House, 7 Bedrooms, 5.5 Baths, Sleeps 23
Tom and JoAnn Calvert
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Beautiful home, less-than-stellar communications
We really enjoyed the home and the accommodations for this house. VERY roomy, great pool area, tons of space, awesome media room. Kind of far from the beach, but the bikes were great. Also, the kids who stayed in our house happily walked to the shops, the beach, and to fishing.
The main issue we had was in communicating with the home owners. Response times for emails were quite long, and it took a lot of time to get answers to questions we asked. They also asked us for quite a lot of personal information (like the names and ages of everyone staying in the house, including the kids, for example). We've rented houses for more than 20 years, and we've never been asked for that type of information. It felt a bit ... invasive and inappropriate.
We believe a lot of it had to due with the fact that we were traveling with a few other families from a PA baseball team; we were staying in Bethany in order to play in a local tournament. We mentioned that in one of our communications, and from that point on, the home owners were fairly hostile about it. Perhaps they had a bad experience before, but it kind of put a damper on the planning and preparation for the trip.
That said, the home end up being IDEAL for our needs, and it's a really comfortable space for a multi-family trip as there's ample room for everyone to have their personal space. Just maybe don't tell the owners why you're traveling if you're part of a sports team (or any other organization that they might happen to find concerning).
Wonderful, fully appointed house w/ excellent WiFi and TV, bikes, pool, volleyball, lots of extras.
We spent our annual family reunion vacation at the Toy Box this year, and it was wonderful. "We" means 20 people, more or less (some could not stay the whole week). Everything worked (which is a bit unusual in our experience), TV with cable in every bedroom, excellent WiFI, a great pool and sand vollyball court. There are 8 bikes in the garage to use, lots of beach chairs, etc. It is a very private setting, with woods buffering on 3 sides near the end of a dead-end street. The pool has a heater if needed, but there is an extra charge for that (understandably). We did use it as our week was unseasonably cool.
The house itself is very nicely laid out. Most bedrooms have king beds, 4 with private baths. The theatre room on the 3rd floor was great for the rainy days and keeping kids (and adults) entertained. Kitchen generously equipped, laundry room with really new washer and dryer. Two refrigerators - one in the kitchen, one in the garage. Lots of water pressure even on 3rd floor.
The beach is "walkable" if by that you mean about 5 blocks. Some of us drove (parking is $2 an hour in Bethany, or $5 a day at Fenwick Island State Park, 4 miles south) and some of us rode the bikes. Some even rode the 4 miles to Fenwick State Park (which is less crowded than Bethany proper).
Lots of stuff to do, from the huge outlet stores in Rehoboth (14 miles north) to the Ocean City boardwalk about 15 miles south, to the quaint Bethany boardwalk within walking distance.
One thing for a heads up: they do not provide linens or towels. The owner has a floor plan so you can plan who will sleep where, and what size sheets to bring. Just takes a little planning.
When we come back to Bethany, we will try to come here first.
Toy Box Visit
Lovely house, well laid out, equipped, and maintained. This was our second year and we plan a third. My only suggestion would be to sharpen the kitchen knives.
Great vacation home!
Two families, 15 people, 13 adults aged 24+ & 2 children under age 6....home is large enough, you have your own private space and never felt like you were on top of one another. The home is on a private road, with maybe 10 homes. There are no homes on either side or across the street, so you really feel like your are secluded. We loved it. All the bedrooms are very large and it is a very open house inside. The home has everything you need! Fantastic in-ground pool with plenty of deck space for relaxing. Seven lounge chairs to stretch out & sun bathe or 8 chairs to sit & dry off after your time in the pool. In addition there is a table with an umbrella and 4 chairs on the patio, next to the screened in porch, which has a nice large table with 6 chairs. Also in the back yard is a sand volleyball court & a horseshoe pit which we used everyday. In the front yard there is a basketball hoop. The home also has 6-7 bikes (2 small bikes for the kids) and beach chairs to use. There are also a number of inflatable pool balls, volleyball net and rafts. We drove to the beach, although you could walk. We found it easier to drive & load the van with the chairs, beach blankets, towels, cooler with food & drinks and our 10 x 10 canopy tent. We HIGHLY recommend this home for your family vacation!
we had a great stay!
We having been coming for several years to this home. We rented different properties over the years but this is our favorite. Close to the beach and activities yet very quiet.
Beautiful house! We will be back!
What a great house for large groups or family reunions. We absolutely loved this house and we will be back! The rooms are all wonderful sizes. We hope to rent again in the warmer weather and take advantage of outdoor pool and volley ball court. The kitchen was very well stocked. The theater room is amazing. All of the bedrooms were large and the number of beds in the whole sale is awesome!
We had a GREAT Winter Weekend in Bethany Beach!
Enjoy the activities provided at the house or take a walk to the beach. Several golf courses are located within 1/2 hour of the property.
Local Golf Courses:
Bear Trap Dunes, Ocean View
Salt Pond (executive), Bethany Beach
Old Landing Golf Course, Rehoboth Beach
The Rookery Golf Club, Milton
Baywood Greens, Long Neck
Bayside Resort Golf Club, Selbyville
The Links at Lighthouse Sound, Bishopville, MD
Rum Point Seaside Golf Links, Berlin, MD
GlenRiddle Golf Club, Berlin, MD
River Run Golf Club, Berlin, MD
Beach Club Golf Links, Berlin, MD
The Bay Club, Berlin, MD
Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club, Berlin, MD
Eagle's Landing Golf Course, Berlin, MD
Marsh Island Golf Club (executive), Lewes
Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club, Dagsboro (private)
Kings Creek Country Club, Rehoboth Beach (private)
Rehoboth Beach Country Club, Rehoboth Beach (private)
Sussex Pines, Georgetown (private)
Bethany's boardwalk and shops are just a few minutes away. There is often live music playing at the ampitheater on the boardwalk.
The towns of Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach are a short drive up Coastal Highway. Ocean City, MD with amusement rides, arcades and a popular boardwalk is 9 miles to the south.
Fishing, kayaking, boating and water sports are all available in the resort area.