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Spectacular Waterfront Home; Boat Ramp, 3 decks, close to dog friendly beach

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Light, airy luxury home on deep-water canal with private boat ramp and dock! Painted throughout in fall of 2017. Beautiful hardwood floors in main living areas, granite countertops, spacious well equipped gourmet kitchen, outdoor solar lighting, and a double hammock for relaxing by the water. With 2 separate wings upstairs that overlook the living area, it is ideal for 2 families to share. Each wing has 2 bedrooms and a full bath. Both waterfront master bedrooms, one queen and one king, have private decks overlooking the water. The 2nd bedrooms in each wing have 2 twins each. The main living area has soaring cathedral ceilings, many windows, lots of light, wood-burning fireplace, wet bar, game table, and an additional half bath. There is a delightful screened porch, outside shower, large separate laundry room, and nicely landscaped back yard with picnic table for enjoying meals by the water and adirondack chairs for relaxing watching the boats go by enjoying the spectacular sunsets. Shops and restaurants are just a short walk away (Grotto Pizza, McCabes Gourmet Market where your pets can join you as you sip your morning coffee), the tackle shop to outfit you for fishing, and other unique shops. The beach is a leisurely 10 minute (or a brisk 5 minute), walk from the house. Should you prefer to bike, bike racks are available at the beach, and a parking pass is provided for those preferring to drive. Although Bethany Beach does not allow dogs in season, the State park is adjacent to the beach (just steps away) where they are welcome anytime as long as they are under control. The house has ample off-street parking for 4+ cars in addition to your boat(s).

Well-behaved pets considered, $250 pet fee

Private Boat Ramp and Dock

Bring your boat, and tie it up at local restaurants for dinner! A great house for entertaining, with areas equipped for indoor dining in house or on screened porch & outdoor dining on deck or on large picnic table by water.

The house is especially great for entertaining, with its full wet bar, large gourmet kitchen, fireplace, screened porch, 3 decks, and lovely landscaped yard. It's also great for relaxing and watching the spectacular Bethany sunsets.

Situated on a quiet street, the home is a short 2.5-block walk (10 minutes at a leisurely pace, or 5 minutes at a brisk pace)to the beach; however, a beach parking pass is included if you prefer to drive. Restaurants and shopping are also nearby.

Pet Friendly

Well behaved pets on prescription flea control medication considered. Home is at the border of the state park, where dogs on leach are allowed on the beach. After October, they are also allowed on the beach in Bethany. Don't leave beloved family members behind!

Keywords: Single-Family Home, Waterfront, Boat Ramp, Dock, Deck, Screened Porch, Hammock, Pet Friendly, Parking, Near Beach

More Details

Phyllis Martin
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018

About Phyllis Martin

Owner and her dogs enjoying the beach at nearby (walk-to from house) Fenwick Island State Park.

Phyllis Martin purchased this house in 1995

Why Phyllis Martin chose South Bethany

Our main requirement was the boat ramp. Love to be on the water and explore the back bays by boat, cruise to local restaurants and tie up for lunch/dinner, watch the sunsets from the decks and watch the ducks that frequent the canal. All this, plus just a short walk to the beach. A second key reason is the proximity to the state park (just to the South) where we can enjoy the beach with our dogs. The third reason was the quiet location at the southern edge of Bethany --- away from it all, yet still very close.

What makes this house unique

Great for the dogs! Walk to state park where they are allowed 24 hours a day. Walk to McCabe's Gourmet Market for morning coffee and breakfast --- patio is dog friendly and they always come with us! Watching the ducks swim by from the decks or screened porch is a favorite pastime of mine, and boating/kayaking in the canals and bay is great.


