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This charming, 1890's Victorian was featured on the 'Christmas in Lewes Home Tour'. The quiet town of Lewes, established in the early 1600’s, showcases its scenic seaport village, rich history and beautiful beaches. The ‘period’ home is nestled in the town’s quaint historic district with a 3 block walk to excellent restaurants, boutiques, farmer’s market, concerts, attractions and conveniences. Both the ocean and bay beach entrances are within a mile. Walk, bike or drive with your all your gear to stay all day. The pristine ocean beach, with its 8 mile shoreline, has been protected in its natural setting for centuries. See http://www.destateparks.com/park/cape-henlopen/. Neighboring Rehoboth Beach bustles with its Boardwalk and attractions. Visit my home in tranquil Lewes and enjoy easy accessibility to all the delights a beach vacation can offer – but without crowds and commercialization. Lewes is an ideal spot for a relaxed old-fashioned beach vacation, away from neon, noise and high-rise development. NOTE: Summer rentals are ‘by the week’ with Friday as the change-over day. Home is Non-Smoking and Pets are Not Permitted. Spring and Fall - 3 night minimum; cottage priced separately Winter- off-season - longer leases available The Calendar is up-to-date for your desired time availability. Detailed Rates with Notes are posted.
House Description: Updated with nicely appointed furnishings, this five bedroom home with two and half bath (including the outdoor shower bathroom) sleeps 10 guests and features a fully-equipped sunny kitchen, W/D, DW, hardwood floors, window A/C units throughout, Cable TV and WIFI wireless internet. The main house sleeps 7 with 1 King, 1 Double, and 3 Twin beds. The separate cottage sleeps 3 with 2 Twin beds; one of which is a trundle that can be converted to a King or used as a 3rd single bed. The cottage bedroom suite is perfect for multi-families, teens, grandparents or a girls’ dorm. Delightful outdoor spaces include a neighborly front porch, complete with a swing and rockers; a backyard boasting comfortable seating and dining for everyone in either the gorgeous screened dining gazebo or beautiful, spacious deck alongside a manicured lawn with towering walnut trees. The yard is our neighborhood’s playground – and yours to enjoy as well! Play ball or consider a friendly game of crochet (set provided). The home has a cozy solarium for morning coffee, charcoal and gas grills adjacent to the outdoor antique prep sink, and a shed stocked for your recreational use with 4 adult bikes, beach toys, boogie boards, yard games, outdoor concert lawn chairs, lounger, cooler and a few beach chairs. As a bonus, you’ll find most of what you need when you first arrive, including hand and bath towels, starter paper supplies, and condiments. You must provide your own sheets and beach towels. Bring along your ‘favorite’ beach chair and umbrella if you’re a sun lover like I am.
Sleeping Arrangements: The 2nd Floor has 3 bedrooms and a full bathroom – Master Bedroom w/King Bed; Twin Bedroom w/2 Single Beds; and a Small Bedroom w/1 Single Bed (this room is a walk-thru to 3rd Floor Attic Bedroom). The 3rd Floor has an Attic Bedroom with antique double bed, a pitched ceiling and steep stairs typical of a historic home (Bathroom is on 2nd floor). The separate Cottage Suite has 3 twin beds - a Twin and a Twin Trundle Bed (2 twins); use them as 3 beds or convert the Trundle Twins to a King Bed. The cottage has a loveseat, table for 4, mini kitchenette and easy access to the lighted outside bathroom. Create some extra privacy or give the kids their own ‘dream house’.
Bathrooms: Main level: half bath and our favorite outside shower/bathroom, complete with its own toilet and outside sink. The 2nd floor has a full bath with tub and shower.
Enclosed Shower with toilet/sink next to sunroom and cottage...moreless
Extra amenities with all the convenience of home! House is supplied with hand and bath towels, condiments, starter paper products, bicycles, 'extra' beach chairs, beach toys, gas and BBQ the grills.
You must provide your own sheets and beach towels. Bring your favorite beach chair, cooler and beach umbrella to use in addition to those I supply at the house.
