House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 12 Sleeps
This house has been in our family since 1999 when Jane's parent's purchased it to use as a rental property. Although from the Hudson Valley of New York the family has vacationed on the Delmarva Peninsula for years. Because of our longstanding interest in the area Jane's in-laws started renting properties here too, and now a contingent of over twenty cousins, siblings and other family and friends convene once a year. One sister-in-law has had Pasta Night followed by board games and cards games at her nearby rental for over 25 years. And trivia night, Mexican night and more continue to be family traditions for us all. The house is our center of fun and we welcome and encourage others to use it similarly to strengthen the bonds of family. My two rules for this house are that I must go to the beach every day, and I must play the piano every day.
Owner purchased this House in 1999
Why Owner chose South Bethany Harbor
This house is so comfortable to be in with its breezy atmosphere and multiple porches. There is a nook for everyone to enjoy. It is a great house for families and for kids.
What makes this House unique
The canal is tough to beat with the opportunities for crabbing, fishing and launching of a small craft. It is a pleasure to simply sit out there and read a book. The screen-in porch gets the most attention it seems since it overlooks the canal and draws folks for breakfast, lunch, dinner, reading, games, crafts, you name it. It is a lovely spot to sit. That porch swing downstairs is pretty terrific also. And besides the pleasure of the bay and the quiet community we can just as easily walk to the ocean and enjoy the thrill of the beach and the water. We get the best of both worlds at this house.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Our Family's 36th Annual BB Easter Weekend
This is the 3rd year that our family has stayed at the "Canal House". We love it! It is a perfect place for our growing family. We love the location. We love the screened in porch and the patio by the canal. We love that even on a cloudy or rainy day we can sit and see water. We love having a private entrance to the 3rd level, with an extra refrigerator. We hope to continue our tradition for many years to come. My Aunt and Uncle build their house on Anchorage in the fall of 1983. We started in one house, the spring of 1984 and we now have grown into 4 houses all in the same area. Thank you to the Butler family for sharing your home with us.
Jill and John Heintzelman and Family
Thank you for being great guests we can count on to enjoy our house as much as we do. We think the screened-in porch is the very best thing about Canal House!
Fun Vacation at the Canal House
We had a great time staying the The Canal House. There was plenty of room for the family ( 7 all together). The house is well stocked with dishes, cups, pots, pans, books & games. The brand new kitchen appliances are a nice addition. We enjoyed the eclectic combination of furnishings & décor. Thank goodness for the central a/c as it was very hot during our time there. We added 2 jigsaw puzzles to the collection! My 2 year old grandson loved the Arcades & Funland amusement park rides on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Our first rental experience was certainly a positive one! Thank you!
Thank you for your feedback. And thank you for adding to our puzzle collection. We've had more fun with family and friends doing puzzles at the house because it's a group activity we never make time for anywhere else.
So glad you had a good time and appreciated our house. Please come again any time. We'd love to have you.
August 2018 Summer Family Vacation
Upon first entering house, was a bit disappointed that the house was outdated. However, it soon became very cozy and comfortable for our two families who were vacationing together. Positives: Roomy with plenty of space for 4 adults and 6 kids (ages 12-20). Loved being able to put the kayaks and boat directly in canal in front of house and the kids enjoyed going out nightly to check crab pots. The community was quiet and friendly. Enjoyed local restaurants and boardwalk. Close to everything at the beach! Great place to walk/bike. The beach was within walking distance, but found it was easier to drive/bike to the beach instead to carry all our beach stuff. Finally, the house was well stocked with everything we needed for our comfort and convenience. Also, the Air Conditioner worked great! Negative: The house was outdated and could use a good cosmetic overhaul. The beds were not very comfortable and quiet squeaky, particularly in the large kid's room. Overall though we were quiet happy with the house and surroundings! Not fancy..but certainly comfortable as beach homes should be. :) PS: Wear water shoes to the beach. Locks of rocks when swimming.
Thanks for your hospitality and would stay at this house again.
We appreciate our renters feedback so we can make our house as comfortable as possible so thank you for taking a moment to write.
Our canal-front location, but also so near the ocean, is indeed an attractive attribute of this house. And we do try to leave all the typical household items in place so when you go to look for birthday candles, a bucket, or Scotch tape you just might find them.
We try to be responsive to our guests' feedback so we have changed the box springs in the kid's bedroom to newer, much quieter ones.
So glad you were able to take full advantage of our place by boating on the canal and heading to the beachfront. We'd love to see you back again.
House was great Had everything we needed. Enjoyed relaxing by the canal.
