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Elegant Victorian w/Carriage house on Canal

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 Brs; 3 Full Baths; 4 Queens 4 Twins; 1 Queen pullout, outdoor shower

This elegant, 5 bedroom, recently renovated Victorian home and carriage house, in the Lewes Historic District, balances the original elegance of this home with the casual comforts of the beach. Your city blues will melt away when you arrive! The front porch overlooks historic downtown Lewes and provides an intimate sense of a more relaxed time in America. Gracious Stepping out the sliding doors of the kitchen, you enter the back yard with BBQ and herb garden which is surrounded with privacy fencing. The ground floor living area in the carriage house opens onto the lushly landscaped back yard through French doors that create a luxurious indoor/outdoor living area for intimate dining and entertaining on warm summer nights. The new canal waterfront park is right outside the back gate and parking area; the beach and all Lewes just steps away! For fall and winter visitors, there is a working fireplace!

More on the house: The carriage house has a rustic bedroom with through ventilation under the eaves and a tin roof on the 2nd floor. The 2nd and 3rd floor rear bedrooms in the main house provide views of the canal. The fireplace in the living room warms up any chilly evenings. Televisions with Dish TV and surround-sound are located in the living room and carriage house. There are VCR and CD/DVD players in both houses and in the attic for the kids; and wireless DSL and a printer/fax machine. The house has well appointed bedrooms, a galley kitchen just off the dining room with modern appliances, including a Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and disposal. Customary kitchenware includes everything you need for boiled lobster or steak and salmon on the grill. Laundry is in the basement with entry from the garden. Bike parking rack,hammock, herb garden for your cooking next to the grill, and outdoor shower. There is dedicated parking outside the back gate for 2 midsize cars.

Entertainment: Weekly and seasonal parking passes at Henlopen State Park Beach are inexpensive You may walk or bicycle into the Park for free. Breakwater Harbor Beach (aka Town Beach; by the Dairy Queen) is free and a great spot for toddlers or others who prefer less vigorous swimming. Rehobeth and Dewey Beaches, the boardwalk, outlet malls, movies, and more restaurants are 5 - 15 minutes south on Route 1. These beaches offer the fun of the boardwalk in addition to good ocean swimming and lifeguards. Parking is generally readily available at street meters or in lots. Fishing, dinner cruises, rentals and whale watching are available just across the Canal. Cape May Ferry takes you across the mouth of the Delaware River to historic Cape May.

historic district: Lewes has a vibrant Historic DIstrict with lovely Victorian homes. Some are converted to businesses but most are lived-in.

213 and 215 Second St were built together for 2 generations of the same family; the houses share a wall but all rooms, systems and gardens are separate. The original carriage house (with its horse weathervane) is in our garden. A retired couple-former teachers- have owned 215 for many years and live there during the summer.

More Details

William Whitman or Sallie Davis
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

About William Whitman or Sallie Davis

We fell in love with this Victorian home in the center of Lewes historic district where we and our children could walk everywhere! Our growing family continues to love it and enjoy it year-round. We live near Washington, DC and are available by cell phone anytime.

William Whitman or Sallie Davis purchased this house in 2004

Why William Whitman or Sallie Davis chose Historic District

Located on one of the original house lots in Lewes, the older part of the house was built in the 1880's and then added on to around 1900. While the kitchens, baths and systems are modern, much of the original charm of the house has been preserved.

We have many guests who return every year; people who come to get married in town or at the house; many guests with three generations; reunions; and other celebrations.

The house is within four blocks of many great restaurants and bars, great shopping, the tennis courts, ball field, and public dock, the historic sites in town, churches, and City Hall, and just a short walk further to the boat yard, the town beach (by the Dairy Queen) and more. The Henlopen State Park beach is a 5 minute drive with great parking, a concession stand with changing rooms, hiking trails, historic exhibits and access for off-road vehicles.

We have friends and neighbors in Lewes who help us care for the house when we're not there and something goes wrong.

What makes this house unique

The carriage house is like a second living room so your party can divide up as desired. Barbecues on warm nights in the very private back yard with the sliding doors open to the carriage house living area where there is music or tv are divine.

Guestbook comments from the owner

If you love the charm of a beautiful Victorian home, fine dining, good shopping, boating, biking, tennis and beautiful beaches, you can't go wrong on Second Street. We hope you will join us in enjoying this special place. Let us know whether you enjoyed it and what we can do to make your next stay even better. Bill Whitman & Sallie Davis.
Dec 2004
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Historic District House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master - 2nd Flr - toilet , shower
    Main 2nd Flr - toilet , shower
    Main 1st Flr - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main House - outdoor shower
  • The master bedroom is en suite. The other second floor bathroom in the main house is shared. The downstairs bathroom in the main house is a full bath with a tub/shower. The outdoor shower has hot water. There is no bathroom in the carriage house.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master - 1 queen , En Suite
    Main House 2 - 1 queen
    Main House 3 - 1 queen
    Main House 3rd Floor - 4 twin/ single , 1 trundle
    Carriage House Upstairs - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • 4 bedrooms with one queen bed each (3 in the main house; 1 in the carriage house); the kids' aerie in the attic of the main house has 4 singles; 1 ground floor queen pullout in the carriage house
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
4 bedrooms with queen beds (1 in the Carriage House in back of the Main House) and 1 attic bedroom with 4 twins in the main house; 1 downstairs queen sleep sofa in the carriage house; 2 off street parking spots; great porch; patio; 2 TVs with satellite and surround sound; 1 TV on third floor; wifi; privacy fencing; outdoor gas grill; outdoor shower with hot water; full size washer & new dryer in basement; mini refrigerator and bar sink in carriage house; herb garden.Elderly and infirm are welcome, but there are stairs front and back and the main house bedrooms are on the second floor.We have allowed pets on a few occasions under special circumstances with an additional charge. Pets must be treated for fleas.


