|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Thank you for considering Sand Castle! Be prepared to have a most enjoyable, relaxing and memorable vacation on the Delaware Shore and at Bay Forest Club!
Built in 2013, Sand Castle is a comfortable and roomy single family home with a large backyard. It offers vacationers the best of both worlds: close proximity to Bethany Beach, but set apart in the quiet and relaxing 'oasis' of Bay Forest. This is a friendly neighborhood of single family homes and villas (attached homes in groups of 4), and features a Clubhouse, pool, restaurant, basketball, lighted tennis courts, community fire pit, horseshoes and bocce, picnic areas and large children's play sets.
Our Summer 2017 rental season is June 23 to August 11. We rent Sand Castle on a Friday to Friday schedule only. This gives guests an opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled weekend in Bay Forest and at the beach. We only rent on a 7-night schedule for a limited number of weeks during the summer. We do not rent just for weekends or portions of a week, just a full week.
For your protection please note: We DO NOT use Craigslist or any similar site AT ALL for advertising or renting out Sand Castle. We DO NOT have a Facebook page or use social media like Instagram or Twitter for advertising, rentals, or payments. We use VRBO / HomeAway ONLY.
Our rental rate is unchanged since 2014 at $2500.00 for the week. The cleaning fee is included in this price! Added to your total charge is the $59.00 Property Damage Protection policy and the VRBO Service Fee.
Sand Castle is 5 miles by car from the garage to the sands of Bethany Beach. 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.
Full descriptions of all the rooms in Sand Castle are located in the Amenities section. Simply click on the Amenities tab above to access the information.
Sand Castle has a large, flat backyard for outdoor games or relaxing. It receives afternoon sun. There is ample space between our house and our neighbors so that you don't feel confined.
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 storage facilities may be found in nearby Clarksville or Ocean View.
A short drive from Sand Castle are many local, independent restaurants, grocery stores (Giant, Weis, G. E. Hocker's), 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, restaurant and bar service (tentative for 2017), 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).
It is about a 10-minute walk (shorter time obviously for bicycles and cars) from Sand Castle to the Clubhouse and pool. It is only 2-3 minutes to the fire pit.
The kayak/canoe boat launch is complete and ready for use. It is located in the new section of Bay Forest. It is possible to ride your bicycle there, though most people drive. You will need to bring or rent your own human-powered craft. You would start in Collins Creek which then feeds into Indian River Bay. Very cool addition to the community!
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 washing.
Please read our House Rules on the Rental Agreement and Cancellation Policy page. There is also an abbreviated version way at the bottom of the description page, below the Reviews and Rates headings. These have changed slightly compared to previous years to better conform to Bay Forest Homeowner's Association (HOA) policies regarding rentals. Nothing is unreasonable and is what you might expect from such an amenity-filled home and community. We value being able to rent out Sand Castle and want our guests to have a fabulous time here!
The HOA specifies the capacity for a rental home as being no more than two persons per bedroom. We are all too happy to answer any questions you may have before you submit your reservation request. The rule here applies to all homes and villas in Bay Forest. Please be accurate when making your reservation.
Sand Castle offers vacationers the opportunity to enjoy the beach and a great community environment. We hope to share it with you this season!
This is our second home and view it as the place we will permanently retire to in a few years. We are from the Baltimore region and are still employed full-time. We both have two grown up children each. We love to entertain family and friends. We are very close to all of our neighbors at Bay Forest, many of whom are full-time homeowners.
Richard Schneider purchased this house in 2013
We looked for a long time before we decided that Bay Forest was the right place for us. There may be other individual houses and communities closer to the beach, but few will rival the complete package that Bay Forest offers.
One of the most attractive features of Bay Forest is simply how friendly your neighbors and other residents are. Places like the pool and the fire pit are great for meeting people and discovering that our world is not so big after all.
Summer can be a very busy time of year for the Delaware and Maryland seashores. Restaurants and attractions can be crowded, not to mention the highway system. Bay Forest is a couple of miles from Route 26, the main artery leading to Bethany Beach from the west, and as we have said before, is a quiet and relaxing oasis from the crowds and congestion.
Bay Forest is more of a residential community near the beach rather than a “beach resort”, even though it has plenty of resort amenities. This is not a 55 and older community, though over 40% of homes have full-time residents and many are at or near retirement. Nearby places like Sea Colony and Bear Trap, and of course Ocean City, cater more to tourists, young renters, and seasonal residents. Bay Forest is ideal for families and a more laid back, relaxing vacation. Many of our homeowners are entertaining children and grandchildren during the summer. You will meet lots of them at the pool, the Clubhouse, at the fire pit, and walking along the trails. If this is the type of environment and vacation you envisioned, you will not be disappointed!
