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Family friendly. Watch the sunset from the deck overlooking the water!

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


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, Sleeps 9 (Film Festival 6/21-26)

'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 a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
June 10, 2017

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 Nantucket Island

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

You are the consumate hosts. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed not only this beautiful island but great fun and conversation with the best people.
Jun 2012
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Madaket House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • 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 ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Family friendly. Watch the sunset from the deck overlooking the water!
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

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: Aug 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: Aug 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: Jul 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: Sep 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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Thank You So Much!!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Larry and Nancy for all your hospitality during our visit. Your house is perfect and the island is perfect. It was a vacation that my family will never forget!!

The house has everything you will need for your vacation. You actually don't even need a vehicle! The bus stop is right outside and you can also walk to the beach, harbor, and Millie's resturant very easily. There is a bike/walking path that you can use to access the whole island. I recommend using the bus to go into town. Parking is very limited in town. The bus stop in town is one block from the ferry terminal, right in the middle of the town. For 2 bucks a person (one way) it is a no brainer. The house also has a HUGE back yard. Our kids ran around, played croquet, and simply enjoyed themselves there. You simply can't go wrong with Sand Castle. (Also, be sure to change the flag everyday and try the outdoor shower, it is really great!)

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place to vacation.

  • 5 of 5

Sand Castle is an easy 1/2 mile walk to Madaket beach-one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. You can walk for miles along the shoreline. The house is great. It has an airy, well-stocked kitchen, lots of games and books, and an easy flow for visiting. We loved the view off the porch where we would eat breakfast in the morning watching Hither creek and Madaket harbor, and then gathered there again to toast lovely sunsets and another glorious day on Nantucket. Larry is a great host and made sure we had everything we needed to make the stay pleasant. The bus stops right at the corner by the house, so it was easy for people to get in & out of town. We used our bikes on the bike path that runs right past the house to get into town or go off exploring.

Sand Castle has a great location and is well-appointed for a comfortable stay. We hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nantucket (ACK)
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.


Rates & Availability

Madaket House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2017
Oct 9 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas Stroll
Dec 1 2017 - Jan 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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