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Elegant Victorian w/Carriage house on Canal
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 18 reviews
Washington, DC

Fantastic family beach weekend!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in Bill and Sallie's Victorian house in downtown Lewes. The location could not be beat (ice cream in shouting distance, short walk to the beach or The Wharf) and the accommodations were high end and very comfortable. We had a few families, lots of kids and the house accommodated everyone very comfortably. The beds were comfortable and we were able to churn out big group meals in the well stocked kitchen. The backyard grill and hammock space was great for outdoor meal times. Once the kids were asleep, we spent every night sitting on the front porch chatting into the night. Bill and Sallie were responsive and attentive to our needs during our stay and we appreciated all of the help they gave.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shannon& her family were great! We are glad they had a great time!
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Wonderful property in town and close to all shops and restaurants.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent experience. Property is well maintained. Nice sleeping arrangements. Functional kitchen and dining rooms. Renters should make note that towels and sheets are not provided.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home in downtown Lewes!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 3 couples, had a wonderful stay at this beautiful home. We hope to stay here again in the future. The location was perfect and a few minutes from the ferry. The owners were extremely responsive to any questions that we asked and very hospitable.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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ok. If you are reading this review you should immediately book this place!!!

  • 5 of 5

This house is perfectly located in downtown Lewes backs up to Canal with Marina steps away from boat slips!! The back yard and carriage house makes you feel like you are in the country. Great house and will be back again for sure :)

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Family Tradition is Established

  • 5 of 5

Morning coffee on the front porch, afternoons at the beach and dinners either in the gorgeous backyard or steps away in the restaurants on Second Street -- family vacations don't get much better than that. Thank you again William & Sallie for allowing us all to enjoy being together in that great house for such a memorable getaway. We'll most certainly be back!!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Binghamton NY

Perfect Week

  • 5 of 5

First of all, thank you Sallie and Bill for sharing your property. There were 8 adults, 2 young children and one baby that made the trip to Lewes, the home had plenty of room and was comfortable. Six of us stayed in the main house , all the beds were queen size and very comfortable , the main house has two bathrooms with showers on the second floor and one bath with a tub on the first floor. The first floor bath was used by the 2 adults and 2 children staying in the carriage house. The impressive thing was we took many showers after trips to the beach or when we woke up but never lost the hot water. The house is located in the historic district , there are many old and beautiful homes nearby, the main business district is just down the street where there are top notch restaurants and cute shops. Parking can become a slight problem, the private spot is small and you would be hard pressed to park 2 cars, but in most cases we found free on street parking when we were patient and willing to walk a short distance. Canal Front park is outside the back gate, almost every day some sort of activity or entertainment was going on, yoga, Zumba, music and movies for kids were what we experienced. The bay beach is a walkable distance away, this beach is great for young children because of the calm waters, just a short 2 mile drive or bike ride is the state park. The beach we enjoyed the last couple of years at the park is Herring Point, not very crowded. If a boardwalk is more your style Rehoboth Beach is a short drive south. Back to the house, it has a great front porch where you can sit for hours and people watch, talk to passerbyes or just relax. There were all the things you needed to prepare dinners ( pots, pans etc ) and to serve them. There is a washer and dryer down in the basement. We were so busy that I did not see a TV on all week but there are 3 on the premises. One negative , the wifi is very, very slow but we survived. So, if you are looking for a place to stay in Lewes I would say that I think you would be hard pressed to find one better than Sallie and Bill's. Location, location...thanks again Sallie and Bill.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
1 block
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Cape May Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Rte 1
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Rte 1 and Rte 16
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
1 block
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
8 blocks
Car: necessary

The house is located immediately adjacent to the downtown shopping and restaurant district with something for everyone - fine dining, clothes, antiques, art, fine crafts, toys, ice cream, wine and beer, two excellent coffee houses, furniture, housewares, beach supplies, post office, banks, and more - all within a few blocks. The gate in the backyard opens directly onto Front Street and the Canal, the new Canal Park, public tennis courts, and fishing and boating facilities. There is ample street parking in front of the house and two dedicated spaces in back. Walk to the town (bay) beach- perfect for young children or go to Cape Henlopen State Park ,a 5 minute drive and an easy 15 minute bicycle ride from the house. It is a truly fine National Seashore Park with a beautiful beach, concession stand, showers, bicycle and nature trails, a seashore education center for the kids, lifeguards, pier fishing, soccer fields and more. Lewes is a year-round destination!

Other Activities: Boardwalk, great restaurants, minigolf, shopping

Golf: Several nice golf courses are nearby (the closest is on Rte 1 North) and mini-golf on Rt1 1 South and in Rehoboth Beach.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $250 + Tax
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

Please see the posted rates. If pets are approved by us, pet rates are $250/week or $75/weekend.
If your desired time is available, we will hold the spot for you while we send you a lease and you return a deposit. The amount of deposit will depend on the rental and the time of year. Security deposit for summer rentals is generally $500.00; for off-season rentals, it is generally $300.00; amounts may vary depending on the size of your party.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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