About the property
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
House, 5/6 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 13-17)
Beachfront house, just 10 minutes from the Delaware Turf Complex !
Book online via VRBO for only an extra 12% fee, or contact the owner for the old-fashioned paper/check method!
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 was built in 2009, redecorated in 2017, 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 6-person Hot Tub (Seasonal). 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:
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).
BR #5: 3 Twins, Starting May 2018
MBR #6: King (2)
Total: 15 (18 in Summer 2018)
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'.
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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- Calendar last updated:
- May 15, 2018
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What a perfect getaway and a great central location to all that Delaware has to offer.This was our 2nd stay and we plan on staying again.David was very helpful with info on site seeing and things to do in Delaware.The views from both back balconies and front porch were breath taking.The house had almost everything provided but towels and bedding.Perfect for families looking to get away from the hustle and relax yet close to all beaches!
Great quiet beach house!
My family and I stayed here the last week in June and had a great time! The layout of the house was perfect for us as we had a larger group with multiple families. The kids had a great time on the beach and spent a lot of time collecting shells and watching for horseshoe crabs. We cooked all of our meals in the home and found the accommodations great. It was a 15 minute drive to get to the main road but it was very easy to get to Walmart for food and the recommended seafood place was outstanding! We took a nice day trip to Rehoboth and part of our group took the ferry over to Cape May. David was great to work with and was always quick to respond. This house is a nice getaway on the bay and great for multiple families with children.
House was very comfortable. Nice Beach. No doubt we were blessed with the weather. But house would have pleased us no matter what. Thanks
Nice location, house shows wear
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
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.
Great Group get away!
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.
Great place right on the water!
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.
USAF Air Mobility Command Museum - 20 min
Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel, in Lewes DE
Salt Water Fishing - Day trips from Bowers Beach
Bowers Beach Maritime Museum
Delaware National Seashore State Park
Rehoboth (shops, outlet shopping)
Lewes Delaware (cute town, shops)
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
$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)