Nantucket is a destination steeped in tradition. So, when creating anything new, it needs to strike a balance between standing out and fitting in. That's precisely what Boston-based investor and developer Blue Flag Partners did with their latest property Life House Nantucket. The company acquired the historic Century House, a former luxury bed and breakfast, and the oldest continually operating inn on Nantucket in January and teamed up with hotel brand Life House to redesign it.
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The 1833 building on Cliff Road, at one of the highest points on the island, was once a personal retreat for Captain Robert Calder in between whaling expeditions. He later opened it up to travelers in 1870. To honor the building's history, the design team followed the theme of "a nonchalant innkeeper's humble abode."
To do that, they envisioned this inn through the lens of a worldly innkeeper and her nostalgic musings for the island's native botany. This is reflected through bespoke artworks throughout, intimate outdoor gathering spaces, floral-inspired color schemes, nature-inspired bathrooms, and worldly curiosities. The halls are lined with curated galleries reflecting the innkeeper's collection of vintage floral scarves, oil paintings, and other eclectic discoveries.
The team also sought to preserve as many original details as possible.
"We maintained as much of the original character and detail of the property as possible to embrace the rich history of it being the oldest operating inn on Nantucket," Brad Guidi, co-founder, and partner at Blue Flag, told Departures. "We kept all the unique wood trim, molding, fireplaces, and wood flooring and our renovation targeted interior upgrades."
As far as modern amenities go, the 14-room hotel has proprietary technology like an app and optional social network, if you want to mingle with guests.
Guidi added, "The most substantial upgrades focused on re-creating and redesigning the guest rooms, a 300-square-foot living room and kitchen where guests can enjoy breakfast and cocktail hour, and a 675-square-foot private garden lounge to just relax."