This house and the community are wonderful! Each family had their own space and it was just beautiful inside! The pool is awesome, we spent most of our time there. Richard was great to work with as well. Thank you for a great vacation! :)
We had five adults and four children on this vacation and everyone had there own space. The upstairs bonus room was a great place to watch movies and for the kids to play in. The open concept kitchen/living room was ideal with four little ones running around. The community has so much to offer. The pool, clubhouse, walking paths, tennis courts, and playgrounds were enjoyed by all. The home is very well maintained and comfortable. This home comes with everything you could possibly need and more. Grocery stores and restaurants are minutes away with Bethany Beach only a 4 mile drive. Try the Ocean View Restaurant for breakfast; they have sweet potato pancakes that are delicious. Homeowners were great to work with, providing us with everything to make our vacation experience special, even leaving a special welcome gift.
My family and my sister's family enjoyed our time. The house is beautiful and soooo clean. Everything that you need is provided. Richard is wonderful to deal with. The owners are very generous, leaving parents and the children and little welcome gift that we all enjoyed. Thank you Richard & Michele. The community is quiet. The pool is great for adults and kids. If you are looking to get away and have a relaxing time, definitely try out Bayforest and stay at Sandcastle. Thank you again!!!
My family and my mother in law stayed in this property for a week! My two children are 12 and 16 years old. This is our favorite community in the Bethany area. There are so many amenities that this community offers and for all ages. The pool and biking paths are our favorite. The home is very well maintained and the furnishings are up to date. This home comes with everything you could possibly need and the kitchen is amazing! All appliances are top notch! We will definstely be staying here again!
Family vacation with 2 couples and 4 young kids. My family and I enjoyed our vacation at this property. The house was clean and spacious and very comfortable. The neighborhood was very nice and the clubhouse and pool were fantastic. The kids especially loved the water-slides and lazy river. Everything we needed was within a few minutes of the house. The property owners were very pleasant and easy to deal with and even left us a nice gift basket. We would definitely stay here again.
Family vacation with 5 adults,3 teens and 2 toddlers with room for all.Sandcastle home exceeded our expectations : beautifully decorated, extremely clean and very well organized All needed kitchen ware was supplied utensils,pots and pans small appliances. Great master bedroom and loft area supplying some quiet time. Everyone loved the pool and clubhouse grill restaurant. Food stores minutes away Bethany Beach easy 4 mile drive. Homeowners are great to work with making our vacation experience very special.Looking forward to next summer and returning to Sandcastle.
Bay Forest is currently a 700+ unit community (homes and villas) that is set amidst wooded areas and wetlands. We think of it as an 'oasis' and a very special place to relax, unwind and enjoy the numerous resort amenities.
Please note that the community provides free shuttle service to Bethany Beach from Memorial through Labor Day. This would enable vacationers to go to the beach without all of the hassles of finding a place to remain parked all day.
Bay Forest is located in the small town of Ocean View. It is a short drive to many shops, restaurants and supermarkets. There are chain stores (Grotto Pizza, Giant supermarket, etc.) and also fine local establishments that are well worth a try. We provide a large binder that contains much information about the area.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Property Damage Protection||£47|
More important information regarding House Rules is included with the Rental Agreement. These rules are reasonable, what you would expect from a home that is well cared for, and aim to eliminate unwelcome surprises for our guests. While we may not agree with all of our HOA rules, compliance and transparency ensures that our guests will have a worry-free vacation!
The person who signs the Rental Agreement is the principal responsible party for the rental period and will serve as the point of contact with the homeowner. This person must be 25 years old or over, be a citizen of the United States, must provide current and reliable contact information (phone and email), and must reside for the entire rental period at our home. Proxy signing of the Rental Agreement is not permitted. The responsible party must also sign and provide contact information for any additional documents as required by our HOA for rentals.
Bay Forest HOA Documents:
All homeowners who rent are required to have their guests read, and in some cases sign, paperwork that is issued by the Bay Forest HOA (Homeowner's Association). Details will be supplied upon acceptance of your reservation. Any signed paperwork is returned to the homeowner by USPS mail.
Our HOA calculates the capacity for a rental home as being no more than two persons per bedroom.
This is strictly a non-smoking home, no exceptions.
Pets are not permitted, no exceptions.
Although we have a 2-car garage, only one space is available due to the second spot being used for bicycles, storage, etc. The driveway accommodates two cars. Guests are asked to please use these three spots before considering parking on the street. You will find that the streets are somewhat narrow in this area of Bay Forest and can quickly fill up with cars. This can pose safety problems with regards to blind spots. If parking on the street, always park on either the concrete or asphalt, never on any grass.