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Canal House - Relaxing Family Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 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

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2018

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.


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
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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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Canal House - Relaxing Family Retreat
average rating of 4.714286 based on 21 reviews

Very spacious!

  • 5 of 5

We all had a great time here! There is lots of room to hangout, both inside and out. Nice screened porch was great to spend time in. Owner is very responsive to questions. Kitchen is very well stocked.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good time at Canal House. We love that screened-in porch too, and eat as many meals there as possible so we can overlook the canal with its wildlife and weather, and also breathe in the sea air. You were great guests and we welcome you back anytime.
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A spacious and comfortable family home

  • 5 of 5

A South Bethany Beach vacation is the tradition of our extended family who all rent homes the same week. The spacious and well-equipped Canal House has been the headquarters for my immediate family for many years, first staying there when our sons were teens. Now that they are grown with lives of their own, they still look forward to this special week. Between trips to the beach, or hiking, or boating, our boys gather cousins and friends together for game nights. We enjoy family meals together. One year, we even hosted a family wedding. The screened in porch and deck are favorite places for getting lost in a good book. It is the ideal place to connect with friends and family, and regroup and reflect.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You have discovered the best parts of staying at Canal House - the screened in porch and the many gathering spaces! We try to stock the house with as many family friendly activities as we can including games and puzzles, the piano with music, bikes and beach toys, chairs and umbrellas, a garage workbench and even crabbing cages, to help encourage a good time. The place is perfect for families and especially extended families who want to enjoy the beach but have access to so much more, as well as spend time together. So glad you continue to return to Canal House and take advantage of all there is to do there.
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Great location - house smells of creosote - twin beds loud /creaky - entry level tile very slippery

  • 2 of 5

We don't let issues with our lodging ruin our vacation, so we had a great vacation. However, I CANNOT recommend this house due to the strong smell -- particularly in the basement and other major issues. Here's a list of pros / cons. Read on for the full story.


BEAUTIFUL screened porch

LOVELY back yard on the canal

Good kitchen layout/appliances

Two fridges!

Easy access to beach and bay - 3 bikes included


Creosote / musty smell made basement unusable and permeated the house

Twin beds were so creaky they kept kids awake all night

Visible mold on air conditioning vents

Tiles of basement and bathrooms so slippery when wet - dangerous

Very few windows have screens

No curtains in bedrooms - VERY BRIGHT in morning

When we arrived, we notified the manager - Phyllis of three issues - 1) The strong musty / off smell in the house. 2) The twin beds were extremely loud and creaky - when the kids rolled over during the first night - I could hear it in the bedroom across the hall - and it sounded like someone was dragging a kayak through stones. I mean, I'd never heard a bed make that noise. 3) Three of the 5 ceiling fans did not work - including the one on the screened porch.

Phyllis and her husband were incredibly responsive and came over almost immediately. They fixed the fans, checked out the beds and acknowledged the problem and identified that the issue was the box springs. She also acknowledged the smell was an issue. Later, she let us know that the OWNER informed her that the smell was creosote (look it up) and there was nothing to be done about it. She told us also that the beds were something that would be addressed, but not during our stay (?!?!). We took action on the beds - removed the box springs out of the beds and leaned them against the wall. There were just enough slats on bed frame to hold up the mattresses. Problem solved.

We had some lovely days in the 70s, so tried to open up the windows to air out the house a little, but very few of the windows had screens in them, so leaving the windows open was not really an option, which is unfortunate in a beach house with such a nice breeze.

In addition, when we arrived at check in time, the cleaning crew was there. They told us they were not going to mop the basement because when it is wet, it is incredibly slippery. We found this to be the case - which is problematic when people come in after rinsing off just outside with wet feet. Too many issues to recommend

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful! The perfect place for our family.

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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!
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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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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

Property Damage Insurance $59
Refundable Damage Deposit $300

Nightly Rate: $235 - $435 to calculate discount rate: divide weekly rate desired by 7 x nightly rate,
Weekly Rate: $925 - $2110 subtract result from 1.00
Three-night minimum

Jan 5 - April 12, 2019: $925/wk (43.77% discount); $235/night
April 13 - May 24, 2019: $1175/wk (44.96% discount); $305/night
May 25 - May 31, 2019: $1275/wk (40.28% discount); $305/night
June 1 - June 7, 2019: $1490/wk (30.21% discount); $305/night
June 8 - June 21, 2019: $1,855/wk (13.11% discount); $305/night
June 22 - June 28, 2019: $1960/wk (27.27% discount); $385/night
June 29 - July 5, 2019: $1960/wk (30.86% discount); $405/night
July 6 - July 12, 2019: $2060/wk (27.34% discount); $405/night
July 13 - July 19, 2019: $2060/wk (27.34% discount); $405/night
July 20 - July 26, 2019: $2110/wk (30.71% discount); $435/night
July 27 - August 2, 2019: $2110/wk (30.71% discount); $435/night
Aug 3 - Aug 9, 2019: $2110/wk (30.71% discount); $435/night
Aug 10 - Aug 16, 2019: $1960/wk (29.11% discount); $395/night
Aug 17 - Aug 23, 2019: $1510/wk (29.27% discount); $305/night
Aug 24 - Aug 30, 2019: $1285/wk (39.81% discount); $305/night
Aug 31 - Sept 6, 2019: $1175/wk (44.96% discount); $305/night
Sept 7 - Sept 13, 2019: $1175/wk (44.96% discount); $305/night
Sept 14 - Sept 20, 2019: $1135/wk (46.83% discount); $305/night
Sept 21 - Sept 27, 2019: $1135/wk (46.83% discount); $305/night
Sept 28 - Oct 4, 2019: $1135/wk (46.83% discount); $305/night
Oct 5 - Oct 11, 2019: $1135/wk (46.83% discount); $305/night
Oct 12 - Jan 3, 2020: $925/wk 43.77% discount); $235/night

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.