We call the cottage Bufflehead after the small black-and-white ducks on the pond. The cottage is 1100 square feet. It faces west to an osprey pole and 767 acres of conservation land across the pond — Ram Pasture and Sanford Farm. It's 1000 feet from the Atlantic ocean at the foot of the pond, which you can see from the deck and hear if there is surf. An osprey, mute swans, a snowy egret and Canada geese are usually visible on the pond. There's often good surfing at nearby lifeguarded Cisco beach, 1000 feet away on a dirt road or by kayak on the pond. Downtown Nantucket is an easy 3-mile, level bike ride, mostly along the Hummock Pond Road bike path. The cottage has four bedrooms (one with a California-king bed, two with queen-size beds, and one with a twin extra-long bed), one bathroom plus an outdoor shower, a modern kitchen, dining and family area, and a large deck with a lighted picnic table that seats six, three Adirondack chairs, a rocking chair and a hammock. There are two Cannondale mountain bikes with helmets, two Perception Sparky one-man kayaks, and two Calypso child kayaks with life vests, plus a charcoal grill, two high definition color televisions, one with Blu-ray and vcr, extended basic cable (Comcast), hi-speed internet access via WiFi, two AM/FM/MP3 players, an AM/FM/cd player, lots of books on Nantucket, nature and the sea, a microwave, Cuisinart, 12- and 6-cup drip, and K-Cup coffee makers, French press and bean grinder, dishwasher, full-size washer and dryer, air conditioning. There are often striking sunsets over the pond. Bufflehead is modern and comfortable and in an exquisite location.TripAdvisor property ID 3371610...Read more
The cottage, "Bufflehead," is on Hummock Pond, which is two miles long. Bufflehead faces west to an osprey pole and 767 acres of conservation land across the pond — Ram Pasture and Sanford Farm. It’s 1000 feet from the Atlantic ocean at the foot of the pond, which you can see from the deck and hear if there is surf. An osprey, mute swans, a snowy egret and Canada geese are usually visible on the pond. There’s often good surfing at lifeguarded Cisco beach, 1000 feet down a dirt road or by kayak on the pond.
Enjoy the solitude—views, birds, quiet, napping in the hammock, smelling the sea breeze, reading a good book. There’s also room for activity—swimming, body surfing, surfboarding, shell collecting, kayaking, fishing, jogging, biking, hiking and nature, wildlife and architecture photography. There are often striking sunsets over the pond. Downtown Nantucket is just three miles away, an easy bike ride. Nantucket is an authentic 1840s whaling village, with a 1686 house, windmill, and superb whaling museum. It’s also an arts center with three theater companies and dozens of artists, sculptors, photographers and writers who call it home.
There's off-road parking at Bufflehead for three cars. You can bring your own car on the Steamship Authority ferry, or you can bike and walk and use taxis, and the Nantucket Regional Transportation Authority busses, or rent a car on the Island. Cape Air and Nantucket Air serve Nantucket from Boston, Providence and other cities.
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Beach or lakeside relaxation, Waterfront
Nearest train station: Hyannis MA, 30 miles Nearest airport: Nantucket, 4 miles Nearest ferry port: Nantucket, 3 miles Car is not necessary
Left on 03/14/2013 for a stay in July 2006 | KenReviewed Mar 14, 2013Stayed Jul 2006
Bufflehead has been for my family, in a word, heaven. Its creature comforts, layout and style, together with a sublime location (right on a freshwater pond, steps away from the atlantic and a gorgeous Cisco Beach, and across from acres and acres of undisturbed nature), guarantee any guest instant serenity, bliss, euphoria and delight. We have stayed at Bufflehead 11 times beginning in 1998 -- which speaks volumes of how much we love it -- and can't wait for our next visit this year. The photos Peter has posted just tell part of the story. You have only to hear the sounds (the surf, the lapping pond, the birds on the wing), feel the breeze on your face, see the hundreds of stars at night, and gaze on the deck at the magnificent sunsets to more fully appreciate the charm and gifts of Bufflehead. It provides the essence of the Nantucket experience and I most highly recommend it.
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