The Carlisle House Inn, your Nantucket accommodations with a longstanding history of hospitality.

Built in 1765, the height of Nantucket’s claim to fame as the whaling capital of the world, The Carlisle House Inn still stands almost the same as it did. The inn survived the Great Fire of 1846 which swept through North Water Street destroying homes. Symmetrical white windows with exterior wooden shutters hint at the inn’s pre-Civil War era sophistication. Bluetooth shower speakers, mixed metal accents, and in-room Keurig coffee makers bring 21st-century style to The Carlisle House Inn. Deep indigos, pops of yellow and red, bold stripes, sea foam greens, and woven textures foreshadow beachside experiences. To ensure your beachside needs are met before you ask, 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. Discover one of our intimate outdoor sitting areas for evenings spent relishing your days. Snuggle up in our rocking chair next to the fire in the second floor anteroom. Get energized for a day of adventure at our daily breakfast bar. Uncover hidden treasures amongst old books and disguised drawers. See if you can spy how many whale motifs are displayed throughout. 

“… 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


Your innkeeper, Jeneane Life, worked at an inn on Nantucket when she was nineteen during summer break from college. From then on she knew that someday she wanted to own her very own. She is now the proprietor or three properties, The Carlisle House Inn being her most recent 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 have you ready 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. The Looking Glass Inn and Stone Soup Inn are located in the Old Northside Historic District of Indianapolis, Indiana.