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Adorable, Family-Friendly, Uniquely Comfortable, Walk to Beach

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SeaGarden Cottage from front driveway


Last updated: 07/04/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Dewey Beach house description

JUST A FEW MID-WEEKS LEFT FOR SEPT. 2014 - BOOK IT NOW! [2015 schedule opens in October, inquire for availability.]


SeaGarden Cottage is a two-story home just over a block from the beach, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay in the classic seaside town of Dewey Beach. It's the quintessential beach bungalow, built in the 1930's but recently expanded and remodeled. Beautifully appointed and well maintained, it combines traditional beach cottage charm with modern comforts and amenities (including high-speed wireless Internet). It's our treasured escape from the workaday world and we're pleased to share it with you.

Enter through the bright front porch with picnic table and butterfly chairs into the main living space centered around a large sofa, 44' flat-panel TV w/Blu-Ray player and stereo system, stone fireplace and wood-beam walls, opening into a sun-filled dining area and gleaming galley kitchen with complete cookware, utensils and dishes. To the right is one bedroom with built-in dresser, two small closets, a chest of drawers and full-size bed, adjoining a full bath with tiled walk-in shower, and a knotty pine paneled den with Ikea Beddinge Lovas sofabed, a closet, 32' flat-panel TV w/VCR (and many tapes, mostly for kids).

Upstairs is the large master bath with tub, laundry room with stacking washer/dryer and closet space, master bedroom with an extremely comfortable queen-size bed and chest of drawers, and third bedroom with antique twin beds and a crib, a chest of drawers and a large closet.

Our vacation home by the sea is perfect for families (crib and highchair provided) or couples seeking a cozy retreat just a short stroll from the ocean and local restaurants. Walk out the front door and you can see the dunes and in a couple minutes you've got your toes in the ocean! After a day at the beach rinse off in the private outdoor shower (hot & cold water), cook out on the fenced rear deck and relax on the enclosed porch. On cool evenings curl up by the glowing gas fireplace. Or hop on your bike for the short ride up Bayard Ave. along Silver Lake to downtown Rehoboth, or take the stunningly beautiful 8-mile cruise south through Delaware Seashore State Park to Indian River Inlet with its immense undeveloped beach and bathhouse w/concessions (plus great striped bass and flounder fishing!).

True to the name SeaGarden Cottage, in season (~June-Sept.) there is full vegetable garden for you to pick and enjoy, along with various herbs and flowers as well.

As usual with beach houses, you'll need to supply your own bed linens and towels (except for crib sheets/blanket).

Our rental process is easy: 1) You can 'Book It' instantly (we'll respond within 24 hours) or contact us via email using the form on this page. 2) We'll email a temporary reservation confirmation and contract for you to fill out and send back with a refundable deposit within 7 days. (We usually take the deposit by check and just hold onto it w/o actually depositing in the bank unless necessary.) If the contract is not received by then, the reservation will be released. Your vacation week is confirmed when the contract and deposit are in our hands and you receive email acknowledgement. 3) First half (50%) of rent is due 8 weeks before check-in (OR upon reserving if booking online through this website) and the balance 4 weeks later. After receipt of the final rent payment we will email access details and additional info to help make your stay enjoyable and relaxing.

In season (June-Sept.) we typically rent by the week, but will sometimes consider a 4-5 day mid-week rental when we can use the weekend ourselves. Off-season (Oct.-May) has a 3-day minimum; please contact us via email for off-season rates and availability. SeaGarden Cottage is usually winterized and unavailable for rental from December through February.

SeaGarden Cottage has gone green! We've installed a new 6 kW solar system from Sungevity to meet all your energy needs with power from the sun!

Keywords: Beach house, weekly rentals only, family-friendly, pet-friendly, minimum age 30, bungalow, cottage, single-family home, off-street parking

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 1750 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome:

            Mostly child-proofed (outlet and corner covers), baby gate, toys & several games and puzzles....moreless

          • Smoking Allowed:

            No smoking indoors, but smoking outside (e.g., on back deck) is OK....moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Well-behaved pets allowed with $20/day non-refundable fee....moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Age 30 and over only. No 'Senior Week' rentals....moreless

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

          • Upstairs Master Bedroom: 1 queen


          • Upstairs Twin Beds: 2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib


          • Downstairs Bedroom: 1 double

            Hand-painted furniture....moreless

          • Den: 1 sleep sofa /futon

            Very comfortable Ikea Beddinge fold-down sofa....moreless

          • Queen size Beds (1) Very comfortable memory foam/down mattress., Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Comforter/linens provided for crib. NOT drop-side (safer). Adjusts higher or lower depending on age., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Very comfortable Ikea Beddinge....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Downstairs Bathroom: shower, toilet

            Walk-in tiled shower....moreless

          • Upstairs Bathroom: combination tub/shower, toilet

            Glassed-in shower....moreless

          • Downstairs bathroom with tiled walk-in shower. Large upstairs bathroom with glassed-in tub and shower. ...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Recently remodeled kitchen with black granite countertops and stainless LG appliances, radiant glass cooktop w/large oven....moreless

