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5BR Beachfront

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 14+)

This property is in South Bowers Beach Island, approx. 20 miles north of Broadkill Beach. It is directly on the Delaware Bay and close to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Dover Air Force base.

Minimum Stay: 3 Days Off Season, 4 Days May and September, and Weekly in the summertime.

Get away from the crowds, traffic, long lines, and noise! This is

the place for you! The house is brand new in 2009 and perfect for a relaxing family vacation.

Enjoy romantic walks on an empty beach. This house is directly on the Delaware Bay, and also overlooks the marsh and wetlands with birds and wildlife.

The upper level deck is very large and has panoramic views of the Delaware Bay, sunrises, moonrise, and the Milky Way (The Delaware Bay shores has virtually no night glow to hide the stars, so bring a telescope!).

The lower level also has a screened in porch and a Game/SPA room with a 6-person Hot Tub, a Foosball/game table, and a TV. This room opens to the main hallway and all bedrooms as well as the screened in deck. Board games, puzzles, and beach chairs are provided.

The Kitchen includes a breakfast bar and a double oven for the larger meals when needed, a bread machine and an electric ice cream maker, and the other standard appliances. The great room includes comfortable couches, flat screen TV, an over-sized coffee table for games. Dining area seats 14 and has 10 comfortable chairs (great for games or meetings!)

Sleeping Arrangements are:

Lower Level:

BR #1: Queen Bed. (Sleeps 2)

BR #2: Queen Bed. (2)

BR #3: Full/Twin Bunk, Trundle Bed (5)

BR #4: Twin Bunk + Twin Bunk (4).

Upper Level:

MBR: King (2)

Total: 15

If you need a smaller place, or another house nearby for an even larger group, Check out my neighbor's 3-BR rental only 3 houses away.

Rental Period & Supplies:

This rental is SUNDAY to SUNDAY so as to allow you to miss the bulk of the traffic and make it to at least one more summer swim meet if you need to. Rental does NOT include bed sheets, pillowcases, soap, or paper goods (ie, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins and such). We will provide sample sizes of dishwasher soap and laundry soap, and modest cleaning supplies will be available. Please Note: This is a NON-SMOKING property. We also have a dog that visits the house occasionally, but are not inviting pets at this time.

Location & Distances:

South Bowers is located 2 hours south of Philadelphia and 2.5 hours East of Washington DC. It is one hour closer to DC than Rehoboth and two hours closer than Ocean City! We'll send detailed directions. You can use Google Maps or Mapquest to find 'South Bowers Beach; 19963'.

Nearby Attractions:

South Bowers is one hour directly east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and is situated near Milford for convenient hassle-free shopping. Local day trip opportunities include:

0) BEST - the US Air Force Air Mobility Command - climb inside and around dozens of old AF planes! Climb inside! Great exhibits - perfect for the young or old !!

1) Relax on your nearly private beach and enjoy the sun, swimming, shell collecting, walking and running, or volleyball. Plan to relax at south Bowers. It is very quiet, and lets you get as “away from it all” as you want to be.

2) Day-trip fishing with the Bowers Beach fishing fleet – go to some of the best fishing spots on the Delaware Bay and bring home some dinner! (walk 0.1 mile with special arrangement for pier-side pickups, or drive 20 minutes to the town and its fleet (& eclectic restaurants).

3) Rehoboth Beach – enjoy the waves and the shops! (45 min)

4) Lewes town, with neat shopping and beaches (30 min)

5) Cape May NJ via the CM/Lewes Ferry. A quaint Victorian town with shopping and fun! (and the Ferry ride is a blast! (40 min to the Ferry docks)

6) Harrington Racetrack & Casino (19 miles)

7) Dover Downs Racetrack & Casino (21 miles)

8) Prime Hook Nature Preserve (GREAT birding in the winter time!)

9) Harrington DE (Antique shops, Train caboose & Agricultural Tractor museum for kids) and the Delaware State Fair ! (July 23 to Aug 1, 2009,

10) Dover International Speedway, NASCAR Racing May 29-31 and Sep 25-27! Go see the Monster Mile !! ) (about 30 min)

11) Killens Pond Water Park ( 14 miles)

12) If you have a boat and trailer, there is a convenient private ramp .1 miles away with a nominal drop fee.

