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Luxury 1600s Historic Mill Home waterfall, Prime Downtown location / Grist Mill

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps max 10, Rate based on number of guests, time of year, length of stay.

“Best in Plymouth” ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


REVIEW: "My sister visited from Europe and we stayed at this truly incredible home. All of us were in awe when we arrived and started exploring. The 1684 house seemed compact from the outside, but as we went through the hallways and stairs we discovered room after room, and we found that we had to go through the house again to take it all in. The house has been meticulously maintained and restored, with antiques and period furnishings throughout. Each room is an absolute pleasure, not only for the incredible 17th century woodwork, but also the furnishings, which all have beautiful natural textures, warm neutral hues, and rich antique bronze. Stepping out the back door we were in awe anew seeing the garden and waterfall. The house sits atop a small river valley, surrounded by lush greenery and the sound of the rushing water below. The yard is terraced, and the top terrace has a covered brick patio with dining seating. Down stone steps the next level has Adirondack chairs and a firepit. Down more stone steps Is a gate opening to a wonderful deck/boardwalk/bridge for walking under the trees to the old well and lily pond down to the mill stream waterfall with Plymouth Grist Mill on the opposite bank. The beautiful foliage, colorful flowers, birdsong, and rushing water make the backyard a wonderfully tranquil and restful sanctuary. This is not just a place to stay. It's a place to experience. We loved this 17th century home with hidden modern luxuries like the 2 Sub zero refrigerators, digital cable TV and wifi router hidden behind historic cabinets and hand planed paneling. The beds have beautiful quilts anda fluffy down comforter. The kitchen is better equipped than any home we've rented through this website. Other highlights: - Proximity to everything we cared about: lovely beaches, historic sites (a gorgeous tree-lined river path in Brewster Gardens Park you can stroll from the grist mill to Plymouth Rock), and only 18 min drive to Cape Cod, 1 hour to Boston. Sitting areas on both the 1st floor+2nd floor - A layout that thrilled the kids who yelled '"I found a hidden staircase!" A thoroughly clean house, gleaming tile showers. We absolutely loved it!'……Christa M.


-Sitting/Keeping Room, working fireplace

-Tudor Bedroom (Queen)

-Napping Room (single bed )

-Bathroom w ancient tree beams, king posts

-Additional full (shower) bathroom,

-Eat in kitchen w 2 antique-paneled Sub Zero refrigerators

-Covered stone and brick patio, gardens and streams and massive stone walls to boardwalk and waterfall.


-Quincy Bedroom (Queen)

-Waterfall Bedroom (Full)

-1870s Bedrom (2 single beds)

-Upstairs living room with TV/dvd and sleeping sofa (single) + wing chairs, games, movies

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LUXURY in a 330 year old house? Step back in time (with with Sub Zero refrigerators and exquisite bathrooms.) Here is a home of history, character, and style from our country's earliest beginnings, a home belonging to our first settlers, with hand hewn beams, hand-cut planks, 330+ year old joists made of trunks. Its king posts cut were from forests growing in the Middle Ages. (In America, that might be called 'pre-historic.') Experience the past, but with exquisite comfort in this charming house built in 1684 as a mill stream cottage and counting house. Authentic, lovingly-preserved rooms, tasteful New England decor where you can play Pilgrim but grab a drink from the Sub Zero while lounging beside the waterfall. And where else can you walk from your front door to a whale watch boat, museums, boutiques, restaurants, antique stores, or explore the Grist Mill to grind some corn for your breakfast muffins..OR spend the day at the ocean beach (we can provide beach privileges.) Downtown Plymouth is a rich destination for an exciting selection of food..fresh seafood, gourmet Italian, lobster in the rough, homespun cafes, taverns, coffee shops, and sports bars.

If you've ever toured a 'First Period' house-museum and thought, 'It would be incredible to be able to stay here,' (but can't) we now offer this antique mill-house residence, one of the first dwellings in America. Part of the house was the counting house for measuring out corn to be ground in the grist mill that bestrides Town Brook. Peek into the storage under the stairs to see wallpaper layers (mostly from 1800 and beyond.) Lovers of early framing will respond to the king posts, summer beams, floor boards 24' wide, cut from the biggest King's Grant trees, 4 colonial fireplaces. And especially restorative is the view overlooking the mill, gardens, springs and rushing stream and waterfall.

