The Great House at The Crane Estate 290 Argilla Road • Ipswich • Massachusetts 01938


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review
  • You can celebrate amidst some of the most spectacular scenery in the Northeast. With its windswept salt marsh, miles of barrier beach, and stunning hilltop mansion, The Crane Estate is an unforgettable destination for your wedding.
  • The fairy-tale setting will make you feel like a princess. Have your ceremony on the lawn overlooking the half-mile-long Grand Allée with sweeping views to the ocean. For the cocktail hour, you have exclusive use of the Allée Terrace in addition to the first floor of The Great House, where guests can mingle throughout the historic mansion.
  • Dinner is served in a beautiful high-peaked tent, positioned adjacent to the mansion, just off the ballroom's East Terrace. As they dine and dance, guests will enjoy the estate's breathtaking landscape throughout the evening. An inn on the property is available for overnight accommodations.

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $7,500–10,000/event
  • The venue rental fee varies depending on the day of the week and event duration and includes:

    • A 5-hour rental period
    • Use of The Great House Gallery & Ballroom for cocktail hour
    • Use of The Great House Tent for dinner, which features clear siding and chandeliers
    • Event manager, gate attendant, and free parking with a parking attendant
    • Dining tables, mahogany Chiavari chairs, and garden chairs for up to 200

    A $2,000 tent fee and a $165 supporting-level membership are additional.

Ceremony Fee
  • $750/event
  • This ceremony setup fee includes chair setup and 1.5 hours of pre-arrival time for photos and getting ready. The wedding party will have the use of the Great House.

Food & Beverage Minimum
  • $18,000–25,000/event
  • Food & Beverage minimum varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Package chosen
Meals (when priced separately)
  • $97/person and up
  • Dining packages include:

    • Full on-site staffing for the day: house staff, servers, bartenders, chefs, and event managers
    • Event planning services and coordination with outside vendors
    • An entrée, passed hors d'oeuvres, artisan breads, a wedding cake, and coffee & tea station
    • Standard rentals
Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 27%


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 250 250
Cocktails, etc. Standing 0 250
Reception Seated 0 250
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 250.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Small Wedding
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


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Fireside Catering is the exclusive caterer.



Fireside Catering supplies beer, wine, and liquor for all events.

Amplified Music


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible


Year-round, daily, until 10pm.

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Ballroom
  • Barn
  • Garden
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Mansion
  • Private Estate
  • Ranch / Farm
  • Beach / Ocean
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Garden
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Ocean / Bay


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