Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Elegant Victorian w/Carriage house on Canal

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 9 nights


About the property

5 Brs; 3 Full Baths; 4 Queens 4 Twins; 1 Queen pullout, outdoor shower

This elegant, 5 bedroom, recently renovated Victorian home and carriage house, in the Lewes Historic District, balances the original elegance of this home with the casual comforts of the beach. Your city blues will melt away when you arrive! The front porch overlooks historic downtown Lewes and provides an intimate sense of a more relaxed time in America. Gracious Stepping out the sliding doors of the kitchen, you enter the back yard with BBQ and herb garden which is surrounded with privacy fencing. The ground floor living area in the carriage house opens onto the lushly landscaped back yard through French doors that create a luxurious indoor/outdoor living area for intimate dining and entertaining on warm summer nights. The new canal waterfront park is right outside the back gate and parking area; the beach and all Lewes just steps away! For fall and winter visitors, there is a working fireplace!

More on the house: The carriage house has a rustic bedroom with through ventilation under the eaves and a tin roof on the 2nd floor. The 2nd and 3rd floor rear bedrooms in the main house provide views of the canal. The fireplace in the living room warms up any chilly evenings. Televisions with Dish TV and surround-sound are located in the living room and carriage house. There are VCR and CD/DVD players in both houses and in the attic for the kids; and wireless DSL and a printer/fax machine. The house has well appointed bedrooms, a galley kitchen just off the dining room with modern appliances, including a Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and disposal. Customary kitchenware includes everything you need for boiled lobster or steak and salmon on the grill. Laundry is in the basement with entry from the garden. Bike parking rack,hammock, herb garden for your cooking next to the grill, and outdoor shower. There is dedicated parking outside the back gate for 2 midsize cars.

Entertainment: Weekly and seasonal parking passes at Henlopen State Park Beach are inexpensive You may walk or bicycle into the Park for free. Breakwater Harbor Beach (aka Town Beach; by the Dairy Queen) is free and a great spot for toddlers or others who prefer less vigorous swimming. Rehobeth and Dewey Beaches, the boardwalk, outlet malls, movies, and more restaurants are 5 - 15 minutes south on Route 1. These beaches offer the fun of the boardwalk in addition to good ocean swimming and lifeguards. Parking is generally readily available at street meters or in lots. Fishing, dinner cruises, rentals and whale watching are available just across the Canal. Cape May Ferry takes you across the mouth of the Delaware River to historic Cape May.

historic district: Lewes has a vibrant Historic DIstrict with lovely Victorian homes. Some are converted to businesses but most are lived-in.

213 and 215 Second St were built together for 2 generations of the same family; the houses share a wall but all rooms, systems and gardens are separate. The original carriage house (with its horse weathervane) is in our garden. A retired couple-former teachers- have owned 215 for many years and live there during the summer.

More Details

William Whitman or Sallie Davis
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2017

About William Whitman or Sallie Davis

We fell in love with this Victorian home in the center of Lewes historic district where we and our children could walk everywhere! Our growing family continues to love it and enjoy it year-round. We live near Washington, DC and are available by cell phone anytime.

William Whitman or Sallie Davis purchased this house in 2004

Why William Whitman or Sallie Davis chose Lewes

Located on one of the original house lots in Lewes, the older part of the house was built in the 1880's and then added on to around 1900. While the kitchens, baths and systems are modern, much of the original charm of the house has been preserved.

We have many guests who return every year; people who come to get married in town or at the house; many guests with three generations; reunions; and other celebrations.

The house is within four blocks of many great restaurants and bars, great shopping, the tennis courts, ball field, and public dock, the historic sites in town, churches, and City Hall, and just a short walk further to the boat yard, the town beach (by the Dairy Queen) and more. The Henlopen State Park beach is a 5 minute drive with great parking, a concession stand with changing rooms, hiking trails, historic exhibits and access for off-road vehicles.

