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The Captain's Suite in the Heart of Nantucket Town is within Castle at Sea

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

$435/night-Suite sleeps 4 people -heart of town! 3 night minimum


The Captain's Suite comfortably sleeps 4 people. We are currently accepting bookings for this coming spring, summer and fall for The Captain's Suite on Nantucket Island. We invite you to be a guest in 'The Captain's Suite,' a two bedroom, one bath suite of rooms in our historic home, 'Castle at Sea.' We only have one group of up to 4 guests at any time...this is not a B&B! Castle At Sea is a charming, spacious, historic, former Whaling Captain's home built in 1768 and located on a one way street in the the heart of Nantucket Town. Note the front ''Friendship Stairs,'' an architectural feature of the island's early Quaker history. This gracious home boasts high ceilings, and within this historic home is The Captain's Suite, which combines old world charm with modern amenities and is ready for your vacationing comfort and pleasure.

Each of the two bedrooms has its own flat screen cable TV, fan, and air conditioner. The 'back bedroom' is light and airy and has two beautiful twin canopy beds and two antique wicker chairs, perfect for relaxing with a good book. The 'middle bedroom' is smaller, has a full size canopy bed, an oriental rug, fireplace, comfortable chair, and connects directly to the bathroom. The suite comfortably sleeps four people and is perfect for a couple, or for a family of four. From the suite one can enjoy the delightful sounds of the noon and 6 pm church bells.

The Captain's Suite is on the second floor. We do not recommend the suite for guests who find stairs difficult, or guests who have mobility or balance difficulties.

This home is just steps from the island's fine shops, wonderful dining opportunities, museums, and art galleries. It is very convenient to the island transit system which has a 'stop' at the nearby corner. Nantucket has many fabulous beaches. The three closest beaches that are within walking distance include:

1.Children's Beach with it's wonderful playground, sandy beach and bathing area (2.5 blocks)

2. Brant Point Light House beach - a 5-10 minute walk, or 3-4 minute bike ride brings you to swimming at Brant Point

3. Jetties Beach- a 15 minute walk, or 5 minute bike ride.

Consider exploring the island and the many other beaches by bike or moped, take a tour, wander the quaint streets, or make use of the island transit buses which stop at the nearby corner.

The Castle at Sea property has a lovely, very private, and serene landscaped backyard with magnificent mature hydrangeas, a lily garden, and other beautiful plantings. It provides a surprisingly private refuge in the midst of Nantucket Town's Historic District. Guests are welcome to enjoy the yard and the patio area which has two chaise lounges and a table and chairs. Guests are invited to dine on the patio in this lovely and private yard.

Nantucket, 30 miles at sea, has waters that are warmed by the Gulf Stream which surrounds the island during the late spring, summer and fall. The island is accessed by ferry or get your preferred travel times be sure to make reservations well in advance. Bring your bathing suit and book, sandals and comfortable clothes and prepare to relax on the patio or at the beach, or in one of the wicker chairs in the suite. For many guests the location of this home, with it's proximity to beaches and the island transit system, make it unnecessary to have a car. Most vacationers enjoy bike riding or walking. However, island car rentals, or bringing your own car on the ferry, are available options and should be arranged for well in advance of your travel dates.

The Captain's Suite is filled with old world charm and with lovely antiques. It is accessed via the home's second staircase...a private back staircase off the kitchen that is only used for suite entry. This lovely air conditioned suite is equipped with a Keurig coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave, 2 flat screen TV's, and high speed internet service. You will find that the suite has special touches designed to make your stay extremely comfortable.

The suite will be fully cleaned prior to your arrival and it will be cleaned upon your departure with no charge to you. Maid Service is not provided during your stay. For stays booked in weekly increments a full Suite cleaning, including linen change, will be provided at the end of each week.

Please note that the suite is within a home built in 1768. Building codes and standards, as we know them today, did not exist then. Therefore, one must be ready for lower doorways, slightly irregular staircases, narrow doorways, etc...all the things that give antique houses that antique charm.

The suite has a private bathroom that has a wonderful over sized claw foot soaking tub complete with shower...a perfect place for bath or shower lovers to enjoy an indulged soak or rinse at the end of a day at the beach. Please note that the high rim of the antique tub may not be suitable for some. The bathroom is accessed through a short hall directly off the bedroom with the full sized bed.

To protect the lawns and gardens, our guests are encouraged to store their bikes, strollers, or beach chairs in the designated areas. These items are not permitted in the yard or in the suite.

