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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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

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.


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Converted Grist Mill Near Hawk Mountain and AT
average rating of 5.0 based on 47 reviews

Unique home with wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderfully unique place, with equally wonderful hosts. The entire home is enjoyable to see, with vintage decor throughout. The setting is beautiful, affording views of the hillside and the resident deer. I've traveled throughout the world and this is as clean a place as I've ever stayed in, with a delicious welcome breakfast of bacon, eggs, toast, cheese, yogurt, milk, coffee, tea, and OJ. A nice fire in the wood stove was a welcome treat after a day of hiking in the local area. Jeff and Darree have clearly put considerable thought into ensuring their guests have everything needed for a comfortable stay. If I'm ever near Kempton again I won't even bother looking for another place to stay because this one cannot be beat!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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We'd like to give more then 5 stars

  • 5 of 5

Are you looking for a vacation house? This is the real thing, better than advertised. You won't regret it!

Everything was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. We'll be back.

Thank you Darree and Jeff

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly recommended!

  • 5 of 5

The Brobst Millhouse is a wonderful place to get away. It's clean, and has everything you need in the kitchen to cook a meal. The breakfast food provided was delicious. The stream out front is pretty. I wish our home had the radiant floor heating that's in the bathroom! We found the bed to be very comfortable and warm. We spent much of our time sitting in front of the cozy wood stove. We also enjoyed a hike at the Hawk Mountain trails. Overall, this place is a gem, and we hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous, peaceful. The perfect weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

The mill was exactly as advertised, maybe even cuter in person than in the photos. It was ideal for our weekend getaway. The location is great with plenty to do nearby. Frankly, we didn't motivate all that much, and spent a lot of the weekend relaxing in front of the fire. Great hosts, would absolutely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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We'd give it 10 stars, but they only allow us 5 ...

  • 5 of 5

Out of ten possibilities, we chose the Brobst Millhouse for our honeymoon location in late November 2017.

It is, in a word, fantastic.

The setting, in the Pine Creek Valley of Albany Township, Berks County -- in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country -- is gorgeous. The mill itself is exquisite, being a tasteful and comfortable example of 'adaptive reuse' by the owners. The owners themselves are amicable, gracious, and attentive: we lacked nothing during our week-long stay. (Note however that this is a vacation home, not a B&B: guests are responsible for their own food, and the mill does have a full kitchen. Dietrich's Meats, in nearby Krumsville, is irresistible.)

For anyone seeking a quiet, rural setting for a weekend or week, we would wholeheartedly, unreservedly, and enthusiastically recommend this property. You won't regret it!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An Absolute Dream!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I chose to belatedly celebrate our anniversary here over a weekend and it was absolutely perfect. Darree is incredibly kind and welcoming- she was there to greet us and show us around the mill and give us its backstory. The mill is even better in real life- gorgeous!!! The mill is in a great location as well- close to markets, orchards, hiking trails, and more. It is perfectly tucked away and is truly the perfect place to completely unwind and unplug.

We cannot wait to come back again next year!

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 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.