Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927


Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths (sleeps up to 9)

LOCATION: Located on Evergreen Road.

Joan's Ark, a quaint, inexpensive beach house, is a well-equipped home perfect for families and friends wanting to get away and enjoy the beach. It is located in DelMarVa on the Delaware coast in South Bethany and close to Bethany, Dewey Beach, Fenwick Island, and Ocean City. It is about a 5-minute walk to a recently expanded beach and provides the following for a perfect getaway:

· A remodeled and well-equipped kitchen, perfect for communal meals

· A partial wraparound deck that has a meal table and a new stainless steel, gas grill

· 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a bright, comfortable living area

· An outdoor shower

· Located on the bay side, it provides a wonderful network of canals and bird life to view on morning and evening strolls; one can also enjoy crabbing and fishing from the canals

· Plenty of parking

· An affordable rental fee that is lower than comparable rental homes that are within walking distance of the beach

· House cleaning before arrival and after departure during high season; outside of high season there is an extra fee


· Near a walking and bike path

· A short drive to a surfing beach, kayaking, and several state seashore parks

· Short drive to the outlets in Rehobeth (no sales tax!)

· Located in South Bethany, one of the “Quiet Resorts”

· On a quiet night in the Quiet Resort, you can hear the ocean


(Must have a renter at least 25 years or older)

During the high season and most of the regular season we only do weekly rentals, but ask!

More Details

Anne O'Brien
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

About Anne O'Brien

The house was originally purchased by our mother in 1993, I believe. When mom retired, she made South Bethany her spring through fall retirement home. She passed away in 2004 and left the home to my siblings and me so that we could keep the tradition of gathering the grandchildren together. We have been renting it to close friends and friends of friends and decided to give VRBO a whirl. We keep the house updated and clean, and it is very well-equipped and homey. I work in higher education and live in Utah, but I have three siblings in the DC area who maintain the home. This house is very special to us and we hope VRBO renters find it as special a place as we do.

Anne O'Brien purchased this house in 1993

Why Anne O'Brien chose South Bethany Harbor

At the time mom bought the house, the Delaware shore was virtually 'unknown' and she liked the quiet nature it afforded. She wanted a place where all the grandkids could gather and play, and this beach is perfect for that. We love the proximity to the beach itself and that it is a private beach. The towns of South Bethany and Bethany Beach take such wonderful care of the dunes and the shore. The beach has fewer restrictions on what you are allowed to do, but still there is a definite dedication by the residents and renters to keeping it clean and safe. The canals near our home and the bay provide a wonderful place to take a walk and spot a variety of birds and wildlife. There’s a bike path that runs along the neighborhood—perfect for a walk, run, or bike ride either north to Dewey Beach or south to Ocean City.

What makes this house unique

We love taking walks along the beach. We often get to enjoy watching dolphins frolic in the water during those walks. Since the house is such a short distance to the beach, it makes it easy to come and go throughout the day – great when you have young children or just want a quick bite to eat. We enjoy the quiet and friendly aspect of the neighborhood. Depending on your mood and activity level, there are so many activities available in the Bethany Beach area, from reading a book on the beach to bike riding to parasailing and even surfing. At night when it is quiet, we can sometimes hear the ocean. Bethany Beach is such a lovely, beautiful place that it will make your time away from home so very special.


South Bethany Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Renter must bring own linens: bed linens, bath towels/mat, kitchen towels, beach towels. 2 Queen, 2 Double & 1 Twin bed. Bring own beach equipment.
  • Cleaning fee included in weekly rental. Nightly rental cleaning fee: $95. Refund given after cancellation date for mandatory Hurricane evacuation only
  • Security Deposit refundable upon house inspection and House Rules followed as listed in book located at house. $10 per night per person beyond 8.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1: Queen size bed (Master bedroom) Bedroom 2: Double Bed Bedroom 3: Double with Twin as part of a bunk bed unit with Twin on top Queen Sleep Sofa in living room.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Just a short 5-minute walk to a recently expanded beach · A remodeled and well-equipped kitchen, perfect for communal meals · A partial wraparound deck that has a meal table and a new stainless steel, gas grill · 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a bright, comfortable living area · WIFI, Cable, TVs in two rooms · An outdoor shower · Located on the bayside, it provides a wonderful network of canals and birdlife to view on morning and evening strolls · Plenty of parking · An affordable rental fee that is significantly lower than comparable rental homes · Located in South Bethany, one of the “Quiet Resorts” SEE CALENDAR BELOW FOR AVAILABILITY


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

81% Complete
18% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

Great house, great location!

