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Ocean views of Martha's Vineyard and Little Harbor, 5 story 1870's WINDMILL

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 14 nights


About the property

Lovely Master bedroom on the 4th floor overlooking Little Harbor. Sleeps 4.

The octagonal Windmill tower is one of the most unique cottages in Cape Cod and the Islands. Hear the waves and sounds of the clinking sailboats in Little Harbor directly in front of the Cottage when the wind is up. A long private driveway in the forest leads to the locking gates and path to the windmill. The windmill was converted to a guest cottage in 1900, the complete windmill apparatus and all of the wooden vanes still safely stored away. The 5 story windmill has been in the same family for 3 generations and was originally built by Joseph Story Fay, a pioneer of Woods Hole. Ocean views to the front from every floor and the adjoining secluded forest. Modern kitchen and bath. 1/2 bath in Master bedroom with 1870s four poster queen bed and large armoire... period antiques throughout and beautiful beams, triangle windows and floors. Spiral staircase brings you to the second floor with two single twin eurotop xl Beautyrest beds that can be joined together as a king and a living room with large picture window looking over Little Harbor and Martha's Vineyard. A path through the garden towards Little Harbor takes you to Woods Hole road and the sidewalk minutes from the magical Woods Hole Library. A car is not necessary as you can walk or bicycle ride to almost everything. 7 minute wallk to grocery store. There is a trolley to Falmouth. Woods Hole Ferry Steamship Authority dock is a 5 minute walk from the Windmill. Walk to the ferry and be in Marthas Vinyard in 45 minutes.

Nobel Laureates, prestigious scientists, ambassadors, writers, dancers and musicians have all stayed at the Windmill cottage as well as a long list of discerning people who have enjoyed her rare character. 2 week minimum rental. Please email Robert & Mette: skilpel@aol

More Details

Property Manager
Mette & Robert
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, german, swedish, danish, norwegian, Icelandic
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Mette & Robert

The Windmill has been in the same family for three generations of scientists, professors and artists.

Mette & Robert purchased this cottage in 1928

Why Mette & Robert chose Woods Hole

Ocean and forest views, Unique and private. Woods Hole's village, beaches and all she has to offer is a short walk away. Little Harbor, the islands and Martha's Vineyard views. Family adventure. Explore the woods behind the windmill. Picnic on the grass in front of the windmill and bbq a seafood feast. Great Birding. Explore Quissett Harbor and take the nature walk out to Knob. Stony Beach is great for kids and swimming laps and Nobska Beach for experienced swimmers and big waves on windy days. Great for picnics and beach combing. Walk up to the Nobska lighthouse from the beach. After a long day of exploring...retreat to the windmill tower!

What makes this cottage unique

Stress will melt away. Walking distance to Stony Beach and Nobska Beach. Shining Sea Bike Path. A few minutes to the Ferry. Forest backyard. A private & unique cottage.


Woods Hole Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , On first floor. Separate room. Window to forest.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , 1/2 half Bath located in master bedroom on 4th fl
  • Large tub on first floor. Pull chain toilet in master bedroom with privacy curtain and antique fixtures. Vacuum cleaner in bathroom closet and another is under the four poster bed in the master bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , master bedroom has 4 poster and 1/2 bath
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2nd floor living room.Can be king. New XL Simmons Beautyrest
  • --Note: Master bedroom: Place the safety chain across the spiral staircase entrance at night. Note: There is an extra bed on the 3rd floor loft with a library type stair ladder but it's more suitable for a teenager. Discuss with owner first.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
For frequently asked questions about Woods Hole see the link: woodshole . com


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Ocean views of Martha's Vineyard and Little Harbor, 5 story 1870's WINDMILL
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

A wonderful experience!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed in the Windmill Cottage in early June 2016 and had a wonderful time. The cottage is charming and unique, and if the fireflies would have been out, we would have believed that we were in a fairy tale.

Since the windmill is obviously old there are some quirks, but the beds, linens, and kitchen amenities were outstanding. My husband thought that the grill was the best that he had ever used, and there was everything we could have possibly needed in the kitchen, since we like to cook at home. You can grill outside, and use the great kitchen, then have dinner at the outside table, or inside if the weather isn't perfect. Both have great views. There are in fact, great views from every floor!

The bikes were great and access to Woods Hole and the bike path could not have been better. Views from the cottage are fantastic, and we were even treated to a double rainbow from the cupola following a passing rain shower.