We have friends and neighbors in Lewes who help us care for the house when we're not there and something goes wrong.

What makes this house unique

The carriage house is like a second living room so your party can divide up as desired. Barbecues on warm nights in the very private back yard with the sliding doors open to the carriage house living area where there is music or tv are divine.

Guestbook comments from the owner

If you love the charm of a beautiful Victorian home, fine dining, good shopping, boating, biking, tennis and beautiful beaches, you can't go wrong on Second Street. We hope you will join us in enjoying this special place. Let us know whether you enjoyed it and what we can do to make your next stay even better. Bill Whitman & Sallie Davis.
Dec 2004
  • 1 of 1


Historic District House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master - 2nd Flr - toilet , shower
    Main 2nd Flr - toilet , shower
    Main 1st Flr - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main House - outdoor shower
  • The master bedroom is en suite. The other second floor bathroom in the main house is shared. The downstairs bathroom in the main house is a full bath with a tub/shower. The outdoor shower has hot water. There is no bathroom in the carriage house.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master - 1 queen , En Suite
    Main House 2 - 1 queen
    Main House 3 - 1 queen
    Main House 3rd Floor - 4 twin/ single , 1 trundle
    Carriage House Upstairs - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • 4 bedrooms with one queen bed each (3 in the main house; 1 in the carriage house); the kids' aerie in the attic of the main house has 4 singles; 1 ground floor queen pullout in the carriage house
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
4 bedrooms with queen beds (1 in the Carriage House in back of the Main House) and 1 attic bedroom with 4 twins in the main house; 1 downstairs queen sleep sofa in the carriage house; 2 off street parking spots; great porch; patio; 2 TVs with satellite and surround sound; 1 TV on third floor; wifi; privacy fencing; outdoor gas grill; outdoor shower with hot water; full size washer & new dryer in basement; mini refrigerator and bar sink in carriage house; herb garden.Elderly and infirm are welcome, but there are stairs front and back and the main house bedrooms are on the second floor.We have allowed pets on a few occasions under special circumstances with an additional charge. Pets must be treated for fleas.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Elegant Victorian w/Carriage house on Canal
average rating of 4.875 based on 9 reviews

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5


Thanks so much for the use of your awesome house. We were well served here. Look forward to doing it again,


  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2005
  • Stayed: Feb 2005
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 1

A wonderful time was enjoyed by all!

  • 5 of 5

"This is my dream house," our worldly granddaughter exclaimed as she raced from the wonderful third-floor children's aerie, throughout the three other lovely bedrooms and terrific bathrooms and down through the comfy first floor, through the gardens and around the carriage house to the hammock, where she stayed, read, and swayed for two entire hours! The rest of us adults were enchanted too, as this house contained many welcoming areas! There are also games, books, puzzles, and videos galore! If location, location, location is the desired prize of any property, this in-town, centrally-located house offers the luxury of walking distance to everywhere: the community tennis and basketball courts are just out back; the ice cream shop is one minute away; all the restaurants, bakeries, and shops are within a five minute stroll, and it's very convenient to the bike rental store with its adjacent bike trails. In fact, one evening while crafting with the grands, I realized I brought the wrong glue with me for our project. I quietly excused myself, walked to the toy store across the street, purchased the proper past, and returned before anyone even had a chance to miss me! The kitchen is perfect for concocting any meals imaginable, and we used the counters along the first-floor wall of the carriage house for our buffet dinners, which we then enjoyed on the idyllic outside patio. Next time we choose this lovely home, we will confirm that the owners have definitely refreshed both the upstairs bedroom and downstairs family room of the carriage house, clearing its cobwebs and sanitizing floors and furniture immediately before our arrival. Speaking of the owners, communication with them is superb, and they happily answered all of our probably tedious questions and then returned our security deposit in a timely manner. This house is situated within Lewes' esteemed historic district, and any fortunate resident of this lovely home feels part of a splendid thread of a long-ago era fused to our present day in the continuing tapestry of time!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Phoenix, AZ

