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The Laughing Gull: Lewes Bay Block Beach House

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Laughing Gull, 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Now Booking Fall 2017!

200 STEPS from the BEACH and WALKING distance to HISTORIC LEWES shops and restaurants; the Laughing Gull is a new beautifully furnished contemporary beach block house.

Three stories of outdoor deck space, soaring cathedral ceilings and a great reverse floor plan that places the kitchen and great room on the second floor to capture off shore breezes. Two master suites and five bedrooms (2 kings, 2 queens, and 2 twins) sleep 10 comfortably creating the perfect floor plan for large family vacations and entertaining.

Steps to sandy beaches and walking distance to quaint shops, restaurants, and museums where history and charm abound! Spectacular Cape Henlopen State Park is a mere bike ride away, or launch your Kayak at the brand new Canal Front park. Lewes is a National Scenic byway, the first town in the first state, and borders the Delaware Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and is only 5 miles north of Rehoboth Beach and boardwalk amusements.

Lewes is recognized as one of: “A Dozen Distinctive Destinations” in the United States by the National Trust of Historic Preservation. It was recently featured in the News Journal as the next “Nantucket.”

Keywords: Beach House

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Helen Raleigh
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 4, 2017

About Helen Raleigh

I grew up spending summers at the Lewes seashore and always dreamt of owning a beach house here. Lewes has maintained its old world charm but continues to renew itself with great restaurants, shops and entertainment. Some things never change great swimming in the bay or the salty ocean air at Cape Henlopen a magical peninsula where the bay meets the sea... reach us, search lewes gull.

Helen Raleigh purchased this house in 2008

Why Helen Raleigh chose Lewes

The Laughing Gull is light bright open and airy with a great reverse floor plan that is perfect for family groups. Open spaces for spending time together with plenty of balconies and decks for some quiet time. We handle Gull bookings ourselves, so the quality of your vacation really matters to us and with our wonderful cleaning team and property manager we are able to keep the house in immaculate condition. We have many families who also think the Gull is special place, as they've made it a family tradition to return each year. We'd love to have you and your family do the same!

What makes this house unique

200 steps to the beach, walking distance to ice cream shops, historic downtown Lewes restaurants, shops and activities. Truly you can park the car for days and never use it. Walking and cycling distance means a break from shuttling the kids around and more relax time for you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great time and plan on renting from you all in the future. The location was great and I had a great time catching all kinds of fish (Croaker, Sea Trout, Spot, Flounder, Huge StingRay).

First time I stayed at a bay beach however it was great for us and baby Lily. She enjoyed the bucket and treats.

It was very nice to be able to walk to everything.

You have a beautiful home and thanks for spending the extra money into the nice beds which topped it all off. It allowed us to have a restful sleep throughout the entire vacation.

The flowers was a nice touch, too.


Rob and Family
Jun 2013
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Lewes Beach (East of Canal) House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 1st Floor Master Suite - toilet , tub , shower
    1st Floor Bath - toilet , shower
    1/2 Bath -
    2nd Floor Master Suite - toilet , tub , shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Suite 1 - 1 king
    Master Suite 2 - 1 king
    Oars Room - 1 queen
    Green Room - 1 queen
    Twins Room - 2 twin/ single
  • Two Kings, Two Queens, and Two Twins
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

The Laughing Gull: Lewes Bay Block Beach House
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 27 reviews
Washington, DC

Another great week at Laughing Gull!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Laughing Gull in 2014 and again this summer! This time we were two families with kids plus a set of grandparents. It was perfect - plenty of room, great distance to the beach for small children and grandparents, well-outfitted for meals and extremely comfortable all the way around. Everything that was so perfect in 2014 still is so! Another great beach week in Lewes! We will keep coming back to Laughing Gull - walk to the beach and to town! Thank you Helen and Steve for taking such great care of us and running such a lovely house!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Great location and a great stay! Close to the beach (couple minutes walk) and a lot of great restaurants (10 minutes walk). We had a great time and the house met our needs for our family of 7. We would highly recommend The Laughing Gull. Thanks to Helen and Steve making this a wonderful home.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It Is Magical

  • 5 of 5

Where do I begin? The Laughing Gull was magical. We were able to park the car and walk or bike everywhere. Just steps from the beach with picture perfect sunrises and sunsets. And then, add the owner's hospitality with the welcome basket,beautiful flowers, and responsiveness to our questions.

