Now for the good stuff: Sand Castle offers vacationers the best of both worlds: close proximity to Bethany Beach and the Delaware and Maryland seashore, but set apart in the quiet and relaxing 'oasis' of Bay Forest.
While the beach seems to be the most obvious reason to vacation in this area of Delaware, it should be noted that fishermen have plenty of opportunity to enjoy their sport too. The Indian River Bay is a short distance away and has motor boat access through Holt's Landing State Park and Harbor View Marina.
be aware that boats are not permitted parking within Bay Forest but that facilities may be found in nearby Millville or Ocean View. Surf fishing is popular at the Delaware Seashore State Park and charter boats for deep sea fishing can be found in Ocean City, MD and Rehoboth, DE.
Sand Castle is situated in a friendly neighborhood of single family homes and villas (attached homes in groups of 4) that is a short walk or bicycle ride to the Clubhouse, basketball and lighted tennis courts, community fire pit, horseshoes and bocce, picnic areas and large children's play sets.
We have opted for a Friday-to-Friday rental schedule. This would allow vacationers the opportunity to enjoy the beach for a full weekend at your destination rather than spending a weekend day (Saturday, the 'customary' changeover day) traveling, packing and unpacking.
The Bethany Beach area is generally a 'drive to' vacation destination as opposed to one where most vacationers fly to, thus allowing more to be packed for travel. Because of this, we have opted NOT to provide linens and towels, enabling guests to pack as many or as few of these items rather than being limited to what is provided by the homeowner. Guests of course, have full use of the laundry facility in Sand Castle, should items such as beach towels need extra washing.
Completed in late-summer of 2013, Sand Castle is the Seaport model of single family homes designed and built by NV Homes. It is 2800 s/f in size, has a two-car garage and a driveway where an additional two cars can be parked. On-street parking is available.
The first floor has two bedrooms plus a large master bedroom suite. These sleeping areas are separated by the dining room, kitchen, living room and Morning Room.
The front bedroom has a full-sized bed that sleeps two, the rear bedroom has two twin beds.
There is a full bath located outside of these two bedrooms.
The master bedroom suite has a queen bed, full-bath with deluxe walk-in ceramic tiled shower and double sink.
The master bedroom has an adjacent 'sitting room' that contains a roll-top desk, two comfortable chairs with Ottomans and television - a perfect place to escape the commotion going on elsewhere in the house!
Sand Castle has a second floor that has a 4th bedroom with a queen bed.
All four bedrooms have ceiling fans and all have televisions except the upstairs bedroom (50' TV is located in the adjacent room).
The dining room is on the first floor and can seat up to six.
The living room or great room, surrounded by windows making it bright and airy, has 10-foot ceilings, a gas-powered fireplace, 50' television, DVD player, ceiling fan and stereo system.
The spacious kitchen is fully equipped with new stainless steel appliances and all of the cutlery, glassware, and place settings that vacationers could ask for. The counter tops are granite, the cook top is fueled by gas and behind the sink is a breakfast bar. There is plenty of counter space, a pantry and lots of cabinets. The homeowner will provide cleaning materials such as dishwasher soap, dishwashing liquid, sponge, towels, paper towels and other items to keep the kitchen neat and clean.
Adjacent to the kitchen is the Morning Room, an invaluable addition to the home that features a large table that can seat up to ten and is perfect for family meals and activities. The table will already be set up for 10 when guests arrive so that you don't have to worry about installing table leaves.
The laundry room with state-of-the-art washer and dryer is on the first floor. The homeowner will provide laundry detergent and dryer sheets for your convenience.
The second floor 'bonus room' is opposite the bedroom and is fully furnished and includes a queen-sized pull-out sofa. It features a 50' television, lots of board games, DVD player and a large selection of DVD movies. The entire second floor could be viewed as a separate 'suite' where a family of four could sleep and have relative privacy.
A propane grill is located in the garage and we provide beach chairs and an umbrella.
Sand Castle, is 5 miles by car from the garage to the sands of Bethany Beach (3.5 miles if you are a Seagull). The community of Bay Forest provides a scheduled Beach Shuttle as an alternative to driving yourself and having to find a place to park for the day. Bike and Nature Trails are included in the community amenities.
Please note: Route 26, the major thoroughfare for beach access, has been undergoing reconstruction (widening) for the past several months and it will likely continue into the 2015 summer season. ALL communities to the west of Bethany Beach are affected. Actual roadwork does not normally occur during the summer daytime hours. For the latest information, please visit
A short drive from Sand Castle are many local, independent restaurants, grocery stores (Giant, Food Lion), shopping centers, state parks (Holt's Landing), public golf courses and beach-oriented gift shops.
The Clubhouse at Bay Forest deserves its own paragraph here because of all that is found in an around it: community pool including adult area and lap lanes, lazy river and slides for young children, Wi-fi, pool deck with umbrellas, lounge chairs and even Palm Trees, full-menu restaurant and bar service, fitness center with aerobic equipment and weight sets, men's and women's locker rooms, and a nice outdoor patio area for dining and Happy Hour (vacationers welcome).
Sand Castle offers vacationers the opportunity to enjoy the beach and a great community environment. We hope to share it with you this season!