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at Joan's Ark and had a great time. The house is lovely and has everything you need! It is located in South Bethany within walking distance to the beach. Bethany is a 5 minute drive and Ocean City, 15 minutes. We would definitely visit there again! A great house in a great location!


  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Well kept, homey and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our family vacation! It was very clean, and felt like a home away from home - not just some generic rental. The location was nice and having a parking pass included with the rental helped greatly when we needed to transport all of our beach gear. Hope to visit again next year!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Comfortable and close to the beach!

  • 4 of 5

The house was great and we loved our stay! The home is in a nice, quiet residential neighborhood with tall pines and other trees around it, so it's a shady, pretty setting. It's also a nice area for walking or jogging. South Bethany beach is only a short walk (you cross over Coastal Highway 1) or a quick drive. We were there in mid-June and the beach was uncrowded. The owners are friendly and easy to work with, and they provide two car passes for parking at the beach, which was a blessing; you don't have to pay to park your car as you do at the main beach area in Bethany if you are renting a home further away from the ocean. The house is up on pilings and all on one level. The livingroom is not large but nicely furnished with a couch, love seat and upholstered chair, and accommodated our family well. The kitchen is spacious, beautifully updated and fully stocked. There are new appliances, a food processor, crock pots, coffee maker, thermoses, lots of knives, plastic containers and large utensils, pots and pans, etc. Everything you need! There is also a good-sized gas grill on the deck. One downside is that if you have a back problem, the mattresses are not too firm. But overall, the home is clean and comfortable. There is a low, wide, wooden swing below the house which our grandkids (2 and 4) loved! It was also nice to have room for four cars on the property since there is no street parking. Would definitely recommend Joan's Ark!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Perfect for us

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Joan's Ark for the third time this summer. This is not a fancy, super-modern beach house; it is a comfortable family home. We appreciate the owners' responsiveness and have had a great stay every time. The house is a very short walk to the beach (about six minutes for us without tons of gear or slow movers; definitely more than ten when hauling lots of stuff or with someone who can't walk fast), and parking passes are provided, but we always walk. The only negative I can think of is that time passes too quickly when we are there!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great getaway well equipped!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for a birthday weekend getaway. Very nice well kept cottage in a beautiful area. Since it was the weekend of the April snow, we didn't explore the possibilities of walking to the beach but very clear directions were left in the house and it seemed like a quick walk. A short drive to center of town. Plenty of room for 4 adults to fit comfortably. I always use VRBO and have stayed in quite a few houses...I can honestly say this house had the best equipped kitchen of any I've ever been in! Unlike some houses where you have 15 crab hammers one margarita glass and 3 lobster pots but no frying pans! Not to mention the kitchen was huge and beautiful, I truly wish I could transport it to my house. I can't speak to any of the outdoors amenities as we didn't use them, but the location was great, very peacefully setting surrounded by trees, a great deck all around. Very clean and well stocked. Be aware that our one person who attempted to sleep on the couch bed was not at all comfortable, but overall a really nice affordable rental.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
hockessin, de.


  • 5 of 5

this vacation home was great !1 close to everything you need and want to do .

beach, town of Bethany and very quit area..

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jane. I'm glad it worked out well for you all!
Did you find this review helpful?
1 1


Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Lewes Ferry
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
South Bethany
Car: necessary

Renter must bring own linens including bed linens, bath towels and mats, kitchen towels, and beach towels. You can find a linen rental service on the web if you prefer to rent. You'll also want to bring your own beach chairs and umbrella. At least one renter must be 25 years of age or older and provide a copy of their driver's license or passport.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 8.0%

Rates are subject to change. Weekly Rentals are Friday to Friday (VRBO doesn't allow dates to overlap so shows 6 nights, but weekly rentals are from Friday to Friday). Weekly rentals take priority over nightly rentals during Regular and High season. The week will show available to other renters until payment received and cleared. Regular and High Season weekly rentals include cleaning fee. A $95 cleaning fee will be added for any rental less than one week. Memorial and Labor Day Weekend requires a minimum 3 night stay; renters may stay additional days at the Regular Season rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund