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SPECIAL $250 off Summer Weeks 3 BR+DEN Home, sleeps 8+, Hot Tub, 3 min. to Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Delightful 3BR+Den/3BA Home: Gazebo, Hot Tub, Porch, Short walk 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 eight, the house can accommodate up to 11 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, 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 front porch with a sofa,rocking chairs, and coffee table also provide 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 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 includes a cozy third bedroom with a queen sized bed, a full bath, a separate sitting area with a futon, 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 just a three minute walk away over a charming wooden walkway that protects 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 a half hour 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.

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David Pass
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english, french
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2017

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 Delaware

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.


Broadkill Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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
    Outside - outdoor shower , Should be used to eliminate sand before using hot tub
  • 3 full baths, all with shower/tub combinations, plus outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 4 is a den - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Den with Captain's bed, fold-out sofa, futon & full bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Southwest Decor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Cozy ground Level bedroom adjacent to den and full bath
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Spacious Suite, full bath, Deck, and Sitting Area
  • Expansive top floor master bedroom with King size bed has separate sitting area, full bath, and back deck. Plenty of room for crib and/or small child. Overlooks large main floor great room. Main floor bedroom is adjacent to a full bath. Cozy ground floor bedroom has Queen size bed and loveseat. It is adjacent to a full bath and separate sitting area with a double futon. Ground floor also includes a Den/Rec room with a Captain's bed and fold-out sofa for two. By closing the entrance door to the den, the ground floor can be converted into a private suite for a second family. More than 4 occupants on the ground floor should use the main level bathroom to offset strain on the septic system. In a pinch, the front porch with a sliding glass door viewable to the great room has a sleep sofa that can accommodate an extra couple. Although not air conditioned, the screened in porch provides a comfortable cross breeze. The house comfortably sleeps 9 people but can accommodate
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • 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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SPECIAL $250 off Summer Weeks 3 BR+DEN Home, sleeps 8+, Hot Tub, 3 min. to Beach
average rating of 4.6875 based on 16 reviews
York, Pa

Fourth of July Blast

  • 5 of 5

The drive into Broadkill Beach is wonderful however, that does not prepare you for the step back in time that you have when crossing the bridge. In Love - we have spent many summers in Fenwick Island this is what Fenwick once was. For the family! Our granddaughter just turned two and we were looking for a place that would offer space for our families. Upon arrival David & Phyllis were there to greet us. What a fantastic couple, they made us feel welcomed. The floor plan of this home is fantastic! With that said I would suggest that you bring All your own bed linens, the master bedroom does not stay cool so you will want to keep the blinds closed and ceiling fan going, keeps it much cooler. The Hot Tub was great end to busy days! We also brought our dogs and this property is very dog friendly. Over all cleanliness of the property was a challenge for me, only because I am a bit obsessive due to the fact that our granddaughter is at the stage of putting things in her mouth the five second rule applies in her world!

When visiting the beach for the day you must be prepared for VERY HOT sand but once you make it to the water you quickly forget that part. We anchored rafts and floated our day away. I can say with out a doubt Broadkill Beach will be seeing more of us! Especially on the weekends, the doughnuts at Broadkill store are to die for! Great memories were made.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Good and bad

  • 2 of 5

The good first. Broadkill is a nice quiet beach, only a few minute walk from house. The house is laid out well across 3 floors, allowing for some separation at night. The gazebo is very nice with hot tub, grill and table for 8. The ice maker in kitchen freezer spits out ice quicker than I've ever experienced with ice makers, this is a plus! We bagged some of the ice, as not to deter it from its mission and had plenty for our beach coolers.

Now the bad. The house is very dated, I don't know about 'summer of 42' but it screams 1980s and hasn't had its bathrooms or kitchen renovated since. Old countertops that anything spilled stains, no garbage disposal, old linoleum floors that stick to your feet no matter how much you clean them. Poorly equipped, small kitchen. Main level bathroom had faint smell of urine likely from bad wax seal, and sink clogged. Walls in areas terribly marked up and/or dirty.

I did address these issues with the owner and he is fixing them. You can expect likely some better kitchen equipment, toilet smelling nice, a sink that drains and fresh paint.

Bottom line, my rating is based on the fact I felt it was overpriced for its condition and lack of updates as compared to similar properties in the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Quiet Community and Amazing Beach

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at "Summer of '42" after Labor Day while the weather was still warm. We chose this location because it was dog friendly and close to the beach.

We literally had the beach to ourselves most of the time. Occasionally someone might walk by or another group might be set up a couple 100 yards away, leaving you in complete serene peace to listen to the waves. It was also a fantastic dog friendly beach and community, which is so rare.

The house is really lovely and a 2 min walk to the beach. Skylights allow for tons of light, great beach breezes when weather permits, everything you need for the meal prep, and lots of room for a few people or enough space to accommodate many without being on top of each other. The front screened sleeping porch proved a favorite to watch the neighborhood. The backyard gazebo is a huge bonus. It allowed us to grill and enjoy the hot tub at night or on a rainy day. The accommodations were comfortable and clean and we felt right at home.

David was a pleasure to work with the entire time. Unfortunately I had to disturb him with a question when we arrived and he immediately responded and helped us out. A lot of people say call for anything, but he really means it and makes you glad you reached out.

I can't rave enough about the location of this rental. The entire Broadkill Beach community is surrounded by a Nature Reserve. Just the drive to and from Coastal Highway provides amazing scenery and opportunities for bird and wildlife watching. Fishing opportunities all around - surf and river. Rehobeth is no more than a 20 min drive if you want touristy options or outlets, Lewes less than that with incredibly charming shops and history and the Cape May Ferry. If you have a day you don't want to spend at the beach - you've got Dogfish Head Brewery within 15 mins, not to mention Mispillian, Evolution, Old Dominion/Fordham and 16 Mile Breweries within a short drive. Nothing better than a fresh growler and a hot tub to ease away any stress.

We would definitely recommend this rental and hope to return in the future. We had a fabulous vacation!

Sheila T.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Peaceful and quite also great for nature lovers!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Summer of ’42 during the off-season and it was wonderful. The three story house was very prepared and comfortable, the house was clean in great shape and everything we needed was already there. The three floor layout is rather unique, quite spacious and could comfortably accommodate a bunch of people without everyone being on top of each other. One of our favorite things about the house was the fully screened outside gazebo, which includes a fantastic hot tub, gas grill, picnic table, seating, and cozy hammock.

We really enjoyed the location, private and only a 2 minute walk to a lovely planked pathway through the sand dunes and down to the beach. The beach is uncrowded during peak-season and practically empty during the off-season, many times we had the entire beach all to ourselves, and the sunsets are magnificent!

As nature lovers a definite high-light of Summer of ’42 was its location. The house is nestled between the Broadkill Beach and the Prime Hook National Wildlife Reserve, the reserve has many beautiful walking trails and a canoe/kayak trail through several different types of habitats where we were able to observe countless species of birds as well as many other types wildlife including deer, fox, rabbits and weasels.

Really enjoyed our time there, definitely recommend and would stay again!

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Butler, PA

Wonderful place for a quiet beach vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Broadkill and to Delaware in general, so needless to say we were a bit apprehensive. This property and location were perfect for us and we had a wonderful week! First, the Broadkill beach neighborhood still has its charm which is so hard to come by any more. The beach is great and getting better thanks to dredging that is making the beach wider with wonderful, soft sand. The house location is less than a 5 minute walk from the door to the sand and everyone that we met was very nice and easy going. This vacation was for my wife and I along with our 3 adult children, 2 adult significant others and 2 dogs. We wanted a quieter beach than usual and found exactly that. Being there in the middle of August, it was so nice to have plenty of space for privacy and playing Frisbee and corn hole. Nothing like the Rehoboth madness…

The house is as advertised and we thought that it suited us perfectly. It is modest as are most in the area. It has a very well equipped, but small kitchen that we found sufficient and the size did not bother us. The family room is nice to gather in but we really preferred the gazebo to play games at night! The hot tub was also wonderful to have. The bedrooms and bathrooms were comfortable with plenty of space. The dogs were completely comfortable and we are glad that we brought them along. Early morning walks on the beach with Jack and Finn were so pleasant and we met many other nice dogs with their owners. David was attentive through email, making sure that everything was going well. I would recommend this property to those that are looking for an easy, quiet vacation. We missed the weekend doughnuts at the general store so we definitely need to come back!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Beautiful home in a quiet beach community

  • 5 of 5

The house was much nicer and larger than the pictures show, and perfectly situated about a 2 min walk away from the beach. The main floor and upstairs room were beautiful, and the gazebo (with the hot tub and hammock) was perfect to relax, grill, and eat dinner in. During the day, the house had beautiful natural lighting with the skylights. We especially loved the layout of the house and how the rooms were set up, as well as the private beach practically next to it. It was a great time staying at this house.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Lewes/Cape May
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Rookery Golf
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Coastal Highway/Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Family Restaurant

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

Broadkill Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $500

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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