Cranbrook House & Gardens Private Tours

Bring your group out for a private tour of Cranbrook House, Cranbrook Gardens, or both!

Tours can be complemented with lunch or tea in the charming manor.

We welcome groups of 15 to 40 for regular private tours, and groups of 20 to 40 for private tours with lunch or tea. 

Please continue reading below for more information about private tours and click the button at the bottom of this page to request a private tour.

Photograph of the Cranbrook House Library by James Haefner

About Cranbrook House & Gardens

Cranbrook House is an Arts and Crafts-style masterpiece designed by renowned Detroit architect Albert Kahn. It served as the family home of George Gough Booth and Ellen Scripps Booth, the visionary couple that founded Cranbrook Educational Community, for over 40 years.

Your private guided tour of Cranbrook House will take you back in time to a golden era of craftsmanship as you explore 12 rooms on the first floor, including the Library, Oak Room, and Mr. Booth’s Original Office. You will learn about the Booth family and their 1908 English Tudor estate while viewing handcrafted furniture, tapestries, tiles, stained glass, and other works of art. 

Cranbrook Gardens is a 40-acre site surrounding Cranbrook House featuring extensive plantings, fountains, reflecting pools, statuary, lakes, and streams. Tours of Cranbrook Gardens introduce visitors to the Booth family and the remarkable grounds they built around their home. You will discover the Greek Theatre, Sunken Garden, and more. 

Photograph of The Greek Theatre by Colton Graub.

Private Tour Admission

The pricing below is for 2022. Rates are subject to change.

Cranbrook House Private Tour (About 75 minutes)
$20/adult | $15/senior (60+) or fulltime students

Cranbrook Gardens Private Tour (About 60 minutes)
$15/adult | $10/senior (60+) or fulltime students

Cranbrook House & Gardens Private Tour (About 2 hours)
$35/adult | $25/senior (60+) or fulltime student

Cranbrook House Tour with Lunch or Tea (About 2 hours and 15 minutes)
$55/person

Cranbrook Gardens Tour with Lunch or Tea (About 2 hours)
$55/person

Cranbrook House & Gardens Tour with Lunch or Tea (About 3 hours)
$70/person

Lunch & Tea Menu
Click here to view the menu

Photograph of a volunteer leading a tour at Cranbrook House & Gardens.

Deposit

Private Tours
Advance deposit of $50 is required to reserve your private tour date and must be received within two weeks of reservation request confirmation. Reservation must be canceled at least 5 business days before your scheduled tour to receive a refund on the deposit. 

Private Tours with Lunch or Tea
Advance deposit of $150 is required to reserve your private tour date with lunch or tea and must be received within two weeks of reservation request confirmation. Reservation must be canceled 10 business days before your tour to receive a refund on the deposit.

Photograph of the Sunken Garden, summer 2021.

Final Count and Payment

Your final count is due 10 business days before the start of your tour. The balance of your payment is due on or before the day of your tour. Payment can be made online with a credit card or with a check made payable to Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary. 

Photograph of the Cranbrook House Dining Room

Accessibility

Cranbrook House & Gardens is a historic facility preserved and maintained as closely as possible to its original design. Please contact us at 248.645.3149 or houseandgardens@cranbrook.edu with any questions about accessibility. 

Photograph of the Reflecting Pool at Cranbrook Gardens.

Location & Parking

Cranbrook House & Gardens
380 Lone Pine Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Parking is available in our main lot. Additional parking is available on Lone Pine Road. 

Please note that large buses must unload tour group members at the BUS DROP OFF area located just north of our main parking lot. Buses are not permitted to drive up to the Cranbrook House Courtyard as there is a low bridge on the drive heading south of Cranbrook House.

Click here for a map

Restrooms

Restrooms are available at the Gatehouse (the small building immediately to your left when you enter our main entrance off Lone Pine Road) from May through October. Restrooms are also available inside Cranbrook House for Cranbrook House tour guests only.

Photography and Other Guest Policies

Photography is permitted for amateur use only. No special equipment or tripods may be brought on the tour. Please review our photography, pet, and other guest policies on our Estate Etiquette page prior to your tour to ensure an enjoyable visit. Thank you for helping us remain open and safe for everyone by following our policies.

Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary

Tours are provided by Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary volunteers who have completed an extensive docent training program. Cranbrook House & Gardens Auxiliary is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of Cranbrook House & Gardens. We thank you in advance for supporting this mission by booking a private tour.

Request a Private Tour

Please click the button below to fill out our Private Tour Request Form. Once we receive your request for a private tour, we will verify if your preferred date(s) are available, schedule docents for your tour, and then respond to confirm that we have held your dates and with information on next steps. 

If you have any questions about private tours, please email houseandgardens@cranbrook.edu

Photo Credits
Cranbrook House Library photograph by James Haefner. Courtesy Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.

Greek Theatre photograph by Colton Graub. Courtesy Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research.

All other photography by Eric Franchy, Cranbrook House & Gardens.