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Rehoboth Bay Cottage - Bay view, family friendly,1 1/2 block walk to ocean beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Sleeps 6, private access to Rehoboth Bay

Single storey, three bedroom, 2 bath cottage, sleeps a maximum of 6, including children over 2 years. The cottage is one house back from the bay in the private residential community of West Indian Beach south of Dewey Beach. It is a short, block and a half walk to the ocean beach. This property is perfect for families with children and/or grandparents or older couples. Central air and ceiling fans throughout. Open floor plan with living, dining (seats 6) and kitchen w/eat at bar. Full kitchen comes complete with dishes/utensils, pots and pans, stove, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator w/ice maker, coffee pot, toaster and laundry room with washer and dryer. Living room has wifi and cable access, flat screen TV w/DVD player and a small assortment of DVDs. Two bedrooms which sleep 1-2 people each (queen bed and 2 twin beds) and a bathroom adjoin this area. On the opposite end of the cottage past the kitchen is a suite which includes a family room with a flat screen TV & DVD player, a third bedroom which sleeps 1-2 people (queen) and adjoining bathroom w/shower and a small galley kitchen with a bar sink, microwave and under-counter fridge. The suite is perfect for grandparents, early morning risers or those family members seeking a bit more privacy away from the rest of the family. The suite can be locked off from the cottage for smaller families (2 adults, 1-2 children) or couples (2-4 adults) at a reduced price. Contact owner for more information. The cottage is also stocked with a large assortment of good beach reads.

Deck with bay views and sunsets has an outside table and 4 chairs. An adjoining patio with a garden view has a picnic table and a gas grill. There is also an enclosed outside shower, a storage shed for beach gear and a clothes line to hang wet beach towels and swim suits. Off-street parking behind the cottage for no more than 3 cars or 2 SUVs. No additional parking available.

More Details

Carol Mertes-Smith
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2018

Why Carol Mertes-Smith chose Rehoboth Beach

We built the cottage as our summer vacation home and later built a second home next door when we became year-round residents, turning the original cottage into a summer rental property.

What makes this cottage unique

Rehoboth Bay is an excellent spot for small boat sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Rehoboth Bay Sailing Association is close by for those who want to rent kayaks, stand up paddleboards and sailboats, enroll children in weekly sailing school or for regatta participants looking for a rental close to the sailing club. The bay is also a good place for younger children who prefer a calmer body of water to splash and play in.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Everyone had a great time. It was our 8th year coming to stay, how time flies!

Thanks again.
Jun 2014
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Rehoboth Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Water View
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Enclosed outdoor shower with changing area.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , sleeps 1 or 2 people
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , sleeps 1 or 2 people
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , sleeps 1 or 2 people
  • 3 bedrooms that can sleep from 3 to 6 people.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Access to Rehoboth Bay from right-of-way for street residents only. Shallow water swimming - perferct for small children to play & swim. Short, block and a half walk (via sidewalks & traffic light) to the guarded, Atlantic Ocean beach. Dewey was recognized in 2014 & 2013 as one of the country’s 13 “Superstar Beaches' for perfect swimming water quality for the past five years by the National Resources Defense Council. Short walk to many area restaurants, casual and fancier restaurants are nearby, as are popular night life spots. Three block walk to the Bay Center complex where every 20 minutes or so, you can board The Jolly Trolley shuttle (fee) for rides into Rehoboth Beach and the boardwalk without having to drive and worry about parking. Rehoboth also has over 140 outlet stores at Tanger Outlets a few miles outside of town. We do not provide bed and bath linens. For your convenience, linen rental and grocery delivery is available from local vendors. Look up: 1) Grand Rental Station, 2) Sheets at the Beach or 3) Concierge by the Sea. Cleaning is done prior to arrival, please observe check-in/check-out times. Beach umbrellas and chairs are available for rent at the ocean beach. Closest airport (1 hour) is Salisbury-Wicomico Regional Airport with service provided by American connecting thru Philadelphia or Charlotte. Other airports within 2 1/2 hours: Philadelphia Int'l, BWI and Washington.


