|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
The Grist Mill is a restored historic mill located on 70 river front acres of the General Lewis R. Morris estate in Springfield, Vermont.
The views of river, valley and surrounding mountains are fantastic in every direction.
The property is on the National Register of Historic Places and dates from the 1790's. The estate is now a fully operational Christmas tree plantation with lots of fun animals and poultry.
Inside the mill, the old post and beam architecture is awesome. There is a 3 story staircase that is open from the ground floor to the roof.. The house has wide board floors and is furnished with many country antiques and travel artifacts from all over the world.There is air conditioning for the few hot weeks during summer. Normally you will not need it.
The farm is situated on the west bank of the Connecticut River, just 5 minutes off Interstate 91. Our large and secluded private dock is within a few hundred feet of the Mill. We provide canoes, a rowboat and several tubes for fishing and frolicking on the river.
You will find that the charming country lane which runs along the riverbank is a perfect place for walking or bicycling.
For those of you who might prefer not to swim with the fishes, we have a large in ground pool which we usually open in late June. Before then, in Vermont, only the beaver and otter do any swimming.
There is very little traffic on the river road and only slightly more on nearby Route 5, so cycling, walking and jogging are safe for young and old. We have an assortment of elderly bicycles you can use if you choose not to bring your own. Excellent hiking is available at Ascutney State Park just a few miles away. A beautiful state boat landing is 2 miles away.
The Mill has three bedrooms, three baths and about 1800 feet of floor space.
You will enjoy the first floor great room with its fireplace, exposed beams, wide board floors, and complete entertainment center with flat screen HD TV. In addition, this floor has a full bath.The kitchen provides ample workspace and all the utensils needed for family meal preparation. In addition to a full size range and refrigerator, the kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, a washer-dryer and several other small appliances. The dining table comfortably seats ten people. Double French doors lead to a small rear deck and your very private furnished patio with fire pit and grill..
The open winding staircase leads to the second floor. The master bedroom has a queen size bed, seating area and a full bath. A second double bedroom and another full bath are also located on this floor. Both bedrooms have views of the valley, mountains and river.
Climb the winding open staircase to the third floor. Pass through a den with a double sleep sofa and child's bed, and enter a large bedroom with twin beds.
You will not run out of places to eat or picnic on the property. The frog pond surrounded by wildflowers is inviting but so is the shady outdoor living and eating area in view of the in ground pool. There are picnic tables on the lawns as well. Your private terrace for outdoor living has a view of the playground, bonfire area and picnic table. The large dock is a very quiet inviting place for a picnic, reading or drinks in the evening.
The village of Springfield, about 10 minutes away, makes life easy. There is a large shopping center, several fast food places, and a dozen restaurants both casual and serious.
The old village center has a newly restored movie theater with 3 screens. There are free tennis courts, nature preserves, even a lake and beach.
Nothing in Vermont is more than 2 hours away including Ben and Jerry's.
A 20 minute drive will take you to Claremont NH with its, Walmart, KMart, unlimited shopping opportunities, cinemas and good restaurants.
Nearby ski areas include Okemo, Magic, Stratton, Bromley, Sunapee, Suicide Six, and Killington which are all within an hour of the farm.
FOR THE COMFORT OF OUR FUTURE GUESTS, WE DO NOT PERMIT SMOKING IN THIS FACILITY.
SMALL PETS ARE WELCOME BUT THERE IS A $50.00 SPECIAL CLEANING FEE
Keywords: Restored early 19th Century Post and Beam Grist Mill. Sensational architecture--exposed beams, wide board floors, 3 story atrium with winding staircases. Located on the Connecticut River
Sandra and Peter Mollica are retired professionals from the Washington DC area who enjoy the quality of life that Vermont has to offer. We love meeting new people and making sure that they have a wonderful time.
Sandra Mollica purchased this house in 1978
We have a passion for restoring old houses and buildings. The property has our own restored 1793 house as well as two charmingly restored vacation rental houses.
We bought the property as a second home but found we loved Vermont so much that we retired here.
The charm of Springfield is that, while the village is not huge, it has every convenience and is not a tourist trap. You are just a few minutes from anything you might want or need. Springfield has a hospital and Dartmouth Medical Center associated with the Dartmouth College Medical School is only 45 minutes away
Our location on the river is beautiful and fun in all seasons.
We like to ski different areas depending upon our mood and thee weather. The location is ideal for that.
There are several reasons that our guests love it here.
1. Peace and quiet are here but there is so much to do some folks never leave the property. It functions as a resort.
2. The beauty is incredible and the river, the mountains, and surrounding historic villages are living postcards.
3. The two vacation rental houses plus Santa's house sleep a total of 22 persons. This makes it possible for large wedding, friend or family groups to stay and have great times together. Catering is available.
Finally, we work hard to make sure that you have a good time. We are right here on site to help and advise you as well as solve any problems which you might encounter.