          • Dining:

            Dining area adjoins kitchen and living room, antique round table expands with two leaves to seat up to 8....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Locally-roasted whole-bean coffee from The Point provided, and a grinder....moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            French press, Bialetti Moka, and regular drip coffee maker. ...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Child's Highchair
          • Seating for 4 people


          • Air Conditioning:

            Central. Solar-Powered! We make our own electricity from the Sun to keep you cool w/o polluting the planet!...moreless

          • Parking:

            One permanent parking pass for parallel parking in front of house or at meters anywhere in Dewey....moreless

          • Heating:

            Heat pump. Solar Powered! We make our own electricity from the Sun to keep you cozy....moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            Circular stone driveway with room for 2-3 cars (depending on size)....moreless

          • Gas Fireplace:

            Propane with blower, large stone hearth....moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Compact washer/dryer combo....moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Stacking washer/dryer....moreless

          • Living Room
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board

          Other Amenities

              • Self-pick vegetable garden & herbs in summer - that's why it's called SeaGarden Cottage! Beautiful full-enclosed cedar outdoor shower with h/c water. SeaGarden Cottage has gone green! With a new 6 kW solar system from Sungevity to meet all your energy needs with power from the sun!...moreless


              • Stereo:

                Sony stereo speakers attached to Blu-ray for playing CDs, amp has mini-stereo plug for iPod/MP3 player input. Upstairs JVC stereo clock-radio has iPod dock and MP3 stereo input....moreless

              • Music Library:

                Many music CDs to choose from, plus a dock for your iPod/MP3 player....moreless

              • Television:

                44' LCD TV in living room, 32' LCD TV in den....moreless

              • Video Library:

                Many DVDs and VHS tapes, especially for kids....moreless

              • Games:

                Many board and other games provided....moreless

              • Books:

                Paperbacks and local-interest books....moreless


                  • Internet:

                    High-speed wireless, password-protected...moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Bicycles:

                    Two cruiser-type bikes provided. Great flat biking around Dewey-Rehoboth!...moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    Charcoal Weber with propane fast-start (no need for lighter fluid)....moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Completely enclosed decked back yard....moreless


                  • Family
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions
                  • Romantic


                  • Theme Parks
                  • Hospital
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services
                  • Laundromat
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Cycling
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Sailing
                  • Swimming
                  • Surfing
                  • Parasailing
                  • Fishing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Hunting
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Roller Blading
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Groceries
                  • Surf Fishing
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Restaurants
                  • Cinemas
                  • Museums
                  • Churches
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Library
                  • Live Theater
                  • Ruins
                  • Water Parks
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Marina
                  • Playground
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Outlet Shopping
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking
                  • Whale Watching
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Shelling
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Boating
                  • Antiquing
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Tennis


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                  from 13 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Aug 3 - Aug 30, 2014
                  7 night min stay


                  Changeover Day: Sunday

                  Labor Day Week
                  Aug 31 - Sep 6, 2014
                  7 night min stay


                  Changeover Day: Sunday

                  Sep 7 - Oct 5, 2014
                  7 night min stay


                  Changeover Day: Sunday

                  My Standard Rate
                  3 night min stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                  • Pet Fee $20
                  • Taxes Included


                  Rate is subject to change until reservation is confirmed upon receipt of deposit & signed rental agreement. Rate includes Dewey Beach accommodation tax. Cleaning fee of $100 is included for weekly (but not shorter) rentals. Parking pass provided. Pet Fee of $20/day will be added if bringing pets (maximum two pets). Linens self-provided (sheets, pillow cases, blankets and towels).

                  Cancellation policy:

                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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                  Last updated: 07/04/2014
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                  49 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport
                  9 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Cape May-Lewes Ferry
                  93 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Wilmington DE, Amtrak
                  0.2 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Delaware Rt. 1
                  200 Metres
                  Nearest Beach
                  Dewey Beach - Swedes St
                  0.1 Miles
                  Nearest Barpub
                  The Starboard
                  3 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Rehoboth Golf Park - public course
                  0.1 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Ed's Chicken and Crabs

                  Car: Not Necessary

                  Usually 2 beach chairs and 2 bikes available. Dewey is the skimboard capital of the mid-Atlantic! Boards and lessons (inc. free clinics) available from Alley Oop Skim or East Of Maui Surf Shop. Excellent in-shore bay (flounder, croaker, spot) and nearby pond fishing (bass), as well as beach (blues, kingfish), ocean (striped bass) and deep-sea fishing (marlin, tuna).


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2010

                  About the owner: Lee is the bioinformatics & IT director at the Johns Hopkins Center for Inherited Disease Research, Kathy is a social worker with Hospice of the Chesapeake. We love to garden and to travel far and wide but love even more coming home to our beach house in Dewey - and now our garden is here and you can share in the bounty! This really is our vacation home and our favorite place so we come to Dewey Beach every chance we get.

