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Time to think of summer sunsets viewed from the deck overlooking the water

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, Sleeps 8

'Sand Palace' is a wonderful place for a family or two to enjoy a kid friendly vacation. Relax on the open deck enjoying the Madaket Harbor view and sunsets while the kids play in the large backyard. The nearest beach with a life guard in season is a five minute bike ride or ten minute walk, and there are numerous other beaches easily available by bike, car, or shuttle bus. The frequent shuttle stops across the street from the back yard.

Since the entire island is a beach you wake up and decide whether you want surf or calm for the day. Upon returning from a beach, museum, or exploring kind of day you wash off in the enclosed outdoor shower or clean your sandy feet on the back deck, and drop your towels in the mudroom/laundry room.

From there you enter the spacious new eat in kitchen with beautiful granite counter tops and wood floor. The living room has a view of Madaket Harbor and ocean beyond and lets onto the front deck. Downstairs the master bedroom has a queen bed and TV. The downstairs guest room has a queen and single bed.

The open stairway leads upstairs to three rooms and a bathroom. The 'bunk room' has two extra long singles and a water view, while the guest room has a queen and a single also with a water view. There is also a children's play or sleep area known as 'the cloud room.'

In the evening there are games to be played on the lawn, ping-pong in the basement, sunsets to be enjoyed, beach picnics, numerous restaurants for dinner or cocktails, two movie theaters, or just board games and reading at home.

Located a ten minute drive or 20 minute bike ride on a protected bike path from 'downtown,' the house is approached from the Madaket Road but fronts on Washington Avenue which in spite of its grand name is a dirt road largely occupied by the resident rabbits.

Keywords: House, water view, large yard, WiFi, beaches nearby, child friendly

More Details

Larry or Nancy D'Oench
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

About Larry or Nancy D'Oench

My husband and I call the house 'Sand Palace' named after a movie theatre in the British Virgin Islands. This is the kind of place children and grandchildren love. Lots to do, good location, water view.

Larry or Nancy D'Oench purchased this house in 1994

Why Larry or Nancy D'Oench chose Madaket

There's so much to do for all ages... we like biking and sunset watching from our deck, guests like to hike to the views from nearby open land, little kids like to catch turtles, bigger ones enjoy riding the shuttle bus or bike into town, and everyone loves the beaches. Being an island surrounded by beaches you can pretty much use any beach you can get to.

What makes this house unique

Water view, large yard for games, bike path to beach or town just across the street, shuttle to town ditto.

Large unfinished basement with a ping pong table and card table available for the odd rainy day.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A very special three week stay! The Sand Palace made it happen - thank you! Fishing, beaching, kayaking, biking, cookouts, feeding ducks, sunsets - special times. Our boys have been coming since each were born - can't wait to be back - "last blast make it a good one" - till next year!
Sep 2017
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Madaket House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs bathroom - toilet , shower
    Upstairs bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master - 1 queen , SW corner of the house
    Downstairs guest room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , NW corner overlooking distant water
    Upstairs guest room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , NE corner of the house overlooking the water
    Upstairs kids' room - 2 twin/ single , Overlooks water, beds are extra long
    Cloud Room - 1 twin/ single , Interior room on second floor next to the guest room
  • Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (4) The upstairs guest room singles are extra long for teenagers, Child Beds (1) The Cloud Room (interior sleeping/play room) is good for one little person
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 bicycles
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Linens provided for summer rentals


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Time to think of summer sunsets viewed from the deck overlooking the water
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

The Sand Palace located on Nantucket Island, MA

  • 5 of 5

This is a family-friendly "home away from home," with such memorable amenities as the Madaket Beach, Millie's restaurant, and shuttle service into town. Larry makes you feel like you're a friend of the family with his notes and emails before and during your stay. With 2 bedrooms and a bath both located on the first and second floors, you can have the privacy you need and have your own routine. We had my daughter and husband with their two small children on the first floor closest to the kitchen and living room. My adult son and I took the upstairs rooms. I was able to get up early and either take a bike (located in the garage) ride or take the shuttle across the street into town to enjoy breakfast at The Fog Island Café! We've been going to Nantucket for over 25 years and this is our favorite place to stay. We enjoyed eating at The Brotherhood of Thieves Pub, Downey Flake, Fuscaro's, Back Yard BBQ, and The Lobster Trap. We meandered over the cobblestone streets to enjoy shopping as well as ice cream at the Juice Bar and fudge at Aunt Leah's. . We also enjoyed the kid-friendly restaurant at Jettie's Beach and music and drinks at the Cisco Brewery. A bonus was my daughter meeting Jill from Odd Mom Out standing in line at the Juice Bar! Thanks Nancy and Larry for a very memorable experience! Carla Phillips Katz

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Nantucket Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We have been renting Sand Palace now for 10 years, and it has remained our favorite place to return to. It is a beautiful home with all of the amenities a family could need. We also had an adults only long-weekend one year and it was perfect for that as well. The interior is beautiful, but comfortable, and is large enough for a large family or two small families. The house is right on the bike path, with water views, and is a short walk to the beach. Our family regularly walks to the beach and Millie's market. We had one week when Sand Palace wasn't available and rented a different house - and it only confirmed for us that Sand Palace is the only house we want to stay in on the island. We highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great week in Madaket

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week staying at Sand Palace, and thoroughly enjoyed the location in Madaket. Larry was a great resource for helping us learn about all that Nantucket has to offer. The house was very clean and comfortable, and well stocked with all the gear you need for the beach. My family is looking forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sand Palace wriggles with pleasure to hear kind words!
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Best vacation is how my family rated Sand Palace

  • 5 of 5

Everyone loved the house ,location and how well stocked with everything anyone needed to enjoy their stay on Nantucket ! Great house in lovely condition

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect stay in Madaket!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many homes over the years, but Sand Palace exceeded even our highest expectations. The critical difference is that the home does not present as a rental - there are personal touches, big rooms with nice linens and furniture, and a very comfortable feel. The owners obviously take great pride in this house and are extremely helpful and attentive in the process.

Some of the highlights for our group of 2 families with children (ages 7-12): The basement, impeccably organized, stocked with toys and beach equipment. The location, on Madaket Road but set way back, with an awesomely huge lawn for whiffle ball and bocce. The perfect view of the famed Madaket sunset from the quiet and private front porch. And the little touches - the big bucket at the door for washing sandy feet, the plush beach towels for guests to use, and the crazy awesome first floor shower that made me not want to go home. This place is awesome. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Sand Castle was a royal vacation

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Larry and Nancy. We will never forget our vacation. The house was fantastic -- clean, spacious and roomy, the beds were very comfortable and the flow of the house just made for a lovely and relaxing time. We loved the deck off the back of the house. So close to the beach and the bike paths and of course, Millie's. I've done yearly trips to Madaket but this was the first time we ever stayed at the Sand Castle. Now we won't stay anywhere else.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Donna... thanks for the kind words. Sand Palace enjoyed your company. The name comes from a sand floor movie theater in the British Virgin Islands. We were there on a sailing trip and liked the name and the idea it espouses that you can enjoy the beach and sand, but still have a nice place to stay. Fall is a great time on Nantucket. Regards, Larry
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nantucket (ACK)
Nearest Barpub
Your front deck watching the sunset over the water
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Steamship Authority or HyLine Cruises
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Madaket Millie's
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: recommended

Sand Palace is on the western end of the island. Transportation is via your car, a bike path, or island shuttle bus.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Reasonable cleaning incl $0

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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