13) Visit the Dover AFB during its Open House Day (was 9/21/08 last year, 1 day only) or visit relatives on R&R.

14) Shopping in Rehoboth's outlet malls! Several miles of tax-free outlet stores! (40 min)

15) Ocean City MD And Bethany Beach are about 1.5 hours away if you really want to see lots of people crowding onto the beaches and restaurants. Then come back to the relaxing quiet of South Bowers Island. Walk on the empty beaches and recharge your energy levels.

16) Kids 7-12: Solve the 'mystery of the sea captains treasure'. His note in the guest book is the first clue.

Note that the Delaware Bay is a tidal bay and at South Bowers has virtually no unsafe undertow or strong waves except near the river entrances. This means body-surfing opportunities are limited (like, none) but the water is clean and calm. The semi-private beaches are NOT monitored, so you need to be your own lifeguard even though there are also no real waves. The South Bowers area also has some of the cleanest water in the Delaware Bay! Swimming is great at HIGH Tide. Swim shoes recommended at all times. Miles of tidal pools are visible at low tide.

NOTE: You do not need to purchase the additional damage insurance unless you want to. VRBO pushes this product and profits by it. I include a refundable $250 damage deposit in the rental contract.

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More Details

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 31, 2017

Amenities

Milford House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Master Bath upstairs for MBR, Half Bath upstairs in Great Room Full Bath adjacent to bedrooms 2 and 4, with tub. Full Bath off hall by bedrooms 3 & 5, with shower. Exterior shower fixture outside.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Upper Level, with Private Master Bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Faces Water, Walk out to screened porch.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Faces Water - Walk out to screened porch.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , Children oriented. Large closet (with toys).
    Bedroom 5 - 4 bunk bed , Sleps 4 in 2 bunk beds.
  • Linens and Towels are NOT provided. King size beds (1) Extra-comfortable Pillow-Top mattress., Queen size Beds (2) One Euro-Foam mattress and One Firm mattress., Double Beds (1) (With bunk on top - sleeps 2 or 3), Twin or Single Beds (1) With Trundle, sleeps 2., Bunk Beds (2) One room, 2 bunk beds, sleeps 4.
Entertainment:
  • Air Hockey
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Lots of traditional puzzles and family board games are already there!

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(20 traveler reviews)

5BR Beachfront
average rating of 4.85 based on 20 reviews
5

Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

House was very comfortable. Nice Beach. No doubt we were blessed with the weather. But house would have pleased us no matter what. Thanks

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2

Nice location, house shows wear

  • 2 of 5

The location is nice. Right on the bay, short walk to the inlet. Beautiful. We fished, flew kites, kayaked, biked (we brought our own kayaks and bikes).

We visited Dover Air Force Base (great). The house... the hardwood floors are worn, carpet stains. Furniture in need of repair, sofa very worn and ready to break. TV did not work... we only tried it one time, the last night we were there.. we have very techy people, but could not get it to work. We did not complain about TV because it was our last night- too late to do anything about it.

Under the house we found boards with nails sticking up. Outside shower was in desperate need of repair. Rusty metal in bathroom showers.

Kitchen not stocked well. Chipped dishes. Lots of owners stuff around. Rusty kids bikes to use.

House needs a lot of attention

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mr. Martin was the last renter prior to the start of renovations. We just installed new carpets and re-painted 4 bedrooms and hallway and replaced 2 beds. The 55" smart-TV is brand new, and we noted and resolved the network issue on our next visit. The sofa is distressed leather. The boards outside were moved from a storage area by someone (previous renter?) that drove onto the sand and got their car stuck in the sand - we removed them. The house is not advertised as having an outside shower (it was too hard to maintain). The kitchen has two complete sets of dishes and silverware and lots of pots and pans, coffee maker, blenders, toaster, tons of glasses and cups and bowls. The bikes are replaced every few years, but even 1 winter causes a lot of rust.
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5

Great Group get away!

  • 5 of 5

We have a group of 5 that gets together twice a year. We all live in different parts of the country, so are weekends are a great time to catch up. This house was a perfect match for our group. The balconies on the front and back provided views of the bay and wetlands and are perfect for porch sitting as on of our group calls it. One of our group enjoyed the hot tub daily and really enjoyed having that available. The kitchen is well stocked with all the utensils and dinnerware you need. The large open area upstairs is great for the group to sit around and relax.