The space is very vertical as one other reviewer commented, but what do you expect from a windmill! We would return in a moment. If you are concerned about air conditioning, just don't go there. When you open the windows in the Windmill the air sweeps up out of the harbor and through the windmill, which is wonderful. The ocean breeze is fantastic!

The owners are super accommodating, and I hope to meet them in person in the future. You will be very happy if you stay here and interested in a unique vacation.

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kingston, New York, USA

Magical Adventure

  • 5 of 5

Our family vacationed in the Windmill Cottage for two weeks at the end of this summer. It was just what our family needed.... some quite time together detached from the world.

Our two sons, ages 10 + 12, spent many hours reading and playing together in the top floor cupola while watching the harbor activities from the window. We loved the spiral staircases and the proximity to the bike path, library, harbor and beaches. We would return in a moments notice.

The owners were very helpful and called shortly after our arrival to make sure we found everything in good order. They also provided a list of many nearby activities, restaurants and beaches for us to visit. The ferry to Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven, on Martha's Vineyard, is a short walk into town.

The cottage is a bit rustic but has all the essentials. It is going to be difficult to top this next year.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hastings on Hudson NY

Iconoclast's Delight

  • 5 of 5

I will start by saying the Windmill isn't for everyone, which is to underscore its idiosyncratic charm and sense of adventure. It is, as one might overlook from the photographs, a vertical experience, but so worth every upward (and then downward) step. The space is exquisitely furnished, well-lit, amply outfitted, and inviting. Wonderful cookware, comfortable bedding, a somewhat rustic but adequate full bath downstairs. The location could not be more perfect, with easy walks to beaches, restaurants, bakeries, the ferry to Martha's Vineyard, etc. There's no heat or a/c, but these are small concessions for the unique pleasures of this enchanted property.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We will make the down comforters more accessible. Hope you will return in the Spring! All best, Mette & Robert
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Black Hills of South Dakota, USA

The harbor views and sounds of fog horns were outstanding and the windmill was a delight!

  • 5 of 5

Our family (artists, musicians, cowboys, & writers) had a terrific two week stay at the enchanting old Windmill in Woods Hole! It was a remarkable and sentimental wedding vacation and we will return! We used all the comfortable beds plus the air bed for the fun escapade in the 5th floor cupola. Even the Little Harbor view and sounds from the 4th floor - 4 poster bed was amazing at any waking moment! We would recommend this place to friends or relatives who love adventure and enjoy the historic character and the quaint experience of the woods. The description and the photos are very accurate and detailed, although, the experience of being there is far more impressive and delightful! The owner, Robert, was friendly and quite helpful with anything we needed and suggested wonderful places to visit. In Woods Hole we loved the Shining Sea Bike Path, MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory), kayaking in Great Harbor - Devils Foot - and the Gut, Nobska Lighthouse, trips to Martha's Vineyard, Whale Watching, and sailing the "Liberte" 74' schooner from Falmouth Harbor. Our favorite restaurants and shops were Pie in the Sky Bakery & Cafe, Captain Kidd Old Bar and Restaurant, and Landfall Restaurant, with visits to the great Woods Hole Market, Under the Sun Gifts, and Clam Man Fish Market in Falmouth. Thank you Mette and Robert! Save a month for us next year in the "Windmill" and come stay with us anytime in the Black Hills of South Dakota! Bravo!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words Barbara!!
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Wood's Hole Windmill Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the "Windmill". The most charming "cottage" imaginable. Great views, within easy walking distance of the town and beaches. I would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Doug!
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Boston Logan and Martha's Vineyard,
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Landfall, Cap'n Kidd, etc. and Pie in the Sky!
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Woods Hole Steamship Authority
Nearest Golf
0.3 Miles
Woods Hole Golf Course
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 28
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Landfall, Cap'n Kidd, Fishmonger, Fusion, etc.
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Stony Beach, Nobska Beach,
Car: not necessary

Note: 2 week minimum rental in most cases. The google map has the marker incorrectly located in the forest driveway.

The excellent Shining Sea Bike path is 3 minutes from the windmill! Ride up the coast from Woods Hole, 100 yards from the Windmill. The Woods Hole Aquarium, The Marine Biological Laboratory, The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Great Harbor, Little Harbor, Minutes from Martha's Vineyard. It's Woods Hole! Cape Cod! The Islands! The Windmill cottage is a unique restored Windmill from the 1870's with a beautiful forest and private driveway. New Xfinity High speed internet and TV. There is a Bed and Breakfast and Inn next door at the Sands of Time for extra guests.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Two Week minimum rental in most cases.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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