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Delightful 3BR + DEN home, Gazebo, Hot Tub, short walk to quiet uncrowded beach

David Pass

Member since: 2000
Speaks: french
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Speaks: french
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Delightful 3BR + DEN home, Gazebo, Hot Tub, short walk to quiet uncrowded beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Broadkill Beach House Rental Photos and Description

Delightful 3BR+Den/3BA Home: Gazebo, Hot Tub, Porch, Steps to Quiet Beach

This lovely three-level, contemporary home is situated just a short block back from a quiet beach that's reminiscent of the movie classic 'Summer of '42'. If you're looking for a quiet, relaxing vacation away from the traffic and hectic pace of Rehoboth, Dewey, Ocean City, and other nearby Atlantic beaches, Broadkill Beach will delight you. While best suited for a party of nine, the house can accommodate up to 12 people.

The road into Broadkill passes a championship public golf course. It then winds through the Primehook nature preserve, a birdwatcher's and nature lover's paradise -- putting you back in time to an era where tranquility and open space still exist. The preserve with its pristine waterways for you to explore, is a favorite with kayakers and canoeists. The road ends in an inviting development of charming homes with a single road that parallels the beach. Set back from the road behind a lovely garden, the house is on a double lot. It's surrounded by trees, affording ample privacy.

Set back from the road behind a free-spirited garden of wild flowers and cacti, the house is on a triple lot surrounded by trees, affording ample privacy. The main living level includes a modern kitchen, the second bedroom with its South West decor, a full bath, and an expansive great room featuring cathedral ceilings, sky lights, a wet bar and fireplace. Through sliding glass doors, the great room opens onto an enclosed sleeping porch with expansive windows that provide the best birds eye view of Broadkill's famous home town 4th of July Parade. The screened porch with a fold out queen size sofa,rocking chairs, and coffee table also provides an inviting and quiet place for persons to enjoy their early morning coffee or use our wireless Internet access to catch up on their latest emails.

A flight of stairs with open views towards the beach leads up to a master bedroom suite with a king-size bed, a sitting area, a private deck that affords views of Broadkill's spectacular sunsets, and two skylights that provide enchanting vistas of the myriad of stars visible on a clear night. Lie in bed and test your ability to identify the stars and constellations; or simply delight in the view.

Our spacious ground floor with plenty of light includes a cozy third bedroom with a queen sized bed, a full bath, a separate sitting area, and a den with a fold-out sofa, Captains bed (single) and a comfortable T.V. /gaming area. The ground floor, which can be closed off for privacy, is perfect for a second family or elderly parents having difficulty climbing stairs.

Behind the house is a large screened gazebo, secluded by trees and equipped with a hammock, a hot tub that easily accommodates four (fabulous on cooler evenings!), a gas grill, and a large octagonal picnic table for casual dining. Between the gazebo and the main house is an enclosed outside shower with a separate dressing area.

The beach is reached by a charming wooden walkway over the dunes. Sheltered by Cape Henlopen on the south and Cape May on the north, its waters are relatively calm. And best of all, the beach is rarely, if ever, crowded. Families build campfires on the beach; and well-behaved pets are welcome.

While Broadkill Beach is 'away from the madding crowd', it is far from being isolated. Broadkill's general store is just a short walk from the house, and carries a little bit of everything including wonderful homemade donuts on weekend mornings. And if you have a desire for first-class shopping or a taste for the variety and excitement of the larger resorts at any time during your stay, Lewes, Rehoboth, and Dewey can be reached within 15 minutes or less. And even closer-by, the the old and charming town of Milton offers a refreshing kayak trip through the town along the Broadkill river followed by a delightful imbibing tour of the Dogfish Head Brewery.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
David Pass (Owner)
Member since: 2000
Speaks: french
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 2015

About David Pass

We are avid dog lovers with two very active but well behaved beagles...Topper & Kermit, so Summer of '42 is definitely pet friendly..

