Carlisle House Inn, Nantucket Island

Built in 1765, at the height of Nantucket’s reign as the whaling capital of the world, the Carlisle House Inn still stands as a monument to Nantucket architecture, history and hospitality. The inn survived the Great Fire of 1846 which North Water Street destroying homes. Symmetrical white windows with exterior wooden shutters bear witness to the island’s Colonial past and simple elegance and sophistication. Updated baths with Bluetooth shower heads, king size beds, mini-refrigerators and Keurig coffee makers bring 21st-century style to the Carlisle House Inn while maintaining a historic ambience. Deep indigos,  bold stripes, sea foam greens and woven textures perfect the beachside experience. To ensure your beachside needs are met, we provide ROAM bath products, beach chairs, boogie boards, beach bags, and Frette beach towels for use during your stay. BOOK NOW.

Guests have been calling the Carlisle House their Nantucket accommodations since the 1930’s when it was known as the Island Inn. Since then, the Carlisle House Inn has become synonymous with island charm and impeccable service. The garden is yours to wander and explore.  Discover one of our intimate outdoor sitting areas for evenings spent relishing your days. Get energized for a day of adventure at our morning breakfast bar.  

“… the property was used as the Island Inn, run by Alvina Gagne. In 1938, the rate was $45 a week for a double room with a private bath and a European meal plan. However, in 1941, the bank claimed the interest on the mortgage was not paid, and the property was sold to Herbert S. and Hazel Carley. In May 1942, the Nantucket Board of Selectmen issued an inn holder’s license to the Carleys to operate the Carlisle House at 26 North Water Street.” Our History


Dionis Bed Nightstands Lamps Whales Above


Innkeeper, Jeneane Life, worked a neighboring inn on Nantucket when she was on summer breaks during her university years. From then on she knew that someday she wanted to own an inn on Nantucket. She is now the proprietor of three properties, the Carlisle House Inn being her most recent acquisition in May 2018. Her recent renovations and business strategies are bringing new life to the inn while respecting its history. Her love of hospitality and years in the industry may inspire you to become an innkeeper after your stay! When she isn’t on Nantucket welcoming wanderers to the island she’s in Indiana greeting guests at her other two properties. Looking Glass Inn and Stone Soup Inn located in the Old Northside Historic District of Indianapolis, Indiana.