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Post and Beam in the "Heart of Town"

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, Sleeps 8

This tastefully appointed post and beam home is located in the very heart of Town, on a quiet side street, minutes from Main Street, Children's Beach and the beach shuttles. The address is 2 Ash Lane.

1st floor: Entry foyer with staircase to the upper level; an open living, dining and kitchen with wood floors, exposed oak beams, and many windows offering views of the garden and patio; powder room. Newly designed kitchen with center island and countertop dining for four, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a farmhouse sink.

2nd floor: Two large bedrooms with king beds, cathedral ceilings and exposed oak beams, wood floors, decorated with English antiques; each with private full bath.

Lower level: Two bedrooms share a full bath; one bedroom has a queen bed; the second has twin trundle beds and also doubles as the entertainment room with 52" TV, tabletop foosball and board games; each room has a separate entry to the patio level; laundry room.

Total is four bedrooms, OR three bedrooms with a lower level TV and game room.

Outdoor shower, private brick patio with grill, Pergola and patio furniture, and one off-street parking space at the street end of the patio.

More Details

Mary Parker
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 3, 2018

About Mary Parker

After owning and running an inn on Nantucket for over twenty years, I converted one of the properties into this premier-location, four bedroom house in 2011. The result is a cozy post and beam, with a modern kitchen and family-friendly layout. I was also the editor and publisher of Nantucket Magazine from 1987-1993. I sold the magazine, which had a twenty year publication, when I started my family. Recently, I have taken up beekeeping and spent two consecutive Summers in Eastern Europe on a small apiary farm. My love of the ocean has kept me anchored on Nantucket for over 30 years, when I'm not taking time off to travel the rest of the world.

Mary Parker purchased this house in 2005

Why Mary Parker chose Nantucket Town

As many of my reviews state, my house has a great location!! Ash Lane is one street over from the the Core District and therefore a one to five minute walk to everything in the Downtown. It is a five minute walk from the Steamship Authority ferry.

What makes this house unique

In theory, you'll never be late for any in-Town dinner reservations. They are all within walking distance.


Nantucket Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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Post and Beam in the "Heart of Town"
average rating of 4.642857 based on 14 reviews

Classic Nantuck weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome weekend at the Swan house. Perfect location being only one block from the center and a 5 minute walk to the ferry. The house was perfect for us. We had three couples and each of us had a very well appointed bedroom and separate bath. We had a beautiful bitting room and fully applianced kitchen. The house is a post and beam with lots of charm and unique features. Mary was a pleasure to deal with and very responsive to our questions and needs. Thanks again for helping us make some great memories!!! We will be back again. Joe

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Joe, I'm happy to hear you and your friends enjoyed my rental home, Swan House. I am sincerely glad to hear when my guests have had a great time. I know the house is filled with laughter and love and that's what it's all about! Take care and I look forward to your return, Mary
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Great House, Great Location, Great Week!

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our week! The perfect in-town location was super convenient. Very easy to go out for morning coffee, walk to the grocery store, or head out for dinner. The house set up is very nice for couples, with the two large king rooms with en suite full baths and the downstairs queen. The fourth bedroom with twin trundle beds is best suited for children. Having A/C was very nice as the week was unseasonably warm. Would definitely rent again.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Brian, I'm glad you enjoyed my rental home and took advantage of its great in-Town features. Nothing beats an Island getaway where you can leave your car behind and enjoy getting around by foot right in Town. I look forward to your return. Thank you, Mary
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Ideal location! Not even a minute's walk to town, but on a quiet street!

  • 5 of 5

The Swan House was perfect for our week-long stay in Nantucket! The location is ideal, just steps away from the downtown area, but yet on a quiet street. The house was spacious enough for our family and guests, and everything was immaculate upon arrival. The owner was very responsive to our inquiries prior to our trip and even took the extra step of renting a crib through Nantucket Baby for us, which was set up and ready when we arrived. The outdoor patio and dining area was wonderful for relaxing and enjoying our meals. The only technicality we wanted to mention was the fact that the guests are required to wash and dry all sheets and towels used, which was a bit of a hassle when we were trying to pack and be out the door by 10:00 am. I'm not sure how someone with an early flight or ferry would be able to pull that off without waking up very early. Perhaps a second set of sheets and towels would be a better solution. But that minor inconvenience aside, all in all we had a wonderful stay and would definitely recommend this house to friends and family traveling to Nantucket!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Donald. I'm glad you enjoyed my rental home. Just to clarify, I don't require that all laundry be done, from my renters. I ask that the beach towels are done the night before and that you start the sheets in the morning. I definitely don't expect all laundry to be finished. Getting the sheets started is the biggest help for us and we do have back up sheet sets as well. Any additional laundry done by my renters is discretionary. Some folk seem to have the time, other understandably don't. Thank you for your review and feedback! Mary
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Very nice. Location was good for downtown as well as beach. children'd beach a plus.

  • 5 of 5

The property was well maintained and the kitchen had most every item you'd need. Quiet neighborhood.

Bedrooms were a nice size and we liked the idea of 3.5 baths. Close to visitor center where all kinds of maps are available free of charge. A little Japanese garden is on the property.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Heidi, Thank you for pointing out all the things specifically that you like about Swan House. It sounds like you had a wonderful time and I hope you can return next year. Kind regards, Mary
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Wonderful, relaxing stay on Ash Lane

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been happier with our stay at Mary's lovely home! From communicating with her beforehand, to our arrival and departure and everything in between we found her to be responsive, accommodating and warm. She even arranged for us to have a crib and baby gate delivered prior to our stay, which allowed us to begin our vacation on such a nice, stress-free note! The house itself is a perfect location--walkable to town, near the beaches, and on a quiet street with parking included. The decor suited our tastes nicely and was comfortable and very clean. We had one slight issue with the AC while we were there and it was addressed immediately and satisfactorily, within hours. Overall we loved our visit and would return in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Megan! I'm glad to hear that all I offer at Swan House made for a wonderful Island vacation for you and your family. Mary
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Adorable house with a great location

  • 5 of 5

Loved this gem in the center of town. Landlord was so easy to deal with -- she even helped us reserve ferry tickets home. The house had all the amenities and was comfortable and adorable. THANK YOU!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Marietta, Yes, Christmas Stroll can be a tricky weekend for getting to and from the Island. Though not part of my rental policy, I was more then happy to help you out! Take care, Mary
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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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