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The Sandcastle at the Bay/Beach Front Home
The Sandcastle at the Bay/Beach Front Home

Entire home/flat

6 guests

3 Bedrooms

5 beds

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About this listing

Charming beachfront home with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in quiet Slaughter Beach, DE. This is the vacation spot for you if you are looking peace and quiet in a kinder, gentler rustic community. Bikes and Nature have the right of way in this sleepy town.

The space

379 Bay is a unique, 2 story home raised high and built on stilts allowing for privacy throughout as well as incredible views of the Delaware Bay. 2 bedrooms and 1 Full Bath on 2nd Floor. Main level features dining room, kitchen, living room with great views of the bay and a secret bedroom alongside the stairs with a sofa bed/futon that sleeps one comfortably, two when open. 1 Full size sleeper sofa and full size futon in living room and a 2nd full bath also on main level with washer and dryer.

This home is a bay/beach front home allowing for loads of activities. The small lapping waves are easy for young ones to negotiate and wade while enjoying the water.

The Cedar Creek Marina, with access to the Mispillion River leading to the Delaware Bay, is just minutes away and can be contacted for fishing trips. There is also a FREE newly renovated public launch across the river on Lighthouse Road which is run by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Milford is six miles inland on a relaxing country road with every store you could need to outfit your vacation. There you can find a local cafe/ice cream shops, liquor stores, antique shops, art galleries, specialty shops, drug stores, department stores, and many restaurants. Milford is a year round community much like Rehoboth Beach.

Within easy biking distance (2.8 miles) is the DuPont Nature Center, an eco tourism destination, with tours and hands-on activities for children and adults. Only a six minute drive on Lighthouse Road or 15 minute bike ride.

There are numerous public access parking areas all along the two miles of the main road, Bay Avenue, (ANY named road has public beaches). The beach next to the Fire Dept. has restrooms and a new shaded picnic gazebo. There is a children's playground along with tennis and basketball courts next just across from the main beach. Next door is the Fire House which occasionally has events.

Biking and roller blading is a favorite activity on Bay Avenue since there are no cross streets, so it is relatively safe. Please feel free to bring your own bikes. Keep in mind, Delaware requires children to wear helmets.

Take a long walk on the uncrowded strand or jog the main Bay Avenue. Fishing, sea glass and shell collecting and a yearly regatta for small boats is held every July 4th.

Slaughter Beach is a world famous birding habitat. You can marvel at the hundreds of bird species including the endangered Red Knot as they stop to feed on Horse Shoe crab eggs on their way north. Most people thrill at the spectacle while others are a little horrified by the crab's primitive looks. They are completely harmless but can cause the water's edge to be a littered with their shells.

Watch for the just hatched baby turtles headed to the Marvel Preserve just behind us in early summer. Slaughter Beach is surrounded by preserves to all three non water sides and Eagles can be seen nesting at the south end.

The quaint town of Lewes, Delaware is a short drive of 15 minutes in the off season. Also don't miss hip Rehoboth Beach (25 miles) which is about a half hour drive in the off season and longer on crowded summer weekends. Movies at Midway are only 15 minutes on Route 1.

Please note: Slaughter Beach is perfect for nature lovers and anyone that is looking for beauty and a place to give yourself peace of mind. This is a rustic area which can be remote and deserted feeling for some folks.

Bed Linens and basic supplies such as soap are all included. TOWELS ARE NOT provided. The kitchen is well equipped with dishes, silverware, spices etc. but naturally you will need to bring your food for meals. Also included is a washer and dryer, microwave, electric stove, drip coffee maker, central heating and air conditioning, dishwasher and refrigerator and outdoor gas grill. There is an outdoor shower to rinse off sand and salt. Flat screen TV, Blue Ray player, radio, CD player and secure internet. Kids games and sand toys.

Guest access

Our guests will have private use of our home, and direct access to the beach during their vacation stay. Guests have use of all sand toys, water floats and beach chairs.
Note to guests: At owner's discretion, the independent and separate garage unit may occasionally be occupied during airbnb visit. If that unit were to be used during guests visit, owner will notify in advance.

Interaction with guests

We are a little over 20 minutes away and accessible by cell phone if you should need assistance. Feel free to email with questions.

Other things to note

Minimum Age For Renters: Must be 25 to secure rental.

The Sandcastle is both heated and air-conditioned.

Its important to note- Our home utilizes a septic system which can be sensitive to excessive use. If you should hear the alarm there is a switch on the pole just below the front door to turn the alarm off. Please contact Bill or Lisa if this were to occur. Don't be alarmed, this is an indicator that we may need the system checked.

Butcher block table with refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, microwave and an electric stove.
The kitchen sink does NOT have a garbage disposal so all food materials need to be put in the trash can directly below the sink. The recycling is in the cabinet just to the left of the kitchen sink too. A general trash can at the end of the counter just needs to be waved and it will open and then close automatically!

Living Room:
Relax on the sofa and chairs looking out on the bay. There is a cabinet with games and toys. The baskets in the credenza contain emergency candles and some assorted items including binoculars and an ihome ipod player.

