About this listing
"The 52 most successful Airbnbs in the U.S. (# 1 in Delaware !)" according to the Huffington Post's 2015 article. A tranquil on the Delaware Bay three bedroom beach front home with awe inspiring views out to the Atlantic, "Sandity" awaits you.
"Sandity" is a tranquil, natural setting, on-the-water year-round beach front home (directly on the mouth of the Delaware Bay with views of both the bay and out to the Atlantic Ocean).
Declared the number 1 Airbnb property in Delaware, according the Huffington Post's article (March 2015) by writer Harry Bradford. Also announced in the same article, top 52 most successful airbnbs in the U.S.!
"Sandity" is a three bedroom, two full baths vacation home. We have one California King in the upstairs bedroom (entire top floor, huge! ) called the "Captain's Quarters", One Queen size bed in the downstairs "Tropical Room", and a full size bed in the "Whale's Tail", also downstairs.
IMPORTANT NOTE: even though we are directly on the water and you can sunbathe, kayak and sail at high tide, enjoy the amazing views out to the ocean with your own private path (only a 10 seconds walk to the water from "Sandity"); it is too shallow to swim directly out front and can be brackish at times. If we have a fierce storm from the north, soil and ocean debris can wash up onto the shore. Horse Shoe crabs arrive in May and occupy the beach until mid June. Slaughter Beach has a public beach just a mile down the road on Bay Avenue. The small lapping waves are easy for young ones to negotiate.
The Cedar Creek Marina is a five minute walk, which has fishing excursions and is a safe exit out of the Mispillion River to the Delaware Bay. Also, only a five minute drive is the FREE newly renovated public launch across the river on Lighthouse Road which is run by the Department of Parks and Recreation.
The town of Milford is six miles inland on a relaxing country road (10 minute drive) with hundreds of stores (including a super Walmart), cafe/ice cream shop (Dolce), liquor stores, antique shops, art galleries, specialty shops, drug stores, department stores, and scores of restaurants. These stores and restaurants are open year round unlike towns such as Rehoboth Beach.
Within easy biking distance 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. In addition, Crabbing is available at the end of our street, a three minute walk.
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 with restrooms is across the street from the mini-mart and has a new shaded picnic gazebo. There is a newly renovated children's playground along with tennis and basketball courts next to the mini-mart, just across from the main beach. Next door is the Fire House which occasionally has events.
"Sandity's" environment is completely unspoiled. We have Horse Shoe crabs and Sea Turtles spawning in May and June, Sand Sharks (non man eaters :) in July and the Cow Nose Rays and sometimes even Porpoises and Flying Fish by August. They are all getting to "know each other" and a delight to see but not recommend you join them in the water just outside our front door.
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.
Decompress with a cocktail on the two decks or have a MaiTai in the screened in Tiki Bar under the front deck (protected from the sun, rain and bugs) or just lounge with a magazine or the latest best seller on a chaise lounge.
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 more in summer (less than 20 miles) and for night life don't miss hip Rehoboth Beach (25 miles) 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.
Most folks will just want to hang out at "Sandity" and take in the view. For winter get-aways, the gas stove keeps the romance alive and the tax free Outlet shopping (3 outlet centers in all!) in Lewes is a perfect holiday destination.
For a reality check: Keep in mind that Slaughter Beach, Delaware is not Miami Beach, not Malibu and not Maui. If you are looking for the "in" scene, you will not find it here. If you are a nature lover and seek beauty and peace of mind you will thrive here and gain your "Sandity".
For those feeling adventurous ... take the ferry to Cape May, New Jersey from Lewes or head out to Cape Henlopen for nature tours at this famous WWII historical state park with splendid beaches and great restaurants. The Cape Henlopen gift shop offers FREE bikes for their paved trails. Our favorite beach is Herring Point.
Cape May is only 8 miles due East across the water from of our Slaughter Beach home... just across the Bay. We can make out the party lights of the famous Harpoon Harry's. You can spot the ferry going back and forth and the twinkling lights of the cruise ships and other boats going in and out of the Delaware Bay and Misspilian Jetty at night. The stars are alarmingly bright without city lights to conflict.
"Sandity" is a short drive to Dover Air Force base and it's public museum. Dover has many attractions along with Nascar races at Dover Downs and the Plantation Museum are a big draw
Only 12 miles from "Sandity" is the Killen's Pond Park with a ridiculously cheap water park for the little and "big" adult kids to cool off.
There are many other activities in the near by Victorian towns such as Milton (about 12 minutes) which boasts the micro brewery, Dog Fish Head. The tours are free and yes you get free samples. We have a "what to do book" that will help you organize your daily activities and night life. Most folks just stay put for waitress-free waterfront dining. Our dining table seats up to six.
Towels, sheets, and basic supplies such as soap are all included. 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, gas stove, drip coffee maker, central heating and air conditioning, new dishwasher, new refrigerator. Weber grill, driftwood outdoor shower to rinse off sand and salt. Flat screen TV, DVD, radio, CD player and secure internet. Kids games and sand toys.
We want "Sandity" to be a true vintage beach experience.
Unfortunately, we are not hadicaped accessible since we are on twelve foot pilings. This, however, gives you a spectacular view and a bird like perspective. If a Kosher kitchen is required we are so sorry that will be unable accommodate your needs.
Hope this is helpful, please send us a note should you have any questions about "Sandity"! Sandra and Thom
Entire home, decks (2), tiki hut and gardens, beach.
Interaction with Guests
We interact as much as a guest requests. Otherwise you and your guests will have complete privacy. The manager is across the street should there be a need for assistance of any kind.