David Pass purchased this house in 2005

Why David Pass chose Broadkill Beach

We loved the quiet location, the uncrowded beach where we could walk forever(and have our dogs walk with us), the quaint country store with great ice cream and sandwiches (and recently, kayak rentals), being in the Nature Preserve (it is fascinating to see the multitude of birds that frequent the preserve), being very close to great golf, and being able to sail and kayak from the beach OR Canoe down the Broadkill river! It seemed like a step back in time where life was calmer and less hectic, hence our choice of 'Summer of '42' for the name. Broadkill is a calm beach where the waves are minimal, yet great surf is available in the nearby Cape Henlopen State Park (which also has great biking and hiking trails and a dog-friendly beach. Broadkill is a unique place away from everything where time seems to stand still, yet just a quick hop in the car to the excitement of Lewes, Rehoboth, the Lewes-Cape May Ferry and other places of interest. We just plain fell in love with it!

What makes this house unique

The beautiful access road where sights of nature abound year-round --- different in every season.

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Delightful 3BR + DEN home, Gazebo, Hot Tub, short walk to quiet uncrowded beach
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

Absolutely Heaven at the Beach

  • 5 of 5

This was a first time at Broadkill Beach and we found it such a hidden treasure, not the least bit crowded as the many beaches in the area. As for the house, just lovely. Clean, well kept and so comfortable, felt like home. Our family, the parents 3 adult kids and one furry child enjoyed the open layout and close proximity to the beach (walk to the end of the road). The outdoor gazebo with new grill, picnic table and the HOT TUB made the evenings so relaxing. We would definitely come back again. David, thank you for stopping to see that we were settled in, giving us local recommendations and for answering all our questions. We could not have asked for a better rental.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Fantastic Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a short, quiet stay at a beach where we could take our dogs.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

The good is VERY good, but...

  • 4 of 5

LOVED the wonderfully close and open beach, excellent master suite (BR#1), no sign of previous dog tenants, separate gazebo space, 3 bathrooms, proximity to wildlife preserve (and brewery tour on rainy day).

The description of sleeping spaces is confusing: King suite #1 is exceptional and main-level double #3 is great. The ground level is a family room (#5?) with sofa bed (double sheets fit), "captain's bed" (single), a wide hallway with an open futon (double) opposite the bathroom and a corner room with a door, a bed (queen), and a love seat (?). The corner bedroom is like an extra large closet, no windows and if the door is closed, no air circulation and claustrophobic -- so not a private room, and not a suite! If the loves eat is a sofa bed, opening it would require totally walking on mattresses to move in that space. We HAD to use the ground level as a single large area with nooks and corners. No one in our party of 7 adults could figure how the porch couch was a sleep sofa -- it's a couch on a screened-in porch (light between the floor boards) - outside.

Finally, we had some issues about the cleanliness of the kitchen -- the drains, the trash bin, the dishes and pans. The owner says he has addressed that.

I would not eliminate this house as a destination for this excellent location, I would just clarify the description.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Pottstown, PA

Great place!

  • 5 of 5

This trip to the shore was practically perfect. The home was exactly as pictured, in fact, actually, even nicer. The owners were a joy to work with, quickly answered any questions I had via email or phone. Even gave us tips for how to find a local grocery store. I would absolutely reccommend the property for anyone looking for relaxation. The beach was a short walk, and most of the time, we were the only ones on it. It was clean and quiet. The hot tub was awesome after a day in the ocean. The outside shower was a fun added bonus. I felt safe in the neighborhood. Friendly neighbors always ready to say hi and offer a recommendation. I'll never go to Jersey again. It's Broadkill for me, from now on.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Just Right

