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Canal House - Relaxing Family Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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.

More Details


South Bethany Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • If you must cancel your plans less than 30 days prior and we can rent your week for full rate to another party, we may adjust our refund policy.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , master bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd floor hall
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , main floor hall
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , helps keep sand out of the house for a more comfortable stay
  • 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
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(17 traveler reviews)

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Canal House - Relaxing Family Retreat
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 17 reviews

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

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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.
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Enjoyed this house!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Older and not recently modernized. Musty smelling and dirty.

  • 3 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cheryl, 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. Jane
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Perfect Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jean, 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.
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A great house for sharing with families and friends

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Francee, 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.
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great family vacation home

  • 5 of 5

We loved the location -- the canal was wonderful for kayaking and paddleboarding, and a short walk or bike ride to the beach. The house is very well equipped -- had everything we needed. Loved the multiple decks and porches. And plenty of room for everyone. Overall a wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments here! Yes, the location of this house offers the best of both the bay and the ocean, and the many porches and decks and sitting areas makes it possible for extended families and friends to share the house and not be in each other's way. So glad you got to enjoy this terrific place and we hope you stay with us again.
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Calendar last updated:
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About The 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.

The Owner purchased this house in 1999

Why The 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.


Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Salisbury, MD
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Cottage Cafe
Nearest Ferry
22 Miles
Lewes-Cape May Ferry
Nearest Golf
4.6 Miles
Salt Pond Golf, Ocean View, DE
Nearest Train
103 Miles
Wilmington, DE
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Route 1
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Cottage Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
South Bethany Beach
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* walk on the beach.

* swim in the ocean.

* visit Bethany Boardwalk.

* Go fishing.

* Ecotouring.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* watch a sunrise on the beach.

* free Bethany Boardwalk entertainment at bandstand.

* watch beach patrol morning drills.

* birding on the bay and canals.

* dolphin watch from shore.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Fishing.

* crab dinner with mallets and nut crackers.

* Ocean City and Rehoboth boardwalks.

* surf lessons.

* kayaking, paddleboarding.

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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $300

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

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.