We are surround on all sides by protected preserves. On any given day you can observe wildlife from the comfort of the living room or deck. We have seen eagles catching fish, foxes trotting past, baby turtles hatching out and when the Horse Shoe Crabs arrive so do the endangered Red Knot.
Sorry, but Slaughter Beach has no public transit. Buses go to towns near by and one can get a "Beach Taxi" or a shuttle from the Philadelphia Airport. We suggest a car to maximize your visit.
Other Things to Note
We are just a short bike ride to the DuPont Nature Center, a short drive to the famed DogFish Head brewery tour and tasting. Easy access to Dover's many attractions and other beach attractions such as Lewes and Rehoboth without the traffic and noise of the other beaches. Milford is just inland with Walmart, shops, numerous restaurants and other conveniences.
Maximum occupancy of 6 persons, yes, infants and toddlers are persons. (relatives of children must be present) DO NOT ADD ADDITIONAL PERSONS PAST THE NUMBER ON YOUR RESERVATION confirmation, we choose our guests carefully and must know who is present in the home.
Minimum age 21 years to book (verified with legal ID)
Teenagers must be with a parent or a biological relative, minimum age 25.
No alcohol anywhere on property under 21 years old (Delaware State Law).
Pets are not permitted.
No smoking inside house.
No fires just in front of the house (Slaughter Beach proper does allow fires unless posted otherwise on the fire house billboard).
Parties held with non-rental persons are not permitted without permission.
Parking is provided, please only park in driveway (two fit). We discourage additional vehicles since there is technically no on street parking allowed but you may park at the end of the cul-de-sac circle if needed.
Use the windows locks provided to prevent full opening when small children are with you--especially important for the 2nd floor windows.
Please do not bring or use lighter fluid since our bar-be-que has a gas igniter for the charcoal. Thanks for your cooperation in these matters!
From Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
Great house for a quiet, relaxing stay! Thomas was great to work with and made the process of renting very easy. House had everything we needed! Wonderful couple across the street that welcomed us with fresh cookies and sand toys for the grand baby. Everyone enjoyed our time at the beach house.
Our trip to Slaughter Beach was a wonderful escape from NYC. We spent most of our time enjoying the back deck taking in the wonderful view. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook our meals. Especially loved the gas starter on the grill. We stayed at the house for most the trip, but did swing down to the Dogfish Head Brewpub which was an easy drive. We were greeted with a lovely card and even a gift (thanks!) and everything was well communicated to us (instructions for every appliance and even how to operate certain doors and windows). The area is definitely remote and we only saw 2 other people during our stay, but it's a quick drive if you need to get groceries and they even left instructions to some local attractions nearby. The place comfortably slept four and would easily fit 6. Thanks for opening your home to us!
Thanks William, you are a skilled communicator! You must have had a full moon and a higher than usual tide... this does happen a few times a year and then the water engulfs the beach entirely. Thank you for your other suggestion and I will have our manager take care of it right away ! Thanks for being our guests at "Sandity" !!!
The area was great! We loved Rehoboth for the kids and the adults. The house was absolutely perfect and had everything we needed! They really went above and beyond.
Wow this place was the best!
Incredible views from the deck and even more amazing views from the master suite! The gourmet kitchen was great for nights we felt like staying in and the deck and tiki bar were great for relaxing after a long day exploring. We weren't lacking in comfort in these accommodations.
Our family enjoyed our stay here immensely and look forward to visiting again next summer!
Emily was by far the fastest Aibnb learner, as a new comer, to date !!! We were so appreciative to have a "local" visit, since they completely knew their way around and made the most of their beach vacation. Thanks for being our guests and hope to see you next summer.
We had a wonderful time at Sandity. The house is beautiful, well-appointed, and well stocked. (Yes, there are thousands of dead crabs on the beach, but that can't be helped - and turns out horseshoe crabs are really kind of cool.) Stay here!
What a perfect spot for our Girls' Time Out! This charming "cottage" and it's magnificent view offered a lovely, quiet getaway. We were greeted with organic products (eggs, milk, fabulous bread) to get us started on our week, comfy beds and fun, eclectic decorations. The DuPont Nature Center was delightful, and while we were a bit too early for the major birding and the horseshoe crabs, we stumbled upon a wetland FULL of spectacular shorebirds on Fowler Beach Road. Massages in Milford were great and walks on the beach 10 secs from the house were everything we'd hoped. We couldn't have been more pleased with our choice!
We were warmly welcomed to Sandity upon arrival with a special note and gifts from Bev. There were fresh tulips on the table. We enjoyed a mini getaway for Spring Break and we were especially thankful for the Jotul fireplace stove to keep us warm and cozy. I loved waking up with an awesome view of the sunrise that filled our room with light.
The information provided to us about things to do etc. was very helpful. We loved the diner in Milford, Dolce bakery and a couple other restaurants in town were very nice too.
We explored Cape Henlopen and borrowed bikes from the nature centure. That was a fun experience. The bike loop is an approx 45 min ride and the bikes are free for 2 hours (they have helmets too). They also had two person bikes to borrow but we didn't try those.
Many thanks to Bev, Sandra and Thomas.
Thank you so much for your review. Also, your suggestions were most helpful and we have taken care the upstairs and are working on the downstairs ones today! You are welcome back anytime and your children's art work in now officially in the "Sandity" book ;) Sandra, Bev, and Thom
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About the Host, Thomas
We are from Pennsylvania and California. We spend our time between the coasts, Southern Delaware (Slaughter Beach) and Northern California (near Trinidad).
We also spend time in the Seattle area and Redmond Washington often.
If you are German speaking, we can understand most anything you wish to ask. Try a little Swedish or French if necessary, we will try to help you.
Sandra and Thom