While no pets are invited, please note that there is a dog on the premises. Our Goldendoodle is often loose in the enclosed backyard. We ask guests to keep the entry arbor garden gate closed to prevent this furry little lady from taking an independent walk.

We have a 3 night minimum stay policy. From time-to-time 1 or 2 night stays may become available during High Season. Two night stays are welcome during the 'off season'.

Please note that only the tenants renting this suite are permitted on the property.

Children: we are pleased to accommodate children. However, the staircase is open from the second floor and , for safety reasons, would not be appropriate for most very young children.

Cancellations: Cancellations received more than 14 days before check-in will receive a refund less 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations received 14 days or less prior to check-in, regardless of season, will receive a refund minus the 10% cancellation fee only if we are able to re-book the suite for the entire cancelled time period. Early departures are treated as partial cancellations.

High Season rates apply to special weekends including: Daffodil Weekend, Wine Festival, Film Festival, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Boston Pops, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.

We would be happy to try to accommodate special requests. With adequate advanced notice, and with the appropriate extra fees, we can have flowers or champagne delivered to the suite.

Beach towels are provided.

It would be our pleasure to speak with you and to help you to plan your holiday. Please check our rental calendar for availability, and please feel free to call us at 203-770-1383 between 9 am and 8:30 pm to book your stay or to ask any questions.

Please note that this is a totally non-smoking property...inside and outside.

Security Deposit: The security deposit of one night's stay is fully refundable, assuming no damages.

CHECK OUT: 10:30 am - CHECK IN: 3-6 pm.

More Details

Judy & Jeff
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Judy & Jeff

We are two professional retired people who fell in love with Nantucket in 1974. We vacationed here annually, bringing our small children who rode on the bike seats behind us. Eventually they graduated to riding their own bikes, and today they have children of their own. This special island became a love affair for our family, and we eventually bought our home. It has been the site of many family celebrations and holidays!

Why Judy & Jeff chose Nantucket Town

We purchased this home adoring the antiquity and history of both Nantucket and this house. The house was built in 1768 by a Quaker carpenter as a wedding present for his bride. The ceilings are amazingly high, the rooms airy, the house is gracious, and we adored the location in the heart of the Old Historic District. It is walkable to Nantucket's fine dining, museums, shops, ferries, theaters, and 2 beaches. The island shuttle bus has a stop diagonally across from the house, making it easy to access this system that can shuttle you all around the island.

Due to having been built in 1768 please note that building codes, as we know them today, did not exist then. Staircases are narrow, etc...and antique charm prevails. However, the house has wonderfully high ceilings, window a/c units, and completely modern amenities.

What makes this apartment unique

The home has a uniquely private backyard...a lovely lush oasis of flowers and trees in the middle of town. Hydrangeas, lilies, and Rose of Sharon are just a few of the many plants adorning this professionally landscaped yard. The yard is surrounded by mature evergreen hedges providing for both shade and privacy. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the blue stone patio and furnishings...a great place for enjoying breakfast, lunch, or dinner...or for "kicking back" with a cold drink at the end of the day. Our guests also find this to be a lovely place for relaxing with a book...meditating or just day dreaming!


Nantucket Town Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , clawfoot tub
  • Private ensuite bathroom with clawfoot tub shower combination.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • This is a rental suite...a modified apartment. It has 2 bedrooms, and a private bathroom. Each bedroom has a flat screen TV and fan. One bedroom has a full size canopy bed, and the second bedroom has two twin size canopy beds and two antique wicker chairs. The suite shares a window air conditioner. There is a small refrigerator, microwave, and Keurig coffee pot.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Check in at 3 -6 pm. Exact time of arrival must be arranged with owner. Check out at 10:30 am. RATES: $435/night. We ask for your cooperation in adhering to these times for checking in and out. The suite must be fully cleaned before your arrival, and after your departure. You might find it convenient to make reservations for your ferry or plane travel to dove tail with the times of arrival and departure at the Captain's Suite. We are happy to try to accommodate any special requests prior to your arrival. Given adequate time to make arrangements flowers, a bottle of wine, or a special gift may possibly be arranged for...all, of course, with the appropriate fees.


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The Captain's Suite in the Heart of Nantucket Town is within Castle at Sea
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Beautiful old New England home with charm in a great location

  • 5 of 5

If your looking for close proximity to the center of town and ferry with old New England charm, this is the place!!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very nice review! I was pleased to have met you and your fiancee, and wish you both the very best! You left the rental suite in beautiful condition, and communicated well about arrival and departure details. I hope that you will enjoy the rest of the summer!
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Great accommodations for a family of four

  • 5 of 5

Judy, the owner, and her dog Dolly were very pleasant and helpful with suggestions on where to go and what to do while on the island.

