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D'Light House - ~A~ Delightful Vacation Home

Bedrooms 7
Space 2,738 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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

More Details

Don Dillon, MD (Retired)
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2018

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 Harbor

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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South Bethany Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2738 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Resort ...
  • 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
  • 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. New flooring great room and bathrooms 2016. CONTACT EMAIL ONLY, PLEASE


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D'Light House - ~A~ Delightful Vacation Home
average rating of 4.36 based on 29 reviews

Great place for a lot of people!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay! Close walking distance to the ocean, and plenty of room inside the house. Dr. Don is very good host! Couldn't have been any better.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good Times:

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your Review. And thank you for being a repeat renter. Please come back.
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Comfortable home

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy that you enjoyed the D'Light House and the setting. Please come back another time. Thank you, Dr Don
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Always wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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
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  • 3 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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.
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great location with everything you would ever need in it

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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.
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Salisbury, MD
Nearest Barpub
0.3 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, McCabe's Deli, China Express
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Pet Fee $50

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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