Life & FamilyOctober 20, 2015

An Ipswich Weekend

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Last weekend we were lucky enough to spend a night up at The Inn at Castle Hill in Ipswich, MA on the Crane Estate.  It just happened to be the perfect fall weekend so the surroundings were really showing off for us and made for a really memorable weekend.

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The inn is adorable and has an incredibly lovely, helpful staff.

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The interiors were recently updated and refreshed but still reflecting the historic nature of the building.

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The breakfast room was one of my favorite spaces- so bright and happy!

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All of the art on the walls is actually for sale!

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I loved the piece above the fireplace here (and the beamed ceiling, of course).

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And can we discuss the amazingness of this antique rug? It’s perfection.

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A sweet mural in the stairwell up to the rooms.

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Also love this piece- great on a long wall or above a large fireplace!

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We stayed in the Cornelius room which has the most amazing views of the marsh! A whole wall of amazing windows make the light in this space truly magical.

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Each of the eleven rooms is decorated differently and are all at different rates.

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The soothing views from the front porch.

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I mean, could this view not lower your blood pressure?

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We got to take a tour of the grounds of the estate and the house- it was fascinating and fun.  I snapped this magical shot as we drove up to the Crane Estate. New England shines this time of year!

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The house, built in 1928, is a grand estate designed by David Adler.  The entire 2,100 acre property is managed and run by The Trustees– a wonderful membership-based group whose mission is to protect nearly 100 natural and culturally important properties in Massachusetts.  You can learn more about becoming a member HERE, which has lots of great benefits (including free or discounted admission to their properties, discounts at their inns and events and even a parking sticker for Crane’s beach at certain giving levels!)  Andrew and I are becoming members right away!

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This particular property is open year round (house tours only May through October) and available for spectacular weddings and events too.  Look at these FLOORS and architectural details!

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Far less flashy than Newport mansions, this one has some understated spaces (you know, as giant 59 room mansions go…)

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And also some crazy, incredible details too…

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I loved this room- the strie wall paint, the embedded painting, those floors again….

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Is this not gorgeous???

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The kitchen gave me a Downton Abbey vibe- shall we bring back the two story kitchen?? :)

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The head butler’s room (I may have exclaimed “Carson’s room!!!) had this great case of keys that go to every room and a map with numbers showing which key went where.

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A lovely sitting room for the lady of the house.

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And her AMAZING bathroom.  You could totally pull inspiration from here to create a modern day bathroom.  And the arrow detail on the glass cabinet? Yes please.

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More details from the bathroom.

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An incredible secretary and detail on the estate’s china pattern (which I find so charming!)

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The uber-cool safe done in emerald green, of course. :)  And an incredible wind direction gauge inside the house so the avid sailors of the house would know which way things were blowing before venturing outside.

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This was the daughter’s bedroom- which was WAY nicer than the mother’s…. hmmmmm…..

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We went up to the roof to catch the views from up above…

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Down there is Crane’s Beach– which you have access to if staying at the inn (complete with 5 miles of dune trails!)

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I mean, LOOK at this view!  Want to come check it out? Here are some upcoming events:

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Details throughout the property are mesmerizing- from iron gates to inlaid floors.

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This was the pool area (ingeniously dug into the land so that from the house, looking down the grand allee,  you don’t see it at all!)

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More beautiful details.

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After our fantastic grounds tour and lunch on the porch of the inn, we ventured into nearby Essex for some antique store browsing.  I walked into Alexander Westerhoff and was greeted by this collection of magic.

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I LOVED this mirror and dog painting (so unique for an old painting don’t you think??)  Considering the price tags I saw on other items, I didn’t even bother to ask what the price of it was…

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Some great illustrations.

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In another shop I spotted this little set up that delighted me.

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Andrew Spindler is another amazing shop where I fell for these vintage fabric pillows and framed calligraphy exercise.

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To finish off our fun day we had THE BEST meal at Salt Kitchen & Rum Bar.  Like, seriously delicious.  Andrew and I both had to be rolled outta there.

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All in all, I could not recommend a weekend up in this gorgeous part of MA more!  Only an hour drive from Boston, it’s much closer than even I thought and will be going back for sure!

*My stay at the inn was complimentary thanks to The Trustees.

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