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Adorable, Family-Friendly, Uniquely Comfortable, Walk to Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,750 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Immaculate Beach House, Close to Ocean, 3 Bedrooms + Den (Sleeps 6-8), 2 Baths

[Summer 2017 is fully booked but don't overlook those late summer thru early fall weeks, when the beaches are uncrowded and the water still warm!]

SeaGarden Cottage is a two-story home just over a block from the beach, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay in a classic seaside town. It's the quintessential beach bungalow, built in the 1930's but more recently expanded and remodeled with 3 bedrooms (sleeping 8) and 2 baths. Beautifully appointed and well maintained, it combines traditional beach cottage charm with modern comforts and amenities (including high-speed wireless Internet). It's our treasured escape from the hectic world and we're pleased to share it with you.

Pull into the semi-circular driveway with room for 3 cars (+one parking pass provided for on-street parking). Enter through the bright front porch with picnic table and butterfly chairs into the main living space centered around a large sofa, 44' flat-panel TV w/Blu-Ray player and stereo system, stone fireplace and wood-beam walls, opening into a sun-filled dining area and gleaming galley kitchen with complete cookware, utensils and dishes. To the right is one bedroom with built-in dresser, two closets, a chest of drawers and full-size bed, adjoining a full bath with tiled walk-in shower, and a knotty pine paneled den with comfortable sofabed, a closet, 32' flat-panel TV w/VCR (and many tapes, mostly for kids).

Upstairs is the large master bath with tub, laundry room with stacking washer/dryer and closet space, master bedroom with an extremely comfortable queen-size bed and chest of drawers, and third bedroom with antique twin beds and a crib, a chest of drawers and a large closet.

Our vacation home by the sea is perfect for families (crib and highchair provided) or couples seeking a cozy retreat just a short stroll from the ocean and local restaurants. Walk out the front door and you can see the dunes and in a couple minutes you've got your toes in the ocean! After a day at the beach rinse off in the private outdoor shower (hot & cold water), cook out on the fenced rear deck and relax on the enclosed porch. On cool evenings curl up by the glowing gas fireplace. Or hop on your bike for the short ride up Bayard Ave. along Silver Lake to downtown Rehoboth, or take the stunningly beautiful 8-mile cruise south through Delaware Seashore State Park to Indian River Inlet with its immense undeveloped beach and bathhouse w/concessions (plus great striped bass and flounder fishing!).

True to the name SeaGarden Cottage, in season (~June-Sept.) there is full vegetable garden for you to pick and enjoy, along with various herbs and flowers as well.

As usual with beach houses, you'll need to supply your own bed linens and towels (except for crib sheets/blanket).

Our rental process is easy: 1) You can 'Book It' instantly (we'll respond within 24 hours), OR 2) contact us via email using the form on this page. 2a) We'll email a temporary reservation confirmation and contract for you to fill out and send back with a refundable deposit within 7 days. (We usually take the deposit by check and just hold onto it w/o actually depositing in the bank unless necessary.) If the contract is not received within 7 days, the reservation is released. Your vacation week is confirmed when the contract and deposit are in our hands and you receive email acknowledgement. 2b) First half (50%) of rent is due 8 weeks before check-in (OR upon reserving if booking online through this website) and the balance 4 weeks later. After receipt of the final rent payment we will email access details and additional info to help make your stay enjoyable and relaxing.

In season (June-Sept.) we typically rent by the week, but will sometimes consider a 4-6 day mid-week rental when we can use the weekend ourselves. Off-season (Oct.-May) has a 3-day minimum; please contact us via email for off-season rates and availability. SeaGarden Cottage is usually winterized and unavailable for rental from November through May.

We do not rent during late Spring / early Summer Graduation/Senior Weeks.

SEAGARDEN COTTAGE HAS GONE GREEN! We've installed a new 6 kW solar system from Sungevity to meet all your energy needs with power from the sun!

Keywords: Beach house, weekly rentals only, family-friendly, pet-friendly, minimum age 30, bungalow, cottage, single-family home, off-street parking

More Details

Lee Watkins
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Lee Watkins

Lee is director of Bioinformatics & IT at the Johns Hopkins Center for Inherited Disease Research, Kathy is a social worker with Hospice of the Chesapeake. We love to garden and to travel far and wide but love even more coming home to our beach house in Dewey - and now our garden is here and you can share in the bounty! This really is our vacation home and our favorite place so we come to Dewey Beach every chance we get.

Lee Watkins purchased this house in 2010

Why Lee Watkins chose Dewey Beach

Our families have been coming to the Rehoboth area for generations, but we looked for a place at the beach for over 10 years before we found and fell in love with SeaGarden Cottage - the beach house of our dreams.

