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Tenant Manual

Tenant Manual for printing (may not be totally current)

Welcome to the Captain Morse House

The Captain Morse House is one of the finest examples of the Whaling Captain’s home in existence today. This is an old house built in a bygone time and so requires special care. Even though this manual is quite detailed and mentions a lot of dos and don’ts they are all designed to help you enjoy the Captain Morse House and your Island experience.

Before Arrival – The house is accessed by a keypad lock on the back kitchen door. You will need a) door keypad code b) alarm code (usually the same) and c) security word before you go into the house. This is emailed separately before you arrive – it is called the “Welcome-Letter-Captain-Morse-House.pdf”

You cannot check in BEFORE your lease starts, usually 3:00pm – You must be 100% out of the house at your lease end, usually 10:00am
It takes us the full five hours to turn the house over IF everything goes well. The cleaners will start on the outside as early as 9:00am

Upon Arrival – Important Notes

  • ROLLER BAGS SHOULD BE CAREFULLY CARRIED ON THE STAIRS Be careful when moving, bags, chairs or tables on the newly re-finished floors. If protective scuff pads are missing there are plenty of extras in the hall closet.
  • MOST WINDOWS DO NOT STAY UP ON THEIR OWN AND REQUIRE STICKS Place a stick on the right side of the window in the window channel. If windows slam they can cause injury and damage. Close windows ahead of rain.
  • THE ATTIC STAIRS ARE STEEP – BE CAREFUL – not suitable for small children.
  • THE DINING ROOM TABLES ARE VALUABLE – use place mats to protect them.
  • USE THE FOOT SHOWER TO REMOVE SAND – sand is the worst enemy of the house – please take care to remove it.
  • In early spring or late fall the hot water heater may be on pilot. If the hot water is cold go the water heater and turn the red knob above the tank temperature from PILOT to ON (do not turn to off!)

The House

This is a stately home with many antiques and fragile items in it. Please treat it with the respect it deserves (think Lincoln’s bedroom at the White House) and remember my grandfather’s advice to “always leave a rented house better than when you found it”. Now you are reading this but many of your guests may not. If they won’t it is your responsibility to educate them, especially children, as to the value of many of the furnishings. For children rough housing is not something that you should allow. There is an enormous fenced in back yard that is perfect for that. On a rainy day the front attic is a good spot for active kids.

Please email us if you have any comments to improve the house or this manual.