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Restored Grist Mill on 70 Riverfront Acres, Mountain Views

36 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Springfield House Rental Photos and Description

Farmhouse, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

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 king size bed, seating area and a full bath. A second double bedroom with queen bed 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.



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

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Sandra Mollica
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
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August 18, 2016
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About Sandra Mollica

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

Why Sandra Mollica chose Ludlow / Okemo Mountain Area

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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!
Aug 2010
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Restored Grist Mill on 70 Riverfront Acres, Mountain Views
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Manheim, Pa

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2007
  • Stayed: Sep 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation experience ... Love it!!

  • 5 of 5

We have been guests at the Christmas tree farm for ten or more years. It is truly a great vacation place if you are looking for peace and tranquility. Also it is a great place for sightseeing. We have stayed at the Grist Mill and the Perrihoni lodge, and We absolutely love it there. Everything is always so clean and nice, and the owners, Peter and Sandra, can't do enough to make sure you have a wonderful stay. We can't wait to go back next summer!!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY

amazing property, amazing owners/hosts, amazing vacation

  • 5 of 5

We have not once, but twice stayed with Sandra and her family at the Grist Mill, and both times had a perfect time- the property is beautiful and beautifully maintained, they are extremely friendly people, and I would recommend the property and the owners to any and all

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Boston, MA

Perfect Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

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 need to drive for hours to get to that "fun spot" 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!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Late summer stay.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place to get away

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Manchester, NH
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Bellows Falls, VT
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Interstate 91
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Longest Covered Bridge, Windsor
Nearest Point of Interest
Norwich, VT
Nearest Point of Interest
Hanover, NH
Nearest Point of Interest
Enfield, NH
Nearest Point of Interest
Vermont Country Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Grafton Village
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Walpole Village
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Springfield House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Aug 27 2016 - Nov 18 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
cleaning $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 9.0%

Regular winter dates are $995 week, $200 per night with 2 night minimum. Call Sandra 802-885-2088

Half of rental fee is required to make a reservation. The balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.

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Springfield House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • River
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) Located in master bedroom suite on second floor, Double Beds (1) Located in bedroom on second floor., Twin or Single Beds (2) Large third floor bedroom, Child Beds (1) there is a child's bed located in third floor den. A portacrib is also provided., Baby Cribs (1) A portable crib is provided, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) This is located in the third floor den.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Entertainment center, CD player, DVD/VCR and other amenities. Canoes and rowboat are provided as well as tubes for the river. Life jackets are provided. There is a collection of bicycles., sleds, and other things for fun and games. The children's playground is large and features many activities. There is a pond full of frogs. We have 3 ducks, and 16 chickens for your entertainment and petting. There are many books (including cookbooks), children's books and family games for your use. We provide baskets of up to date sightseeing brochures, maps with our favorite excursions marked, and books and magazines about Vermont.

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