The house itself is spotless and loaded with charm.

All in all, it was one of the best vacations I have ever had in the continental United States. We hope to be back again, same time next year. A very special trip for one and all. Giving us memories to last a life time.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable House - easy walk to town or bay!

  • 4 of 5

This house comfortably held our extended family (1 grandparent, 6 parents, 2 kids and two infants). We loved that we could walk easily into town and to the bay. The walk to town was easy for our kids (9 and 6 years old). The bay beach was fun for the kids, including my 1 year old nephew. We enjoyed renting kayaks (from the Quest stand between the house and the town) ... they made it very easy because they bring the kayak to the beach for you and pick it back up when you are finished). The house was clean, comfortable and had some beach chairs/toys for guests to use. The owners were very attentive and helpful during the renting process and before we arrived. The house was exactly as we expected. We also loved having the screened in porches.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home, well equipped and spacious. There were 10 of us (2 grandparents, 4 parents and 4 grandchildren under 10), and we never felt cramped for space. The layout is perfect for the beach: open second floor for together time and bedrooms on the lower level for private time. The large screened porch was great for dining. Everyone loved the outdoor shower. Easy access to the beach and especially to Two Dips, the ice cream shop. Great location as well for walking into Lewes proper or bicycling. The bicycle loop to Rehoboth through Cape Henlopen was spectacular. We plan on returning next summer.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Luxury at the beach!

  • 5 of 5

My family of three (couple + 5 year old) spent a week at Laughing Gull with a family of four (couple + 5 and 8 year olds). It was perfect! In fact, we ended up having an extra bedroom since the little girls wanted to share the twin room, but when one caught a cough mid-week, we could easily separate them. Two king master suites with massive bathrooms, luxurious tubs, and comfortable beds were the refuge of the parents. The kid rooms were all on the floor below the main living area, so it was easy to put the kids to bed and stay up watching movies, playing games or just talking without worrying about waking the kids. Great layout for multiple families! We could have had an extra couple with us and it would not have felt crowded at all. Easy and safe walk to the beach for little ones - no whining about having to walk too far! Ate almost every meal on the huge SCREENED deck (there are two) just off the kitchen/living area. Delightful. Parking easy and plentiful. We walked to town several times, which was fun and a nice break from getting in and out of the car. The "beach closet" was well stocked with chairs, toys, umbrellas to add to our own stuff - so we wanted for nothing at the beach. Outdoor shower off the back deck was so convenient that the kids were always clean! The kitchen was a pleasure to cook in, very well stocked, great grill out on the deck - basically everything you'd want or need. Plenty of together space for a large group either for a meal or just in the living area, but easy to retreat to one of the decks or bedrooms for a break from the crowd. So the perfect location, plus a wonderfully designed and outfitted house can only be made better by: the owners. Helen and Steve are great. Helen was in touch from the beginning via e-mail. The materials she sent about the house were elegant, clear, and extremely helpful. It was such a relaxing week at the beach partially because the months leading up to it were such a pleasure dealing with Helen. All was as advertised - and then some. Helen thought of everything and was so kind and attentive. I cannot recommend Helen or the itself house highly enough - especially for anyone looking for a truly relaxing beach vacation with every comfort provided! We will definitely be returning!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Philadelphia International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Irish Eyes
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Lewes Cape May Ferry
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Lewes Beach (East of Canal) House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall Week 3
Sep 16 2017 - Sep 22 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Fall Week 4
Sep 23 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 5.0%

Rates are subject to change until travel is confirmed.

Deposit with signed contract and balance due 60 days prior to check-in. (I've been working directly with our guests since 2008 to handle contracts, payments, welcome packets, key codes. This means personal service for you and no extra fees by dealing with a middleman. VRBO is complicating the rates process but we will prevail just email or call me directly!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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