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Canal House - Relaxing Family Retreat

South Bethany Harbor, South Bethany, DE, USA
  • House2600 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 12 Sleeps

Attractive, comfortable, well-appointed three-story beach house in

quiet-canal side setting.

Complete second floor and third floor living areas, overlooking

breezy treed canal community. Direct

launch of your own or rented light watercraft, and nearby public boat launch for larger vessels; access to bay and

area waterways from backyard dock.

Or stay at home and enjoy seeing waterfowl, or crabbing off dock. Convenient location with

bakery, dollar store, McDonald's, Subway and pizza less than a mile away.

Short walk (0.4 mile) to South

Bethany beaches or use complimentary passes for parking beach side. Bethany

Beach boardwalk and seaside

bandstand close by.

Canal House can comfortably accommodate up to twelve people

in four bedrooms,(and one full-

size sofa-bed in ground floor living area).

Ground Floor

Living area: comfortable chairs and sofas including one fold-out sofabed, 2 desks, separate television

viewing area, piano, second sofa

Washer and dryer, utility sink

Access to back yard deck, porch swing, dock and canal; gas grill and charcoal grill

Main Floor

Elevated screened porch with ceiling fan and patio furniture overlooking canal

Kitchen: fully equipped, including dishwasher, microwave, and toaster

oven; garbage disposal, Keurig coffee maker

Dining area: Breakfast table and full dining table

Living area: comfortable leather chairs and sofas with access to screened porch

overlooking yard and canal

Master bedroom: Queen-size bed with in-suite bathroom

Bedroom 2: two double beds

Full bathroom in hallway

2nd Floor

Bedroom 3: two single beds

Bedroom 4: one Queen-size bed

Full bathroom in hallway

Kitchenette/living area: comfortable chairs, futon, bars stools at

kitchen counter, refrigerator,

sink, cabinets, dishes, microwave, coffee maker,

dinette table and chairs

Separate entrance and third floor deck with patio furniture.

Saturday-to-Saturday weekly rentals (partial weeks depending on


No smoking permitted. No pets allowed.



Member Since 2008
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Calendar last updated:
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About Owner

This house has been in our family since 1999 when Jane's parent's purchased it to use as a rental property. Although from the Hudson Valley of New York the family has vacationed on the Delmarva Peninsula for years. Because of our longstanding interest in the area Jane's in-laws started renting properties here too, and now a contingent of over twenty cousins, siblings and other family and friends convene once a year. One sister-in-law has had Pasta Night followed by board games and cards games at her nearby rental for over 25 years. And trivia night, Mexican night and more continue to be family traditions for us all. The house is our center of fun and we welcome and encourage others to use it similarly to strengthen the bonds of family. My two rules for this house are that I must go to the beach every day, and I must play the piano every day.

Owner purchased this House in 1999

Why Owner chose South Bethany Harbor

This house is so comfortable to be in with its breezy atmosphere and multiple porches. There is a nook for everyone to enjoy. It is a great house for families and for kids.

What makes this House unique

The canal is tough to beat with the opportunities for crabbing, fishing and launching of a small craft. It is a pleasure to simply sit out there and read a book. The screen-in porch gets the most attention it seems since it overlooks the canal and draws folks for breakfast, lunch, dinner, reading, games, crafts, you name it. It is a lovely spot to sit. That porch swing downstairs is pretty terrific also. And besides the pleasure of the bay and the quiet community we can just as easily walk to the ocean and enjoy the thrill of the beach and the water. We get the best of both worlds at this house.


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


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, main floor
      • Bedroom 2
        2 double, main floor
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, 2nd floor
      • Bedroom 4
        2 twin/ single, 2nd floor
      • Bedroom 5
        1 sleep sofa /futon, in sitting area/kitchenette on 2nd floor (sleeps one)
      • Bedroom 6
        1 sleep sofa /futon, double bed sleeper sofa on ground floor


        • 3 Bathrooms
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower, master bedroom
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, combination tub/shower, main floor hall
        • Bathroom 3
          toilet, combination tub/shower, 2nd floor hall
        • Bathroom 4
          outdoor shower, helps keep sand out of the house for a more comfortable stay

          Location Type

            • Near The Ocean
              We are a twelve minute walk to the beach and a five minute car ride. Bethany Beach is free to use all year round.
            • Ocean View
              Can hear the waves crashing from the house although we cannot see the ocean directly. Approximately 0.4 mile walk to the Atlantic Ocean.
            • Resort
              This is a resort community with lots of fun things to do including golf, mini-golf, bicycling, fishing, nature center, outlet shopping, restaurants, shows, movies, boardwalks, arcades, water parks
            • Waterfront
              Located directly on one of the Assawoman Bay canals behind the house, & across the street in the front we see the next canal over out our windows. We are between two canals we can easily access.


                • Adventure
                • Budget
                • Family
                • Romantic
                • Sports & Activities
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Internet
                          High speed internet with WiFi
                        • Air Conditioning
                          Central air conditioning provided by two units.
                        • Fitness Room / Equipment
                          Adult bicycles Backyard dock access for your kayak and canoe, or from local outfitter.
                        • Garage
                          Used to store, for your use, beach chairs and umbrella, sand toys and buckets, coolers, beach blankets, bicycle, etc. Long work bench with vice available for projects. Does not accommodate any cars
                        • Heating
                        • Clothes Dryer
                          Electric clothes dryer inside. Outdoor clothes lines in front and back available to dry beach clothes, towels, bathing suits
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Living Room
                          Ground floor TV area with couch and chairs; Main floor living room with flat screen TV, leather couch & chair, rattan couch & chair. 2nd floor sitting area with flat screen TV, futon, leather chairs
                        • Parking
                          Driveway allows five to six cars with additional parking on the street
                        • Telephone
                          Local telephone service
                        • Washing Machine


                            • Coffee Maker
                              Keurig coffee maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Many kitchen utensils; baking pans; electric frying pan & griddle; coffee grinder; blenders; hand mixer; many pots and pans; large steamer pot; toaster oven; wine glasses; everyday dishes; disposal
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                              Two kitchens: Fully equipped main floor kitchen; Kitchenette on second floor including counter top and cabinets, dishes, utensils, sink, refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, table & four chairs
                            • Microwave
                              GE microwave oven mounted above the range
                            • Oven
                            • Refrigerator
                              Two full-size refrigerators: main floor kitchen and third floor kitchenette
                            • Stove
                              GE smooth glass top electric range installed 9/2014
                            • Toaster
                              Toaster oven Traditional toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Dining room table for 6 with nearby table for 4 on main floor.Nearby screened porch has table for 4. 2nd kitchen has table for 4 and table for 4 on nearby porch.Two outdoor tables for 4; picnic table
                                • Dining Area


                                    • Books
                                      Wide variety of books for all ages including popular, beach reads, nonfiction, classics, children's. Lots of music books and sheet music for the piano including classics, sacred, childrens
                                    • DVD Player
                                      We have one netflix-capable BluRay player in the main sitting area
                                    • Games
                                      Classic board games
                                    • Music Library
                                      On-demand music stations through digital cable service. Console piano with music books and sheet music.
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                      Digital high definition cable service with basic channels High speed internet with WiFi
                                    • Stereo
                                      We have an audio sound system for a mobile device.
                                    • Television
                                      We have four flat-screen televisions (main sitting area, both queen bedrooms, upstairs sitting area) and one non-flat-screen television (ground floor sitting room)
                                    • Toys
                                      Puzzles for all ages, playing cards, beach paddle ball, boogie and skim boards, beach buckets and sand toys


                                        • Balcony
                                          Open porch overlooking canal and dock; private entrance here to third floor in-law apartment with kitchenette
                                        • Bicycles
                                          three adult bicycles
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Screened-in porch off main floor; Open porch off second floor; ground level porch swing; back yard deck with table and chairs; lounge chairs - all overlooking canal and dock -
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          Dock - backyard access to canal for light watercraft such as kayak or canoe of your own, or rented from local outfitter; enjoy bay or Assawoman Canal where local birds abound (osprey; egrets,herons).
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          Dock - back yard access to canal for light watercraft such as kayak or canoe of your own, or rented from local outfitter; use nearby local boat launch for own or rented larger watercraft
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          Gas grill Charcoal grill


                                            • wheelchair inaccessible
                                              Ground floor has outdoor shower, large family room with sofabed, television, computer, piano, desk, laundry, but no other bathroom facilities.


                                                • live theater
                                                • bay/sound
                                                • cinemas
                                                • coin laundry
                                                • festivals
                                                • forests
                                                • library
                                                • churches
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • theme parks
                                                • water parks

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • roller blading
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • wind-surfing

                                                              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. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              18 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              It is perfect for a beach week with your family... it has everything you could want for the group..

                                                              Bethany O.Towson,md

                                                              The house is perfect for families that have all different ages . Kayaking, biking, fishing, to just sitting at the beach and relaxing... it is close enough to the board walk that the teens can bike and far enough that you have a quiet private beach... it is just perfect!!!

                                                              W diffently want to come back and stay again

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for your comments. So glad your visit was so enjoyable. The house really is good for groups with many age groups. I've heard that second floor apartment referred to as everything from the "kids club" to the "man cave" so apparently it appeals to many different people. We'll look forward to having you back next year. Thanks again.

                                                              Wonderful! The perfect place for our family.

                                                              Jill H.Harrisburg, PA

                                                              We had a great Easter weekend at the Canal House. It is so perfect for our family. This was our 35th year celebrating Easter at Bethany Beach and our 2nd year to be at The Canal House. We will continue making wonderful memories. Thank you so much for sharing your home with us! We are very grateful.

                                                              Jill and John Heintzelman and Family

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              You've been great renters. So glad you had another wonderful trip to Canal House. We love sharing the place with folks who know how to have a good time with family and friends. It brings us joy to open this house as a happy gathering place. Your dates are set for next year!

                                                              Enjoyed this house!

                                                              Jane B.-

                                                              This is a clean, spacious, kid friendly, everything you need for the beach house. We enjoyed the canal setting, the decks and porches and the peaceful, friendly South Bethany Beach neighborhood. The beach area is beautiful with wide, clean, family friendly, flat beaches that have lots of space to play and enjoy the ocean. We had multi generations at this four bedroom house and everyone was comfortable. We all enjoyed the house and our stay.

                                                              Don and Laura

                                                              Older and not recently modernized. Musty smelling and dirty.

                                                              Cheryl V.

                                                              We were disappointed. Upon entering, there is a rug that is falling apart and a very strong musty smell throughout house. We had to vacuum right away because there were chip crumbs all over second floor carpet. Keurig did not work and the oven was slow to heat. The grill was all rusty and not cleaned. We found distance to beach walkable, but a bit too long for comfort, especially with small children. Otherwise, everything was adequate.

                                                              Owner's Response:


                                                              We have to apologize for our cleaners on this one. They failed us and they failed you.

                                                              Also, our distance from the beach is twelve minutes by foot and for some really little ones who must walk it themselves, that might be too much. Many people drag a cart or send a car ahead with the supplies and allow others to enjoy the stroll. Thank you sincerely for your business, and we hope that your stay was overall fun.


                                                              Perfect Family Vacation

                                                              Jean S.

                                                              The Canal House was the ideal setting for our much needed family vacation. (The last one was 2005 before anyone was married or had children). The many rooms allowed everyone to have their own space. The apartment on the third floor became the morning coffee room. As the babies started to wake up, our daughters would bring them up one by one so the rest of the house could keep sleeping.

                                                              Jane suggested the farmers market by Family Dollar, which turned out to be a great place for our produce. Salty pony donuts didn't disappoint either, and both are within walking distance. The house had everything we needed and made the stay very easy. We're already thinking of coming back again next year!

                                                              Owner's Response:


                                                              Thank you so much for commenting here on your stay. We are delighted you had such a comfortable vacation and love the image of everyone slowly gathering in the upstairs kitchen. What a delight to have your family around you, spending time together! That upstairs kitchen/sitting area is reinvented with each renter and we marvel at the ways people enjoy it.

                                                              Do be sure to contact our realtor as soon as your plans for next year are clear as our place books up so quickly. Our rates for 2018 will be up in the fall and if you book before they are official you get 2017 rates for your stay next year.

                                                              We welcome you back and thank you sincerely for your business.

                                                              A great house for sharing with families and friends

                                                              Francee F.

                                                              The house is spacious and well-appointed. We like to cook in and the kitchen has everything you might need, including a second refrigerator and mini-kitchen on the top floor. The screened in porch and back deck are great spaces for visiting or reading.

                                                              Owner's Response:


                                                              As devoted Canal House visitors, fifteen years next year I believe, you sharing your experiences here on this forum is so appreciated. You know better than anyone how pleasant the place can be, and it is guests like you that care for it as if it were your own, who keep it a terrific place to stay. Every year we try to improve the property somehow and you never fail to notice our effort! Not to mention your generously leaving items to share with others such as the griddle, chairs and plenty more.


                                                              South Bethany Harbor, South Bethany, DE, USA

                                                              Beach, swimming, biking, boating, jogging, crabbing. 0.4 mile walk to beach 1 mile walk, drive or bike ride to the heart of Bethany Beach with boardwalk, bandstand, restaurants, mini golf, and many other amenities Bethany Beach trolley serving the greater town area is available within a 0.5 mile walk (Memorial Day to mid September, see townofbethanybeach website for details) Resort Transit bus service operates late-May through mid-September along Rt 1 from Rehoboth to Ocean City for $1; bus stop at Rt 1 and Evergreen Rd, .3 mi from house Rehoboth Beach outlet shopping (Tanger Outlets) is a 20 minute drive to the north Ocean City, Maryland, is a 20 minute drive to the south

                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              Nightly Rate: $200 - $390 Weekly Rate: $800 - $1950 Three-night minimum Jan 6 - April 1, 2015: $800/wk; $200/night April 2 - May 15, 2015: $1045/wk; $270/night May 16 - May 29, 2015: $1045/wk; $270/night May 30 - Jun 5, 2015: $1140/wk; $270/night Jun 6 - Jun 12, 2015: $1,350/wk; $270/night June 13 - June 19, 2015: $1700/wk; $330/night June 20 - June 26, 2015: $1700/wk; $330/night June 27 - July 3

                                                              18 Reviews
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