Dewey Beach is the prototypical beach town, two blocks wide with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Rehoboth Bay on the other. There are dozens of restaurants from coffee shops to pizza (Grotto, Mama Celeste's) to Mexican (Que Pasa - scrumptious fish tacos) to fresh local seafood and steaks and delicious American fare (Woody's Cafe). Anything you can't find is just a mile away in Rehoboth - including the incredible Blue Moon and Back Porch restaurants, sushi on the roof at The Cultured Pearl, and the original Dogfish Head brewpub! There are many watering holes like the world-famous Starboard and arguably the best live-music scene of any Atlantic Coast beach town. There are several beach supply shops, a marina where you can rent a boat (can also rent jet-skis at Ruddertowne) or put in your own boat, and just down Rt. 1 is the Old Inlet Bait & Tackle that has absolutely everything for fishing (including a rod/reel repair shop), crabbing and clamming.

Whether you love reading on the beach all day or shopping at the tax-free outlets or taking the kids to a water park or spending evenings on the Boardwalk (personally, I've never lost my love of Skee-Ball), or board-sailing the back bay or surfing or skim-boarding the ocean waves, or taking in an incredible live music show at the one & only Bottle & Cork or a delicious meal and a great beer at Dewey Beer & Food Company or a truly fine meal following drinks on the roof deck at Two Seas or fishing for that big striped bass from the jetty at Indian River Inlet (or drifting for flounder on the sandy flats of the bay or from the fishing pier in Lewes) or just shelling and enjoying the waves on the beach, it's ALL here within a stone's throw of SeaGarden Cottage!

What makes this house unique

SeaGarden Cottage is cozy and comfortable but there's plenty of room so it never feels cramped - a beach cottage that lives big! It has space enough for eight yet is small enough to feel like a private retreat for two. SeaGarden Cottage a true original that has been been lovingly maintained and gracefully updated.

At SeaGarden you can park your car and not have to get in it again until you leave (unless you want to, of course). You can walk out the front door in the early morning and stroll down the wide beautiful beach then stop in for breakfast and great coffee at Baked or at the old-school diner Sunrise (friendly cheap and plenty) or at the Fifer Orchards market down the street (where you can also pick up some gourmet groceries, fresh veggies, fruit or flowers). Walk down to the corner and jump on the open-air Jolly Trolley to do some shopping (and, perhaps, buying) or just check out the Boardwalk. Or walk the other way towards the bay and put your kayak in at the cute little Read St. park while your kids play on shore.

We love picking fresh tomatoes and peppers right outside the back door all summer. We love riding our bikes to Fifer Orchards market and into Rehoboth for dinner. We love walking hand-in-hand to take in a free music festival at the Rusty Rudder entertainment complex... and then walking home through the cool ocean breezes late that night. We love the laid-back Dewey Beach attitude - 'It's a way of life!'

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lee and Kathy,

Belated thanks for allowing us to rent your beach home in Dewey Beach Sept 7th to the 14th. Sorry for the delay in sending this msg, but the week got away from us since we left the beach last Sunday.

We thoroughly enjoyed vacationing on Swedes Street! Your generous hospitality was definitely appreciated. The entire home is comfortable, but the family was especially impressed with the outdoor shower! It sure helped get the sand off.

We had one of those magical days on Thursday...our four year old granddaughter’s first beach experience. Plus, she danced with us and her parents under the stars at the Rusty Rudder that night.

BTW, we got to know “Joe” in the newspaper shop near Woody’s who reserved a Post for us each day. It gave us a real hometown feeling.

Thanks again. With luck, we will contact you again next year if you have any weeks available for rent.
Sep 2014
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Rehoboth by the Sea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , Walk-in tiled shower.
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Glassed-in shower.
  • Downstairs bathroom with tiled walk-in shower. Large upstairs bathroom with glassed-in tub and shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Upstairs Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Upstairs Twin Beds - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Downstairs Bedroom - 1 double , Hand-painted furniture.
    Den - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Very comfortable Ikea Beddinge fold-down sofa.
  • Queen size Beds (1) Very comfortable memory foam/down mattress., Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Comforter/linens provided for crib. NOT drop-side (safer). Adjusts higher or lower depending on age., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Very comfortable Ikea Beddinge.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Self-pick vegetable garden & herbs in summer - that's why it's called SeaGarden Cottage! Beautiful fully-enclosed cedar outdoor shower with h/c water. SeaGarden Cottage has gone green with a 6 kW solar system from Sungevity to meet all your energy needs with power from the sun. Dewey has a GREAT live music scene all summer - dance under the stars at the Bottle & Cork or next to the bay at the Rusty Rudder - it's the best!