Wasn't thrilled with the ocean at Bethany (lots of rocks in the sand & dredging going on)
but location is good being near Rehoboth & Ocean City. A very nice vacation spot
So glad you had a good time at Canal House. Being close to the canal is a bonus when vacationing at the beach. We love to sit on the screened porch and have our meals, watching the wildlife (and humans) pass by on the water.
We wish the Army Corps of Engineers could have scheduled their beach renewal project for the off-season, but this is when they were able to do it. Replenishing beach sand after winter storms is an important part of addressing beach erosion and we are lucky to have the help in maintaining our play areas. This year it sounds like it fell during your vacation time rather than being invisible to our guests as usual.
A spacious and comfortable family home
A South Bethany Beach vacation is the tradition of our extended family who all rent homes the same week. The spacious and well-equipped Canal House has been the headquarters for my immediate family for many years, first staying there when our sons were teens. Now that they are grown with lives of their own, they still look forward to this special week. Between trips to the beach, or hiking, or boating, our boys gather cousins and friends together for game nights. We enjoy family meals together. One year, we even hosted a family wedding. The screened in porch and deck are favorite places for getting lost in a good book. It is the ideal place to connect with friends and family, and regroup and reflect.
You have discovered the best parts of staying at Canal House - the screened in porch and the many gathering spaces! We try to stock the house with as many family friendly activities as we can including games and puzzles, the piano with music, bikes and beach toys, chairs and umbrellas, a garage workbench and even crabbing cages, to help encourage a good time. The place is perfect for families and especially extended families who want to enjoy the beach but have access to so much more, as well as spend time together. So glad you continue to return to Canal House and take advantage of all there is to do there.
Great location - house smells of creosote - twin beds loud /creaky - entry level tile very slippery
We don't let issues with our lodging ruin our vacation, so we had a great vacation. However, I CANNOT recommend this house due to the strong smell -- particularly in the basement and other major issues. Here's a list of pros / cons. Read on for the full story.
BEAUTIFUL screened porch
LOVELY back yard on the canal
Good kitchen layout/appliances
Easy access to beach and bay - 3 bikes included
Creosote / musty smell made basement unusable and permeated the house
Twin beds were so creaky they kept kids awake all night
Visible mold on air conditioning vents
Tiles of basement and bathrooms so slippery when wet - dangerous
Very few windows have screens
No curtains in bedrooms - VERY BRIGHT in morning
When we arrived, we notified the manager - Phyllis of three issues - 1) The strong musty / off smell in the house. 2) The twin beds were extremely loud and creaky - when the kids rolled over during the first night - I could hear it in the bedroom across the hall - and it sounded like someone was dragging a kayak through stones. I mean, I'd never heard a bed make that noise. 3) Three of the 5 ceiling fans did not work - including the one on the screened porch.
Phyllis and her husband were incredibly responsive and came over almost immediately. They fixed the fans, checked out the beds and acknowledged the problem and identified that the issue was the box springs. She also acknowledged the smell was an issue. Later, she let us know that the OWNER informed her that the smell was creosote (look it up) and there was nothing to be done about it. She told us also that the beds were something that would be addressed, but not during our stay (?!?!). We took action on the beds - removed the box springs out of the beds and leaned them against the wall. There were just enough slats on bed frame to hold up the mattresses. Problem solved.
We had some lovely days in the 70s, so tried to open up the windows to air out the house a little, but very few of the windows had screens in them, so leaving the windows open was not really an option, which is unfortunate in a beach house with such a nice breeze.
In addition, when we arrived at check in time, the cleaning crew was there. They told us they were not going to mop the basement because when it is wet, it is incredibly slippery. We found this to be the case - which is problematic when people come in after rinsing off just outside with wet feet. Too many issues to recommend
We appreciate hearing about the experiences of our renters so thank you for taking the time to comment.
Your description of the problematic sound of the beds is so vivid I could practically hear it across this website. We have since put in new box springs on both the twin beds so that problem is solved. Thank you for pointing it out so clearly.
Beach, swimming, biking, boating, jogging, crabbing.
0.4 mile walk to beach
1 mile walk, drive or bike ride to the heart of Bethany Beach with
boardwalk, bandstand, restaurants,
mini golf, and many other amenities
Bethany Beach trolley serving the greater town area is available
within a 0.5 mile walk
(Memorial Day to mid September, see townofbethanybeach website
Resort Transit bus service operates late-May through mid-September along Rt 1 from Rehoboth to Ocean City for $1; bus stop at Rt 1 and Evergreen Rd, .3 mi from house
Rehoboth Beach outlet shopping (Tanger Outlets) is a 20 minute drive
to the north
Ocean City, Maryland, is a 20 minute drive to the south