The TV is a smart TV with access to netflix on our account. There is also an HD antenna that picks up approximately 12 channels of local news and information.

Dining Room:
Our dining room table easily seats 10 people. If you would like it to be made smaller for 4 or 6 people, please let Bill know when he checks you in.

Outdoors: Shed attached to garage and to the left when looking out front door has water floats, sand toys and beach chairs inside.

REMINDER: Guests will need to bring their own towels. Towels are not provided!

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The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 5
Check In: 4PM - 6PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people: £28 / night after 5 guests
Cleaning Fee: £101
Security Deposit: £405
Weekend Price: £182 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in time is 4PM - 6PM

We expect our guests to treat our home as you would your own- with care and consideration. Please let us know if there are any concerns, problems or issues that come up during your stay. We want our guests to be completely satisfied and stay at 379 Bay Ave in the future as well.

Although One DOG (only dog) is allowed and will incur an additional $100 please DO NOT ALLOW them on the furniture! We have taken great care to provide our guests with a beautiful home. Please help us to keep it that way!

Slaughter Beach is one of the most dog friendly beaches in DE. They are welcome all day if on a leash.
Also, Property is fully- fenced in with a 4 foot picket fence.

Check-out @ 10:00am Check-in @ 4:00pm.

Parking for 3 cars. No smoking in the house.



Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

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18 Reviews

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Janet User Profile
May 2017
Four friends and I decided to stay at Elizabeth's for Memorial Day weekend and we are so happy we did! We enjoyed walking the beach, sitting on the deck with our morning coffee, and making our meals in the well stocked kitchen. We were able to observe birds and horseshoe crabs as we walked the beach, we also enjoyed the Dupont Nature Center. One friend did lots of biking, and commented on how friendly and polite the drivers were to her. We would love to visit again sometime!

Bogdan User Profile
March 2017
Elisabeth's house exceeded our expectations. We were looking for a dog-friendly house right on a beach for our off season trip and we got much more than that. Our favorite was the open floor plan of the main floor with the large picture windows overlooking the beach with lots of cozy seating for everyone. Our dog loved playing in the sand and we appreciated the fenced yard. The furniture is modern and comfortable, the kitchen is stocked with so many essentials (condiments, sugar, flour, oils, spices, etc.), and the house is filled with natural light. We loved walking on the beach with our dog, taking the kayak out on the bay, and just relaxing in a beautiful beach house. We would love to return for another stay!
Elisabeth User ProfileElisabeth is a superhost.
Response from Elisabeth:
Thank you for your visit! Come again soon!
March 2017

Jack User Profile
January 2017
Elisabeth's place is just fantastic. We are from the DC area and have been looking for years for homes to rent right on the water similar to those in the Outer Banks, North Carolina, but without that drive. This, for sure, is it. Cozy, but plenty of space. Close enough to what you need, but far enough away to still feel like you're secluded. And truly just steps to the beach! We can't wait to come back and visit again.

Michele User Profile
September 2016
We enjoyed our stay here very much! The beach was perfect and the area was quiet. We felt very safe for three ladies on a ladies getaway. The house was lovely and the perfect size. The kitchen and home were well stocked with dish soap, laundry soap, tp, paper towels, etc. Thank you for offering your lovely home to rent.

Brian User Profile
September 2016
A wonderful stay with everything you could need. From suntan lotion, bug spray, sunglasses, laundry detergent, to cooking utensils. It is a quiet little seaside bungalow big enough to sleep 4 comfortable. Close enough to Rehoboth Beach, Milton, Milford and Dewey Beaches.

Meghan User Profile
September 2016
We felt very welcome with all the amenities. The house was so cute and homey. We loved Slaughter Beach. It was a very relaxing vacation.

Deborah User Profile
September 2016
Elisabeth was a fantastic host and we loved staying at her beach home. We especially appreciated Elisabeth keeping us updated regularly regarding Hurricane Hermine which ended up not impacting us and our wonderful visit. The home itself has wonderful views of the beach with easy access and the décor was warm and welcoming. Check it out and contact Elisabeth for your next holiday!

McLean, Virginia, United States · Joined in March 2015
Elisabeth User ProfileElisabeth is a superhost.

As long-time vacationers and lovers of the Delaware Beaches, my family and I were so excited to acquire and make this unique property available to guests for the summer of 2016. Although we reside in McLean VA full-time, we have family that live in Lewes DE that help us with hosting guests at 379 Bay Ave - affectionately known as the "sandcastle".

My profession is Community Relations and I welcome a challenge and a good project. I also enjoy having the opportunity to help people.

I enjoy good food, good wine and great company. I love to travel~ especially to the countries of my heritage- Italy and Germany.

But most important to me is my family- I have 3 daughters, a son-in-law and 4 grandchildren, lots of extended members and very importantly my Aussie Shepherd/Border Collie Mix- Foster!

Response rate: 80%
Response time: within a few hours

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