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D'Light House - ~A~ Delightful Vacation Home

Don Dillon, MD (Retired)

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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D'Light House - ~A~ Delightful Vacation Home

Bedrooms 7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


South Bethany Beach House Rental Photos and Description

House, 7 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 5 Baths, (Sleeps 15-18)

D'LIGHT HOUSE is a delightful experience for you and your large family or group. This seven bedroom, five full-bath, three-floor house is located on a bay canal and only minutes walk (about 350 yds.) to the Atlantic Ocean beach. A clean and wholesome home with a sunroom, extensive decking, and two master bedrooms, you will enjoy it for sunning, quiet reading or group socializing.

A year-round house with two-zone air conditioning and heat, it also has a free-standing woodburning fireplace. Not only is this a great location for the hot summer months, it is also warm and comfy in the transitional months and winter. Especially, one can enjoy the beautiful days of Fall and Spring for a week or weekend get-away. Enjoy the warmth and spirit of the fireplace on those colder mornings and evenings. CONTACT EMAIL ONLY, PLEASE

As a golf destination there are 20 public golf courses within 25 miles, from Ocean City, Maryland to Rehoboth, Delaware. No sales tax shopping occurs in over 100 outlets and other shops. Restaurants galore, with come-as-you-are informality and ethnic to gourmet menus abound and most are open year round. So come to South Bethany, Delaware, one of the Quiet Resorts, and kick back and enjoy yourselves! BEACH REPLENISHMENT WAS COMPLETED IN THE SPRING OF 2012 AND A MUCH BETTER BEACH IS HERE..CONTACT EMAIL ONLY, PLEASE

Keywords: Multiple Story Free Standing House with Canal Frontage

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Don Dillon, MD (Retired) (Owner)
Member since: 2004
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About Don Dillon, MD (Retired)

I am the father of 5 boys and 2 girls and now grandfather to 16.. Being a physician in active practice for 34 years, early on we wanted a vacation home near Maryland in a family oriented beach community. Now retired and a widower, my family still enjoys coming to S. Bethany, but not as often. I now enjoy renting the D'Light House to let others enjoy the experience for large groups and reunions.

Don Dillon, MD (Retired) purchased this house in 1985

Why Don Dillon, MD (Retired) chose South Bethany Beach

We always wanted a beach community vacation home and found it in the 'Quiet Resorts' in S. Bethany, DE. Over 27 years we, as a family, have enjoyed the fine beach, fine community of like-minded families and great weather, shopping, and restaurants. Becoming a rental property has only resulted after 20 years of exclusive family use.

What makes this house unique

Unique benefits of the D'Light House are its charming informality, big group setting, closeness to the widest, best, and guarded beach in the area, canal frontage and family boating for many years, children crabbing off the dock, and many decks to enjoy the outdoors and the ground level deck with tables for large group crab feasts and picnics. No crabs indoors, please. Ideal for use of your own watercraft like canoe, kayak or motorized boat.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dearest Don,

What a delight it was to spend a week in the D Light House! We had such a wonderful time. We loved being on the canal with our ski boat and kayak and it was a double delight to be so close to the ocean. We had plenty of room for our entire family. One of our favorite things was reading the tribute to your wife. We loved all the little sitting areas that allowed for many conversations and allowed lfor so much diverse activity!

Jul 2012
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Bedrooms 7
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Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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D'Light House - ~A~ Delightful Vacation Home
average rating of 4.2222223 based on 13 reviews
Hatfield, PA

Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

After looking for many months for a home large enough for our family (including 6 children under 10, and 8 adults) to reunite for a beach vacation, I was thrilled to discover the D'Light House online. When we arrived, the house was very clean and exactly as the photos reflected. Our family had plenty of room; the kids were excited to discover so many safe places to play; as well as the welcoming basket of toys and games. It truly felt as if we were staying in a home owned by a family member, as Dr. Don could not be more accommodating and welcoming. Our son was happy that he was able to explore the canals with his kayak; all of us fell in love with the beautiful, quiet neighborhood...and of course, the gorgeous beach that was so close by. We loved the town of Bethany and had great take out at Off the Hook. We are looking forward to returning in 2015, as there is still so much more that we can explore!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Lovely Home Within Walking Distance to the Beach

  • 5 of 5

I organized a graduate student graduation trip to Bethany. It was kind of last minute, but we found this house which was large enough for our group. The house was lovely, clean, close to the beach and great for entertaining large families/groups. Lots of deck space and a grill was perfect for a summer getaway! The only issue that we had while we were there was that the internet wasn't working. The home owner came over almost immediately and fixed it in no time. Thanks for a great stay!! We'll definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Very nice house for our large group!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at your lovely house on the canal with five families from the DC area, on Labor Day weekend 2013. We had a wonderful time: and admired how much space, both indoors and outdoors, there is. Big, open, living room area; terraces; deck on the canal; and the house is well distributed over 3 floors. It is all well laid out – for both common areas, and for privacy. House is well organized, arranged, equipped and kept up. Fabulous to have so many bathrooms! Great that there’s also an outside shower. Wonderful to just have to walk 5 minutes to the sumptuous South Bethany beach – which is huge and gorgeous - and not too crowded. House is just a short drive from restaurants, stores and all kinds of activities, but is itself in a quiet and pretty neighborhood. We had a great long weekend in this beautiful house – which is both very relaxed and a luxury in and of itself. We hope to spend a lot more time there! Andrei Popovici