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average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

A wonderful cottage with many amenities.

  • 5 of 5

Everything we needed was available at this charming cottage.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really glad you liked it Susan, we love it too! We hope to see you and your family again in future summers…
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5-stars...Best rental in Dewey Beach!

  • 5 of 5

We've rented this property for 4 years. Well-maintained, has everything to make a beach vacation a huge success!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review, we especially appreciate it since you have a longer-term perspective! We are just so grateful to have wonderful regular guests like you and your family who appreciate the cottage. Every year I worry that we'll neglect or overlook something so it's good to know that we're still "on the ball," but if ever you have any suggestions for improvement please pass them along!
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Beautiful Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. Dog friendly home in the perfect location in Dewey Beach. Quiet neighborhood to relax and get away, yet close enough to walk to bars and restaurants in Dewey, or to the beach. Great hosts, clear instructions for the house. Beautiful cottage, very clean and cozy. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad y'all liked it Laura and that you had a nice quiet week at the beach, and thanks for the good communication and for working around our preparations for the storm (that never happened)!!
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Glen Mills, PA

Quaint, well maintained beach house for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay at this home. Convenient short walk to the beach for our two girls. The homeowner, Lee, was very organized and could not have bee more helpful lots of local information and suggestions for our stay. Great first experience on VRBO.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Bryan, we're so glad that you and your "little mermaids" enjoyed your stay and liked the house, that's what we aim for! Please come back and join us for future beach vacations!
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Perfect for a family vacation !

  • 5 of 5

This year was our first stay at Sea Garden Cottage. It exceeded our expectations! Perfect for a family vacation. We were looking for a place to house ourselves, our two adult sons, our daughter and son-in-law, and their two small children and this was the perfect fit. There was enough room and privacy for everyone and everything that we needed for a family vacation at the beach. We found that many of the items that we had needed, beach chairs, etc. were already provided. It's close to the beach, restaurants and bars, yet in a quiet residential area. We were within walking distance of Rehoboth beach which offered boardwalk fun for our grandchildren and a good variety of restaurants and entertainment for the adults. Definitely a place that we will stay again and recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Frank and Melinda, really glad it worked out so well for your family, that's what we aim for! You were wonderful guests and we'll be glad to have you return next summer, so please keep in touch.
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Swarthmore, PA


  • 5 of 5

The cottage is perfect. The property is well maintained with modern finishes. The back deck is private with plenty of room to relax and enjoy dinner or drinks. Very short walk to the beach and the restaurants. The owner was very responsive and eager to make sure we enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for letting us now how much you liked the cottage and enjoyed your stay, Ryan, please come on back next summer for a full week!
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Nearest Airport
49 Miles
Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
The Starboard
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Rehoboth Golf Park - public course
Nearest Train
93 Miles
Wilmington DE, Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Delaware Rt. 1
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Dewey Beer & Food Company
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Dewey Beach - Swedes St
Nearest Point of Interest
Ed's Chicken & Crabs
Nearest Point of Interest
Public park and boat ramp.
Nearest Point of Interest
The Bottle and Cork
Nearest Point of Interest
East of Maui
Nearest Point of Interest
Waples Memorial Playground
Nearest Point of Interest
Read Street Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Jolly Trolley
Nearest Point of Interest
Que Pasa?
Nearest Point of Interest
Rusty Rudder
Nearest Point of Interest
Dewey Town Hall & Police Dept.
Nearest Point of Interest
Two Seas Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Port Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Alley Oop Skim Shop
Nearest Point of Interest
To The Beach!!
Car: not necessary

Usually 2 beach chairs and 2 bikes available. Dewey is the skimboard capital of the mid-Atlantic! Boards and lessons (inc. free clinics) available from Alley Oop Skim or East Of Maui Surf Shop. Excellent in-shore bay (flounder, croaker, spot) and nearby pond fishing (bass), as well as beach (blues, kingfish), ocean (striped bass) and deep-sea fishing (marlin, tuna).


Rates & Availability

Rehoboth by the Sea House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mid-Summer 2017
Jul 9 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 23 2017
4 night minimum stay
Early Fall 2017
Sep 24 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $20

In summer season weekly rentals only (except when less than a full week is available). Rate may change until reservation is confirmed by deposit. Holiday rates are higher. Rate includes Dewey Beach accommodations tax. $100 cleaning fee included for weekly rentals only. Parking pass provided. Pet Fee is $20/day, max. 2 pets. Linens self-provided (sheets, pillow cases, blankets, towels).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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