Welcome to
The Windmill
Woods Hole, MA

The octagonal Windmill tower is one of the most unique cottages in Cape Cod and the Islands.  

About Us

Windmill History and Description

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. 


The Windmill is not winterized and is only available for rent June, early July, late August and September. We typically arrange 2-4 rentals a summer with several returning guests - many with connection to MBL and WHOI. 

Rental fee is $1995/week. 2 and 3 week rentals welcome.

Please do not hesituate to contact us for more information. 

Visit VRBO.com property # 469638  or

weneedavacation.com property #31169 for additional information, updated calendars and availability.

Thank you.

Mette and Robert C.

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Windmill Woods Hole

 Additional info can be found at 

 VRBO #469638
The Windmill Cottage