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Beautifully Restored Waterfront Cottage On Swain's/Commercial Wharf

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Historic wharf cottage with all modern amenities, 2 bedrooms, 1-1/2 baths

The Barnacle is quintessential Nantucket; simple and compact (1000 square feet), with everything you need -- best location, on the island, great amenities, and surrounded by the natural beauty of Nantucket Harbor.

As soon as you enter the property and step onto the deck, the bustle of nearby downtown Nantucket slips away and you notice only the sea and sky, the boats, birds, and the sound of the gentle lapping of the water. The expansive views of the harbor and anchorage, Monomoy, the Nantucket Town Pier, and Great Harbor Yacht Club are captivating. The deck includes a covered dining area with seating for six (great for your morning coffee and breakfast or for dinner with friends) and a sunny area with a gas grill and a ladder to the water. Your friends can stop by in their boat to pick you up for a moonlight harbor cruise, a day sail, or a picnic at Coatue!.

On the east side of the cottage, there is an outdoor shower to wash away the sand and salt from your days at the beach.

The cottage is perfect for a small family or a couple. Inside, you'll find a very well-appointed kitchen with Jenn-Air gas range, Bosch dishwasher, large sink, Corian countertops, and a stacked washer/dryer and ironing board. Off the kitchen is a convenient half bath.

The living/dining area is an open concept room with French doors leading out to the waterside deck. The Barnacle has a wall-mounted flat screen TV, two ipod docks and wireless internet as well as a land line.

The Barnacle sleeps 4 comfortably. The upstairs features a master bedroom with queen bed, two bureaus, two cottage-sized closets, and water views on three sides. The upstairs bath includes a custom glass shower with beach pebble floor. In the second bedroom, you will find a double bed, bureau, closet, water views on the east and the south, and a fun 'window' into the stairwell and the north/street side of the house for extra ventilation. Both bedrooms are equipped with ceiling fans and window A/C units, and there is a 'pack and play' for you to use if needed for your baby, toddler, or grandchild. (Please bring sheets for the baby.) There is always a great breeze at the Barnacle, so you are unlikely to need the A/C, but it is there just in case.

You will love the convenience of our location. If you choose to bring your car to the island, we provide a crushed shell parking spot in front of the cottage. However, it is easy to get around with bikes and on foot, and you are in the center of everything! There are great bike paths to various beaches and the 'Wave' bus terminal is located just two blocks away on Washington Street. There are also close-by taxi stands, so a car is not really a necessity for everyone. You might choose to forego the car ferry and instead rent a jeep for a day or two to explore the more secluded beaches or to surf cast and picnic at Great Point!

We are within a short walking distance (1 block) to the Stop 'n Shop grocery downtown, fish markets, liquor stores and many wonderful restaurants. Just two blocks to Main Street! And yet, the harbor and deck are so beautiful, you may want to spend several days relaxing with a good book at home.

Our family loves to cook, so you will find a well-equipped kitchen with pantry items available for you to use and enjoy. You are within convenient walking distance of all the great restaurants in downtown Nantucket, the Dreamland Theater, Nantucket Whaling Museum, Lightship Basket Museum and the Mariah Mitchell Aquarium.

More Details

Ruth or Bill Barney
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 3, 2017

About Ruth or Bill Barney

Ruth and Bill Barney

Nantucket, Mass. and Troy, Ohio

Ruth or Bill Barney purchased this house in 1900

Why Ruth or Bill Barney chose Nantucket

We have a long history on the island, and the property has been owned by the family since it was built in around 1900 as a fish shack. The cottage has been enlarged several times, and we raised the foundation, restored the cottage and added the master bedroom in 2008/2009 using contractors who specialize in historic preservation. You will see many framed photos of the Barnacle from the early 20th century on the walls. Each one has a remarkable story, and many of the photos were taken by a great uncle.

What makes this house unique

Perfect for a small family, a couple or two, or a honeymoon!

Our family loves this home for its history and the wonderful feeling of being close to the ocean. The beauty of the harbor-- birds, sea, and sky-- never disappoints!