David is very responsive to questions and concerns. As we were all traveling by air to the house David arranged to have linens delivered to the house. When there were questions, David responded immediately even once late at night on our arrival day.

Our favorite restaurants were J.P's Wharf, just on the other side of the inlet from the house. The food was consistently very good and the oysters were the best, declared by one of our group has tried them all over the country. Our favorite breakfast place was West Side Restaurant, small homey, friendly staff and great food.

I would definitely recommend this house for any size group from 2- 16. It is quiet. There is a great abundance of birds and we also saw turtles almost daily. As we were there in May, the horse shoe craps were spawning and they lined the shoreline.

Thank you to Dave and to Amy(the house cleaner) for making our stay very comfortable and pleasant.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great place right on the water!

  • 5 of 5

Great place on the water for a large group of people. Views in every direction from the top floor and lots of amenities including hot tubs and fishing gear. Wildlife in the area abounds. Great place for a romantic getaway or a group fun. Owners are very responsive in assisting you in having a great time.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manchester, VT
5

Perfect get away home!

  • 5 of 5

My husband I spent a week at David and Sophie's lovely home in April. David was kind enough to allow us to rent from Wed to Wed due to my husband's schedule. He is so easy to deal with and everything is done quickly.The home is gorgeous and the upstairs living area is to die for. I couldn't stop staring out the windows. The house is very large and since it was only the two of us we pretty much just used upstairs.The big tub in the master is awesome and inspired us to put one in our house! Loved all the different decks and porches. Depending on time of day, we rotated around to different places. The beach is quaint. We found seaglass every day and helped turn over horseshoe crabs. The house is within easy driving to Ocean City, Maryland and Rehoboth Beach. David was gracious enough to check in on us as soon as we arrived and alerted us to an upcoming meteor event. We hope to come back with a bigger group as the house is perfect for any size party! Thanks, David!!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Island, New York
5

Nascar Driving Experience

  • 5 of 5

When I was looking for a family beach house vacation rental near Dover, Delaware, I certainly was lucky to have found this one. We wanted a house, not a hotel so that we could all be together for my husband's driving experience at Dover Racetrack. Our family was very comfortable staying here because of the location to the Dover Racetrack ( approx. 30 minute drive) and the perfect accomodations for a lot of people. The small community was very quiet & picturesque. It is situated about 5 miles east from the main road on Delaware Bay. Although it is not on the ocean, it was definitely what we wanted for a serene vacation. The house was clean, beautifully decorated, & had all the amenities a family would need. The owner was very informative & helpful when I had a question to ask. I would recommend this house for all that it was & because it is in between the attractions of Dover and the ocean beaches a little further south.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearby:

USAF Air Mobility Command Museum - 20 min

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Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel, in Lewes DE

Salt Water Fishing - Day trips from Bowers Beach

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Bowers Beach Maritime Museum

Delaware National Seashore State Park

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Rehoboth (shops, outlet shopping)

Lewes Delaware (cute town, shops)

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Rates & Availability

Milford House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summertime1
Jun 18 2017 - Jul 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
 
4th July Week
Jul 2 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
$4,000
 
 
Sumertime2
Jul 9 2017 - Aug 12 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
 
Mid August
Aug 13 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,250
 
 
Summertime3
Aug 20 2017 - Aug 27 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
 
 
Summertime4
Aug 28 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
$400
 
 
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
$475
 
 
September
Sep 6 2017 - Sep 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
$2,000
 
 
Fall NASCAR WE
Sep 29 2017 - Oct 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$550
 
 
Columbus Day WE
Oct 5 2017 - Oct 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
October/Nov
Oct 11 2017 - Nov 18 2017
3 night minimum stay
$300
$1,400
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 19 2017 - Nov 25 2017
5 night minimum stay
$375
 
 
Winter Holidays
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
$350
$1,250
 
 
Winter Holiday
Dec 24 2017 - Dec 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$350
$1,250
$3,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $125
Electronics Payment Fee $50

$250 of rental fee is due with contract (Total $500 with the deposit).
A 50% payment is due 60 days in advance of arrival, the balance ( 50% less $250) is due 10 days prior to arrival.
3 Kayaks are available to rent for $150 per week (for all 3).
RENTALS ARE SUNDAY TO SUNDAY IN THE SUMMERTIME (June-August)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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