Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 7

Architectural lighting accentuates the kitchen of this inland home.

Coastal Point • Submitted

(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 25-26 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

As a native Delawarean, the owner of this home spent her youth visiting relatives in Rehoboth Beach, and it was then that her dream of living at the beach was born. Working three jobs while a student at the University of Delaware, she saved enough to purchase waterfront property in South Bethany where she eventually built a three-story vacation home.

After enjoying the home with her family and friends for 33 years, however, concerns for easier senior living led to a recent decision to downsize to a one-level home. The community she selected offered the quality construction both owners were looking for in a community close to Bethany Beach amenities. Their three-bedroom, two-bath home boasts an open floor plan with room for the frequent entertaining they both enjoy.

The owner said her goal with the house was to create a more traditional décor with understated, subtle references to the beach, primarily through well-chosen art and accessories. A soft neutral palette is paired with nubby upholstery, patterned rugs and drapes, and is grounded by elegant wingback chairs, an assortment of antiques and a treasured baby-grand piano.

Arched portals add charm to the transition from the entry into the main living area and the bedrooms. A two-way fireplace provides ambiance and warmth year-round, both inside and out on the enclosed porch overlooking the pond. With a slightly modified water view, the new version of beach living continues to fulfill the owner’s original childhood dream.

This is just one of the properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour. Volunteers are still needed to serve as hostesses and hosts in this year’s 10 tour homes. Anyone who can give some time on either one or both of the tour days, is being asked to send an email to or call (302) 537-5828.

Tickets, priced at $30, may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.