Greydon House Nantucket

Nantucket is a small island brimming with charm and character, due in no small part to the island’s vigilance in protecting its history and built and natural environments. So when real estate investment firm Faros Properties decided to open a new hotel downtown, they knew they wanted to honor that legacy. Enlisting design firm Roman and Williams with local architect Matthew MacEachern, the firm opened Greydon House last fall, ticking all the boxes with style to spare.

Greydon House front facadeIncorporating a thoughtful renovation of an existing Greek revival building and a seamless three story addition, the new boutique hotel effortlessly walks the line between old and new.

Greydon House entryWhen the Roman and Williams husband and wife team of Stephen Alesch and Robin Stadefer spoke at this year’s Nantucket by Design, they referenced what they call “Isness” – those touchpoints that help give spaces an authenticity and sense of place.

Greydon House reception

It is their love of history and local design vernaculars that help Roman and Williams give their spaces such an informed layered spirit with a palpable tension between rugged and refined. For them it’s all about the story and telling Nantucket’s tale at Greydon House proved to be the perfect opportunity.

Greydon House Nantucket reception area

With a narrative referencing the home of a well traveled whaling captain, the reception area sets the tone, bridging past and present with Dutch doors, pine wood, hand-painted Portuguese tile work, art work by contemporary New York artist Terry Winters,

Terry Winters prints at Greydon House

old fashioned keys

room keys at Greydon House

and a signature room scent, No. 17 Greydon House, developed by Cinnamon Projects, hand blended from notes of Nantucket’s native flora.

No. 17 Greydon House

For Roman and Williams, the magic is in the mix  and in the living room/ bar area, an old world palette rich in textures evokes whaling era’s worldly past with patina and globetrotting charm.

Greydon House Nantucket living room

Greydon House Living room Nantucket

A custom designed brick fireplace anchors the space, surrounded by an eclectic mix of vintage and custom pieces.

Living room fireplace at Greydon House

Unique bars have become something of a signature for the design duo and Greydon House is no exception.

Greydon House bar

Like at Roman and Williams’ much celebrated Le Coucou, the bar at Greydon House is enveloped by a mural. Inspired by a visit to the Peabody Essex Museum, Roman and Williams commissioned decorative artist Dean Barger (also responsible for Le Coucou) to paint scenes depicting the 18th Century tea trade with China, offering a glimpse into the rich history of Nantucket while providing a backdrop for the hotel’s tea program.

Bar mural at Greydon HouseGreydon House Nantucket bar mural

On the other side of the fireplace, the bar extends with a lounge, where our whaling captain’s story continues. A collection of woolies (British sailors’ needlework) 

British woolies at Greydon House

a mix of textiles, representing the global trade prevalent during Nantucket’s whaling era

textiles at Greydon House

and a carefully curated collection of books and accessories inform the space.

bookshelves at Greydon House

And be sure to check out the charming powder room.

Greydon House powder room

In an irresistible shade of pale green, the dining room is a bright welcoming space

Greydon House dining room

with custom designed lighting and hints of far flung adventures.

dining room at Greydon House

There is also ample room for dining al fresco on the porch and street level terrace.

Greydon House porch

Each guest room is ship shape and unique, all featuring Roman and Williams custom designed metal beds and pendant lights with John Robshaw and Les Indiennes bedding.

Greydon House bedroom

Roman and Williams metal beds at Greydon House

The bathrooms are brilliant blue and white tour de forces, with hand painted Portuguese tile murals, again recalling Nantucket’s timeless traditions of adventure at sea.

Greydon House shower

Greydon House Portuguese tiled shower

The high gloss white planked-wall bathrooms feature unlacquered brass Waterworks fixtures, including the R.W. Atlas Collection designed by the duo, as well as custom light fixtures, vintage accessories and luxury bath products from Aesop and local suppliers Follain and Beautycounter.

Greydon House bathroom

The hotel features several sizes of rooms and two suites, including the Federal Suite with airy light-filled bedroom

Greydon House suite

spacious living area

Greydon House Federal Suite

Federal Suite at Greydon House Nantucket

and private entrance that would be perfect for a special weekend or extended stay.

Greydon House private suite entrance

Throughout the design process, Roman and Williams collaborated with many artisans both on and off island, including landscape artist Marty McGowan of Pumpkin Pond Farm, who created the abundant window boxes and unusual landscape elements to complement the interiors and fictional narrative.

Greydon House window boxes

Urchin Workshop was tapped to add custom amenities throughout the hotel, from nightstand notepads

Greydon House nightstand notepad by Urchin Workshop

nautical inspired laundry bags

Greydon House laundry bag

and door tags

Greydon House door tags

to bar matches and cocktail aromatics.

Greydon house matches-1

And even if you aren’t a guest at Greydon House, any trip to Nantucket would be enhanced by a meal at the hotel where Chef Marcus Gleadow-Ware (formerly of NYC’s Aureole) has created an inspired menu with artful presentation of every dish!

Greydon House restaurantphoto by Daniel Krieger

All Roman and Williams’ historical research and carefully crafted narrative have paid off. Greydon House is not only a visually rich luxury boutique hotel experience but equally important, a place that pays tribute to its location with an authentic sense of place. I am looking forward to this fall when the talented design duo open their shop, Roman and Williams Guild, which will merge utility with beauty as they feature artisans from all over the world. And look for the opening next year of their first museum project – the renovation of the British Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum, where their fascination with melding past and present is sure to inspire!

all photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence unless otherwise indicated

Greydon House
17 Broad St.
Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 228-2469
greydonhouse.com


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8 Responses to Greydon House Nantucket

  1. Robert Franklin says:

    Thank you for all the background details… interesting and informative as usual!

  2. Amanda says:

    When in Nantucket last Oct., we were mesmerized by the lushness of the window boxes. Should have wandered inside to admire the interior. Just beautiful and no stone unturned.

  3. Must visit!! How divine on every level. Just ADORE!!

  4. Mary Sterling says:

    This is a beautifully written description of what I think is the great addition to Nantucket this summer. The decor is sublime and the food superb- not an experience you want to miss while visiting Nantucket.

  5. Addison says:

    Beautiful architecture! Lovely decor!

  6. Margaret says:

    Love to spend a week in GraydonHouse next Nantucket visit. Thanks for remaining true to island heritage.

  7. Kelly Mahan says:

    Wow, the place is breathtaking! I simply love its style. Thank you for sharing the pics!

  8. franki parde says:

    This IS IT!! Now…why, oh, why doesn’t THIS kind of restoration become the “norm!!” The details are spectacular…I can not wait to see this in person!! Wonderful photographs..KUDOS! franki

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