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Elegant Victorian W/Carriage House on Canal

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213 Second Street(front door on the right)


Last updated: 04/18/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-9 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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.
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Member since: 2004

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/18/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 4000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 12
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    No parties of unsupervised high school or college kids. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12

  • Master: 1 queen

    En Suite...moreless

  • Main House 2: 1 queen


  • Main House 3: 1 queen


  • Main House 3rd Floor: 4 twin/ single

    1 trundle...moreless

  • 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...moreless

Bathrooms: 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....moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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....moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    A variety of toys for tots, as well as some card and board games. ...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    Bluetooth connector on the stereo in the living room. ...moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo:

    Two surround sound systems, one in the living room and one in the carriage house. Remote speakers in the kitchen....moreless

  • Television:

    One flat screen TV in the livingroom; one in the carriage house; and one on the third floor....moreless

  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Water View

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


  • Dining:

    Folding chairs supplement seating at the dining room table. Carriage house has a table that seats 6-8....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Two zone central air conditioning in the main house. Wall-through HVAC units upstairs and downstairs in the carriage house....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Please empty the lint trap....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Two zone central heat in the main house. Wall-through HAVC upstairs and downstairs in the carriage house....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    One space parallel to the back fence along Pilottown Road. Free parking out front and in the historic district. Metered parking (daytime only) across the street and in the commercial district....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine:

    Washer and dryer are in the basement. Please empty the lint trap....moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Fax


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip and press coffee makers....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Ample for making large family meals....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishware for 16+; all cooking utensils you will need for crabs, lobster, pasta, steaks, etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Bosch dishwasher....moreless

  • Freezer:

    Freezer draw with ice maker....moreless

  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen! Propane bar-b-que grill in the back yard. Please replace the propane tank if you finish it off....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:

    Excellent, high powered microwave....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Many basic pantry items are in the cupboard. Please replace what you use if you finish it....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Subzero refrigerator in the main house; mini fridge in the carriage house....moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric cook top....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Toaster oven in the kitchen....moreless


  • Balcony:

    Not really a balcony, but we live on the front porch where we relax with friends and say hi to neighbors and visitors walking up and down Second Street....moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles:

    Bicycle rentals are down the street on the way to town beach....moreless

  • Boat:

    Boat rentals are available nearby....moreless

  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio:

    The front porch is our favorite place to hang out and chat with friends and passers-by....moreless

  • Golf:

    Several public golf courses are within 15 minutes drive....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Rentals are available nearby for use on the Rehobeth canal or in the ocean....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Roses and roses and herbs and flowers and flowers....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis:

    Public tennis courts are across the street at the back of the property....moreless

  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Available nearby in Lewes and in downtown Rehobeth and on Route 1....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.9
from 8 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off Season - Spring
Jan 15 - May 31, 2017
2 night min stay
Late Spring
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2017
2 night min stay
Off Season - Fall
Sep 5 - Nov 18, 2017
2 night min stay
Thanksgiving Weekend
Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
Nov 27 - Dec 22, 2017
2 night min stay
Christmas Week
Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2018
9 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay


Changeover Day: Saturday

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Pet Fee $250 + tax
  • Cleaning $150 + tax
  • Tax Rate 5%



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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Last updated: 04/18/2017
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0.05 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 block
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Cape May Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Rte 1
30 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Rte 1 and Rte 16
0.05 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 block
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Historic District (Lewes, DE, USA):
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.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 04/18/2017

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  • 213 Second Street(front door on the right)

    213 Second Street(front door on the right)

  • Main house, front hall looking to the dining room

    Main house, front hall looking to the dining room

  • Comfy chairs in the livingroom

    Comfy chairs in the livingroom

  • A fully equipped kitchen overlooking the backyard, herb garden & carriage house.

    A fully equipped kitchen overlooking the backyard, herb garden & carriage house.

  • Master bedroom, en suite

    Master bedroom, en suite

  • 2nd Floor - Middle Bedroom

    2nd Floor - Middle Bedroom

  • Main house, third floor bedroom

    Main house, third floor bedroom

  • The Carriage House looking from the kitchen

    The Carriage House looking from the kitchen

  • Back patio from the Carriage House

    Back patio from the Carriage House

  • The Front Porch - aaaahhhh!

    The Front Porch - aaaahhhh!

  • Living room, doorway to dining room; working fireplace

    Living room, doorway to dining room; working fireplace

  • Dining room table seats 8; 4 extra chairs available.

    Dining room table seats 8; 4 extra chairs available.

  • Main house; 1st floor full bath

    Main house; 1st floor full bath

  • Blue bedroom (2nd floor main house)

    Blue bedroom (2nd floor main house)

  • Main house, second floor bathroom

    Main house, second floor bathroom

  • Main house, third floor bedroom; view of the canal

    Main house, third floor bedroom; view of the canal

  • Boats on the Lewes Canal

    Boats on the Lewes Canal

  • The View from the Porch

    The View from the Porch

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