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Nestled between Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and Delaware Bay

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 loft, 2 bathrooms on the beach with views of Prime Hoof NWR

Inviting and comfortable beachfront home with brand new kitchen in the small quiet community of Prime Hook. Walk out the back doors to the beach or out the front door and relax on the screened-in porch overlooking the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy your own bonfire at night.

As you pull in the gravel driveway, you'll see why we named the house 'Buoys on the Bay'! There are dozens of buoys hanging along the front of the house. You'll also notice some other special touches, such as fun fish-shaped rails for the decks and porches. You'll find a brand new kitchen too!! If you find a buoy on the beach feel free to add it to our collection or use it to start a collection of your own!

Our home is on stilts and has two levels. There is parking underneath the porch and in the driveway.

On the main floor you will find the screened-in porch, kitchen, bath with shower, living area w/ TV, reading nook, a special area for small children, and a bedroom with two twin beds. Make your way up the stairway (with more fish rails) to the master bedroom and loft. The master bedroom has a queen size bed, walk-in closet, it's own master bath, and private deck. The loft features a TV and sofa-bed for two.

Our favorite activities while visiting are walking the beach in the mornings, relaxing on the beach or porch, riding our bikes, venturing out to Lewes and Rehoboth, sailing in the Bay, playing on the sandbar, enjoying an evening bonfire, and frequenting the tasting room at Dogfish Head Brewery. On occasion, we will patiently try our hand at surf-fishing.

Linens are included in your rental fee.

More Details

Melanie Hoff
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 12, 2017

About Melanie Hoff

Jim and I live in the SWFL area. He hails from Massachusetts and I am a Navy brat. We have been married for 25+ years and have 2 daughters.

Melanie Hoff purchased this house in 2001

Why Melanie Hoff chose Delaware

We were looking for a quiet waterfront neighborhood to spent vacation time at and eventually retire at. Prime Hook Beach completely met our needs.

What makes this house unique

We love this community and its natural surroundings. It is quiet and peaceful. It is a respite from the hectic pace of the DC area.


Prime Hook Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Enjoy an outdoor shower during your stay!
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Downstairs Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Upstairs Master - 1 queen
    Upstairs Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Can sleep 2.
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Linen fee = $150


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Nestled between Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and Delaware Bay
average rating of 4.962963 based on 27 reviews

Beautiful updated house right on the beach with all the creature comforts.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice house and property. The back deck overlooking the beach is very enjoyable in the afternoon when the breeze picks up. Took walks on the beach and our dog played fetch in the surf. About 25 minutes to Dogfish Head Brewery, took the tour it was great. For an ocean beach we skipped Rehoboth and went to Delaware Seashore State Park. Plenty of parking and a beautiful clean beach about 55 minutes away.

Only down side was the bugs, but we expected them. Being near the salt marsh there are some bugs but they didn't really bite. As long as the breeze was blowing it kept them away. It was breezey pretty much every day!

Nice place would stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Lovely beach experience

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommend. If you want relaxation, peace and quiet, safe beach for kids and no crowds, stay here!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Perfect for the little ones

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in this home. It was spotless and beautiful. The owners provided everything that we needed including beach towels, sand toys, and a kayak. It is right on the bay with a gorgeous view. The water in the bay was also perfect. It felt like we were staying on the ocean but the water was much warmer and calmer and was perfect for our 3 year old to swim in (even in early June).

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay on Delaware Beach.

  • 5 of 5

The house and the location were both fantastic. Very quiet, only a few people on the beach. The house had a screened porch which was our favorite place for morning coffee. The large deck overlooking the beach was also very nice. I do not believe we could have chosen a better place to spend a relaxing week with our grandchildren.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Surpassed all expectations

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five, and small dog, had a fabulous week at Buoys by the Bay. The situation is spectacular - steps from the calm, warm water of the bay. Gorgeous sunrises, bonfires on the beach, evening swims to the sandbar which our kids dubbed the 'island'. House is extremely well equipped. We wanted for nothing except more time here. Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home. We hope to return again next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are really happy that you had a terrific time and loved our house and community.
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Best Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5

Melanie and Jim could not be nicer! Their home is so modern yet so cozy. We enjoyed all the efforts that they put into making this house a home away from home for their guests. From the soft fur tucked on the floor for our pooch to the small sofa tucked under the stairs, this house is a warm and inviting home. The back porch and the front porch tie for best views! Everything is so well stocked for guests. The kitchen is just beautiful and the house has amazing custom woodwork. It really was a dream to stay in their home. Just a wonderful home!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad your week was memorable. Thank you for your kind review!
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Nearest Airport
97 Miles
Baltimore-Washington International Airport
Nearest Ferry
19 Miles
Cape May Lewes Ferry
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 1 (Coastal Hwy)
Car: necessary

This home is right in the middle of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Prime Hook is a very small beach community with just over 200 houses. Ride bikes slowly through the community and into the refuge each evening. Watch the sunset from the upper porch. Walk the beach every day. Relax in an environment where 'In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth' (Rachel Carson).

Check-out @ 10:00am

Check-in @ 4:00pm


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $250

Cancellation Policy: If Guest wishes to cancel his/her reservation, the security deposit will be refunded in full and the rental deposit will be refunded as follows:

o 100% if cancelled 90 days prior to the Check-in Date
o 25% if cancelled 45 days prior to the Check-in Date
o There is no refund should the reservation be cancelled less than 45 days prior to the Check-in Date. (see exception above)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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