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D'Light House - ~A~ Delightful Vacation Home

South Bethany Harbor, South Bethany, DE, USA
  • House2738 sqft
  • Bedrooms7
  • Sleeps18
  • Bathrooms5
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

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 AGAIN IN JAN 2018. The widest beach around is at the end of the street.


Keywords: Multiple Story Free Standing House with Canal Frontage


Don Dillon, MD (Retired)

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 Sandpiper Pines

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


      • 5 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Master Bathroom Third, Top Floor
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, Hall Third Floor
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower, Master Bedroom Middle, Main Floor
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Middle, Main Floor, serves bedrooms, great room
      • Bathroom 5
        toilet, shower, Ground, Bottom Floor
      • Outside Hot/Cold Shower

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
          Five minute walk to best, widest beach in the area.
        • Resort
          This is a resort area of Delaware on the Atlantic Coast. Known as the "Quiet Resorts" this is a single family home area dedicated to peaceful, quiet, family experiences.
        • Water View
          The water view is of a canal at the front or south side of the house with views from all decks.
        • Waterfront
          Located on a canal for canal views and crabbing off bulkhead and private dock. Good water entrance for boating, kayaking.


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      2 Zone
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      New 2010
                    • Covered Parking
                      1 car; or 2 small cars
                    • Fireplace
                      Free-standing wood-burning fireplace
                    • Heating
                      2 zone
                    • Internet
                      WiFi available
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Living Room
                      Great Room with Kitchen, Dining, and Socializing areas.
                    • Parking
                      Parking for 6-7 cars depending on size
                    • Parking Off Street
                      5-7 cars
                    • Sofa Bed
                    • Telephone
                      Hard-wired local and long distance calling available
                    • Washing Machine
                      New 2010
                    • Wireless Internet
                    • Wood Fireplace
                      Free Standing in Great Room
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Kitchen
                          Fully equipped with appliances and dishes. Large pots and pans and such as a crock pot are included.
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Fully stocked
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          More than fully stocked.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          Freezer is part of the refrigerator.
                        • Grill
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Blender
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Electric, part of stove
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          With freezer and ice maker.
                        • Stove
                          All Electric, self-clean oven
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Dining Area Great Room Seat 8, up to 10 with Folding Chairs. Extra Table Nearby on Deck for 4-5 More.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Radio
                                • Books
                                  Few Books Available
                                • Books for Kids
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Wireless Internet also included
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                  Few toys and beach toys available
                                • VCR


                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                    • Balcony
                                      2 Other Decks, Main Floor and Roof
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Boat Dock
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Ground level wood deck at canal and canal dock. Picnic tables and seating for 10-12.
                                    • Golf
                                      Many Golf Courses in Surrounding Area, Can bwe considered a golf destination as wekk as a beach resort.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Not provided but dock and water access for renter owned personal watercraft. Renters NOT permitted to use canoe stored on property.
                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Large Cooler
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Propane tank refill in ground floor storeroom.
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • museums
                                            • bay/sound
                                            • cinemas
                                            • festivals
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • marina
                                            • churches
                                            • playground
                                            • reefs
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins
                                            • theme parks
                                            • water parks
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • paddle boating
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • gambling casinos
                                                • miniature golf
                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • 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

                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • freshwater fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • paragliding
                                                        • parasailing
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • 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. New flooring great room and bathrooms 2016. CONTACT EMAIL ONLY, PLEASE

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              24 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Good Times:

                                                              Tim D.

                                                              This was the second time we rented the D'Light House and again we loved it. It's plenty big for the group of 11 (+1 baby and 1 dog). It's clean, close to the beach, and the kitchen was redone. Owner is very easy to work with and accommodating. We will definitely stay at the D'Light House again.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for your Review. And thank you for being a repeat renter. Please come back.

                                                              Comfortable home

                                                              Devon S.

                                                              Our extended family had a wonderful time here. The view from the back deck is gorgeous, and different levels gave us space to be together or not.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Happy that you enjoyed the D'Light House and the setting. Please come back another time.

                                                              Thank you, Dr Don

                                                              Always wonderful!

