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

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SeaGarden Cottage from front driveway


Last updated: 12/20/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Dewey Beach house description



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 hectic world and we're pleased to share it with you.

Pull into the semi-circular driveway with room for 3-4 cars (one parking pass provided for on-street parking as well). 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 2) contact us via email using the form on this page. 2a) 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 within 7 days, the reservation is released. Your vacation week is confirmed when the contract and deposit are in our hands and you receive email acknowledgement. 2b) 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 4-6 day mid-week rental when we can use the weekend ourselves. Off-season (Oct.-May) has a 4-day minimum; please contact us via email for off-season rates and availability. SeaGarden Cottage is usually winterized and unavailable for rental from November through March.

We do not rent during late Spring / early Summer Graduation/Senior Weeks.

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


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1750 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

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

          • Children Welcome:

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

          • Pets Considered:

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

          • Smoking Allowed:

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

            Walk-in tiled shower....moreless

          • Upstairs Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

            Glassed-in shower....moreless

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

          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. Dewey has a GREAT live music scene all summer - dance under the stars at the Bottle & Cork or next to the bay at the Starboard - it's the best! ...moreless


              • Games:

                Many board and other games provided....moreless

              • Music Library:

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

              • Satellite / Cable:

                (2) Dish Network....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

              • Television:

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

              • Video Library:

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


              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Theme Parks
              • Water Parks
              • Winery Tours

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Eco Tourism
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Horseback Riding
              • Miniature Golf
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shelling
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Hot Air Ballooning
              • Hunting
              • Hunting Small Game
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Parasailing
              • Pier Fishing
              • Roller Blading
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Surf Fishing
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining:

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

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 4 people


              • Air Conditioning:

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

              • Clothes Dryer:

                Stacking washer/dryer....moreless

              • Gas Fireplace:

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

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

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

              • Internet:

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

              • Iron & Board
              • Living Room
              • Parking:

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

              • Parking Off Street:

                Circular stone driveway with room for 3-4 cars (depending on size)....moreless

              • Washing Machine:

                Compact washer/dryer combo....moreless


              • Coffee Maker:

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

              • Cooking Utensils:

                All good quality for fine cooking....moreless

              • Dishwasher:

                LG ultra-quiet....moreless

              • Kitchen:

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

              • Microwave:

                LG large-capacity....moreless

              • Pantry Items:

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

              • Refrigerator:

                LG bottom freezer....moreless


              • Bicycles:

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

              • Deck / Patio:

                Completely enclosed decked back yard....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

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



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              from 15 traveler reviews
              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Early Summer 2015
              Jun 14 - Jun 27, 2015
              7 night min stay


              Changeover Day: Sunday

              Mid-Summer 2105
              Jun 28 - Aug 22, 2015
              5 night min stay


              Changeover Day: Sunday

              Late Summer
              Aug 23 - Sep 19, 2015
              5 night min stay


              Changeover Day: Sunday

              Early Fall
              Sep 20 - Oct 31, 2015
              4 night min stay

              Changeover Day: Sunday

              My Standard Rate
              3 night min stay

              Additional information about rental rates


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


              In summer season weekly rentals only (except when less than a full week is available). Rate may change until reservation is confirmed by deposit. Holiday rates may be higher. Rate includes Dewey Beach accommodations tax. $100 cleaning fee included for weekly rentals only. Parking pass provided. Pet Fee is $20/day, max. 2 pets. Linens self-provided (sheets, pillow cases, blankets, towels).

              Cancellation policy:

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

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              Last updated: 12/20/2014
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              • Ed's Chicken & Crabs View on map

                Great Maryland crabs, ribs, chicken, good steamed seafood, outside tables, byob. Take-out or eat in. A Dewey tradition! The Jolly Trolley stops here northbound into Rehoboth; stops between Swedes & Saulsbury on the return trip south on Rt. 1.

              • Public park and boat ramp. View on map

                Launch your kayak or small sailboat here or just sit in the gazebo and enjoy the sunset.

              • The Bottle and Cork View on map

                The one and only indoor-outdoor live music stage and bar, established in 1936 and still going strong - "The World's Greatest Rock-n-Roll Bar"

              • East of Maui View on map

                Surf shop - gear, lessons of all sorts: surfing, standup paddleboard, windsurf and kite-boarding.

              • Waples Memorial Playground View on map

                Be sure to checkout this nice modern playground located one block off the bay on the corner of McKinley Street and Hayden Road. Lots of fun for your little (and not so little ones). Special areas for 2-5 year olds and 6-12 year olds include… - a mega sized sand circle complete with lots of sand toys and trucks - monkey bars, play bridge and single and double slides - large swingset and geodesic dome - play tunnel and elephant slide (for the little ones) - giant lion water fountain to cool off - gazebo and picnic table (great for relaxing in the shade while watching your kids burn off some energy

              • Read Street Beach View on map

                Small sandy beach at the foot of Read St on the bayside, enclosed by small curved jetties so perfect for little kids AND for launching your kayak! Benches for sitting too.

              • Jolly Trolley View on map

                The Jolly Trolley picks up at Swedes St. on Rt. 1 N. and S. going to and from downtown Rehoboth Beach every half-hour or so. By far the easiest and funnest way to get around without spending half your night searching for a parking place. Best $2.50 you'll spend all week! Most of the trolleys are open-air but some are big cushy vans.

              • Que Pasa? View on map

                REALLY good Mexican restaurant with an open-air bar and seating on the beach where you can eat/drink with your toes in the sand while the kids play at the waters edge. It's great! Right next to the water sports rental place too - jetskis, kayaks, SUP, etc.

              • Rusty Rudder View on map

                Large indoor/outdoor restaurant and entertainment complex, right on the water with a huge pier to park your boat too. Home of many special music events like the Night of 1000 Elvises, ChickFest and the Dewey Beach Music Conference.

              • Dewey Town Hall & Police Dept. View on map

                Where you get your parking passes (or if not, pay your parking tickets!), dog licenses, bonfire permits etc. Nice folks work there!

              • Two Seas Restaurant View on map

                Excellent upscale restaurant with fab rooftop bar where you can see both the ocean and the bay simultaneously - thus Two Seas! Great sunsets too. Open only limited weeks during the core of summer season.

              • Port Restaurant View on map

                Seafood/steak/fusion cuisine with local flair and an slight Asian influence that keeps things interesting. Open (nearly) all-year round and always delicious!

              • Alley Oop Skim Shop View on map

                Best skimboarding lessons, boards and other gear. Dewey is the skimboarding capital of the Mid-Atlantic!

              • To The Beach!! View on map

                Over the dunes and onto the beach - plenty of room for the whole family! Bring Fido to have fun in the surf too - 5:30PM to 9:30AM in season, anytime off-season.

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

              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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              Date last modified - Saturday, December 20, 2014

              $300 - $371 per night (USD)

              3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 8

              View calendar: Updated 12/20/14
              Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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              Member since: 2011
              Speaks: english
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