Palmer House Inn, The

81 Palmer Ave , Falmouth, MA 2540 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


Relax, rejuvenate, and experience romance of this 1901 Queen Anne style B&B on Cape Cod. Stained glass windows, rich woodwork, gleaming hardwood floors and antique furnishings create a sense of warmth and harmony. Located in Falmouth's Historic District on a quiet residential area of tree lined streets, picket fences, colorful gardens, and elegant homes. Beautiful beaches, quaint shops, ferry shuttles and excellent restaurants are a short stroll from the Inn. We're open year-round, and encourage you to sample all the seasons with us.




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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Wonderful B&B

5 on October 20, 2016

Our first experience of B&B in US. What a high standard to beat

Our favorite thing!

5 on October 02, 2016

The Palmer House B & B was the best decision we made on our 8 night stay in Boston/Falmouth/Martha's Vinyard, etc. This Inn is exactly what I think a B & B is supposed to be. The staff here are so lovely. The same young women who served us breakfast every morning where to same ones who took care of tidying our room. They were interesting to talk to and very efficient. And oh, the breakfast!! We were served the most wonderful breakfast every morning and have promised ourselves we will try to recreate them on a lazy Saturday morning at home. Delicious and different from what we eat at home-so now our breakfast menu at home will expand!! Pat and Bill have a wonderful thing going on at their Inn and if we had it to do again we would certainly stay there again. It was our favorite thing of the entire vacation. Little things like bottled water and a snack in your room, nice thick towels and wash clothes, a mattress that felt like a cloud, quite and peaceful atmosphere-the whole experience was perfect. Would go back again in an instant!

Fabulous Cape Cod Inn

5 on September 29, 2016

Everything about The Palmer House Inn was fantastic. We really enjoyed our stay, and we will definitely stay there again if we return to Cape Cod.

Great place to stay!

4.8 on September 14, 2016

Great place to stay! Quiet and quaint with lavishly decorated rooms and excellent service. Will come back soon.

Great place to stay

4.6 on September 12, 2016

This is a lovely inn with two separate houses. All of the rooms that we viewed were very nicely appointed and spacious. The breakfast, which is made fresh for you when you arrive at the dining room, is delicious and made with great care and finesse. Coffee, tea and water are complimentary and available all day as are the freshly-baked goodies in the afternoons. This inn is ideally located within walking distance of Surfer's Beach and the downtown where there are many restaurants and shops.

Wonderful place, great location

4.0 on September 03, 2016

This is a wonderful place to stay. The rooms are nicely appointed in a rather "Cape Cod", "Southern Charm" kind of way and they are spacious. The inn is located within easy walking distance of restaurants, shops and the beach. Breakfast every day is made fresh for you when you arrive at the dining area. This is the only meal served here but there coffee, tea and water are available at all times and there is a freshly-baked snack served every afternoon.

Excellent location, awkward room

3.8 on September 01, 2016

My husband and I recently stayed a few nights in room 2, the Edith Wharton room. First off, I will say that correspondence with the inn was excellent, and check-in was a breeze. We were promptly shown to our room and given a brief tour of the property. With it being an old house you do have to expect some idiosyncrasies. Our room had a partial turret and was thus very oddly configured with bed placement and furniture. The bathroom is small but sufficient, and the little extras were nice. The bed and pillows left something to be desired, as they were of the firm variety. Overall though, we would definitely stay here again, perhaps in a different room. We loved the location, it was a very short walk to all the restaurants and shops on main street, and the off street parking was nice. The breakfast was excellent and the afternoon coffee/tea was a nice touch. My husband and I loved sitting and reading in the rocking chairs on the front porch. It was also nice to have beach towels available. The innkeepers Bill and Pat were friendly and willing to help with recommendations and plans in the area. We enjoyed our weekend on the Cape and will definitely back.

Romantic Getaway

5 on August 25, 2016

After 33 years of marriage we finally found our special place to escape to! This was our second visit and it was just as wonderful as last year. The charming dining room and sumptuous breakfast start your day off perfectly. Their afternoon tea is just the ticket after a day of sightseeing. Relax on the front porch and short stroll brings you to many local restaurants. The guest rooms are beautifully decorated and very quiet. We are looking forward to our next visit!

return getaway

5 on August 22, 2016

This is our fourth year coming to the Palmer House and we ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! It will not be our last, I can absolutely assure you of that! It is by far, our most favorite spot on the cape. Thank you for always being such wonderful hosts!!!!

