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3 Bedroom Cottage on Primehook Beach (Delaware Bay) - Pets welcome!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-9)

This is a cottage in the private beach community in the Primehook National Wildlife Refuge which has over 8,000 acres of untouched beauty. The community is 5 miles off Route 1 and is relaxed!

You can swim and fish right in front of the house; you can be on the beach at anytime (sleep on it if you like) and may have a bonfire in the evening if it's not too windy! As mentioned previously, we have a new patio where you can grill, eat and view the beach as well as enjoy the late afternoon breeze.

The cottage has three bedrooms but can accommodate additional sleepers via couch, day bed, and air mattress.

10 minutes to Lewes; 20 minutes to Rehoboth and Dewey beaches if you want shopping (outlets and small, unique stores), movies, restaurants, jet ski, bike rentals, etc.

Keywords: 3Br/1Ba Beach cottage, new AC/Heat, new windows, new septic. Right on beach. Can have bonfires on beach, sleep on beach, etc. Dogs can be off-leash.

More Details

Sandy Zelensky
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2017

About Sandy Zelensky

My husband grew up in Milton, DE which is the next town over. We live north of Baltimore and wanted a getaway and eventually a place to retire!

Sandy Zelensky purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Sandy Zelensky chose Delaware

Primehook beach is quiet and the people are friendly. It is away from hustle and bustle but you can drive to get anything you want in about 10-20 minutes.

What makes this cottage unique

We enjoy the privacy and quiet. It is also a safe place for kids to be able to ride their bikes, swim, walk the beach, etc.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Also stayed in August 2010.

We very much enjoyed our time here! Our welsh terrier loved the beach.
Mar 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Prime Hook Beach in Sussex County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Sun porch 2 twins can be used as king - 2 Single Bed , Addl - blow up queen; sleep 1 on couch.
  • Double Beds (1) Main bedroom has double bed., Twin or Single Beds (9) Each of the smaller bedrooms have a twin bed. There is a daybed on the sun porch that has two twin mattresses. The couch can be used as a twin as well., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) We have an auto-inflate queen air mattress if needed. Can be set up in Living Room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
New windows for great view of bay. Hill on side of house where you can park your beach chair and watch what's happening on beach (if you don't feel like sitting on beach). There is usually a great breeze about 4PM. New septic and new patio.


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3 Bedroom Cottage on Primehook Beach (Delaware Bay) - Pets welcome!
average rating of 4.677419 based on 35 reviews

Wonderful Beach Cottage

  • 4 of 5

My family and I enjoyed our week-long stay at Prime Hook Beach! We fished, relaxed on the beach, took walks, had a bonfire and roasted smores, and just enjoyed our time together. The cottage was well equipped, clean, and located on a quiet strip of beach. The only reason that our stay did not receive five stars was because I placed a call to Sandy prior to arriving on Saturday and never received a reply back from her. The other minor drawback was that the windows in the two bedrooms did not have screens and so we could not open them to let in the fresh air.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so sorry you did not get my message telling you the address was on the rental agreement. I also stated that on the 20th we were helping my grandson move to the western part of Maryland to attend college and I inadvertently forgot my phone. I called you at the number ending in 0041 at 10:43 pm when we arrived home. Is that number not someone in your party? We had new windows put in last year and we think the screens were not ordered. I have tried to contact the installer to no avail. The house has air conditioning...was that not cool enough? You are correct, however, we need to get screens for those windows.
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Classic beach cottage

  • 4 of 5

Very tidy and sweet. We were looking for a quiet beach getaway and this was perfect for that. If you want to be closer to the action (activities, restaurants) this isn't the spot for you. Although Primehook is 10 miles from Lewes it takes 20 minutes or so to get there from this beach house by the time you drive through the nature preserve. It is very lovely there.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Niki and family! Your kind words are much appreciated! And you are correct...our beach is very quiet...you have to drive to Lewes or Rehoboth for "action!"
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Cozy, comfortable and great option for families with kids

