|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This is 3/2 cottage where you and your family will feel right at home. Just a short walk up from the beach, the house offers everything your idyllic beach vacation requires, including sun, sand, sea and ocean breezes.
The master opens onto a long deck where you can enjoy your morning coffee, a family barbecue or be amazed by the expanse of stars in the night sky.
A second bedroom offers two twin beds, while the third has two bunk beds (four beds) for the kids. A pull-out sofa can sleep two more, for up to ten.
The kitchen has all the cooking supplies and utensils you will need, including a lobster pot for the quintessential New England dinner.
The second bath offers a tub (for bathing young kids), as well as a washer & dryer.
The deck offers outdoor eating, as well as a barbecue. An outdoor shower is perfect for washing the sand off after a day at the beach, and lounge chairs draw sun-worshippers and star-gazers alike.
The house is set back from the road and offers privacy and quiet comfort, if that is what you are looking for (except, of course, for the sound of the surf that carries up from the beach). Rabbits are frequent visitors to the yard and Nantucket deer regularly pass through.
Nantucket roses perfume the air, while a variety of blue and purple hydrangea decorate the front of the house.
Linens are supplied for you so all you will have to bring are your beach towels and clothes. If you take the ferry to the island, you might want to bring bicycles, though they can be rented in town for the duration of your stay.
Tim has been coming to Nantucket since he was a kid. His parents purchased a Madaket timeshare in the 70's (before timeshares were banned on the island) and many of his earliest, best memories were made here.
Tim and I (this is Kathie writing) met in 1982 at Tufts University. We dated all four years through college and were planning to marry after graduation but a small disagreement led to a big break-up (the way I remember it, it was Tim's fault).
That, however, wasn't the end of our story.
Some twenty years later, after a lot of searching for one another, we met up again. By then, Tim had two kids and I had a son. Within a year of re-connecting, we did what we were always meant to do - we married - on Madaket Beach.
Nantucket is a special place for us, Madaket especially. So much so, in fact, that my company is named after that special place - Madaket Lane Publishers. Even our puppy, Millie, takes her name from the place (you should visit Millie's restaurant while you are in Madaket - it, and our dog, is named after 'Madaket Millie,' a wonderful local salt-of-the-earth fisher-woman of years gone by, whose small cottage is just around the corner from the restaurant).
We love the island so much, in fact, that we've purchased a year-round home (as opposed to this property, which is a time-share) in Madaket. While we love this cottage and have so many wonderful memories created there, we wanted the flexibility of visiting every chance we can get.
Apart from being just a short walk from the beach and a somewhat longer, but still short, drive or bike ride into Town, this house offers all the amenities you would want in a beach rental. You truly just need to bring your clothes - and beach towels if you like something larger than the bath towels in the house. Everything else is provided for you.
Please note: there are a number of Tristram's cottages for rent - all at different times. We have set the price of this rental well below market because we won't be using it this year and would really love to rent it out.
Sun, sand, surf, ocean breezes...
The house is large enough to hold 8 (ten, if two sleep on the pull-out sofa), which makes it perfect for a large family, or for bringing friends along. It is cozy and comfortable and the perfect place to come home to after a day at the beach or in Town.
It is a family-friendly home, a place where laughter lives and memories are made.
Nantucket is known as the 'faraway land', so called by the Wampanoag people who first inhabited the island. In the 1600's, English settlers came to the island and began turning it into a community of farmers,sheep herders and fishermen (Cape Cod, where you will catch the ferry to the island, is named after the prized cod fish). Early settlers included the Macys, the Folgers and the Starbucks.
In the late 1600's, the settlers decided to take small boats to sea to attempt to catch the migrating right whales - so called because their slow speed of travel made them the 'right' whales to catch. Their success led them to attempt an even greater challenge - to go after the biggest prize of all, sperm whales.
Around 1715, Nantucketers began heading to sea in search of those goliaths whose oil was a prized commodity as it provided smokeless fires, perfect for lighting homes. Within a short time, larger, factory ships were being built, which allowed the whalers to head out to sea for three or four years at a time, to eventually even reach deep into the Pacific.
Whaling first brought fame to the island. Herman Melville, he of 'Moby Dick' fame, even visited the island and based his epic on the true story of the ill-fated whale-ship Essex.
For 150 years, Nantucket ruled the oceans and much of the world's economy, but by the mid-1800's, a series of events brought its glory days to a close. Kerosene, cheaper and easier to produce, took over as the oil of choice. The Great Fire of 1846 destroyed more than 300 buildings on the island, many involved in the whale oil industry, the Gold Rush attracted many of the whalers away from the island, and the Civil War claimed the lives of more than 300 islanders.
(for more on the early years of English settlement and the whaling years, read award-winning local resident Nathaniel Philbrick's books, 'In the Heart of the Sea' and 'Away Off Shore').
For the next thirty years, Nantucket faded into the fog, but by the 1870's, it began to re-create itself as a tourist destination.
Today's Nantucket is a special place. In the summer months, known as 'the Season,' it's population more than doubles. Still, the island retains an air of quiet and calm. Days are filled with sunshine, surf and sand and the nights invite star-gazing or a special meal at one of the island's famed restaurants.
Madaket, just five miles from town, is a place removed. The beaches are some of the best on the island, inviting long walks and surf-casting. The nearby harbor offers boating and fishing and Millie's restaurant is a draw for all.
Madaket is also famous for its sunsets. Being out at sea, the island air is fresh and clean and the setting sun casts the sky in brilliant reds, oranges and purples.
Getting to Town is easy. There are buses that regularly stop five minutes from the house, but many prefer the short bike ride along wide, winding bike paths.
Younger visitors always enjoy crabbing in the local ponds and a visit to Children's Beach, a quiet cove where even the youngest can wade into calm waters.
In Town, the Whaling Museum is a must for any visitor to the island. A 45-minute video introduces viewers to the rich history of the island, while artifacts from the Wampanoag days on the island, take visitors back in time.
The island is very protective of its place in history and of its reputation as a retreat from the frantic pace of the mainland. For those reasons, chain restaurants and stores are not allowed. The majority of the buildings on the island are still gray-shingled and height-restricted. This careful planning keeps the island from being over-developed and spoiled.
Even with these restrictions, there is always something happening on Nantucket. In August the Boston Pops give an outdoor concert, complete with fireworks over the water. Additionally, there are wine festivals, regattas, ghost tours, art festivals and more to keep you busy should you decide to leave sleepy Madaket and head into Town.
Cisco Brewery is a must to-do. While the older visitors can enjoy a flight of Cisco beers, there is plenty to keep the younger set occupied as well. Most days, live music is played and, either before or after your visit, you can stop by Bartlett Farm to stock up on a wide variety of artisinal vegetables.
For a very special treat, visit Great Point on the far eastern tip of the island. You will need a four-wheel drive car to get there (you can rent one on the island) as you will need to let the air out of the tires and drive on the beach. Once there, however, you will experience the best surf-fishing on the island, will meet a large family of seals, and can take a tour of the Great Point lighthouse.
Madaket offers the best of all that Nantucket offers. It is quiet and removed, but just a short drive or bike ride away from Town.
Please note: if you would like a larger home for your stay, we also offer a 4-bedroom, 4-bath house in Madaket. Call owner.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
August- Sat. to Sat. $2,800/wk
Aug 9 - Aug 23
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Payable upon reservation.