We all know what it is like to work the nine to five, get home and take care of the kids, and have the weekends for ferrying them about, doing the requisite shopping for the week, and all the household chores. Where in the mix is there time for you, let alone you and your significant other?
At Select Registry we are always championing the ability to put your foot down at least every once in a while to say, “I need a break!” This is usually when push has come to shove and there’s just no other way to find balance than to get away. As purveyors of establishments that help you forget the rigors of daily life, our mission is to bring some clarity to those of you who have had enough. At this moment we would like to help you take time out from your everyday hassle by taking a look at one of Massachusetts’ most relaxing bed & breakfasts.
The Inn at Castle Hill
The Inn at Castle Hill is our present pick, and we can give you many a reason why this exceptional place should be at the top of your list when it comes to fulfilling all of the requirements for relaxing and renewing.
Timeless Elegance and a Sense of Peace
Located in Ipswich, Massachusetts amongst the salt marshes, sand dunes, and the majesty of the Atlantic Ocean, this Inn is as unique as it is inviting. Sitting on the Crane Estate, a summer vacation home for the Crane family, erected in the 1920’s, the Inn exudes a timeless elegance and a great sense of peace.
The Trustees of Reservations
Perhaps part of this is the fact that the estate is now the property of The Trustees of Reservations, with all proceeds used to support land conservation and preservation work throughout Massachusetts. With a mandate to save the natural landscape, this organization protects more than 53,000 acres across the state, caring for 23,687 acres on over 100 reservation areas. Operating since 1891, The Trustees of Reservations promotes conservation awareness through many educational programs from the Berkshire Mountains to Cape Cod and the Islands. A not-for-profit organization, it is supported by over 40,000 members and the Inn is one of the fruits of the many labors produced to provide the public, as well as the local flora and fauna, with the perfect refuge.
Calming the Spirit and Inspiring the Soul
The Inn is permeated with a luxurious feeling that is immediately evident in the embracing and welcoming mansion and grounds. Decorated with ornate woodcarvings, Italian marble, and sterling silver fixtures, you will be surrounded by an opulent beauty that calms the spirit and inspires the soul.
Carefully Appointed Guestrooms
Each guestroom is exquisitely and carefully appointed, with no two decorated alike. Included are generous king or queen size beds with 600 thread count linens, down pillows, along with duvets upon request. The rooms include private baths with impeccable amenities, including 100% Egyptian cotton towels and plush terrycloth robes you will never want to remove. Views of the marsh, ocean, or woodlands abound, along with walls lined with exceptional artwork created by local artists.
Sumptuous Breakfasts and More
Every morning you are treated to a hearty homemade breakfast complete with home made granola, fruits, fresh pastries, and delicious gourmet coffee. Coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day, and you will definitely want to take your cup out onto the veranda for a view of the spectacular coastline as you feel yourself unwind and merge with surrounding nature.
And then there is The Tavern. Built by Cornelius Crane as an escape for himself and his family, the structure is reminiscent of an old Colonial tavern, complete with wooden beams and columns. A stunning eight-foot-high working fireplace graces and warms the space, and this, along with suede covered walls, diamond-paned lead glass windows, overhead lanterns, and soft lighting, makes for a warm and inviting evening, especially when the weather is cold or inclement.
Ideal for Celebrations
The gracious setting and the impeccable service that you will find at the Inn at Castle Hill make this a place that many return to again and again. Along with being the perfect couples getaway, it also provides an ideal setting for celebrations such as weddings, family gatherings, and business retreats. With a staff trained to attend to your every need, there is no better atmosphere in which to enjoy all the benefits of a great Massachusetts getaway.
If you can tear yourself away from the Inn and its grounds, exploring Ipswich is a terrific way to leave your quotidian life behind. Ask for a bicycle to enjoy the area or explore the Essex National Heritage area on foot, which is one of 24 national designated areas of cultural and natural significance, on foot. Settled in 1630, Ipswich has the a largest amount number of pre-1724 houses, with 58 houses still standing. The narrow streets will take you back in time, and if you are at all interested in antiques, you will be in pure heaven as you visit the many shops that hold immeasurable amounts of surprises from yesteryear.
Other Exceptional Landmarks
The Inn is also near Newburyport seaport with its stately Federal mansions, Cape Ann with its deep fishing tradition, and the town of Gloucester, the site of the film “The Perfect Storm.” Salem is also easily accessible, with its many landmarks telling the story of the 17th Century witch trials and other points of interest.
Boston and Cambridge
Stay at the Inn at Castle Hill, and you will not be far from the culture-rich cities of Boston and Cambridge. Here you have ample opportunities for fine dining, exceptional theatrical productions, shopping, galleries and museums, bookstores, and a chance to get lost in wonderful neighborhoods.
Local Things to Do
There are many beautiful properties near the Inn that are maintained by The Trustees of Reservations that the concierge can also recommend for visiting. With so much to enjoy, such as the local museums, theater, health spas, sporting events, shopping, and outdoor activities, you will have plenty to do. Plus when you book your holiday at the Inn you get a complimentary admission to Crane Beach, as well as a tour of The Great House on Castle Hill, a national treasure mansion that offers a fascinating look into Crane family life during the roaring 20’s.
An Older World Perspective
Staying at the Inn on Castle Hill means no telephones, televisions, or radios, and we guarantee that this will make an enormous difference in how you view the world from an older world perspective. Wireless Internet connection is provided however, so you need never feel far from the connections you need to maintain.
You can enjoy the Inn’s special offers and consider giving gift certificates to your friends and loved ones to encourage them to take the same retreat from the world that you have chosen. You can also become a member of The Trustees of Reservations and receive a 10% discount on your room rate while supporting an exceptionally worthy cause.