Although most vacationers visiting Nantucket hope for sunny beach days, the dramatic stormy days are also wonderful at the Barnacle. It is snug and cozy -- a great place to work puzzles and drink tea, and perhaps venture out to the Whaling Museum for a few hours of history.

After a few days at the Barnacle, you will almost feel that you are on a ship. Each night, you can enjoy sitting on the deck under the stars to watch the beam from the Great Point Lighthouse and the airport as they flash. In August, the Perseid meteor showers can be awe-inspiring on a clear night. Strolling along the wharves in the evening is another special treat.

This is our family's summer home and we only rent for a short time each year, usually in the second half of August.


Nantucket Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Custom glass shower with beach pebble floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , There is an outdoor shower on the east side of the cottage.
  • The cottage has 1 1/2 baths, but the outdoor shower gets the most use of all! If you are over 5'7'', you can look out over the harbor while you shower-- glorious!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Great views and a good sized closet. Pack and play available
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Water views in three directions, 2 bureaus, 2 closets
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Restaurant guides and information about island events, beaches, and services is provided.



Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Nantucket Memorial Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Straight Wharf, the Gazebo, the Club Car
Nearest Ferry
0.2 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Miacomet Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Straight Wharf,The Tavern, Club Car, Lobster Trap
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Francis Street Beach
Car: not necessary

Our cottage is known as 'The Barnacle' because it is perched on the rocks of Commercial Wharf (also known as Swain's Wharf). The cottage is over 100 years old and was first built as a one-room boathouse. In the early 1900s the owners had a pot-bellied stove and would fish, swim, trap lobster, and play cards in the shanty. Over time, more rooms were added, then a second floor. The entire building was lifted and set on a new foundation in 2008-09, when we completed a comprehensive preservation and restoration project.

An ideal day at the Barnacle would begin with an early wake-up in order to enjoy breakfast at sunrise on the beautiful deck. The harbor comes to life early and peacefully as fishermen start their day. After breakfast, stroll awhile through the quiet streets and lanes of town with a cup of coffee, and enjoy the beautiful lawns and gardens along the way. Pick up a newspaper at the Hub on Main Street and head back to the cottage --and the deck again-- to relax and watch the boats, birds, and people.

Later on in the morning, take a drive or bike to one of your favorite beaches -- Ladies Beach or Surfside/Fisherman's (for surf) or Washing Pond or Dionis beach on the Sound. Stop for a carry-out sandwich at Provisions or Something Natural on your way. After a great swim, a long walk on the beach, and a few hours under your beach umbrella, head back to the Barnacle for the mid- afternoon. Shop in town for ingredients for a great dinner at the Stop and Shop, Straight Wharf Fish Market, or Sayles Seafood. Browse the galleries on South Wharf and pick up some smoked bluefish pate for your cocktail hour. Relax on the deck with a good book, and open a bottle of wine as the sun starts to set.

Grill a swordfish fillet and toss up a salad for dinner. Enjoy your dinner on the deck with a pair of hurricane lanterns or move indoors to the tavern table. After dinner, take a stroll on the wharves to check out the sport fishing boats, pleasure yachts, and sailboats. On the way home, make a stop at the Juice Bar for ice cream cones.

As you head upstairs for a great night's sleep in the comfy pillow-top queen bed of the master bedroom, be sure to open the windows that face the water so that you fall asleep to the gentle sound of the waves lapping against the original stones of the wharf's sea-wall. (Side note: Once upon a time, all of the wharves in Nantucket were stone piers, but now, the Commercial Wharf side of Swain's is the only one left.) You won't believe how soundly you will sleep!


Rates & Availability

Nantucket Town House Rental Rates

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High Summer August 2017
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $150

Payments by e-check are preferred. However, we will accept credit cards.
Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.
Cleaning of $150 per week required. Refundable $500 deposit will be returned within two weeks after checkout as long as cleaning cost does not exceed the $150 pre-paid amount. Excess cleaning will be charged against the refundable deposit. The damage deposit also covers the use of our kayak, and will be used in the event of lost paddles, etc.

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