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Historic 2BR Cottage In The Heart Of Old Nantucket Town

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,025 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5

Spring ahead then a leap into summer 2018-Enjoy a privet surround and the garden's southerly orientation define the outdoor living space, offering both warm sunshine and dappled shade. Enjoy mornings on the slate terrace, take time out for sunbathing or an afternoon of reading.Evenings the sheltered grounds offer stargazers a clarity unique to Nantucket. Birds abound.

The first floor plan is open, the furnishings and art collection selected by and for cognoscenti, and the kitchen designed by a serious cook. When day is done, there's a cozy, tucked away, sky lighted, first floor bedroom & adjacent bath offering privacy to a second couple.

The second floor master bedroom suite includes a side room with day bed, foyer, and bath. Don't even lift your head from the pillow to watch the sunrise to the east, or the birds staging themselves for breakfast amid the canopy of branches to the west. The side room also enjoys a westerly view of the meadow behind the property. The sunsets are spectacular!

Just steps away form the historic 'Three Bricks' on magnificent, elm shaded, upper Main Street; quiet, private Howard Court is a short, five minute walk to Town center. Designed for a totally self-indulgent summer idyll, the property is perfectly located, allowing occupants and their guests plenty of flexibility for both at-home or walking distance activities, without the need for a car; though the property does provide off-street parking for one vehicle.

Nantucket, 'one of the most perfectly preserved examples of 19th century architecture in America.' and the once Whaling Capitol of the World pairs its unique history with pristine beaches, fishing & sailing, miles of bicycle & nature trails, absolutely world class restaurants, galleries and distinctive shopping. It's no wonder so many people return year after year.

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Nantucket Town Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1025 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower
  • Upstairs bathroom has shower. Downstairs has tub and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Twin bed on 2nd floor. This side room has no door we use a curtain. It is more of a side room than a full bedroom.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Happy to answer any questions you may have.


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Historic 2BR Cottage In The Heart Of Old Nantucket Town
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Quaint Cottage during Christmas Stroll

  • 5 of 5

We rented this cottage with another couple for the annual Christmas Stroll in downtown Nantucket. The house provided everything we needed and with easy access to downtown, within a 7 minute walk. We will definitely consider this property again in the future!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grateful for your kind care. Delighted you enjoyed friends and good cheer! Jeff and Porter
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Encinitas, Ca

So quaint and beautifully appointed inside and out!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed exploring Nantucket and it started by feeling like we belonged. The moment we passed through the garden gate we were charmed. The house is small but cleverly designed so you have everything you need. The furniture and artwork are high end and lend the feeling of being home and not in a rental. Every window has a peak of greenery which lends to the serenity. We walked to and from downtown for touring and dinners. A perfect location.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved this house

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home. Close to town! We had the best time. Loved the fresh flowers😃

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Boston, MA

Charming, Cozy, and Comfortable Gem in Town

  • 5 of 5

I had the pleasure of staying at Porter's charming cottage this May and I am still talking about how much I loved it! It's hard to pick a favorite feature of the cottage because it was all so well-suited for our needs. First, the location couldn't be better. Walkable to town (about 7-10 minutes) yet gloriously serene and secluded given the gardens and quiet street. The cottage itself is that perfect balance of charm and functionality/comfort. I marveled at the gorgeous beams running through the downstairs space and was impressed with the decor. While we didn't cook, the kitchen is incredibly appointed with a beautiful window overlooking a meadow (so pretty!). The bedrooms are extremely comfortable and the beds are outfitted very high quality bedding. For those who hope to spend time outside, we truly loved relaxing on the patio and enjoying the beautiful, lush, sun-filled gardens.

Last, Porter is a true pleasure to work with. For example, when I had a wi-fi connectivity problem, she was immediately responsive via phone and text until we resolved it, which was so appreciated. We are already planning our Nantucket weekend at the cottage for 2018!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review. We put forth our best efforts to provide a professionally managed classic Nantucket property/experience. Looking forward to seeing you next year.
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A charming and convenient cottage

  • 5 of 5

My family and I recently enjoyed a week in this charming home and garden. The home is very well provisioned -- the kitchen has top of the line modern appliances. The decor includes many original works of art and is traditional but comfortable -- in keeping with Nantucket itself. The garden is a special oasis, and we enjoyed breakfasts and dinners on the patio. This lovely home was perfect for our family of four with our young adult daughters, but would work well with families with younger children or two couples. It is within walking distance to restaurants, shops and museums. A hidden gem!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed our tucked away "Gem"!
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Grace R.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property !!! More than what we expected. We did not have a car and the property was walking distance to town. The Gardens are gorgeous and the quaintness of the house made us really want to stay longer. Will definitely be back !!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Porter and Jeff Shehab
Member since: 2007
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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Porter and Jeff Shehab

My husband and I met on the Island in the mid '80's and have family that live here year round. We are happily raising our family in New Jersey on a small farm. While we enjoy raising and showing Lincoln Sheep we stay busy with all the critters! If we do not get back to your email straight away it is because of the joys of country living.

Please note for security reasons we want to protect you and ourselves from any fraud/scams. We will never ask payment to be wired for that very reason.

Porter and Jeff Shehab purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Porter and Jeff Shehab chose Nantucket Town

Charecter and Charm. We had been looking for a small in-town property. Seeing this cottage tucked away, we knew immediately it was exactly what we were hoping for. The side streets of downtown lend themselves to wandering. Just off the beaten path and yet a 7 minute walk to the heart of town.

What makes this cottage unique

Nestled among the gardens on a quaint shell lane in the historic center of Nantucket Town, this circa 1827/1850 carriage house offers historic charm while providing the comforts of modern amenities and gracious living. It's a real life fairy tale cottage. Some call it magical!

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall our cottage covers it all.

Daffodil weekend. A Joyful time of year to kick off -springs first kiss- with flowers abound. Truly the daffodil is a marvel of splendor with intricate details. Bartlett farms has a wonderful island display. The beaches are yours for the walking, jogging, or sheer beauty of just watching the waves. This brisk time of year the island is buzzing as the pace quickens, "summers almost here" atmosphere. If your anxious to get away and relax our tucked away cottage is just the spot.

As summer arrives so does the bustle of beach goers. If you are unfamiliar with the island or have been able to enjoy the shores too often to count we are happy to help with activities.

Should fall -Autums last caress- be your retreat time for R&R few spots could be sweeter.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Porter - a big thanks to you for renting to us this year (8/6-8/13). We loved your place on ACK - it's terrific! So comfortable and pleasant to be spend time in. We are hoping to secure it for our trip next summer as well - thinking maybe two weeks.
Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Nantucket Airport
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Miles
Steamship and Hyline
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Childrens Beach
Car: not necessary

Our cottage when first built served as the carriage house to The Greater Light. A Nantucket Historical treasure.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Damage Deposit $500

In the event of cancellation:If the cottage is re-rented at the same rate, Tenant shall receive a refund from Landlord. If cancellation period cannot be re-rented the entire amount collected shall be forfeited.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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