                                                              Kathryn M.Hatfield, PA

                                                              This was our fourth year at the D'Light House and we were once again delighted! Our large family of 16 slept comfortably in the 7 large bedrooms and the 7 grandchildren had plenty of room to play. Our granddaughters were thrilled with the new bunk beds and the new granite countertops and new great room flooring are lovely! Dr. Don is a wonderful host. We are already looking forward to next year!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Dear McCarter Family, It has been a pleasure to have you at the D'Light House for 4 years. I have had some families returning for 2 or 3 years but you have the record. I will be making more improvements during the coming year. Let me know soon your preferred week and check the calendar now for availability. Thanks again for coming and for the respect your family shows for the D'Light House and I look forward to your enjoyment next year.

                                                              Sincerely, Dr Don


                                                              Karen M.

                                                              Our family enjoyed our week in Bethany Beach. The house worked out nicely for the us grandparents, children and spouses, and grandkids. A few suggestions: a fence should be installed at the end of the outside deck as it was very "unrelaxing" sitting there with four little ones (ages, 5, 4, 3, 2) running around. Also, the spiral staircase was a nightmare for us keeping the little ones away. We gated it off so that seemed to work. We would definitly consider renting again next year only if a fence is installed at the end of the deck. oh and my husband spent at least 2 hours cleaning the grill. It looked like it had never been cleaned before.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thanks for your candid evaluation. Certainly any staircase, when one is above it, is a risk for children and needs to be blocked. This one mostly allows space for a sitting room for reading at its lower end and maximum space for the sun room at its upper end. And most adults enjoy these social areas. Again I know the concerns about the ground level deck. But I did bring up 7 children and 16 grandchildren using this deck the same including years of little ones crabbing off the dock and bulkhead. It is in mind to fence it but I added upgrades to the kitchen this year and the main level deck is fenced. I continue every year to return income to improvements. Usually the cleaners do the grill but it could have been skipped. Renters use the grill and leave it not clean and bear some responsibility in not leaving the grill tidy. These areas are not commented on frequently. It is difficult to control everything every week and mostly the D'Light House earns 4-5 stars.

                                                              great location with everything you would ever need in it

                                                              Gil R.

                                                              We were a large family of 12 and we had a fantastic time with plenty of room. Anything you needed or wanted for cooking was there. Beach was very close. Chairs, umbrella, beach toys and cart to take stuff to the beach were all there. Crabbing was good from the back deck and two nets were provided.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for mentioning most of what is available at the D'Light House. Besides all you mention: the beach is very wide and sandy; the Town is well policed and the beach is well guarded; restaurants, board walk, downtown Bethany Beach, shopping, golf courses, and water sports are amply available. South Bethany is part of the "Quiet Resorts"" but nearby is plenty of entertainment, dining, and shopping, and ferry to Cape May, NJ variously in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Fenwick Island, DE and in Ocean City, MD. Or you can just sit back and quietly commune with family and friends or read a book you have longed to get to in two quiet get aways in the house or out on the decks and beach. You cannot beat the D'Light House and South Bethany for satisfying the vacation needs for family reunions and families and friends or groups of individuals together.

                                                              Great vacation rental.

                                                              Lawrence J.

                                                              We had a small family reunion for a week and completely enjoyed this home. The only issue we had was that the small bunkbed room on second floor was incredibly hot. We bought a floor fan mid-week to get some air in there for the two teens who were sharing it. Other than that it was truly a great place to stay.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you, Larry, for your positive review. It is a great home for family reunions. And there are many upgrades added this year including the bunk beds that you refer to.

                                                              Never have had the temperature issue raised before in any room. The room referred to has A/C; I will check the distribution of cool air to that room. Anyway , we had several days your week with temperatures above 90 Degrees. Great beach weather but a stress on A/C systems even though we have two zones and that floor has its own zone.

                                                              Enjoyed having your group and hope you will return. Thanks, Don, Owner


                                                              South Bethany Harbor, South Bethany, DE, USA

                                                              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

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                                                              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 personal check $400 security deposit due at final payment.

                                                              24 Reviews
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