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Close to Main St. and Harbor Beaches, beach chairs and towels, grill and hammock

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 11)

'Hunky Dory' is a spacious and light-filled five bedroom home with decor and furnishings inspired by Nantucket Island. Built in 1825 and recently beautifully renovated, 'Hunky Dory' is situated on a very quiet lane near the working, 18th-century windmill. Located in the historic district, this home is a short walk past sea captains' mansions to the heart of Nantucket town. Beautifully landscaped with hydrangeas, lilies, and flowering window boxes, the home is as charming outside as it is inside.

A seashell-lined driveway for off-street parking leads to a very private backyard. Mature hedges and a fence surround the backyard, which also includes a large brick patio, hammock, two picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, and a fully enclosed hot water outdoor shower, clothesline situated out of view, and a grill. There is a kitchen which seats eleven, dining room which seats ten, living room, den with wood stove, air conditioning, fans, three televisions, three DVD players, expanded tier cable service, high speed wireless Internet, games, books, a large DVD library, two portable Bluetooth speakers, beach towels and beach chairs. This wonderful home maintains a 'cottage feel' while providing many amenities to make your stay on Nantucket as comfortable as it is fun.

Before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, shorter stays will be considered. During the summer months, there is a 7 day minimum. It is important to book early for the best selection of weeks, as 'Hunky Dory' books well in advance, especially for the summer months. Keywords: House

More Details

Kathleen Conway
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2018

About Kathleen Conway

I grew up north of Boston but live in the South. I am a responsive home owner committed to making sure my guests enjoy my home and the island as much as I do. I travel to the island frequently to enjoy and check on "Hunky Dory". I have a caretaking company to handle any issues that may arise during your stay. I am easy to reach by cell phone, text or email if there are any questions or issues that arise not covered by the house instructions. I have been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 2003 when I first began renting out "Hunky Dory". I love to sail, kayak, bike and eat great food when I am on island. I also have surfed a little at Cisco beach and hope to get better each year.

Kathleen Conway purchased this house in 2002

Why Kathleen Conway chose Nantucket Town

I had looked for the perfect Nantucket home for almost two years when I found "Hunky Dory". It was love at first sight even before I had stepped inside. It was the house I dreamed of finding, historic, light filled and the perfect location. Many island owners have quarterboards with their house's name carved in wood. A book about the history and meaning of different Nantucket quarterboards was written a few years ago. My quarterboard has its name and carvings of Brant Point and Sankaty Light, along with island flowers. I chose the name because when I am at the house enjoying family or friends, everything really is hunky dory. I had loved vacationing on the island for years before I bought "Hunky Dory". I wanted a home close enough to downtown to easily walk there, especially in the summer when it is very difficult to find parking.. I also wanted to be close to the Surfside bike path and the harbor to kayak. Having a home large enough to enjoy with my family and friends, but with history was very important. I wanted a home with character that made me feel very connected to the island's history. Myself and my VRBO guests have celebrated many happy occasions and made many cherished memories at "Hunky Dory." I love hearing what history my guests have with the island or why they will be visiting. I also love to hear from first time island visitors about how they fell in love with my house and the island. I really enjoy spending more time there during the different seasons since my home is always booked all summer!

What makes this house unique

"Hunky Dory" has a large grass backyard compared to many homes in the historic district. It also has a large patio area with beautiful landscaping as well. On Nantucket it is more fun to be outside, even for meals during the nice weather, so I have picnic table seating for 11 as well. Having enough room and a safe enclosed area for children to play or adults to have a quiet spot to read or relax is a wonderful perk. When you have to be inside, the home has lots of windows and light. The narrow lane the house is situated on is quiet and residential. After the beach or biking, nothing beats a hot shower outside in the private enclosed outdoor shower. At night you can even enjoy a shower under the stars. I love the outdoor shower so much I had one built at my home in the South, which I enjoy year round. My guests love the large kitchen to hang out in or eat since it comfortably seats 11 people. Two wonderful historic sites, the Old Mill and the second oldest African American Meeting House are a 3 minute walk from the house. The walk from the house to Main Street is past gorgeous mansions and flowers.


Nantucket Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Max. adults: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Lease must be signed.
  • No excessive noise from 10 am -7 am
  • Mandatory disclosure under Mass. law must be signed.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (5)
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Close to Main St. and Harbor Beaches, beach chairs and towels, grill and hammock
average rating of 4.903226 based on 31 reviews

Perfect house for family of 7; easy walk to town

  • 5 of 5

Hunky Dory was a perfect house for our family (6 adults, 1 infant) & Kathleen (the owner) was very, very helpful. We really enjoyed the house, easy access to the town (restaurants & bars). Also, easy to pop down to the grocery store or out to all the beaches. Spent a lot of time utilizing the outdoor space, had 1 large family BBQ, which was nice. Outdoor shower is perfect, used it every day, wish I had one at my house. Great all around, exactly as advertised.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nantucket Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Great house for families! Lots of room, well-equipped kitchen, beautiful dining table for enjoying lobster feast, nice living room areas! Kathleen very informative and responsive.

Great time!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY

Very homey place, great location, responsive host and great common areas

  • 5 of 5

Kathleen was very responsive and the house is very cute. Fully stocked with beach towels, kitchen stuff and beach chairs. Patio was perfect for grilling, eating out and just hanging out with friends. Outdoor shower was great (barely anyone in our group used indoor ones)! House was very clean and well kept. Walking distance to town and grocery/liquor store. Will recommend renting bikes to get around town and beaches!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice!

  • 5 of 5

Well kept house, great amenities (towels and beach chairs were an awesome convenience) and walking distance to town during a busy month were key!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Property

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a five night stay at Hunky Dory and could not have been happier with our visit. The house was comfortable for six adults and four children. The convenience to town, beaches, grocery store etc. was perfect. The courtyard/lawn area is a comfortable gathering and dining spot which we used everyday. The house had everything we needed during our stay. I hope to return one day soon. Thank you for everything Kathleen.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for a weekend getaway and girls trip!

  • 5 of 5

This house was so adorable with plenty of space for a group of girls! The yard was spacious and beautiful and we spent a lot of time hanging out there! It is a nice walk to downtown and in a great central location to everything that we did. Kathleen was so accommodating through the whole process and was such a great host! Would stay again!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
56 Union
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
56 Union
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Old Windmill
Nearest Point of Interest
Historic Meeting House
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Main Street
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $750

A lease must be signed and if children are guests, Mass. law requires a lead disclosure be signed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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