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(781) 221-3003
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    Alison Congdon

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  • The Crane Estate is breathtakingly beautiful. We loved that it felt like we were in Europe, while only having to travel one hour from Boston. Maura and the Fireside Catering team were incredible. They went above and beyond to make sure that we could execute all of the details that we wanted. We were able to customize menu items, bring in specialty foods, and tailor the look of the wedding with a lot of flexibility. Maura made it all happen, graciously working with us via conference calls, extra meetings, and late night e-mails. She was so kind, understanding and professional. We had absolute confidence going into the weekend that the event would run flawlessly, which really is priceless. We cannot recommend this venue and the Fireside Catering team enough!

    Kristin

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  • My husband and I were married 8.12.18 at The Crane Estate and it was a dream! We fell in love with the Estate a year earlier when we visited for the first time and planned our ceremony remote (with Detailed Engagements, our amazing wedding planner!). At least in our experience, the wedding booking was through Fireside Catering, the official events partner for The Crane Estate, and we worked with Maura who was absolutely wonderful. Coordinating the details was easy - everything was simple and clearly communicated - from costs for different set-up or food scenarios, to rain contingency plans. Going into the wedding weekend - even with rain forecasted - I had not a care in the world. The rain lifted for our ceremony and thankfully we could enjoy the great lawn - we even had some turkeys make a cameo appearance! The staff couldn't have been more attentive - cups full, plates cleared, and as the bride my "attendant" Heather was always there for me and so kind. The food from Fireside was ama... Read more

    Christine

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  • AMAZING! Breathtaking views during our wedding ceremony that we will never forget. The Estate, the property and views were exactly what we were looking for when considering a venue for our wedding, and we could not be happier. Our event went flawlessly in large part due to Danielle's meticulous attention to detail in all aspects of our planning. Our event went flawlessly, easily flowing from ceremony to cocktail hour to dinner and reception in large part due to Danielle's planning and coordination. Choosing the Crane Estate was our first, and best decision we made, as it set the tone for a magical day that we won't soon forget. We HIGHLY recommend the Crane Estate for any special occasion.

    Amy

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  • Castle Hill at Crane Estate was such an amazing place to get married. I was planning my Massachusetts wedding from California and only had time to visit a few venues in person on my short trip east. Crane Estate was on that short list and the second my husband and I pulled up to it, we knew this was it. This location is breathtaking and I highly encourage everyone to visit. I grew up in Cape Ann and hadn't heard of this place before wedding planning. It is truly a historic gem. The staff are industry professionals. My day of coordinator was Heather. She was so helpful and responsive every step of the way. My wedding ran very smoothly and my guests were in awe of how gorgeous this venue is. I loved getting married here and I would highly recommend this venue.

    User4588689

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  • We worked with Heather from the Estate for our October wedding. We had our ceremony at Steep Hill Beach and our reception at The Barn. Beautiful setting and we got access to the grounds for our pictures and its very cool that the estate is littered with deer who will definitely make a sneak appearance into your pictures!

    User3930178

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    5 out of 5
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  • What a gorgeous venue! We couldn't be happier with the Castle Hill and its superb team. The property is incredibly well-kept, from the inside to the outside - the bridal suite is fantastic, and so is the Groom's suite. I LOVE this place. tThe only down side is you have limited time on the property, but if you have the right team supporting you throughout your day, everything should go smoothly. It was important to me and my husband that we find a place that allows for being indoor and outdoor for our ceremony to cocktails and reception, and this property does it all! There are so many parts Castle Hill that are so amazing for photo ops. You really can't go wrong with any part of it - be sure to check out the Italian Gardens! The rolling hills as a backdrop for the outdoor ceremony are picturesque. Everything about the Crane Estate makes you feel like you've been swept away into some faraway, fantasy land that is just absolutely beautiful. The staff is super professional and polite, ... Read more

    Kate

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  • We always knew we wanted to get married at Cranes. The great house and grounds can not be beat anywhere in MA. Our coordinator Danielle was amazing and so easy to work with. Danielle and the rest of the Crane Estate staff worked hard to make our day flawless. We highly recommend this venue!

    User4586385

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  • We loved our wedding at Crane Estate. The staff were amazing, attentive, and helpful. Our wedding guests loved the view. It was an excellent venue for the ceremony and reception. We loved the food. You have to use their caterer and it was totally worth it. You cannot do a rehearsal on site but we picked an officiant who was familiar with doing weddings at the Crane Estate and we rehearsed at the restaurant we booked for the rehearsal dinner.

