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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 AGAIN IN JAN 2018. The widest beach around is at the end of the street.


Keywords: Multiple Story Free Standing House with Canal Frontage

More Details

Don Dillon, MD (Retired)
Member since: 2004
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2018

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 Harbor

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in South Bethany Harbor, Delaware

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2738 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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 enclosure , Ground, Bottom Floor
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , bath with shower , Middle, Main Floor, serves bedrooms, great room
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure , Master Bedroom Middle, Main Floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure , Hall Third Floor
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Master Bathroom Third, Top Floor
  • Outside Hot/Cold Shower
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Third Floor Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 single bed , 3rd Fl. Trundle Pull-out for 2. Pref Child or Teen.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , Main Floor Master
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed , Main Floor with 2 Beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double bed , Main Floor
    Bedroom 6 - 1 large double bed , Ground Floor Rear
    Bedroom 7 - 1 large double bed , Ground Floor Front Toward Canal
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 large double bed , 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 - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • 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 centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • 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


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D'Light House - ~A~ Delightful Vacation Home
average rating of 4.3703704 based on 31 reviews

Great place for a lot of people!

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay! Close walking distance to the ocean, and plenty of room inside the house. Dr. Don is very good host! Couldn't have been any better.

  • Review Submitted: 02/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Alexa. As you found it is a great house for small groups/ large family vacations or visits to the Quiet Resorts in the Spring or Fall. As I told you, you and your group are always welcome. Sincerely, Dr Don
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Damascus, MD

wonderful week

  • 4 of 5

Great location....easy walk to beach, side streets for strolls/bikes and walked to a few restaurants! Just over a 1.7 mile walk to Boardwalk so we didn't do that much because kids started to complain. Area is quiet and quaint and we were able to use our kayaks on the canal to the river, fun! Plenty of bathrooms and beds for all 16 of us comfortably. Spiral staircase (most used since it's the only one in the house from main floor to lower level) is very narrow. We enjoyed the lower deck most in the a.m., only because mosquitos and bugs definitely after dark. It was a great week for us to kick off summer! Thanks Dr. Don!

  • Review Submitted: 10/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Sandra. Enjoyed having your group and thank you for your Review. You are welcome to return another time. Sincerely, Dr Don
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Totally D'lightful

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in your home! It was a wonderful way prepare for a family wedding. More than enough room and bathrooms to get ready.The kitchen was well supplied and lot of seating for everyone. The step to the stairs broke when we got there and Dr.Dillon immediately was there to assess the situation and repair the step. My 87 yr.old mother loved the spiral staircase and felt safe in using them. So everyone is different! Would definitely stay again if we are in the neighborhood.

  • Review Submitted: 05/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good Times:

  • 4 of 5

This was the second time we rented the D'Light House and again we loved it. It's plenty big for the group of 11 (+1 baby and 1 dog). It's clean, close to the beach, and the kitchen was redone. Owner is very easy to work with and accommodating. We will definitely stay at the D'Light House again.

  • Review Submitted: 12/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your Review. And thank you for being a repeat renter. Please come back.
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Comfortable home

  • 4 of 5

Our extended family had a wonderful time here. The view from the back deck is gorgeous, and different levels gave us space to be together or not.

  • Review Submitted: 28/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy that you enjoyed the D'Light House and the setting. Please come back another time. Thank you, Dr Don
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Hatfield, PA

Always wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth year at the D'Light House and we were once again delighted! Our large family of 16 slept comfortably in the 7 large bedrooms and the 7 grandchildren had plenty of room to play. Our granddaughters were thrilled with the new bunk beds and the new granite countertops and new great room flooring are lovely! Dr. Don is a wonderful host. We are already looking forward to next year!

  • Review Submitted: 22/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear McCarter Family, It has been a pleasure to have you at the D'Light House for 4 years. I have had some families returning for 2 or 3 years but you have the record. I will be making more improvements during the coming year. Let me know soon your preferred week and check the calendar now for availability. Thanks again for coming and for the respect your family shows for the D'Light House and I look forward to your enjoyment next year. Sincerely, Dr Don
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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

Rental Rates for this holiday house in South Bethany Harbor, Delaware

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Season 2018
16 Jun 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
9 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
17 Nov 2018 - 26 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
22 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
Spring Season 2019
1 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
Jun 1, 2019 - Jun 16, 2019
1 Jun 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
Summer Season 2019
16 Jun 2019 - 16 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
End of Summer 2019
17 Aug 2019 - 7 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2019
8 Sep 2019 - 5 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning AU$268.78
Pet Fee AU$67.19

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 cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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