NOTE: BEFORE SUBMITTING A BOOKING REQUEST IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO SENT US AN INQUIRY WITH ALL YOUR QUESTIONS SO YOU CAN MAKE SURE THAT THIS IS THE PERFECT PROPERTY FOR YOU BEFORE YOU BOOK IT!!
Above dunes and beach roses. Romantic and charming, totally rebuilt in the 1980s and fully updated (skylight/vaulted ceilings/recessed lights). Beautifully furnished with quality antiques, lovely bed linens. 3 minute walk to the beach, perfect for honeymooners/couples or parents with a child, sleeps 3-4. Gorgeous perennial gardens. A very photogenic property...Featured in Cape Cod Life Magazine, on postcards, on the cover of the local Nantucket newspaper, and a picture of OUR cottage was one of 12 large scenes featured in a calendar for Cape Cod and the Islands. We have some of the best competitive prices for the Island and the best off season rates. Long weekends available in early and late off-season.
Also note that because our property is away from Nantucket Town proper you will need to think about transportation to our house particularly in the off-season. As a result, you should figure out transportation before booking our property. While there is bus service from the end of April to the end of December that stops one block from our house (check with Nantucket Regional Transit Authority for precise dates of operation and confirm the bus makes stops in Sconset for the dates and times you are interested in)
renting a car, Uber, bikes, or cabs are also options and you should contact the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce to get better information on using any of these modes of transportation. Also note that bus service outside of the higher season months runs less frequently so check out the schedule if you are planning on using this mode of transportation to make sure it works out with your plans. You can also bring your car over on the Steamship out of Hyannis but you must make reservations with the Nantucket/Marthas Vineyard Steamship Authority. If you plan on using the Steamship Authority to bring your car over, make sure you have checked with them regarding availability as well as cost before booking our cottage.
Note for weeks where we require a 7 day minimum stay (Memorial Day to Mid October) (we book Saturday to Saturday) we do not book additional days beyond the 7 day minimum unless your request is for an additional 7 days (in other words we don't accept 10 day stays for example) during this time frame.
Because we are located on an Island, travel to the Island may be impacted by weather or mechanical issues if you are traveling by boat or plane. This is something we have no control over. If this is a concern of yours, it is our understanding that Homeaway/VRBO offers trip insurance. Although we are not familiar with the terms of this insurance product and if it would cover travel related issues, it is something you may want to check on when thinking about booking a trip to Nantucket.
Cleaning rate ranges from $85 to $150 depending upon condition cottage is in when cleaners arrive! Please call for hints on how to reduce cleaning costs if you are interested.
Well behaved dogs are welcome but there are additional rules that are contained in an attachment we can email to you. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BRINGING A PET, PLEASE SEND US AN INQUIRY REGARDING YOUR PET BEFORE YOU REQUEST A RESERVATION SO WE CAN HAVE A DISCUSSION REGARDING YOUR PET AND OUR RULES TO MAKE SURE OUR HOUSE IS THE RIGHT PLACE FOR YOU. We have successfully rented to numerous pet owners but find having this discussion helps to make sure our house is right for you and your pet! Although we charge an additional $200 pet fee, this is FULLY refundable assuming no pet related damage or injury.
Also note when you book our property you must sign the
lease, an attachment of which is contained in House Rules. By using the "Book it Now" function you are agreeing to the terms of the lease. So that we both have a copy of the signed lease, we will fill in the blanks in the lease once your booking is confirmed, mail it to you then ask that you please sign and return the signed lease to us. You should keep a copy for your records.
We will mail you keys map and instructions to you in a padded envelope 7-10 days before your visit. We ask that the key be returned to us at our Marblehead address in a padded envelope so that we receive it no later than 14 days after the end of your visit.
We have just set our rates for 2018 and have kept them at the same rates they have been set at for the past several years. We were intending to increase our rates for 2018 because our expenses have increased significantly since our last price increase. Also in reviewing similar properties on Nantucket it looks like we are well below market rates in most cases. However, we have made a conscious decision not to increase rates because of recent mandatory changes made by Homeaway VRBO including fees charged by them to you as booking fees.
We have always booked our house using the direct owner to tenant option previously offered by Homeaway, an option for which we were charged a higher fee. We opted for this because we strongly believe that direct owner to tenant communication is the best way to insure that our house is the perfect place for your vacation. We (and our guests) have never had a significant problem in the 20 plus years we rented our house under this scenario. Even though we now must book through
Homeaway/VRBO's Book IT Now program (this is now the only option they offer to owners of rental properties), we would like to have a short telephone conversation with you after you book our property to answer your questions and make sure our house works for you before accepting your reservation request.
We have been overwhelmed with requests for bookings in 2019. It has always been our policy to check with the tenants who stayed with us in the previous year to see if they want to rebook before offering their time to others (many who stay at our house rebook). As a result, in order to be able to check in with our all of our 2018 tenants and have an updated calendar that accurately reflects open dates, we have decided to open up our calendar for 2019 bookings on January 1, 2019. You are currently able to send an inquiry or request reservations for mid-April and May in 2019.
Also please note that Massachusetts is currently contemplating legislation that would require tenants in 2019 who book short term rentals such as our property to pay taxes just as guests pay taxes at hotels and motels. Assuming this legislation passes, this will be an additional cost for any short term rental in Massachusetts. It is unclear at this time what this tax would be. Because of this we will not increase our rental rates in 2019 to help off set this additional cost.