  • 4 of 5

We had a family reunion and rented 2 other homes on the same street. Sandy's house was very quaint, had more room than we thought based upon pictures, and was airy and comfortable. The air conditioner cools main room and if you keep doors open will cool the bedrooms too. The house was equipped with all that was needed - including a huge TV which helped on a rainy day for the kids. Right on the beach so very relaxing and easy. We grilled almost every night and there is a lovely patio with chairs to eat dinner. Kitchen is small but that was ok...we didn't want to spend time cooking anyway. We would definately rent again from Sandy. She was attentive and even emailed us information about a great 4th of July parade that happens down Shore Drive which our kids participated in! House was clean and well maintained.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vintage relaxing vacation spot

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I greatly enjoyed the chance to spend time at the beach cottage, we had a lovely stay! It is a wonderful place that captures a time a heritage that is rare to find these days. The property was clean and well maintained. The location is wonderful, a relatively short drive away from Lewes and other beach facilities. The beach was wonderful and peaceful. The view from the sunroom was also wonderful and allowed us full view of fireworks in Lewes on a cool evening. The wildlife refuge is a wonderful place for hiking, bird and nature watching. We saw many migratory waterfowl during our winter stay. We also saw deer, fox and other wildlife.

You may enjoy the nature photography of the Primehook Wildlife Refuge at the following link: https://youtu.be/ITaOeO-j9SU

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Brad. Your photos were wonderful and I am so glad you had a nice time!
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Very nice and authentic beach house

  • 5 of 5

My wife and our dogs and I really enjoyed our stay at Prime Hook. It is a simple and small residential beach where the dogs could run off leash. The location is convenient for us (from Northern Virginia). The house reminds me of what a beach house should look like, simple and functional. The owner is very responsive. We've had to make last-minute plans as a result of an unpredictable schedule and both of our visits have been flawless. There is no shopping, only houses on the beach so plan on a 30-minute drive for supplies. (The advantage is that the beach is very uncrowded.)

The waterfront does collect trash from the bay (plastic, styrofoam, cans, etc.) so I learned to just carry a bag with me and pick up litter as I walk. The bay also attracts a lot of horseshoe crabs. I look for living ones and toss them back in the water before the seagulls can launch their attack. Keeps me busy and the dogs are busy too.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review and for picking up trash and throwing the live horseshoe crabs back in the water! Most people don't know it but the crabs are only seen in a few places in the world!
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  • 5 of 5

Sandy.....Before the summer left us and we got too busy with school etc etc....I wanted to tell you we just had thee best vacation ever at your little beach house ....we were very sad to leave

and will always have the fondest memories of our trip to Primehook.....we even walked from the house on the beach to Broadkill Beach and had lunch!!!!!!!.....we saw all kinds of life in the little pools made by low tide on the way and we and the dogs were swimming as we went ...the tide was out so it was just great....we had a fire on the beach one night (during a meteor shower!)...and

the house was great, i asked the kids if they wanted to go to Rehoboth and they said no they wanted to stay at the beach house ( I was happy about that!!!)....Everyone there was "chill" and just relaxing(our dogs swam and were also tuckered out ) ...thanks again...just sandy

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, Sandy. I am so glad you and.your family had a great time! We love it at the beach house because it is so-o-o relaxed!
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Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Ferry to NJ from Lewes, DE
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Route 1
Car: necessary

Because Prime Hook is a national wildlife refuge, there are lots of birds that migrate through. You can bird watch on the road coming in to the beach area; visit the small museum at the Prime Hook NWR headquarters; launch boats and canoes there and use the photography blind to take wildlife photos. You can also launch boats up at Slaughter Beach, about 7-10 miles away.

Delaware Paddlesports in Lewes will deliver and pick up rental kayaks. One of our renters said they were great! Call them at (302)645-7300 for further info.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Prime Hook Beach, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
26 May 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Sep 2017 - 2 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
3 Nov 2017 - 5 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Other payment schedules can be arranged.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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