It is a second floor unit with two bedrooms (3 beds). Plenty of room for moving around and getting ready for bed at night and again when waking up in the morning. Our family consists of my wife and I, two daughters (17 & 20). The house is one block from the town Main Street shops and restaurants. No need for a car as local taxis, Uber's and the wave (Nantucket bus service) are all right there.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi- Happy 4th of July! Thank you for the lovely review. It was a pleasure to have hosted you! I Hope that each of you will ejoy the summer of 2017. You are welcome visitors...I hope that we,will meet again if you return to Nantucket! Best regards, Judy (and Dolly!)
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A quaint Nantucket stay

  • 5 of 5

The Captain's Suite was superbly clean. We had an easy time running back and forth from town and activities. It was great to be able to go get cleaned up or take a few minutes to rest in between. The owner is great about communicating before and during the trip. We went for a ladies' weekend, and it was ideal. We did not rent a car, but rented bikes instead. You could get by without either as the island has helpful transportation, and the Captain's Suite is conveniently located for public transportation.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My absolute pleasure to have had you stay in my home! I would welcome you any time!
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Authentic historical stay

  • 5 of 5

This trip was a mother/daughter trip and it could not have been better. The location was perfect, not too close to town, not too far away either. We wanted to do lots of sightseeing and shopping and this location fit the bill. The acomodations were very nice, and well received. Perfect for a small family vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were a wonderful, spirited, fun group of birthday celebrants! I enjoyed meeting you and would welcome you back!
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Car: not necessary

Location, location, location!

$435 night!...sleeps 4 people

A charming and gracious former whaling captain's home within which is the The Captain's Suite. The suite SLEEPS 4 PEOPLE and is comprised of two bedrooms: one bedroom with a full size canopy bed, the second bedroom with 2 twin canopy beds. The suite is completed with a private bathroom that has a claw foot tub (higher sides of the antique tub would not be suitable for some people) with shower...a wonderful place for bath lovers to soak, or for shower lovers to enjoy bathing at the end of a beach day. Note that the bathroom is accessed from a short hallway directly off the bedroom with the full size bed. For your comfort, the suite has fans, two flat screen TV's, two a/c units, one in each bedroom. It has a mini kitchette with a small refrigerator, microwave, dishes, and Keurig coffee pot.

The Captain's Suite is accessed by the home's back staircase which is used by no one other than the guests in the suite. Because of the stairs, the suite would not be appropriate for anyone with mobility issues or difficulty climbing stairs. It is most suitable for a couple or for a family of four people. Families with small children should consider the advisability of a second floor suite with a staircase entering into the back bedroom.

As with any home built in 1768 current building codes, as we know them today, did not exist then. One enters a home that exudes the antiquity and building standards of it's time. Hand crafted beams with edges carefully hand 'beaded' add to the home's charm.

The home is situated on a one way cobblestone street in the heart of the town's historic district. For most, this property is an easy walk to 3 beaches, the island's fine dining, shopping, antiquing, the boat basin, a supermarket, museums, theaters, and two movie theaters. The Island Transit System has a stop at the end of the easy way to get around the island.

Bring your bathing suit, casual clothes and a good book an be prepared to relax! Smell the salt air, feel the ocean breezes. The Whaling Museum is at the end of the street.

This is a non-smoking property, inside and outside. Only listed tenants are invited to use the property. Please note that our GoldenDoodle is off leash in the house and the yard.

It would be our pleasure to answer questions and to help you to plan your holiday!

Check -in 3-6 pm. Check-out 10:30 am.

Please review our rental calendar, and then feel free to call us between 9 am and 8 pm.

Judy (and Jeff) - cell: 203 770 1383


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $65
Refundable damage deposit $435

CHECK-IN 3-6 pm. CHECK-OUT 10:30 am.
RATES: Location! Fabulous suite! Nightly rates $435/night. Memorial Day $425/night-3night minimum. July 4th weekend $450/night-4night minimum. Sleeps 4 people. Non-smoking. Best suited for families and couples. We suggest that you plan your ferry or plane reservations well in advance.
We are happy to assist you in planning your vacation. Contact: 203-770-1383

*Two nights considered in mid to late October.

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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