4/4 Beach House - Create Your Favorite Memories(9 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
4/3.5 Designer Decorated House Just Up From The Beach Sleeps 8
Well-built house with an excellent floor plan, central air conditioning, wood roof, cedar trim and gutters and copper downspounts, in idyllic Nantucket design.
Well landscaped with crushed shell driveway, evergreen screening for privacy and a new outdoor cedar shower. Close to beautiful Madaket beaches, bile path and bus to Town.
First Floor: Welcoming front porch leads to an open floor plan with beautiful oak floors throughout. The living room is open to the dining room with french doors to the deck, yard and outdoor shower. Kitchen with vaulted ceiling and stainless appliances. Master bedroom with ample closets and master bathroom. Half bath and laundry.
Second Floor: Second mater bedroom wiht private bath. Third bedroom, with two twin beds, and fourth bedroom, with trundle-style two twin beds, share hall bathroom.
Enjoy your morning coffee on one of three porches, a family barbecue or be amazed by the expanse of stars in the night sky.
The kitchen has all the cooking supplies and utensils you will need, including a lobster pot for the quintessential New England dinner.
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.
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Member since: 2013
- 1900 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 10
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View:
- Ocean View:
Madaket is a small, quiet community on the southwest side of the island. It is perfect for those who want to get away, but who want easy access to Town life, just a short drive or bike ride away....moreless
- Water View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Deck / Patio:
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden
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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- bath towels/linens/clean $350
- Taxes Not included
There is a mandatory $310.00 cleaning fee for all stays.
Rentals are Saturday - Saturday.
Check-in is at 3:00, Check-out by 9:00 a.m.
(early check-in may be available - call for details)
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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 one minute 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.
Note to groups: A second 3 BR, 2 BA (sleeps 10) cottage, a 3 minute walk away, available Aug. & Oct.
Year Purchased: 2013
About: 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 this year-round home in Madaket. While we loved our other timeshare cottage, this house provides the flexibility of visiting every chance we can get.
Why Madaket, Nantucket, MA, USA:
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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Sun, sand, surf, ocean breezes... The house is large enough to hold 8 (more if you want to use the air mattresses), 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.
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Enjoy your coffee or a glass of wine on any of the three decks (two covered).
Another view of living room
Enjoy a bit at the counter - or sip a glass of wine and keep the cook company.
The master bedroom. Keep the windows open at night to listen to the surf. Aaaah!
A second bedroom sleeps two in gorgeous comfort.
The third bedroom features a trundle bed - pull it out for 2 twins or 1 queen.
The fourth bedroom, is an upstairs master bedroom, complete with ensuite
After a great day, rinse off in the outdoor shower & kick back on the deck.Bliss
The house is a short walk to Madaket Beach - a fantastic family-friendly beach.
Walk the beach by moonlight-so far out to sea, millions of stars are visible.
Rent a boat - or hire a captain. Life is wonderful out on the ocean.
Surf cast your way around the island. Great Point is a fishing destination.
As you enter Far-a-way House, you'll want to sink into the living room sofa.
The dining room table has a leaf to add more settings.
Downstairs master bedroom from another perspective. Ensuite straight ahead.
Full, second bathroom upstairs. Hallway accessed.
Third bedroom - another view.
This is the upstairs mater bedroom ensuite
As the ferry pulls into Nantucket Harbor, Brandt Point Lighthouse welcomes you.
Madaket Harbor - take a boat ride, fish from the bridge or to feed the ducks.
Madaket is famous for its sunsets. This is something to experience.
Sciasconsett boasts a lovely lighthouse, shopping and fantastic restaurants.
While in Town, don't forget to visit the Whaling Museum. An amazing place!
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Monday, March 27, 2017
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