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

My fourth stay at Oalmer House

5 on September 21, 2017

I first stayed at Palmer House at Thanksgiving 2016, and since then, its been a regular destination for me and my sister, visiting my mother in assisted listing in Falmouth. The location is ideal, near the Village Green, and the house is beautiful. My mother and brother have been welcome at breakfast with us, and Bill and Pat are excellent hosts. Breakfasts are excellent, and mother loves exploring the restored Victorian house. We intend to return to Palmer House for regular family visits. As longtime Falmouth kids, its nice to see a historic house well-kept and well-used.

Delightful Cape Cod Weekend

5 on September 11, 2017

The Palmer House Inn has beautiful well appointed room, an attentive, helpful staff and a delicious breakfast, and refreshing tea and cookies in the afternoon. It could not be more perfect!

Wonderful get-away

4.8 on September 10, 2017

It was a lovely escape for me and hubby. After cycling on Martha's Vineyard for the day, we arrived at the Palmer House Inn and had a lovely and comfortable evening, followed by a scrumptious breakfast. Thank you to the Palmer House Inn host for a wonderful visit.

Excellent In Every Way!

5 on August 31, 2017

This charming bed and breakfast inn exceeds expectations in every way. The owners and staff are amazing and so welcoming and helpful. The rooms are very attractive and there is so much attention paid to the smallest details. The breakfasts are delicious! This is a perfect choice for a Cape Cod vacation.

historic Cape Cod

4.0 on August 13, 2017

Beautiful home and quaint rooms, delicious breakfasts, all set in very pleasant part of Cape Cod

well placed and quiet

4.8 on July 31, 2017

well placed, quiet and a good value are what think of in relation to this property.this year the hydrangeas were in bloom and they were everywhere. walking around Falmouth is de-riguer for us as well as a stop at the osteria la civetta.that they sold ferry tickets at the front desk was both a real time-saver and the cherry on some sand filled motel any day of the week.

Great place for seeing the Cape

5 on July 25, 2017

Visited the Cape in March with three boys. The Inn was great, and they gave some great things to do to burn energy for the kids - Pirate Museum (about an hour away, but nice drive), Childrens Museum/play house, hiking the trails. All around a great way to introduce kids to the Cape.

A wonderful stay as always

5 on July 25, 2017

I love staying at this centrally located inn. Rooms are great. Gardens are in full bloom. And the herbs smell wonderful, and smell even better on my plate the next morning. We walk down town and to the beach with a picnic lunch. I highly recommend this Inn.

Egregious Mistreatment by Owner

3.6 on July 25, 2017

We spent one night, the first of our honeymoon, here and were impressed with how beautiful it was and with the thoughtful amenities and delicious breakfast. Our stay was ruined by Bill, one of the owners. Before we headed out for a day trip, Bill asked my husband to put out a cigarette he was smoking in the parking lot, and he did. When we returned that evening, Bill told us that we were trespassing because we did not have a reservation. We thought there was a misunderstanding since we had reserved two more nights. It became clear that Bill was in fact determined to force us to leave for reasons we are still unaware of, as he began fabricating blatantly false accusations to that end. He denied that we had reserved two more nights (even though we had email confirmation and had paid), he claimed that my husband had smoked in the parking lot a second time and in the room, and that we were refusing to leave his property (while we were packing our bags/loading our car). He even followed my husband as he was leaving and asked him if he wanted to “spend the night in jail.” When I asked for a receipt to show that we were not being charged for the two additional nights we had reserved, Bill told us that he had called the police. We drove away at 8:30pm to try to find new accommodations, hurt and completely dumbfounded. As white, well-educated teachers, we have no idea what bias was behind Bill’s irrational behavior, and the only reason we could imagine that he was prejudiced against us is because we didn't look how Bill wants his clientele to look: My husband has long hair, a beard, and a southern accent, and we were noticeably younger (in our mid-30s) and dressed more casually/athletically than the other guests we saw. We were issued a full refund. This really was a lovely B&B, but our mistreatment by the owner will unfortunately be the most vivid memory we take from our stay on Cape Cod. We spent the rest of our honeymoon trying our best to forget the experience.

great for adults

4.8 on July 20, 2017

Two nights.close to downtown and its restaurants.nice area to walk around. Falmouth is prettiest in late July with the hydrangeas and daylilies in full bloom.and I'm a dude. There was a wedding party at the inn and you wouldn't even know it, it was that quiet.cleanliness on the cape is usually an issue but not convenient to be able to buy ferry tickets at the inn.

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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

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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.
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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.


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