                  Why the Owner Chose Dewey Beach:
                  Our families have been coming to the Rehoboth area for generations, but we looked for a place at the beach for over 10 years before we found and fell in love with SeaGarden Cottage - the beach house of our dreams. Dewey Beach is the prototypical beach town, two blocks wide with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Rehoboth Bay on the other. There are dozens of restaurants from coffee shops to pizza (Grotto, Mama Celeste's) to Mexican (Que Pasa - scrumptious fish tacos) to fresh local seafood and steaks (Port) to seafood (The Cove - also has all-you-can-eat crabs) and delicious American fare (Woody's Cafe). Anything you can't find is just a mile away in Rehoboth - including the incredible Blue Moon and Back Porch restaurants, sushi on the roof at The Cultured Pearl, and the original Dogfish Head brewpub! There are many watering holes like the world-famous Starboard and arguably the best live-music scene of any Atlantic Coast beach town. There are several beach supply shops, a marina where you can rent a boat (can also rent jet-skis at Ruddertowne) or put in your own boat, and just down Rt. 1 is the Old Inlet Bait & Tackle that has absolutely everything for fishing (including a rod/reel repair shop), crabbing and clamming. Whether you love reading on the beach all day or shopping at the tax-free outlets or taking the kids to a water park or spending evenings on the Boardwalk (personally, I've never lost my love of Skee-Ball), or board-sailing the back bay or surfing or skim-boarding the ocean waves, or taking in an incredible live music show at the one & only Bottle & Cork or having crabs outside at Ed's Chicken & Crabs or a truly fine meal following drinks on the roof deck at Two Seas or fishing for that big striped bass from the jetty at Indian River Inlet (or drifting for flounder on the sandy flats of the bay or from the fishing pier in Lewes) or just shelling and enjoying the waves on the beach, it's ALL here within a stone's throw of SeaGarden Cottage!

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  SeaGarden Cottage is cozy and comfortable but there's plenty of room so it never feels cramped - a small house that lives big! It has space enough for eight yet is small enough to feel like a private retreat for two. SeaGarden Cottage a true original that has been been lovingly maintained and gracefully updated. At SeaGarden you can park your car and not have to get in it again until you leave (unless you want to, of course). You can walk out the front door in the early morning and stroll down the wide beautiful beach then stop in for breakfast at Sunrise (old-school diner - friendly cheap and plenty) or Sharkey's (breakfast burritos!) or at the Fifer Orchards market down the street (where you can also pick up some gourmet groceries, fresh veggies, fruit or flowers). Walk down to the corner and jump on the open-air Jolly Trolley to do some shopping (and, perhaps, buying) or just check out the Boardwalk. Or walk the other way towards the bay and put your kayak in at the cute little Read St. park while your kids play on shore. We love picking fresh tomatoes and peppers right outside the back door all summer. We love riding our bikes to Fifer Orchards market and into Rehoboth for dinner. We love walking hand-in-hand to take in a free music festival at the Rusty Rudder entertainment complex... and then walking home through the cool ocean breezes late that night. We love the laid-back Dewey Beach attitude - 'It's a way of life!'

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                  • SeaGarden Cottage from front driveway

                    SeaGarden Cottage from front driveway

                  • Gourmet galley kitchen.

                    Gourmet galley kitchen.

                  • Looking through living area to front door and porch. Note the timbered walls!

                    Looking through living area to front door and porch. Note the timbered walls!

                  • Downstairs den with TV and VCR.

                    Downstairs den with TV and VCR.

                  • Upstairs master bedroom w/romantic queen-size white metal scroll bed.

                    Upstairs master bedroom w/romantic queen-size white metal scroll bed.

                  • Upstairs antique twin beds.

                    Upstairs antique twin beds.

                  • Enclosed decked back yard.

                    Enclosed decked back yard.

                  • Dewey dunes and beach in the spring, looking north towards Rehoboth.

                    Dewey dunes and beach in the spring, looking north towards Rehoboth.

                  • First floor family room with stone hearth and gas fireplace.

                    First floor family room with stone hearth and gas fireplace.

                  • Light-filled dining room with antique table (round or expands with 2 leaves).

                    Light-filled dining room with antique table (round or expands with 2 leaves).

                  • Picnic table on front porch.

                    Picnic table on front porch.

                  • Fold-down sofabed in downstairs den.

                    Fold-down sofabed in downstairs den.

                  • Downstairs full bed w/painted wood frame, original wood-paneled walls.

                    Downstairs full bed w/painted wood frame, original wood-paneled walls.

                  • Crib in upstairs bedroom with twin beds.

                    Crib in upstairs bedroom with twin beds.

                  • Brand new cedar shower - there's nothing like an outdoor shower in the summer!

                    Brand new cedar shower - there's nothing like an outdoor shower in the summer!

                  • Dewey Beach Patrol at the end of day, ready to go off-duty.

                    Dewey Beach Patrol at the end of day, ready to go off-duty.

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                  This listing was first published here in 2011.

                  Date last modified - Friday, July 04, 2014

                  $250 - $343 per night (USD)

                  3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 8

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                  Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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