In this incredible Antique Mill-Stream Cottage, you'll find comfortable beds, fireside wing chairs, leather topped writing desk, hand loomed coverlets, smooth sheets, down blankets and fluffy towels. The house retains a picturesque antique look with electrified oil lamps, handmade carpets, wavy window glass. Don't worry, the kitchen offers you quality appliances and TWO Sub Zero refrigerators, thoughtfully hidden behind (where is the refrigerator?) panels. Bathrooms and powder room are fresh and stylish, newly renovated but full of charm (hard to fathom what a 1684 bathroom would be like.) Our favorite is the powder room under the stairs where you'll be surrounded by the coolest of bathroom amenities, but underneath the 330 year old beams-and-posts part of the house and tree-trunk beams overhead. The Keeping Room has an impressive paneled fireplace and the master bedroom features majestic hand-planed raised panels from the 1720s. (With respect to the historic nature of the house, we ask that no fires burn in the fireplaces, however.)

Just outside your kitchen doors, step out to a brick barbecue patio that sits on the main massive stone wall, with awning overhead. Then down stone steps to the stone-walled terrace play yard, along the private winding boardwalk path to the soothing rush and roar of the Mill Stream waterfall (in May, alewife run the stream to the ponds above). Sitting by the waterfall, you will want to jot some notes in your diary, enjoy back-in-time book like 'Mayflower' or 'Moby Dick' while sipping your tea or heartier beverage and watching songbirds dart overhead beside the rushing brook below your feet. Our standards for your comfort are the highest, and we provide you with quality bedding, linens, towels, soaps and necessaries, a well stocked kitchen with hand-thrown pottery dishes, ample flatware and quality glassware, kitchen linens, quality appliances, abundant spices, condiments and baking needs, everything you will need for an unforgettable stay.

Recent guests said ...

"We had such a great time staying in this historic house. Everywhere we turned was an eventful discovery. My 14 year old daughter was "mystified" (we guess that means "intrigued") by everything the house had to offer. We loved the grist mill behind the house. We would love to come back n 2020, Plymouth celebrates its 400th anniversary."

Just outside your cloistered walls is Summer Street, and next door is the Sparrow House gift shop filled with beautiful hand made pottery, jewelry, scarves and more. Next door, Leo and Nancy give top-rated historic tours (in costume!) A few steps away, on the other side of Town Brook is the Jenney Grist Mill with is huge water wheel, where Plimoth Plantation staffs the mill and explains history. There's a pub, shops and paths through 'Brewster Gardens.'

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Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

Why robin chose Plymouth Cultural District

Historic Plymouth is rich with architecture and history and rewards guests with so much to see and do. It is America's hometown, and you will love it as we do.


Plymouth Cultural District House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please DON'T book if you might cancel. Your trip insurance pays advertised refund.Re-listing fee= 25% of deposit if refund is paid by us.
  • RATES cover number of guests you have listed. Extra guests/invitees must be listed and may affect rate.
  • Booking is not finalized until you have signed our rental agreement. Your Visa/MC takes the place of security deposit +stays in your file, like hotel
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Courtyard Bathroom - toilet , shower , Beautiful new subway tile, octagon tile, wood floors, chic!
    1680s Yesteryear Powder Room - toilet , We cut down a pine tree, and plumbed with copper vessel sink
    Upstairs Full bath, two sinks - toilet , shower , New tiled shower, double sinks, pump faucets, waterfall view
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Tudor Bedroom - 1 queen , Antique 4 poster canopy bed with 1680s modern vanity/toilet
    Reading Room Bedroom - 1 twin/ single , Off Keeping Room, connects to 1680s beamed bathroom
    Quincy Bedroom - 1 queen , Upstairs Queen 4 poster in 1680s part of the house
    Mill Stream Bedroom - 1 double , Mill Stream side of house, double bed, next to full bathroom
    Nathaniel Church bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Top of house with mill stream frontage, laundry in closet
    Upstairs living room/day bed - 1 sleep sofa /futon , TV and games, super comfortable sofa made of tree logs
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
You asked about things to see and do which are walking distance -- there are SO MANY things!! First of all, the house itself is a historic treasure with its ancient stone walls, terraced garden, suspended (at ground level) springs walk down by the little pond and stream down by the waterfall - all in our yard. Pilgrims used to come and draw water from our little spring. Next door on the left is the Sparrow House (and gift shop) a home that dates about 30 years older than ours, which was build c 1630 and you can walk through it. The gift shop has won "Best of Boston" awards. On the other side of our house is the Jenney Museum, where you can sign up to take a historic walking tour around Plymouth with Leo the in-costume pilgrim era guide. around the corner is the Grist Mill where Plimoth Plantation grinds corn on the massive stone mill wheels and tells you about history. From there you can walk through beautiful Brewster Gardens, a lovely park with the river (creek/stream) that is practi


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Luxury 1600s Historic Mill Home waterfall, Prime Downtown location / Grist Mill
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Charming home

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful house in a picturesque setting, we had a great time. I would highly recommend staying here, as we hope to do so again sometime.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing time and amazing place

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed here prior to my sister's wedding in Plymouth. We were bowled over by the Mill House. It was so full of character. Each room is like it's own snapshot of history. The gardens are amazing as well leading down to the river at the back of the house. Even though the house is amazingly well preserved and maintained it is still really comfortable and had plenty of room for our party of nine.The location is ideal. Summer Street is right in the middle of downtown Plymouth and 5 minutes from the freeway. I couldn't recommend this house highly enough. Staying here is an experience in itself!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canton, MA USA

It doesn't get much better than this

  • 5 of 5

What can I say? What an awesome experience! I love historical homes and they have done an outstanding job rehabbing a 1648 home. They figured out a way to keep all the history while updating the kitchen and bathrooms so you had all the comforts of home.

Charm does not begin to describe thIs place. We just loved all the nooks and crannies and all the different levels in the home. You can't help but be impressed with the historical significance of where you are living. And oh the stories those beams and those old wooden floors could tell!!

Interestingly enough we really didn't do very much touristy things in Plymouth during our stay. This home was actually a tourist destination all by itself. And having the historic Grist Mill right next door and the river running through the backyard was a big plus for me

If you haven't figured it out already we just loved the place. But don't go unless you love history. If you do love history this simply should not be missed.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Louis, Missouri

Awesome historic home

  • 5 of 5

I stayed for four days at this exquisitely restored home and would have liked to stay for four weeks! It has all the modern conveniences but feels like what the original home must have felt like. It looks out on the old grist mill and has a lovely sloping garden down to a small deck with deck chairs on the mill stream. You can walk along a lovely path next to the mill stream out to Plymouth Rock and Plymouth harbor and the Mayflower replica in ten minutes. And you can walk to the main part of town in five! Great restaurants and quaint shops in close walking distance, lots of history. Whale watching and fishing, Plymouth plantation a short drive. So the location couldn't be more convenient. But you can also feel very cocooned in the house and back garden. And enjoy all the media you might want...or not! I can't wait to return. For me, it was the best of all vacation possibilities.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long overdue review! Excellent!

  • 5 of 5

We actually stayed here a year ago during Thanksgiving week. It was wonderful! So wonderful, that our children reminisced about the trip this Thanksgiving! It was a convenient walk downtown to the rock and the Mayflower and we loved being next door to the Grist Mill. The inside was very homey and cozy. Loved being part of historic Plymouth. * The date of arrival is actually off a week. We arrived the 21st of Nov. in 2014.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stafford, NY

We'll be back!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our small group of 4 constant traveling companions have had the good fortune of staying in some beautiful rental homes all over the world, but this home and surroundings was rated by all of us as being one of the best. We chose this home above other available options for the chance to stay in a 330 yr old fully restored home in historical Plymouth and were so glad we did and so will you. Beyond everything else that has already been written describing the home the location to EVERYTHING was the best. We walked and never drove to everywhere in town including both Marinas for our day of chartered fishing. Our only mistake and regret is that we didn't stay long enough. We'll be back!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Boston Logan OR Providence TF Green Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Cafe Strega
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Woods Hole, Falmouth
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Many golf courses in Plymouth
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Old Colony Line, Kingston
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 3 (the Boston to CapeCod highway)
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Cafe Strega on Town Brook
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Plymouth Long Beach
Car: recommended

Whale watching, deep sea fishing, harbor cruise, historic tours, historic homes, Plimoth Plantation, boutiques, 24-hour coffee shops, Internet Cafe, fountain Play-Park, Plymouth Rock, Mayflower Ship, Farmers Market...


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150
Cleaning (for 8) $355

Please note, regardless of how you book, you only have a reservation if you have a RENTAL AGREEMENT from the owner. Automated bookings require conversation with manager before booking. Rates are based on factors such as size of your group, length of your stay, how the house will be used (event, or just a vacation.) A regular stay will cost less than a 'gathering' of course. A couple will pay less than a larger family. And the longer you stay, the better rate we can give you. Laundry takes forever, so the highest rates will be for the larger groups with the shortest stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund