About the property
- House2200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Visit my home in tranquil Lewes - ideal for your relaxed, old-fashioned beach vacation; away from neon, noise and high-rise development. Wonderful memories are made here! My charming Victorian 'Blue Lady', featured on the 'Lewes Home Tour', has modern updates and well-appointed furnishings. The 'compound' features an added carriage house, large screened gazebo, deck with beautiful surroundings and unique covered outdoor 2nd bathroom. The sunroom and the quaint, neighborly front porch extend the open living area. The home is nestled on the quiet side of the historic district with plenty of unrestricted parking. It is only a 4-block walk to excellent restaurants, boutiques, farmer’s market, concerts, attractions, and conveniences. The ocean beach and bay are within a mile. Walk, bike or drive with your all your gear to stay all day. Not a building is in sight along the 8 miles of pristine ocean shoreline, yet conveniences and a variety of nature activities abound. The quiet town of Lewes, established in the 1600’s, showcases beautiful beaches, a scenic seaport village with a rich history, tax-free shopping, year-round featured events, and the ferry to Cape May, NJ. Everything you dream about for a beach vacation is accessible but without the crowds and the hassle. Close by, but far enough away, Rehoboth Beach bustles with more eateries, boutiques and Boardwalk attractions.
This quaint Victorian features all the latest updates and well-appointed furnishings. It has five bedrooms with two and a half baths (including an outdoor bathroom). Sleeps 10 guests and features a fully-equipped sunny kitchen, W/D, DW, hardwood floors, window A/C units throughout and in every bedroom, Cable TV and WIFI wireless internet. The main house sleeps 7 with 1 King, 1 Double, and 3 Twin beds. The separate cottage sleeps 3 with 2 Twin beds, including a trundle that converts to a King or a 3rd single bed. The cottage bedroom suite is perfect for multi-families, teens, grandparents or a fun ‘dorm.' Delightful outdoor spaces include a neighborly front porch, complete with rockers and a backyard boasting a beautiful, spacious deck with lounging and seating for everyone, alongside a manicured lawn with towering walnut trees. Luxuriate on the long swing for a nap or book while listening to the birds and feeling the ocean breeze. When the sea is a little rough, you can even hear the waves. The gorgeous screened gazebo seats 12 for dinner and offers a couch and chairs for relaxing bug-free outdoors. My gracious neighbor offers her beautiful property for our neighborhood’s enjoyment – and yours! Play ball or frisbee; consider a friendly game of croquet (set provided). The home has a cozy solarium for morning coffee, charcoal and gas grills adjacent to the outdoor antique prep sink, and a shed stocked for your recreational use with 4 adult bikes, beach toys, boogie boards, yard games, outdoor concert lawn chairs, lounge chairs, coolers and beach chairs. Bring your own or rent equipment close by. As a bonus, you’ll find most of what you need when you first arrive, including starter paper supplies and condiments. I provide you with kitchen, hand and bath towels, but you must bring your sheets and beach towels. Sheet rental is available.
Sleeping Arrangements/Bedrooms: The 2nd Floor has 3 bedrooms and a full bathroom – Master Bedroom w/King Bed; Twin Bedroom w/2 Single Beds; and a Small Bedroom w/1 Single Bed. The 3rd Floor has an Attic Bedroom with an antique double bed and a pitched ceiling and steeper stairs, typical of this period type of historic home. Create some extra privacy or give the kids their own ‘dream house' with the 5th cottage bedroom. The separate Cottage Suite has 3 twin beds - a Twin and a Twin Trundle Bed (2 twins). Use them as 3 beds or convert the Trundle to a King Bed with an extra twin. The cottage has a loveseat, table for 4, mini kitchenette and easy, lighted access to the outdoor bathroom and first-floor bath.
Bathrooms: Main level: half bath and our favorite outside shower/bathroom, complete with a toilet, shower, dressing area, and outside sink. The 2nd floor has a full bath with tub and shower.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 17, 2018
The owner is a DC suburban resident, native New Yorker with an incurable love for the beach, who summered in Rehoboth for 20 years. The owner chose Lewes for its unsurpassed ocean beach (inside the Cape Henlopen State Park). Longing for her early days on Long Island, Lewes’ 8 miles of ocean shoreline is untouched, natural and undeveloped, showcasing the sun, sand and surf in all its natural glory.
Chris purchased this House in 2006
Why Chris chose Historic District
The owner chose Lewes for its historic district which protects its small town appeal and quaint, quiet neighborhoods, where the home is located. Variety is key for her and beloved Rehoboth is nearby with its hubbub of activity, boardwalk, beaches, shops and restaurants. This house and others like it on the street were built in the Victorian era as a bonus for the managers of a long-gone factory. The owner renovated this 1898 house a few years ago, creating a lovely home for others to enjoy! The house displays her art, photos and personal furnishings collected over decades.
What makes this House unique
First, the location; the house sits on a secluded street and is an easy walk to the center of town. Second, the home has hidden surprises around every corner. It’s updated, but eclectic and maintains many original and reclaimed features. The attic has original 1898 plank flooring; its walls were reclaimed from a 1930’s Rehoboth hand-made log cabin, whose millstone flanks the town's museum. Although that summer rental was demolished, she saved many of its features and furnishings, including the depression-era outdoor sink. The house displays her personal treasures: kitchen wall plates from her trips to Florence, Italy; a painting in the sun-room, by a RB neighbor, that depicts a tanker on the horizon; a painting of her first summer beach 'rental' which began her ‘living the dream’ home search. A friend drew an interpretation of the ‘5 Boys’ with Canada geese. There is Marsha’s (Front Street, Lewes) rendition of Madison Ave crafted like San Francisco's Painted Ladies, 'The ‘7 Sisters'. There are photos from her time spent in Italy, DC, Arizona, Long Island and Martha’s Vineyard. Every item holds a treasured memory! Please take good care of them.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 9:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Charming house & quaint town. Loved it!
