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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 WAS COMPLETED IN THE SPRING OF 2012 AND 2014 A MUCH BETTER BEACH IS HERE.. CONTACT EMAIL ONLY, PLEASE

Keywords: Multiple Story Free Standing House with Canal Frontage

More Details

Don Dillon, MD (Retired)
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2017

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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Sandpiper Pines House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2738 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

D'Light House - ~A~ Delightful Vacation Home
average rating of 4.25 based on 20 reviews

Nice stay!

  • 5 of 5

Currently here now. The house has a very nice layout and is perfect for a large group! Rooms are decent sizes and many have their own bathroom. Kitchen is perfect size. And the back yard is a beautiful view, on the dock or on a balcony. The only thing is the spiral steps are very small. I am 5'3 and felt I was too big for them. But were making it work not that big of a deal. Already looking into dates to book again in April! :)

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Easy, economical, comfortable stay!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying here! We had a big family stay and have lots of space. Dr. Don was great to work with and very responsive. The house is older, but that just makes it more of a home! I would definitely stay at this home again - great location, walk to the beach, on the canal, about a mile from Bethany boardwalk. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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D-Light Stay

  • 4 of 5

Excellent location, short walking distance to the beaches and perfect layout of the bedrooms and bathrooms!! Their locations allow for adult privacy yet keep young families together. The amenities were adequate but the deck balconies and steps are showing signs of aging. Highly recommend for larger sized family vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hatfield, PA

Wonderful, homey, quiet and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 9 adults and 7 children recently completed our third year of staying at the D'Light House. When we walked in to the very clean home, it was like we were entering our own home. The house is large and roomy with plenty of space for everyone. The girls love playing dolls in the third floor large hallway and we all enjoy gathering in the great room for games and fun. Our family loves the short walk to the beach and the quiet relaxing street and pine trees. We are already looking forward to next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location

  • 3 of 5

Great location. Great room for the family to gather in one space. Need to update flooring, decks and furniture.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Chris, Thank you for the review. Upgrades planned for this fall or winter: new flooring great room, likely will be wood tile with scatter rugs; New love seat ; likely more replacement of decking; possible granite counters. I do put money into the house every year (new ground level decking, new TV in main floor Master bedroom e.g.). Come next year and check it out. I am committed to keep the house updated. I concur it is a very nice location. Thanks again, Dr Don
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Very "homey"!

  • 5 of 5

A great home! Made everyone feel like we were at home! The drive way is very spacious! Many rooms! Easy to make sleeping arrangements! Great place to stay for a beach trip!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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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

Sandpiper Pines House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Memorial Day
May 25 2017 - May 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early June
May 30 2017 - Jun 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summr Season
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Aug
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Last 3 Wks of Sep
Sep 16 2017 - Oct 8 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 8.0%

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.

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