located in Ipswich, Massachusetts
For so long I've wanted to visit the Crane Estate. Somehow we just never got there. That is until last Wednesday.
When you drive in it really is quite a sight. The Great House looms large over the parking area out in front. I must confess my photography was a little slack. It was hot and the flies were biting. The heat I expected, the flies I didn't.
Four years to build the Great House.
Due to our late arrival we missed the house tour. My apologies. Hopefully this fall we'll get back for another visit.
A grand front entry
Flowers were few and far between. Kind of a shame I thought. These roses were the only flowers around the whole house.
Down the side hill is the Italian formal garden, once an elaborate space with a balcony, pool, tea houses, and flower beds. Now it sits fairly empty. Impressive still.
Above is the entrance into the Rose garden. About this time is when the flies and mosquitoes were trying to eat us alive! Which leads me to wonder how the family ever actually enjoyed the garden at all.
The rose garden over looking the ocean in the background. Once filled with rose bushes it is now crumbling away under the wear and tear of New England weather as well as salty ocean air.
As we were making a break for the back of the house, and hopefully away from the bugs, I happened to notice a monarch flitting about on the wild thistle. So nice to see them again.
Make sure to come back for the next post when we'll go around the back of the house. You will surely be impressed!