    Shelby

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    4.9 out of 5
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  • My husband and I remain in awe of the Crane Estate and all of its staff after the performance they coordinated for our wedding this fall. The majestic, historical estate and extraordinary view took our breath away, along with our guests', and our on site coordinator toiled like clockwork to produce one seamless, incredible evening that we will cherish remembering. Our friends and family cannot pass along enough compliments about the wedding, which is in great part attributed to this very special site. The staff held our out of state hands all throughout the year of planning and down to the faintest detail, and they blew us away with their seasoned expertise and professionalism. There is just nowhere else like The Crane Estate, and we feel very lucky to have celebrated our wedding at Castle Hill.

    Kayla

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  • The Crane Estate is one of those venues that transports you back in time. The architecture and natural beauty of this place was exactly what my husband and I were looking for. The rolling hills was a gorgeous backdrop to our ceremony and we were fortunate that the weather was in our favor that day. Heather was amazing to work with and was able to answer any questions for us. Our only issue was we couldn't extend the time of the event as we got closer to the wedding date, so I would consider knowing in advance if this is something you would want to do.

    User4134264

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • We looked at a few venues to have our wedding reception but when we saw The Crane Estate it stole our hearts. The view is stunning and perfect for our classic vintage vision. Additionally, we had a lot of caterers to choose from and other vendors which was great for me as I wanted to be hands-on choosing everything. I will say, dates book up fast so if you are more interested in dates you may have to wait up to two years. The staff was amazing to work with. We did have some growing pains when the venue changed management. However, our wedding planner was wonderful and talked us through any changes and we felt very informed and taken care of. The day of the event our coordinator made sure everything went smoothly. They were professional, kept things on time and we truly could not have asked for a better day which I attribute to the wonderful job Crane did. I would recommend this to anyone.

    Andrea

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  • If you love sweeping ocean views, historic buildings, sprawling lawns, and intimate sunken gardens, this place is for you. We toured several venues on the north shore, in Boston/Newport but my heart was at Crane since I was a young girl. Before you book you should know that because they are owned by a large conservation group and are a registered historic property, you don't have a ton of flexibility when it comes to decor, vendors, timing, etc. However, even with those restrictions, my husband, myself, and my mother were all totally enchanted by the beauty of the place and we decided to book immediately. Also, as a former vacation home for the Crane family, the setup of the house is not like a traditional wedding venue -- unless you tent ($$$) there won't be a bunch of tables surrounding a dance floor, but rather the tables are put in different rooms and you dance in either the ballroom or on the terrace. Some people (including myself) are not a huge fan of that, but whe... Read more

    User5185578

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  • I was very happy with the flexibility and accommodating nature of the staff who run the Crane EState wedding planning. It's a gorgeous location and an ideal spot for the perfect wedding.

    Kara

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  • The Crane Estate is such a beautiful place to get married. We are so happy we chose this venue. You barely need any decor because it is just such a gorgeous setting. Event Planning - 5 stars for this. Request Francie!! I'm obsessed with her and wish we could be BFF. She was the reason I did not stress at all on my wedding day. She has EVERY SINGLE THING covered. Her level of service, professional and responsivness cannot be matched. Everyone in our wedding party and family continues to rave about how awesome Francie was. She did not miss a beat and was so lovely to work with. Tent - I would recommend the white tent. We did the clear tent. The clear tent has so much potential, but it photographs really poorly, in my opinion. We thought we might be able to see the sky, but the lights from the house make it difficult. Of course, we wish The Crane Estate was more flexible in timing, but we knew that going in. If you are looking for complete flexibility, The Crane ... Read more

    Tessa

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    4.7 out of 5
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  • Of all of the parts of my wedding, I have to say that Castle Hill was my absolute favorite. From the minute I saw the pictures online I knew that I wanted to have my wedding there. The events coordinators at Castle Hill were wonderful to work with throughout the planning process and the entire wedding went off without a single hitch. Castle Hill does have some restrictions on the use of the property because of its status as a property of the Trustees of Reservations, but ultimately those restrictions did not negatively impact my wedding at all. I simply cannot say enough about how wonderful it was to have my wedding at Castle Hill.
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