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit$50
Fees: Tax and Damage Fees are added to rental fee; Tax is 5%; $50 Damage Fee is NOT refundable.
Spring and Fall: Cottage is priced separately ($250); Flexible Start and End dates.
Summer: Weekly rentals only; Change-Over Day is Friday; Rents Friday to Friday.
Winter: Cottage not available; Monthly rate available with some utilities included.
Memorial Weekend: 4 nite min at $1200 inc cottage.
Payment in full is required for reservation. Pay by personal or certified check.
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Walk to everything from this ‘in town’ home. Stroll the quaint seaport village of Lewes, shop for antiques, specialty items or gourmet treats. Visit maritime museums and monuments to the first Dutch settlers of the 1600’s. Saunter past charming historic homes and lush gardens. Dine at diverse restaurants. Admire local artists and craftswork at art galleries and fairs. Ride a bike, rent a kayak, or cast a fishing line off the jetty at the inlet. Or take a mile-long walk on the beach in the opposite direction, to the Dairy Queen. Walk, run or bike the 8 mile trail to Rehoboth and have a muffin at Pasquelini’s at the end.
Water, water everywhere – canal, bay, ocean – sunning, swimming, beachcombing, bird-watching, surfing, fishing, boating, kayaking. Take a tour on Delaware’s historic tall ship Kalmar Nyckel, when she’s in port. Take a ferry ride from Lewes to Cape May, New Jersey, at $15 round trip for foot passengers. Board the old restored light ship 'Overfalls' at its pier - or maybe try a lighthouse tour by boat. Explore Wildlife refuges full of birds.
Enjoy Lewes’ small town Americana 4th of July celebration and weekly summer Concerts on the Green at the Library. Bargain shop at Delaware’s tax-free outlet malls. Visit the old-fashioned Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, eat cotton candy and Grottos Pizza, rub shoulders with the crowds…well maybe once. Take a tour of the Dogfish Head Brewery in nearby Milton. Golf or play tennis,
Delight in the Cape Henlopen ocean beaches as pristine as the dunes and surf at the Outer Banks---but so much closer!
Year Purchased: 2006
About the owner: The owner is a DC suburban resident, native New Yorker with an incurable love for the beach, who summered in Rehoboth for 20 years. The owner chose Lewes for its unsurpassed ocean beach (inside the Cape Henlopen State Park). Longing for her early days on Long Island, Lewes’ 8 miles of ocean shoreline is untouched, natural and undeveloped, showcasing the sun, sand and surf in all its natural glory.
Why the Owner Chose Lewes: The owner chose Lewes for its historic district which protects its small town appeal and quaint, quiet neighborhoods, where the home is located. Variety is key for her and beloved Rehoboth is nearby with its hubbub of activity, boardwalk, beaches, shops and restaurants. This house and others like it on the street were built in the Victorian era as a bonus for the managers of a long-gone factory. The owner renovated this 1898 house a few years ago, creating a lovely home for others to enjoy! The house displays her art, photos and personal furnishings collected over decades.
The Unique Benefits at this House: First, the location; the house sits on a secluded street and is an easy walk to the center of town. Second, the home has hidden surprises around every corner. It’s updated, but eclectic and maintains many original and reclaimed features. The attic has original 1898 plank flooring; its walls were reclaimed from a 1930’s Rehoboth hand-made log cabin, whose millstone flanks the town's museum. Although that summer rental was demolished, she saved many of its features and furnishings, including the depression-era outdoor sink. The house displays her personal treasures: kitchen wall plates from her trips to Florence, Italy; a painting in the sun-room, by a RB neighbor, that depicts a tanker on the horizon; a painting of her first summer beach 'rental' which began her ‘living the dream’ home search. A friend drew an interpretation of the ‘5 Boys’ with Canada geese. There is Marsha’s (Front Street, Lewes) rendition of Madison Ave crafted like San Francisco's Painted Ladies, 'The ‘7 Sisters'. There are photos from her time spent in Italy, DC, Arizona, Long Island and Martha’s Vineyard. Every item holds a treasured memory! Please take good care of them.
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