Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled

Canal House - Relaxing Family Retreat, 209 West 11th

Bedrooms 4
Space 464 m²
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.

209 West 11th Street 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

Additional interior and exterior

photographs, and map are available at our realtor's website which we are happy to refer you to directly upon your inquiry to us.

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


No smoking permitted. No pets allowed.

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 May, 2017

About Jane

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.

Jane purchased this house in 1999

Why Jane chose Delaware

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in South Bethany

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 464 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , master bedroom
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower , 2nd floor hall
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with 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 large double bed , main floor
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double bed , main floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , 2nd floor
    Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed , 2nd floor
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sofa bed/futon , in sitting area/kitchenette on 2nd floor (sleeps one)
    Bedroom 6 - 1 sofa bed/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 ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

Canal House - Relaxing Family Retreat, 209 West 11th
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 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

  • Review Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 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.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Harrisburg, PA

Beautiful and relaxing family home

  • 5 of 5

The Canal House was the perfect place for our family over Easter weekend. We have adult children and a new grandbaby so it fit our needs perfectly. We enjoyed the quietness of it and the beautiful canal view. The layout inside was also great for us. I wish we had more time to enjoy all of the outside sitting areas and decks. It would be great if there was an outside fire-pit, as the spring evenings are cooler, but we had no complaints. We loved it here and plan to be back next Easter wkd!! Thank you Jane for opening up your beautiful home to us!

Jill & John

Harrisburg, PA

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jill, Thank you sincerely for your kind words. We enjoy hearing about the family times people have at Canal House and welcome your return next Easter! Thanks, Jane
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Spacious, comfortable, wonderfully located

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this house for two weeks, and enjoyed every minute. We had various friends and our adult children come to visit for two or three night stays, and the house was perfect to accommodate everyone. The upper floor has two bedrooms with its own full bathroom, and the main floor has two bedrooms with a master bath and another full bath, creating a wonderful sense of privacy. We brought our kayaks, and almost daily put them into the canals from the backyard, from which we could paddle out to the Assawoman Bay inlets and see herons, gulls, and other wildlife. The roads along the canals were wonderful for evening bicycling. Access to the beach was easy. The house is well kept and clean and had everything that we needed for our stay. We plan to return!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like you and family took advantage of so much of what our house has to offer! The dock out back is such a delight in so many ways. We enjoy sitting on the screen-in porch and watching ducks and herons and other birds come through. There are occasionally kayakers or other boaters who venture up to our hidden away back yard so we wave to them when they go by. Sometimes we sit in the back yard and enjoy the breeze by the water, or sit directly on the dock in lawn chairs with crabbing lines in the water. Having the canal right out back does add so much to the place. We are delighted you enjoyed yourselves and appreciated all that we do to accommodate our guests. Thanks for staying with us and hope you come again.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great Beach House for multi-family vacation! Neighborhood is the best-kept secret near Rehoboth!

  • 5 of 5

We rent a house every year with another family so there are 9 of us (4 adults and 5 kids). This was our 2nd year in the area (last year we stayed in loud-crowded-overpriced Rehoboth) and this year was SO much better. We loved this house! Favorite aspects include the neighborhood & location (quiet, pretty, but so close to the beach), the canal, the awesome outdoor shower, the "porch" swing in the backyard, the central air (which works amazingly well), the comfortable beds, the screened in dining porch, the incredibly well-stocked kitchens (plural!), the amount of privacy for each family, and last but not least the friendliness of the owner Jane. She answered all my questions promptly and helped problem-solve when I couldn't find something. We loved the quick, easy bike-ride to Bethany Beach with it's small, uncrowded boardwalk. We could spend the morning at Bethany beach, hit the boardwalk for ice cold drinks and snacks, then head to the house for lunch, and do a different activity in the afternoon (Like kayaking on the canal, or the Bethany Nature Center or Yesterday's Fun Toy Store in Bethany - a unique place!)

So easy to walk or ride bikes to the sweet, local, (never crowded) South Bethany Beach. Also had two awesome sunset dinners on the porch at Captain Mac's in Fenwick Island. Some days we drove to other nearby beaches just for a change of scenery. The state beach under the inlet bridge is really nice! My dream is to stay ON the beach -- still can't afford it -- but if I can't have that. this house is definitely the next best thing.

The ONLY thing I didn't like so much was Resort Quest, the property manager. They were NOT very nice or helpful when we had questions or needed help. :-( I hope they don't take too much commission!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time at the Canal House. We pride ourselves in having a well-stocked house that feels like home in its conveniences but not so like home it isn't beachy at the same time. We do try to be responsive as well, if we can, realizing your vacation is best if roadblocks to it are minimized. Glad you were able to take advantage of so much the area has to offer as well as the house and neighborhood particularly. We hope you return and make it a tradition to enjoy the Canal House in South Bethany Beach. Our off-season rates are terrific so consider coming at another time of year for maybe a smaller family get-away as well. Many thanks for sharing your thoughts. Jane
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Spacious and Thoughtfully Appointed

  • 5 of 5

Friends from North Carolina have joined our Pennsylvania family at Canal House every summer for many years. It is spacious and thoughtfully appointed, well suited for groups of 8 to 12. But if you wish to slip away for a bit, there are porches, and decks where you can enjoy a book or a nap. When the children were little, the ground floor family room was "their" space. If you have little ones, you will find a nice selection of toys and books and even a piano stocked with song books.

We prefer to dine in, which is easy because the kitchen is well equipped. We especially appreciate the second refrigerator on the top floor in a room that might be called the in-law suite.

You'll find beach chairs, bicycles and boogie boards in the garage.

We are already looking forward to our return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoy returning to Canal House every year and that it has become a tradition for your family. Thank you very much for allowing us to provide a meeting place for all of you. We are readers in our family, so indeed there are many books in the house and many places to enjoy reading them! We don't mind if our guests borrow a book or contribute a new one. By the way, there is a new Free Little Library right down the street where the community shares books. It's the size of a breadbox and stands just outside the town hall. Check it out!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

great place to stay for vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had fun at this house for a week. We got some little crabs in the canal, saw a jellyfish, and caught some fish. The decks were so nice to sit on no matter what level it was. The couches were so comfy plenty of naps were spent there. Everything was so neat and organized. Also the community was very quiet and relaxing. All in all this was a beautiful house and vacation. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments. We are delighted you had a good time, and particularly that you enjoyed the canal out back. For fourth of July every year the town hosts a boat parade featuring decorated vessels of all sizes that proceeds up and down the canals to throngs of onlookers who line the banks. This year an 'under the sea' themed boat won with the 'Washington crossing the Delaware' themed boat coming in second. Loads of fun and a unique feature of our canal community. We hope you enjoyed our place enough to come again as you were wonderful guests.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


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

Rental Rates for this holiday house in South Bethany

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer
17 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
1 Jul 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
8 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
15 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
22 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
29 Jul 2017 - 4 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
5 Aug 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
12 Aug 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer
19 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
2 Sep 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
9 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
16 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
23 Sep 2017 - 10 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
11 Oct 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

Other Holiday Properties