Delightful family vacation

  • 5 of 5

It was really perfect for all 12 of us gathered for a blended family vacation...charmingly decorated, well-equipped kitchen, perfect front porch and walking distance to children's park, shops & restaurants. 3rd Fl bedroom great bonus for 4 and 6-year old and guest house perfect for daughter, husband and their dogs. Lovely, uncrowded beach 5 minute drive, great Saturday Farmer's Market, ice cream shop & wine store close by - what else would we need?!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Wonderful stay on Second Street!

  • 4 of 5

The house in Lewes was absolutely wonderful! There are 10 of us who met here for our family vacation. The location couldn't be better. We spent a great deal of time on the front porch just enjoying the main street. Also made daily trips to the ocean which is nearby. Bill was great to work with as well. Hope we can go again.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
5 0

Something for Everyone

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this rental. Not only did we appreciate it's roomy Victorian style, but also had a great time exploring the surrounding restaurants, shoppes, and historical attractions. There was always something to do.. even if it was just spending quality family time on the front porch enjoying our favorite beverage. If we are ever in Lewes,DE again, we would definitely consider renting this house again.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Great Lewes week-end

  • 5 of 5

This Victorian house was perfect for the style and location we wanted when staying in Lewes for my son's wedding in October '11. It felt like we'd stepped into a familar home where we were immediately comfortable with the lovely decor, kitchen and street. We had three families there for a week-end with several kids in their twenties who also had a great time. We had good family fun in the dining room with a pre-wedding breakfast as well as cousin sharing eveniing in the back courtyard with candles under the lovely trees. I would love to return sometime as Lewes is a fantastic little town. My only recommendation would be for a more serious vacumn cleaner be available to guests if they are to tidy the house before their departure.

Oh yes, I forgot to say how members of the family enjoyed sitting on the front porch talking, sorting photos, reading a magazine or waiting for the next 'event' of the week-end! Thanks Bill and Sallie!


  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad Diane's family enjoyed our house! It is a great place for a wedding party.
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0


Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
1 block
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Cape May Ferry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Rte 1
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Rte 1 and Rte 16
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
1 block
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
8 blocks
Car: necessary

The house is located immediately adjacent to the downtown shopping and restaurant district with something for everyone - fine dining, clothes, antiques, art, fine crafts, toys, ice cream, wine and beer, two excellent coffee houses, furniture, housewares, beach supplies, post office, banks, and more - all within a few blocks. The gate in the backyard opens directly onto Front Street and the Canal, the new Canal Park, public tennis courts, and fishing and boating facilities. There is ample street parking in front of the house and two dedicated spaces in back. Walk to the town (bay) beach- perfect for young children or go to Cape Henlopen State Park ,a 5 minute drive and an easy 15 minute bicycle ride from the house. It is a truly fine National Seashore Park with a beautiful beach, concession stand, showers, bicycle and nature trails, a seashore education center for the kids, lifeguards, pier fishing, soccer fields and more. Lewes is a year-round destination!

Other Activities: Boardwalk, great restaurants, minigolf, shopping

Golf: Several nice golf courses are nearby (the closest is on Rte 1 North) and mini-golf on Rt1 1 South and in Rehoboth Beach.


Rates & Availability

Historic District House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season - Spring
Jan 15 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Off Season - Fall
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Weekend
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas Week
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 1 2018
9 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $250 + Tax
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

Please see the posted rates. If pets are approved by us, pet rates are $250/week or $75/weekend.
If your desired time is available, we will hold the spot for you while we send you a lease and you return a deposit. The amount of deposit will depend on the rental and the time of year. Security deposit for summer rentals is generally $500.00; for off-season rentals, it is generally $300.00; amounts may vary depending on the size of your party.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Enter dates for accurate pricing


Partner Offers