My family and I (4kids, 3 adults, 1 dog) spent an idyllic 2 weeks in the Grist Mill mid August of this year. Peter and Sandra are friendly and accessible hosts. We loved the tranquility and beauty of the farm and its location. Upon recommendations of our hosts, we traveled throughout Vermont and admired all we saw. We used the available canoe and also rented kayaks from just down the street at the bait shop and had a great time playing on the river. Peter gave us a wonderful evening tour on the river in his boat and took the kids tubing also. We visited Bromley's thrill center, Buttermilk and Bingham Falls, Ben & Jerry's, Simon Pearce and Dartmouth just to name a few favorites. We loved staying in the Grist Mill and thoroughlyenjoyed the goats, the river and Vermont My suburban Mother-in-law totally converted to life in the country after this visit. I can imagine how beautiful the scenery is in every season. My kids pronounced this the best vacation ever!
October 13, 2007, my husbnd and I took both sets of our parents and our 2 dogs on vacation. We stayed in the grist mill and found it to be very lovely and quaint. The area is beautiful with the mountains and Christmas trees.
Our host was very understanding when we told we had to leave earlier than planned due to an illness in our family. At the time she was dealing with the same, but went out of her way to bring her minister to us to pray for our relative. We would love to go back and spend more time in this area.
Earlier this summer I stayed at the Lodge for a long weekend with several girlfriends. We had such an incredible time that I arranged to return for my family's annual summer vacation, including our two dogs. We weren't disappointed. We were greeted with a wonderful gift basket overflowing with Vermont goodies. There was so much for the kids to do right there...no need to drive for hours to get to that "fun spot"...it was all there! We swam, hiked, biked, and paddled. We even managed a friendly game of basketball. The bedrooms were comfortable, the living area was spacious and inviting, and the kitchen met all of our needs. The washer/dryer was a huge plus as well as having all the towels and linens we needed. The patio was a peaceful place to gather and the dock was a serene place to relax and read a good book. The owners are lovely people and most hospitable. They aided us with everything from tending a yellow jacket sting to sharing historical tidbits. We are already planning a winter getaway and perhaps a day trip to cut our very own special Christmas Tree. This is definitely a place where memories are made. Thanks for a great stay!
We stayed at the Grist Mill in Sept. 2013. Rooms were large and comfortable.Nicely equipted.There wre many things to see at the farm.The swimming pool was enjoyable.We recomend this property to anyone
who is seeking a quiet and fun filled time.
My fiance and I spent 3 lovely nights here with two other couples and our two dogs. We were looking to escape NYC for the New Years holidays and this place looked like it fit the bill. We were not disappointed!
The house was exactly as pictured and described, and was clean and fully stocked with everything we might need during our stay. We spent most of our time cooking and relaxing in front of the cozy fire, except to take walks along the river or visit all the adorable farm animals on the property. The owners were the true highlight of our stay and could not have been more friendly and hospitable. We even had a welcome basket filled with local Vermont goodies!
We all talked about how much we looked forward to returning to the property sometime in the future!
This home was the perfect place for our family vacation... fully equipped with everything we needed and more from the dishware, soap, & cookbooks to baskets of books & puzzles for our little boy to enjoy. The place is well-loved & taken care of... nothing fancy in the furnishings (which is actually a relief when you have small children!), but clean & inviting. Lots of comfy space to relax - we could have come with another small family & had room to spread out. The animals outside, tree farm, and beautiful surroundings added to the experience.
A "slice of heaven" is the way our family describes yearly vacation on the Christmas tree farm. We have been staying for a week for the last 11 years, and each return visit we discover something new to enjoy. We are eager to meet the alpacas who now call the farm their home. We love the serenity of the place and the grist mill feels spacious with three bathrooms, plenty of bedrooms and lots of family space. Over the years, we have loved long canoe trips on the river, hiking the mountain behind the farm, watching eagles and hawks from the river dock and relaxing by the pool. The river road is great for walks and bike riding. Our youngest daughter learned to ride her bike on the river road, and last summer took her first drive behind the wheel of the car! It has been amazing to me that now even with older teenagers, they feel like there is so much to do at the farm and around the area. We have come to know some great towns around Springfield and excursions within 1/2 hour to an hour from the farm if we are looking for something new. Peter, Sandra and Tim are always so helpful and have great ideas for events in the area.Last summer we attended a chocolate festival at an inn, that we never would have discovered on our own. The hospitality here is unsurpassed. Like the swallows that swoop at dusk into the barn behind the grist mill (my favorite activity is watching their nightly dance), we will be returning yet again.
There are free tennis courts in the village and there is an excellent fitness center with indoor pools which offers daily rates.
A large boat landing is located 2 miles from the house.
There is a golf course in Springfield but there are also about a half dozen other courses within a half hour drive.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jun 13 2015 - Sep 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$150|
|cleaning||$100 + Tax|
|Notes||Half of rental fee is required to make a reservation. The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.