The Cranbrook House and Gardens – Downton in the US?

CNN recently featured the Cranbrook House and Gardens in a article “U.S. Estates for the Downton Abbey Lover

From the article, “The new American wealthy didn’t have hundreds of years to build their fancy homes and reputations, yet the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers and other wealthy families built houses to last for generations….around the same time as the Downton Abbey story lines”.

The Cranbrook House and Gardens is part of the Cranbrook Educational Community, a 319-acre National Historic Landmark campus. 40 acres of colorful gardens and the oldest remaining manor home in the region, the Cranbrook House and Gardens is an English Arts and Crafts-style house designed by Albert Kahn and built in 1908. It truly is an American Downton Abbey — right in our own backyard.

Below is more information so you can explore this incredible display of history:

Self-Guided Garden (only) Tours are available for $6, daily from May 1st until Labor Day
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Labor Day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
After Labor Day through September daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Guided tours of Cranbrook House are offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
($10 for adults, and $8 for seniors or students).
All house tours include a garden visit.

Sunday Tour: June 16 – September 29 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Thursday Tour: June 20 – October 31 at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Friday Tour: June 21 – September 27 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; October 4 – October 25 at 11 a.m.


For more on the Cranbrook Education Community visit

[Photos via Cranbrook House & Gardens]

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