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Rehoboth Bay Cottage - Bay view, family friendly,1 1/2 block walk to ocean beach
average rating of 3.25 based on 11 reviews

Not as described

  • 1 of 5

First i want to say the owner who is 93 lives on the property who is nice but the daughters run the property. When we first walked in the smell of the home was awful. It lasted the whole time we were there. The ceiling drywall has water damage in the main bedroom and living room ceiling is in bad shape. There is a hole in the floor in hallway with a piece of plywood covered by a area rug my 2yr old tripped on 2 times. We were told we cannot touch the A.C. it has to stay on 78. "Note posted " it was 95°outside. She didnt want us to use the shower outside to was sand off, must be done at the beach. Washing clothes only use cold water. "Note posted" We ended up getting a hotel somewhere else for 2 nights out of our 8 day stay. Home is very out dated. Also you are charged for a cleaning when we arived the house was dusty and not cleaned before we arived. I wish i could post photos. I hoped for more since i grew up out east and live in Illinois . We found other homes in the area cheaper and newer. ALSO NOT BAYSIDE VEIW AS DESCRIBED- its on the owners property that you have to stay off of. You can look past her house to see the water but no view!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that your stay with us did not meet your expectations. Since you did not attempt to contact us during your stay, we were unaware of any of your concerns. This is the first time in over 30 years and 500 plus guests that anyone has ever complained about the cleanliness of the cottage or unpleasant odors. We contract with a local cleaning service which was selected for their high standards of cleanliness and professional reputation. The cottage is also inspected prior to new arrivals to make sure that everything is in good order. There is a notice posted at the thermostat with "recommended" temperature settings as suggested by the local power company. The property information sheet that is posted in the cottage asks guests to use the outside shower when returning from the beach to keep sand out of the inside drains. The HE laundry detergent we provide "recommends" using cold water in the washer. The property description clearly states that the cottage is one house back from the bay, behind the bay front house and that access to the bay is granted through a private easement for non bay front properties. Your negative review does not correspond with other guests, many of whom have been staying with us for multiple years and "can't wait to return."
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Kernersville NC

Nice Property For Family

  • 5 of 5

Convenient location, south end of town, away from main road noise and traffic. Unit was clean and ready for check in. Friendly owners, with all questions answered promptly. Was only in town for a weekend wedding but would not hesitate to rent for a longer period.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay, even though it was short. Perhaps we'll see you again when you can stay longer and enjoy the beaches and all that the area has to offer.
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Carmel, IN

Perfect cottage for our family.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The cottage was very nice, clean and had all the conveniences we needed. The beach was only about a block and a half away, which we loved. We also rented a pontoon boat and trolled around for a couple of hours on the bay and saw a bunch of dolphins. If we have the opportunity to visit DE again we would definitely love to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. So glad you enjoyed your stay and got to spend some time on the bay and seeing the dolphins. Hope to see you again in the future.
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Stoughton, Wisconsin

Spacious with a great location!

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the cottage over the busy Memorial Day weekend. There was plenty of parking available at the cottage for 3+ cars. We walked everywhere...the the ocean beach, the restaurants and bars, took the trolley to Rehoboth. Perfect set-up to spend the day out and about, come back mid-day and grill on the patio, go out for the evening, and then come back to a quiet retreat to relax and get a good nights sleep. Owner was friendly and attentive.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a wonderful time. Hope to see you again in the future. Thanks!
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York, PA


  • 5 of 5

My family (husband, mom, dad and 92 yr old grandmother) and I stayed here for a long weekend. The place was WONDERFUL! Clean and cozy and had everything we needed - perfect for a beach getaway with the family. The (short) walk to the bay for the sunsets were amazing! The street is quiet and the neighbors were very friendly. The booking process was easy and we'll definitely stay again. So lovely!! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. The sunsets are beautiful and get more spectacular later in the summer and fall. Hope to see you again soon.
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Finksburg, MD

Indian Beach

  • 4 of 5

Description of bay view is a little deceiving. Yes you can see the bay if you walk under the owners house which is on stilts on the bay. The property however was very clean and just about every amenity you could think of. The location is great. Its a very quiet street. The owner was very friendly and helpful. There was a problem with one of the toilets running and the bathtub and owner had plumber come out immediately. I will definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The bay view, as seen from the living room and the porch, is shown in one of the pictures. The cottage is located behind the bay front house.
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Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Cape May - Lewes Ferry
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Relaxing on the beach.

* Delaware Seashore State Park.

* Dining out.

* Kayaking/paddle boarding.

* Jogging and biking.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Walks on the beach.

* Sunsets.

* Cook-outs.

* Relaxing.

* Outlet shopping without sales taxes.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Building sand castles on the beach.

* Rehoboth Beach boardwalk/Funland.

* Free movies/bonfires on the beach.

* Flying kites.

* Skim boarding.

Ocean, beach, boardwalk, crabbing/fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, jogging, great restaurants, outlet malls, brewery tours etc...


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

During the season(June 28 - August 24) we usually rent by the week. We will consider renting less than a week if we have blocks of available dates. During the off season there is a 3 night minimum stay.
We require a 50% deposit to reserve your week along with a signed rental agreement. The balance is due 30 days prior to occupancy. If less than 30 days prior to occupancy, amount is due in full.
We prefer to rent to families and mature couples. No student /group rentals.

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.