In addition to meals, the cafe serves fresh fruit, yogurt parfaits and baked goods, along with a variety of beverages.
“This is good for the visitors,” Marshall said. “It gives them options to decide to dine on the terrace or elsewhere on the property.”
Ferreira said hikers or bikers on the property have also stopped by to get a light lunch or a snack.
All packaging and wrappings for the food are biodegradable and compostable, going along with the Trustees’ commitment to sustainability, Ferreira said.
The 59-room mansion at Castle Hill was built in 1928 as the summer estate of Richard Crane Jr., a plumbing magnate who was one of the wealthiest Americans of his day. It was gifted to the Trustees by the Crane family in 1949. It is now a National Historic Landmark.
The Trustees of Reservations last year finished a three-year project to restore the allee to its original grandeur, replacing trees and statues and reviving a rainwater collection cistern originally installed by Crane. For the restoration, more than 700 new trees were planted, the exact same varieties as the older trees they replaced.
Marshall said the timing of the restoration and cafe opening was perfect.
“The concept for having some sort of lunch service has been floated around for about 15 years,” she said.
The cafe is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours at the Great House begin on the same days at 10 a.m.