Perfect retreat in Falmouth!

5 on August 21, 2016

This inn is a perfect retreat. Beautifully decorated rooms, delicious breakfasts, excellent service, very friendly staff - all good reasons to recommend this exquisite inn. Plus, fabulous restaurants and shops are all within walking distance. A wonderful find in Falmouth!

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Rooms & Rates

Henry David Thoreau Cot.

This quaint two-bedroom stand alone cottage suite is a unique feature of our B&B. The primary bedroom is furnished with a king bed, a whirlpool (jacuzzi style) tub and a television with a DVD in the room. The second bedroom is smaller with a queen bed. A sitting area joins the two bedrooms, it opens onto a private deck and garden. The sitting area has a mini fridge and a coffee maker. There is a full bath off the sitting area with a tub and shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Harriet Beecher Stowe Rm

This is a spacious premium room located in the B&B’s Guesthouse. The king bed and gas fireplace makes this one of our more requested rooms. The private bath has a whirlpool (jacuzzi style) tub. This room is appointed with an abundance of details for your convenience such as a mini-fridge and coffee maker.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Theodore Roosevelt

This spacious room is located in the B&B’s Guest House. The carved mahogany king canopy bed has a crocheted coverlet and a cozy ivory duvet. It has a gas fireplace and a private bath with a whirlpool (jacuzzi style) tub. You will also find a mini fridge and coffee maker. The Roosevelt room is designed in shades of hunter green, Cape Cod cranberry red, and ivory.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Emily Dickinson

This spacious premium room is located on the second floor of the Main Inn. It welcomes you with a carved mahogany king canopy bed, television with DVD, mini fridge, coffee maker and a private bath with a whirlpool (jacuzzi style) tub. The Dickinson room is designed in soft fanciful shades of blue, pink, rose and white. The colors of the lovely floral print comforter are echoed in an antique framed Radoute botanical print that hangs on the north wall.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Henry James, Penthouse

This is a spacious premium room located on the third floor of the main house of the B&B. It has a romantically draped four poster king bed with a double whirlpool tub in the bedroom. Over the tub is a cathedral ceiling with a sky light for stargazing. The private bath is appointed with a romantic double shower. A flat screen television with DVD, mini fridge and a coffee maker complete this room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Richard Henry Dana Rm

This is a spacious premium room located on the third floor of the Main Inn. It has a king bed with a white iron bed. A mini fridge, coffee maker, private bath with a whirlpool (jacuzzi style) tub, which makes this a favorite with returning guests. The Dana Room is designed in shades of wine, dark green and ivory. A model of the sailing ship “Pride of Baltimore II” adorns the antique dresser.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

Historic, Cape Cod, Oceanview, Small town, Village


Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 79 miles

Directions to property:

From Bourne Bridge to Falmouth: Follow Route 28 South – divided highway will become a 2-lane road. Continue straight through traffic signal at Jones Road for approximately 1/2 mile. Route 28 (Palmer Ave.) turns left towards the center of Falmouth. Palmer House Inn is first house on the left past the shops. Driveway is before the Inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Boating, Bicycle Trails, Bird Watching, Whale Watching, Plymouth Plantation, Hiking Trails, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , ADA Room with private access.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Fishing, Fishing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3pm-6pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: During peak season
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard
  • Deposit Amount Required: First two nights of a stay are applied to card at time of reservation.
  • Cancellations: Two weeks notice, refund all except $20 service fee. Less than two weeks, refund if we are able to resell the room.



Pat & Bill O'Connell

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About the innkeepers

We love the dynamic New England seasons, from the warmth and freshness of spring to the vibrant colors of fall. Sharing our passion for the Cape with guests and friends has been a great joy.

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Full Gourmet

  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Cape Cod Sunrise
Chilled fresh squeezed orange juice with Cape Cod cranberry juice ice cubes.