  • 5 of 5

The house was the perfect weekend getaway for six old friends (three couples). During our short stay of three days, we were able to go to the beach just down the block, go kayaking in the marshes, and drive to town to have dinner. But, we spent most of our time in the hot tub and gazebo area eating, drinking, and playing board games. Everything was very comfortable and the owners were extremely responsive to our needs. The house and its furnishings were bigger, cleaner, and newer than I had anticipated. I plan on coming back next year!!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Herndon, VA

Relaxing Week

  • 5 of 5

Had a very relaxing week at the beach and really liked the house, beach and community. We enjoyed visiting Lewes plus a day on the ferry to Cape May, but the beach was the highlight. It was just a short walk away and was never crowded - our idea of a great way to relax. The house lent itself to our extended family, allowing us to have separate space (and bathrooms) on every floor, and we were very comfortable even on the couple days when the weather was extremely hot. The kitchen was well equipped, and we cooked most of the time but we did enjoy dropping into the corner Broadkill store. Next time we visit we will explore Milton more than we did - had a great breakfast at the Vintage Cafe one morning. Milton also has a miniature train in a very attractive downtown park (train runs evenings that events are planned) that our grandson will really enjoy. A wonderful week in a very comfortable house!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Adjacent to Primehook Nature Preserve, a birdwatchers paradise! Canoe or kayak on Broadkill river, which cuts through the Nauture Preserve. Less than 4 miles from The Rookery public golf course & club which features great golf, a restaurant, lessons, and a pro shop.

Other Activities: Bird-watching (home is in nature preserve)

Golf: All in all, Broadkill Beach and the 'Summer of '42' home that awaits you offer a unique experience not to be missed!

Amenities: 3 living levels, separate entrance for downstairs bedroom (Sleep sofa plus 1 twin bed - can double as rec room), large screened gazebo (with 4+person Jacuzzi, picnic table for 8, gas grill, double hammock --- surrounded by trees for privacy) master bedroom deck, outside shower with dressing area, ample off-street parking, washer/dryer, fully equipped kitchen (service for 8, blender, mixer, coffeemaker, toaster, microwave), phone, TV/VCRs, Cable, video library, paperback library, spacious master suite with private bath and deck, screened front porch, bird-watching, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming.

Ski: Activities: Swimming, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, biking, bird-watching, golf, hot-tubing


Rates & Availability

From $250 Per night

Broadkill Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 15 2014 - May 14 2015
3 night minimum stay
Spring/Early Summer
May 15 2015 - Jun 26 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2015
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 4 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Notes Listed mid-week rates are for nights added on to a weekend rental. Weekend rates of $500/night apply to holidays. Higher rates apply for mid-week only rentals.
Monthly winter rentals do not include utilities which are paid directly by the tenant.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Broadkill Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Outside - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 3 - Ground floor, combination tub with shower; grab bars
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main level
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Top floor master bedroom suite
  • 3 full baths, all with shower/tub combinations, plus outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Main floor, adjacent to full bath
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Den/Rec Room with fold-out sofa and Captain's bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sleeping Porch off Living Room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Ground Level 2nd suite, sitting area with futon, full bath
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Spacious Suite, full bath, Deck, Sitting Area overlooking LR
  • Two MBR Suites. Expansive top floor Suite with King bed is on separate level with sitting area, full private bath, and deck. Sitting area overlooks living room. Plenty of room for crib or kids in sleeping bags on floor. Ground floor 2nd suite has Queen bed & loveseat (works for young child in with parents), separate sitting area with double futon and full bath --- bath and sitting area are separate from, but just outside of, bedroom. Den/Rec room doubles as a bedroom with a Captain's bed and fold-out sofa for two. Occupants could use either 2nd suite sitting area bathroom or upstairs main level bathroom. Sleeping porch has double sleep sofa. It is off living room so not completely private, but is great for overflow sleeping. It is not air conditioned but is surrounded by windows with screens that can be opened to get a cross breeze. The house has sleeping in beds/futons/sleep sofas for 13 people but works best for 9 or less, can accommodate up to 11 comfortably.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • bay/sound
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

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