The Inn at Castle Hill

Located in the heart of the spectacular historic Crane Estate, enjoy simple luxurious pleasures.


Located in the heart of the spectacular historic Crane Estate, enjoy simple luxurious pleasures.

room with a view

The Basics


A New England haven, where rolling marshes, unparalleled beaches, and luxurious experiences are all yours. Join us for a calming respite where you can truly "unplug" in a refined, though familiar setting. Outdoor adventures, local attractions, and a tranquil environment are all at your fingertips. Whether you come for the sand, the sun, or the serenity... you'll leave feeling relaxed and recharged.

At a Glance

  • Free WiFi
  • Smoke-Free
  • Free Parking
  • Adult Only
  • Wine/Spirits
  • Fireplace or Fire Pit
  • Turn Down Avail.
  • Full House Rental

In the Know

  • Drive less than 10 minutes to Essex and enjoy famous fried clams at CK Pearl and then pop into boutiques and antique shops.

  • Explore the breathtaking system of surrounding rivers with a Crane Outdoors Kayak Trip or on an Essex River Charter Boat.

  • Take a day trip to nearby towns that are quintessentially New England... Newburyport, Gloucester, and Rockport are close by!

  • Pick up a sandwich at local Sandpiper Bakery and bring a picnic to Crane Beach... beach passes are included with your stay!

Stay for the Story

Guests can explore the picturesque Crane Beach, stroll through the estate's beautiful landscapes, or simply unwind in the inn's charming common areas. Surrounded by lush gardens and sweeping vistas, the inn provides a serene retreat.

Sip & Savor

Here are a few things to sip & savor when you visit…

True North Ale Company
C.K. Pearl
1640 Hart House

See & Do

Here are a few things to see & do when you visit…

Explore Crane Beach on the Crane Estate
Visit the Peabody Essex Museum
Take in the grandeur of Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

Guest Reviews

Our annual trip here for a Business offsite - and just like every year, the team at The Inn went above and beyond. They made sure everything went seamlessly and never hesitated to assist when need be. My team is still raving about how exquisite the breakfast was!! We thoroughly enjoyed a glass of wine by the beautiful fire at the end of the day too. The Inn as...See More

- Molly Phalan

We just had a Boston College Women's retreat at The Inn At Castle Hill. It exceeded expectations, we couldn't have asked for more. The room, location, view, staff, meeting spaces,. Camilla Eagan was so wonderful to work with from the beginning of this process. She suggested restaurants, caterers, helped plan out the cocktail reception etc. Because it was in November, we were able to rent out the entire Inn...See More

- Sarah Hood

We walked the whole property - from fox creek to the essex river, from the barn to steep hill. Everything was wonderful, from the signature cocktails, the rockers on the porch, the afternoon cookies and the amazing breakfast. The perfect location to unplug, relax, recharge and enjoy the historic crane estate. We will be back...

- Tom Myshrall

Beautiful inn, gorgeous, comfortable rooms, delicious breakfast, and lots of extras, such as beach gear, bikes and charging station. Lovely dune trails. The beach is expansive to go on walks or runs. A bit of a drive for thé best restaurants but you can’t have everything.

- Jeffrey Nottonson

We loved our stay at the inn! It is beautifully decorated, from the lobby to the guest rooms, and has lovely views of the marsh and trees. The Trustees have really considered convenience and comfort for their guests, too. In addition to getting a beach pass for the duration of your stay, there are beach chairs & umbrellas available. Guests can get water, coffee, and tea in the kitchenette...See More

- Sarah Baughman

Rooms & Suites

# of Rooms: 10

Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Bathrobes, Hair Dryer, Alarm Clocks, Antique Furnishings

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For information on ADA accessibility for the facility or its rooms, please contact the property directly.


Smoking Policy: Smoke free

Family Friendly: Welcomes children over the age of 12

Food & Wine

Meals Offered: Breakfast

Special Diets Accommodated: Yes

Restaurant on Premises: No

Dining Amenities: Complimentary Afternoon Tea/Refreshments, Complimentary Early Coffee Tea, Special Diets Accommodated

Guest Services

Internet Service: Wireless

Front Desk/Security: Onsite

Corporate Rates: Yes

Inn Amenities: Hot Breakfast, Free Onsite Parking, Full House Rental Available, Gardens on Property, Green Environmentally Friendly, LGBTQI+ Friendly, Meeting Space Available, National Historic Registry, Weddings & Events Available, Wine/Spirits Available

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Location Type: Coastal, Small Town/Village, Waterview