South Bethany House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 10:00 AM / Check-out: 2:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ceramic tile floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ceramic tile floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , granite countertop, hardwood floors
  • The 2 full baths have both tub and shower. The upstairs has 2 wings joined by a walkway. Each wing has one waterfront bedroom with either king or queen, a bedroom with 2 twin beds, and one of the 2 full baths. The ground floor bath is a half bath off the living area.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , private waterfront deck
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , private waterfront deck
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Great for 2 families!! 2 upstairs wings each have 1 bedroom with private deck overlooking water (1 has king, 1 queen), a second bedroom with 2 twins, and a full bath.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Well-behaved pets on prescription flea control medication accepted with $200 non-refundable pet fee.


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Spectacular Waterfront Home; Boat Ramp, 3 decks, close to dog friendly beach
average rating of 4.625 based on 16 reviews

The best of all worlds

  • 5 of 5

A family weeks at the ocean! We used the South Bethany parking pass every morning and found "front row" parking. The beach is lovely and not crowded. One row of umbrellas and shade tents. (you can put up shade tents in SB - super for a family with little ones you want to protect from the sun.Two life guards per chair, a great safety feature. Our grand daughters loved the snack cart and the ice cone deliveries.

That was just part of our adventure. The canal gave us water access to the state park. Our son brought the dingy off their sail boat, and we used it for rides into the nature reserve where we encountered the birds and other native wildlife.

The grassy lawn made for a great whiffle ball field - until a foul ball landed in the canal- time to put the dingy into action. The screened in porch was a morning and evening gathering place for coffee & wine, respectively.

Our son is an executive chef and culinary instructor. The newly remodeled kitchen received a real workout during our visit. He was able to find fine seafood at the local seafood store. With a great chef in the house we did not go out to eat so we have no input regarding the local establishments.

The best part is that our family was complete because we were able to bring our dogs. We brought their crates and took care to walk them and clean up after them.

The great room was the scene of a week of laughter, memories of the past, appreciation of the present and dreams of the future.

"Thanks for the Memories"

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2009
  • Stayed: July 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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We had a great week in South Bethany Beach, DE!

  • 3 of 5

The house is certainly large enough. We had two families with a total of 7 adults. We also brought along our dog which was a plus.

While the house was indeed roomy, the only complaint I would have was that it needed some updating. There were many areas where the paint was peeling and some of the furniture was a bit uncomfortable. When I saw this rental on the internet I thought it was beautiful. When we arrived I was a bit disappointed. I looked at the rental on my phone while we were there and realized that the photos were from 2009!

We do have a boat so the location was wonderful! We did enjoy sitting outside on the adirondack chairs and enjoyed views of the lagoon.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a very enjoyable stay at Sunny Seas in Bethany Beach

  • 3 of 5

The house was lovely. We did have a small problem with figuring out the TV. There was no list of channels but we ended up getting it figured out.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely house in a great location in South Bethany

  • 4 of 5

We had a fantastic time at the south bethany beach house. The house was clean and the owner was very responsive to our few questions upon arrival. The house is located very close to the beach - definitely walkable, but there is also a pass to park right next to the beach if you have a ton of stuff. There is an adorable market just a couple of blocks away that has essentials, coffee, and delicious sandwiches. It was great that we could bring our dogs with too! We will definitely stay again if we return to Bethany!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property and location

  • 5 of 5

Very much enjoyed our stay, property was clean and has wonderful amenities along with walking distance to the beach. We had a very nice family vacation and including our family dog was a treat.



  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location & the lay out of the house was just right for my family.

  • 5 of 5

The house was comfortable with lovely sunset views of the canal. It was an easy walk to the beach & we enjoyed putting our kayaks in the canal from the dock in the back yard. Could explore for miles in the kayaks. Hope to make a return visit soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Boating and Crabbing right off your own dock. Crab trap provided. Kayak, pontoon boat, other boat rentals nearby.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 8.0%

Winter Rental rates are $1200/mo plus utilities for 6 months, $1500/mo for 3-5 months, shorter terms negotiable

Weekend stays have 2 night minimum; weekend stays have 3 night minimum

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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