Unique architectural accents from grain milling days entice you to marvel at the high ceilings graced by maple floor joists that are braced by black walnut columns and saddles in this impressive living area. Original, massive, 13 1/2-by-12 inch, mortise-and-tenon constructed beams provide the backdrop in this 5-story mill with a limestone foundation that is 4 feet thick at the base. Doors and windows are framed with hardwood reclaimed from damaged floors on upper stories. Light streams from the bedrooms into the living areas through 6-pane windows removed from the mill prior to 1985. You will relax in the 1,200 square foot, 2 bedroom , 1.5 bath, street-level apartment furnished with antiques and decorated with a pictorial history of the mill. The larger bedroom has a queen bed and walnut gentleman's dresser with mirror and marble inset between the handkerchief drawers. The smaller bedroom has a full bed with antique spoon-carved commode. Both have windows overlooking the river. Red accent walls remind you of barns from earlier days. The full bath has a tub/shower combination and large vanity with single sink. The half bath has a pedestal sink, toilet and washer/dryer. Towels and linens are provided. The living room is furnished with a comfy couch, rocking chairs, and a futon that makes into a full-size bed with extra thick mattress. Only the walnut columns divide the living and dining areas, and the kitchen is open to both with plenty of cabinets and counter space. The dining room's antique-oak table seats six with an eclectic mix of captains chairs and walnut chairs with caned seats. The fully-equipped kitchen has basic provisions such as coffee, tea, flour, sugar, spices and cooking oil; plates, mugs, glasses, flatware; casserole dishes, baking and muffin pans. You can enjoy preparing popcorn or a four-course meal using the microwave, blender, electric glass-top range, oven, refrigerator and crock pot. You don't need to leave your cozy place for breakfast with the coffee pot and toaster within easy reach. If you prefer not to cook, a cozy cafe and pub are a short walk across the river bridge. A dishwasher makes your clean-up easy.
WiFi is at the mill!
Your private entrance overlooks the Shell Rock River, a tiny perennial garden and a sidewalk to the river's edge. Off-street parking for vehicles, including recreational vehicles, is on-site.
Remnants of milling days, including massive turbines and partial millstones, are lawn ornaments in the mill's park-like setting. You may walk up the mill's outside stairs to a deck 25 feet above the river where you can gaze at an adjacent, three-arch bridge built in 1916 which is on the National Register of Historic Places, the upstream rubble dam, and mesmerizing sunsets. A pool below the dam is spawning territory for walleye in early spring, as well as a popular fishing spot year round so bring your fishing rod.
Listen to nature calling as you relax on the private patio overlooking the river, flanked by a rustic bridge railing and millstones. A grill, tools, picnic plasticware, even the picnic basket, are provided for your convenience. You may view eagles, blue herons, Baltimore orioles, cardinals and migratory species like the colorful cedar waxwing. At night you may even catch a glimpse of a deer, raccoons, beaver or otter in the area.
A favorite day for the owners involves launching kayaks at Heery Woods State Park near Clarksville, Iowa (home of 2018 American Idol winner Maddie Poppe) about 8 miles away. Then floating down the Shell Rock River, picnicking, skipping rocks and taking out kayaks above the dam at the park next to the mill. At the mill we mount bicycles, ride the Rolling Prairie Trail back to Heery Woods where we retrieve the transport vehicle. What a wonderful way to combine relaxing with nature and exercising!
Canoe and kayak rentals are available 6.5 miles away in Waverly, IA. If you are a bicyclist, more than 100 miles of hard-surfaced trails in the Cedar Valley are within 25 miles of the mill (including Cedar Falls and Waterloo, IA trails) with the closest trail less than two miles from the mill's front door.
Come and stay in the comfort of our small town's landmark where grain was milled in the late 1800s through 1978. The mill is located two miles from The Avenue of the Saints, a four-lane highway which connects St. Louis, Missouri, and St. Paul, Minnesota.
No Pets. No Smoking.
For this vacation property Mill #1056730, the mill's first floor (street level) is the rental unit. It has a private entrance. Two night minimum stay. Weekly rates available. Maximum six persons.
NOTE: The deck level of The Pals' Old Mill is available separately - Mill #1136016 (sleeps 4). Rent both levels for a gathering of friends or family! The inner stairway can be unlocked for direct access between the two levels.
Central air & heat
Belgian waffle maker
Grill, Deck, Patio
Iron & board
Kitchen fully furnished
Dishes & utensils
Linens & towels provided (Bring your own beach towels)
Washer & dryer
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS & SERVICES - MOST WITHIN ONE MILE
Cafe & pub
Canoe & kayak rental (6.5 miles)
Convenience store with food including breakfast sandwiches, pizza & gas
Golf within 10 minutes
Medical Clinic (Hospital within 10 minutes)
Municipal swimming pool
University of Northern Iowa within 20 miles.
Wartburg College within 10 minutes.
Casino, large waterpark, art & science museum less than 30 miles.