This is a charming, cozy house that feels like home. It is spacious, comfortable with many private hideaways. We delighted in sitting out on the Victorian porch in our rocking chairs each morning, drinking our coffee and tea, having our breakfast and greeting the neighbors walking by. It reminded us of the way things were in our hometowns way back when. We were there on Halloween week. The town is decorated everywhere with the spooky spirit. A hundred kids and their parents walk the town in costumes and the neighborhood fully participates. Then there is Seawitch Festival in Rehoboth for a costumed dog parade and bluegrass music—what fun!!! We went to the beach and the water was still warm enough to splash around. We loved walking to town, having our nightly homemade ice cream at Kings, and shopping in the special boutiques. We had great fun, venturing around the area on the bikes to see all the beautiful homes and gardens.
Truly fantastic time in Lewes. This is our third time staying at this home. House is more than adequate with bonus novelties that make it memorable. Not your cookie-cutter beach pad. Great location near the best restaurants, plenty of street parking, bikes and beach equipment, tremendous screened gazebo but hardly a bug on the massive deck. The house is perfect for entertaining and relaxing for those like us who wanted a much-needed escape! We'll be back!!
Lovely home. Great place to stay.
House is perfectly maintained. Beautiful neighborhood. Very cute town. Close to Beach. We will be going again.!!!
Not clean and unsafe
There was a lighter in the sofa, the railings on the steps were loose, the air conditioning was tripping and the overall house was not clean as promised. Although the management is very nice they simply need to get a new maid service
I encourage everyone to call me immediately when something goes wrong. I ensure that every renter has all my contact information and that we talk when making their reservation just for unfortunate instances like this guest's. The maid misunderstood the correct arrival date; she hadn't even cleaned the house. Fortunately, the house was in good order from the prior guest. I offered an alternate maid service, but the guest didn't feel it was necessary. I was unaware of the loose railing; I had the workman fix it as soon as this guest’s stay was completed. The circuit breaker had been upgraded several years ago; however, on uncharacteristically extremely hot days, the circuit can be tripped if every A/C unit and fan is in use in addition to hair dryers, etc. as stated in the information documents. The house is non-smoking! I can’t control what renters do and don’t do, but I certainly appreciate those who take care of the property and tell me if there is something I need to attend to, like this guest did. My aim is for you to have a memorable (wonderful) vacation. I take good care of my property and want to know about any unanticipated issue and will resolve it asap.
The house is lovely and very well stocked. We had several guests come and go over our two week stay and they loved the house too. The location is excellent; just a few blocks to town and a short bike ride to the bay or state park. The kitchen was easy and fun to prepare meals in. Loved the gazebo as a puzzel room. Be forewarned the attic bed is short so for those 6' it was not comfortable.
Family Vacation in Lewes
Our family found this house to be charming and perfect for our extended family. The additional cottage space was a favorite of our families with children...we had 2 groups changing places mid week...it was perfect. ( just to be clear for visitors, the 'second' bathroom is actually an enclosed outdoor shower/toilet, with the sink outside...worked ok for returning from the beach but not convenient...or dry.. when we had a few storms) It was a welcoming home with amenities and plenty of space for 10. Thank you Chris, for letting us share it for a week.
Linda's family were terrific guests. They visited during a particularly rainy stretch. Due to their comment, I had the outdoor shower/bathroom roof replaced immediately after their stay. Most guests have preferred the outdoor covered bathroom above all others. It definitely helps to keep sand from destroying the antique floors and house pipes and provides an enjoyable experience only a beach house can offer .
Walk to everything from this ‘in town’ home. Stroll the quaint seaport village of Lewes, shop for antiques, specialty items or gourmet treats. Visit maritime museums and monuments to the first Dutch settlers of the 1600’s. Saunter past charming historic homes and lush gardens. Dine at diverse restaurants. Admire local artists and craftswork at art galleries and fairs. Ride a bike, rent a kayak, or cast a fishing line off the jetty at the inlet. Or take a mile-long walk on the beach in the opposite direction, to the Dairy Queen. Walk, run or bike the 8 mile trail to Rehoboth and have a muffin at Pasquelini’s at the end. Water, water everywhere – canal, bay, ocean – sunning, swimming, beachcombing, bird-watching, surfing, fishing, boating, kayaking. Take a tour on Delaware’s historic tall ship Kalmar Nyckel, when she’s in port. Take a ferry ride from Lewes to Cape May, New Jersey, at $15 round trip for foot passengers. Board the old restored light ship 'Overfalls' at its pier - or maybe try a lighthouse tour by boat. Explore Wildlife refuges full of birds. Enjoy Lewes’ small town Americana 4th of July celebration and weekly summer Concerts on the Green at the Library. Bargain shop at Delaware’s tax-free outlet malls. Visit the old-fashioned Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, eat cotton candy and Grottos Pizza, rub shoulders with the crowds…well maybe once. Take a tour of the Dogfish Head Brewery in nearby Milton. Golf or play tennis, Delight in the Cape Henlopen ocean beaches as pristine as the dunes and surf at the Outer Banks---but so much closer!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
HOLIDAYS-Any period that includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, or the Memorial Day Holiday has a 4 Night Minimum Stay charged at the Weekend Rate; subsequent nights are at the respective seasonal discount rate. Rentals that do not include 2 weekend nights are charged at the minimum weekend rate for the 3-night minimum. The Cottage is never rented separately to other guests or the owner. The Cottage is not available in the Winter. Monthly Rates include an allowance for services and utilities.