ACK and You Shall Receive
He was right. We were set way back, and the landscaped premises were lovely to look at as we had our coffee on the balcony each morning. The kids enjoyed being able to walk to the center of town in 12 minutes to do what kids do — see and be seen.
Some of the way Harrison works his magic is by managing people’s expectations. In many cases, that includes preparing them for a B&B experience when they might be used to hotels. Nantucket Accommodations can make reservations at virtually any of the island’s boutique hotels or full-service resorts if rooms are still available in those kinds of lodgings. But if they’re not and people want to come to the island nonetheless, he prepares them for the fact that staying in a B&B is going to be more intimate, less arm’s length. Nantucket Accommodations has a relationship with 95 percent of the B&Bs on the island.
But it’s not just about B&Bs and hotels. Nantucket Accommodations has a number of exclusive relationships for private home rentals and co-brokes for others with all the island’s real estate agencies. That part of the business isn’t about catering to people who just want to stay a few nights but, rather, about serving those with more serious budgets who want to rent a place for a week or more, including high-profile people who need to keep a decidedly low profile while on island and might have very different requirements, not just for the accommodations themselves but for discretion.
Bruce can take your wish list as far as your check book will allow. For instance, for $35,000 a week in high season, you can rent an ultra-private retreat plus guest house on four acres atop the moors with what Bruce calls “rather commanding views out to the ocean.” There’s even a 360-degree widow’s walk for amazing sunrises, sunsets, and meteor showers. The six-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bathroom house (with a media room, heated saltwater pool, and in-ground hot tub) sleeps 12, while the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath guesthouse on the property (with its own private driveway) sleeps seven. (It cannot be rented separately to another party; your privacy remains intact.)
If a mere $19,000 weekly is what your budget will permit, you’ll be good to go in a century old, completely updated beauty that has beamed ceilings and sleeps 10, with panoramic ocean views of its own and rose – and hydrangea – strewn gardens to steal away to when you want to ditch the other nine.
Prices come down into the teens and even lower — for instance, to $8,200 a week for a two-bedroom townhouse on Nantucket Harbor done up in soothing whites with spectacular views out to the water, especially from the dining deck. There’s even a ranch that sleeps six on the island’s west end for $2,600 weekly. It’s just a seven-minute walk from there to Madaket’s rollicking surf, and you can rinse off in the outdoor shower when you get back.
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