlantic Ocean. It is a short stroll to one of New England’s finest beaches, the four-mile-long Crane Beach. After October the beach allows horses to join the rest as evidenced by the photo above.

A view to die for

It was almost impossible to pull oneself off the inn's front porch with its views of the meadows, marsh and ocean on this enormous estate.

The Inn at Castle Hill exceeded all our expectations on every level. The service is exemplary, and you are greeted with warmth and smiles from the Innkeeper Bob and Assistant Innkeeper Camilla, everyone is eager to assist and give you information on all the amazing things to do and see.

This lovely property belongs to the Trustees of Reservations in Ipswich and was part of the grand Crane Estate (think of the Crane plumbing dynasty).

It doesn't get better than this

The Inn at Castle Hill is part of the Select Registry as well as one of the Trustees of Reservation properties whose mission is to "preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts." 

The fifty-nine-room mansion atop the hill has a main facade designed in the 17th-century Stuart style, a library with Grinling Gibbons carvings imported from an English country house, parquet flooring, and paneled interior rooms from an 18th-century London townhouse. Completed in 1928, this splendid mansion still stands, the equal of any in Newport, and the Olmsted Brothers' landscaping also remains largely unchanged.

Often the scene of Hollywood movies

This property is so unique that Hollywood directors have used it for the setting of their films. The 1987 movie The Witches of Eastwick prominently featured the grounds and mansion at Castle Hill, and it was the site filmed on location as home of the eccentric millionaire Daryl Van Horne, played by Jack Nicholson.

The 1987 movie Flowers in the Attic also features Castle Hill. It is the main location at which nearly all scenes in that film, and the 2009 movie Ghosts of Girlfriends Past , a take-off of Dicken's "The Christmas Carol" starring Matthew McConaughey, was predominantly filmed inside and outside the castle.

Below is a montage of Pat Brooks photos featuring two views of the Crane mansion, one of the inn and our Cornelius bedroom. See more views of the property here. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on