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I highly appreciate and endorse the above review by Mr. Popovici. I take great care to see that the D'Light House is well kept. It was acquired and expanded for my wonderful, large family which members continue to use it as much as they can. As a member of the "The Quiet Resorts" of southern Sussex County, DE, South Bethany property owners are proud of our beach and South Bethany's convenient location to all the activities, restaurants, and shopping that makes this area such a wonderful destination for sport and relaxation. And, although not "on" the beach, the beach is so near and convenient. Being on a canal gives the location added beauty and access to water sport. Being winterized and available, it is a nice get-away spot year round for weekends and holiday gatherings. You will enjoy the ambiance as did the Popovici group.
Line Lexington, PA

Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Every year my whole family, including 6 adults, 1 senior citizen, 2 teenagers and 3 children, take a week long vacation together. The challenge is finding just the right spot and just the right house to accommodate everyone. This year we went to South Bethany Beach and stayed at the D'Light House. It worked out perfectly. The house was more than big enough for all of us. There was space to eat and play games together. There was also enough space for everyone to find a quiet nook if they wanted too. My father loved sitting out on the upper deck watching the canal and the kids loved hanging out on the bottom deck and fishing in the canal. The bottom deck was also big enough for all of us to enjoy a big crab dinner together, mallets and all. The house was also in an ideal location. It was a short walk or drive to a quiet beach, where we loved flying kites. The town of Bethany and the food store were only a short drive away. We also spent an afternoon and evening in Ocean City, Maryland, about 30 minutes away. The kids enjoyed the boardwalk and the women enjoyed the shopping. All in all it was a terrific family vacation and we definitely hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Lauren, Your review is right on. Many an extended family or other group has enjoyed the D'Light House. Most have positive comments like yours written in the Guest log in the house for everyone to see. I am continuously upgrading in and outside the house. This year it was bathroom shower doors doing away with curtains. Thanks for keeping the flowers watered. It is a nice walk and great beach. In the next few weeks it will be replenished again. Everyone who stays never complains about the walk or the beach. Thank You and do come again, Dr Don
Ellicott City MD

Great for our golf group

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 3 nights with our group of 8 golfers. This house is perfect for that size group. We even had 4 other guys join us there for dinner 2 nights and the house was still roomy for all. Great place to kick back, enjoy the deck, and fully equipped kitchen. There is also plenty of room for parking for several vehicles. Bear Trap Dunes is only minutes away and the other courses were all within a half an hour for us. We loved staying there and hope we can make it an annual event.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you golf group for your positive comments about the D'Light House. Golf has become very prevalent in the area. The house is ideal for housing 2 foursomes. What's more ideal for golfers is the weather and lack of crowds in spring and fall months. For the summer months the house is ideal for family or friends groups up to 15-17 to enjoy the canal for boating, the wide beach and decks for sunning (Remember sun screen) and all the amenities and towns nearby for shopping and any level of dining and enjoyment. The D'LIGHT HOUSE is bright and clean, no must. As noted the kitchen is very well equipped. This off-season three showers that had curtains were replaced by modern doors, all the casement windows with worn mechanics and cranks were repaired, and outside railings and decking painted. Dr. Don Dillon (Ret), Owner
Lancaster, PA

Lots of fun in South Bethany

  • 4 of 5

D'Lighthouse has great nautical decor. Circular steps were a little difficult to maneuver with armfuls

of clean laundry. but we managed quite well. Decks need repairs and top floor balcony railing is very

shaky. It was fun to crab from the deck, children loved it. Caught alot of crabs, but only a few keepers.

Quiet neighborhood, friendly people. Love being close enough to walk to the ocean and a very short

drive to Bethany boardwalk. Could use an extra refrigerator and some shelving to store groceries.

House is big enough for large families, but needs more food storage. All in all, we had a great vacation.

Thanks Don

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Salisbury, MD
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Cottage Cafe
Nearest Ferry
18 Miles
Lewes, DE
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Bear Trap Dunes
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
DE Route 1 (Coastal HWY)
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Cottage Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
South Bethany
Car: necessary

Crabbing, Board walks in Bethany Beach (1.5 mi) and Rehoboth Beach (15 mi), DE and Ocean City 12 mi), MD Many bays with calm water offering watersport activities; Great area for restaurants, tax free eating and shopping.


Rates & Availability

From $385 Per night

South Bethany Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day
May 21 2015 - May 26 2015
3 night minimum stay
Summr Season
Jun 13 2015 - Aug 15 2015
7 night minimum stay
Nov 25 2015 - Nov 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2015 - Dec 27 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400.00
Cleaning $190.00
Pet Fee $35.00
Per Pet $35.00
Tax Rate 8.0%
Notes Early booking incentive prior to 31 October of prior year consists of 25% deposit to book and 25% by November 30 of prior year. After November 30 50% of rental amount is due to book.

There is a $400 security deposit due at final payment.
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South Bethany Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2738 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , Ground, Bottom Floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Middle, Main Floor, serves bedrooms, great room
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Master Bedroom Middle, Main Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Hall Third Floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master Bathroom Third, Top Floor
  • Outside Hot/Cold Shower
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Third Floor Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 3rd Fl. Trundle Pull-out for 2. Pref Child or Teen.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Main Floor Master
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Main Floor with 2 Beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , Main Floor
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Ground Floor Rear
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , Ground Floor Front Toward Canal
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , One Sofa Great Room
  • King size beds (1) In 3rd Floor Master Bedroom, Queen size Beds (4) One in Main (Middle) Floor Master Bedroom, One in Main Floor Bedroom and one each in 2 Ground Floor Bedrooms, Double Beds (1) One in Main Floor Bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (3) One in Main Floor Bedroom with Queen Bed. One in 3rd Floor Small Bedroom with Trundle Bed.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • 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
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Heat and Air Conditioning (2-Zone units updated 2008), Covered Parking for 1-2, total parking 5-7 cars. One King bed, 4 Qu beds, 1 dbl bed, 1 twin, 1 twin with trundle, 5 full bathrooms, Outside Hot/Cold shower. CONTACT EMAIL ONLY, PLEASE

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