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Converted Grist Mill Near Hawk Mountain and AT

Bedrooms 1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type mill
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Historic 1780 Converted Grist Mill Nestled Where The Mountains Meet The Fields

Our historic Brobst Millhouse, built in the 1780’s, was a working, water-powered gristmill until the 1960’s. After years of disrepair, the Brobst Millhouse has been lovingly converted to a place of refuge wrapped by the Appalachian Trail and Blue Mountain range. With the fresh-water Pine Creek flowing past your front door, the Brobst Millhouse welcomes you to a gentle and quite place to reflect, relax and rejuvenate. There’s no better place for you to escape from the hectic pace of modern life.

We celebrate the natural world, open fields, gardens and seasonal swimming pool invite a full view of the Pinnacle, the mountain high point in Berks County. Deer, muskrat, wild turkey and the neighborhood Great Blue Heron visit regularly. We are available to point you toward adventures and welcome you to our homestead on our shared property (our home is next door).

Our Brobst Millhouse offers a first floor kitchen, dining area, living room (with futon double bed) and full private bathroom (with bathtub and shower). The Millhouse is a blend of vintage furniture and fabrics, local artisan handwork and comfort, embracing the country life. Our kitchen offers a full-sized gas range with oven, refrigerator, electric coffee maker, toaster and full sized kitchen sink: everything for your dining and cooking comfort. Quality kitchen cooking utensils are supplied or visit one of the variety of local restaurants within a 20 minute drive. Curl up in front of the cozy wood stove fireplace in the Winter months - the perfect spot for morning coffee or that end-of-day glass of wine. In the Summer months, relax on the family deck overlooking open fields or by the family swimming pool.

The second floor is a balcony bedroom, with original 200 year old 30 foot log beams. A converted wooden bar acts as desk and clothes bureau while offering a view of the first floor and picture window to view the mountain and fields. Queen-sized bed with quality bedding provided. Books on local history, nature and native American culture fill tiny bookshelves, inviting you to relax and open your mind. The second floor holds many surprises, including our fabulous hand railing, created by a local metalworker, fashioned from farm tools.

Overflowing with history, other surprises are waiting for you to enjoy and appreciate. Please note: due to lower ceiling height, our second floor may be a challenge for anyone taller than six feet.

Bring your own electronics, we offer WiFi access. Cell phone availability is tentative if you have anything but AT&T but our landline is available in our private residence next door if necessary. But why not use this excuse to really get away. 900 square feet. Washer/dryer available. Unless you are hiking or biking in, a car is necessary for traveling our area.

More Details

Darree Sicher
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 17, 2017

About Darree Sicher

We fell in love with the Kempton area, the way the natural world bumps up to farm community, the mix of neighborhood and independence. Just enough country to be away from it all but a short drive to cities like Reading, Allentown and Bethlehem. We grew up just a few towns away and knew this was a place to raise our family and enjoy our life. Our grown children live nearby so now it's time to share our homestead. Our property is a loving mix of loved items, collectibles, family heirlooms and functional fun. We love to travel, enjoy foods and share adventures.

Darree Sicher purchased this mill in 1985


Kempton Mill Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • mill
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , tile in-floor radiant heat
  • tile in-floor radiant heat
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • queen bed on second floor balcony over-looking open space and mountain view
  • Books
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
Welcome breakfast kit on first day.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

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Converted Grist Mill Near Hawk Mountain and AT
average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews

Beautiful location and property - serene and quiet with amazing hosts!

  • 5 of 5

This property is everything promised and more! The home was well-appointed, clean and offered everything we needed for a great stay. Darree and Jeff were welcoming and extremely personable and friendly and they made sure we were well-supplied and taken care of the entire time. We will absolutely stay here again! Thanks Darree and Jeff

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing! Cozy, historical setting with modern comforts

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful late-summer weekend at the Mill -- traveled back East to visit family, enjoy the natural beauty and just reminisce. The Mill gave us this chance. Hiked Hawk Mountain, visited covered bridges, enjoyed fantastic foods, explored back roads, soaked in the pool on a 95 deg day, and fell asleep to the lullaby of gentle rain. The weekend spent at the Mill was definitely one of our favorites.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The property was everything we expected and more! Romantic setting with wonderful hosts.

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend this getaway to unplug and enjoy the outdoors. We took advantage of the hiking trails, golf, and the wineries close by.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Charming, beautifully preserved converted mill

  • 5 of 5

Everything we hoped for and more! Private, quiet, clean, fully equipped, comfy beds, and in the middle of nowhere - PERFECT for out of towners like us wanting to disconnect from hectic schedules. Wifi and cell phone service is spotty here; be ready to unwind and put the phone down! The most delicious breakfast basket was waiting for us when we got there. Farm fresh yogurt, bacon, English muffins... heaven. Lovely outdoor area in the backyard where you can enjoy the sun, view of the lush greenery, and a meal with your loved ones. Our gracious hosts recommended the local businesses where our breakfast foods came from (BAD Farm's yogurt is to die for! Pick up some before you leave.. it will not disappoint!), some excellent local wineries, an awesome craft distillery with the best gin we've ever had (eight oaks distillery - a must!), and quaint restaurants where we were able to enjoy delicious, local farm-to-table cuisine. A great experience to reconnect with the farm-lovin', tree huggin' history buff in all of us.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much and it was great having you! We love introducing folks to our secret "half-hour-from-everywhere" farm-to-table lifestyle. So glad you had a chance to refuel and we look forward to seeing you again. Happy days and adventures!
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Beautiful setting an accomodations

  • 5 of 5

The mill was even more beautiful then pictured. The views, creeks and wildflowers are incredible. The Owners were wonderful hosts. They left us local foods and fruits for our first breakfast and all of the local information we could ever need. My only regret is not having more time to learn the history of the mill. Leaving was the hardest part. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us. We love to offer our quiet lifestyle to everyone and share our peace and place. Thanks for being such enjoyable guests! Happy day to you :-)
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What a pleasant experience!

  • 5 of 5

Very well maintained property with so much natural beauty. Enjoyed the pool with the mountain view. Saw two baby raccoons last night as we were pulling into the drive, deer in the field on the hill, bullfrog croaking. Great getaway. The sound of the creek and the view of the Pinnacle from back deck calms the soul. Loved the cabin feel and decor inside. Very comfortable. Darree and Jeff made us feel very welcome! This place is on our list of those to visit again real soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wanamakers General Store
County Line Orchard
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Godfrey Daniels
Firefly Bookstore
Wholesome Food Cafe
Roadside America
Car: necessary

Local attractions include: Hawk Mountain Sanctuary: internationally renowned migratory bird sanctuary. Appalachian Trail: National natural treasure, the Trail runs from Maine to Georgia and through our back yard. WK&S Steam Railroad: Steam-railroad for tourist fun was once the only connection to carry passengers and local products to big cities. Wanamakers General Store: local country store with groceries, bulk food supplies and local crafts (you can pick up a fishing license here). Cabalas: 15 minutes to Hamburg’s small town charm and Cabalas Outdoor Superstore. Local PA Wine Trail: variety of several Berks and Lehigh wineries. Renningers Antique and Farmers Market: 20 minutes ride to Kutztowns favorite weekend marketplace for foods and antiques. Also available for your exploration; natural pleasures of fishing, hiking, biking, canoeing; Historic Covered Bridges; Bear Creek Ski Resort; Roadside America - Miniature Village and Train Americana; Kutztown University


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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