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2017 Beach and Bay Cottage Tour

Tour Dates

Mark your calendar for the 2017 Beach and Bay Cottage Tour. This is the 26th anniversary of our Beach and Cottage Tour in Bethany Beach, DE. The Tour is the major fund raising event organized by the Cottage Tour Committee of the Friends of the South Coastal Library.

Tour Dates:
July 26, 2017
July 27, 2017


Buy Tickets Now - Online

Purchase 2017 Cottage Tour tickets online now.

Volunteer for a Few Hours

We always need hostesses / hosts / parking volunteers at our Cottage Tour homes. Vounteer for few hours.

Contact us. E-Mail:  info@beachandbaycottagetour.com

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Detailed Peeks

Each week a new detailed peek at one of our tour homes will be posted. Please come visit.

Spectacular North Bethany Oceanfront Home will be a tour favorite!

This is the first in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26th and 27th, 2017 from 9:30 AM until 4 PM.)

After vacationing in North Bethany for more than twenty years, the need for more space for their growing multi-generational family led the owners to this 6000 square foot oceanfront home.

Under the guidance of a noted local architect, the owners were able to transform the exterior face with wall-to-wall windows to bring the seaside in from all angles and bathe the soaring spaces in natural light from the towering three-story glass entry stairwell. The first floor quarters offer a central lounge fronted by a pair of identical ocean front master suites and flanked by four additional guest bedrooms with connecting baths.

The customized decorative effects have created a California beach house style that is simple, clean and contemporary. Oversized upholstered furnishings floating on a sea of white shag fill the main level upstairs with distinct seating areas that offer multiple opportunities for taking in the commanding ocean views. Topping it all is an office set into the open rafters that boasts a perfect spot for watching the sunrise on the ocean and the sunset on the bay.

This is just one of the outstanding properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 26th Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour.

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

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Expansive ocean-to-bay views await visitors to this magnificent home

Stunning Views of White Creek highlight this cedar plank gem.

This is the second in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26th and 27th, 2017 from 9:30 AM until 4 PM.)

After owning a vacation townhome in Bear Trap for twelve years, the owners built this traditional cedar plank house on White Creek in 2014 to be their permanent home upon retirement as well as a vacation magnet for their three adult children. The house is a spacious 5000 square feet, boasting & bedrooms, 5 ½ baths and ten foot ceilings with plenty of space for the extended family to spread out over three floors.

Opportunities for outdoor family fun and relaxation abound with a screened porch, covered deck, patio, fully equipped outdoor kitchen, 20x38 foot pool and a dock for the family boat. Bringing the outside in was a top priority and led to the multi-level window configuration in the family room, designed by the owners to highlight the stunning water views. The home's décor is a true reflection of this family's history, varied interests and extensive travel and is highlighted by the husband's impressive carpentry skills displayed in multiple custom-crafted items throughout the home. His wife's whimsical collection of pigs can be found tucked in unexpected spots on every floor.

This is just one of the outstanding properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 26th Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour.

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

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This home's design brings the outside in with these beautiful views of White Creek.

Downtown Home on the Historic Loop Canal

This is the third in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26th and 27th, 2017 from 9:30 AM until 4 PM.

The owners had been searching for a vacation home on the New Jersey shore for several years but they couldn't seem to find just the right one. After a friend recommended they look in Bethany, one of the owners found this newly completed home in 2016 and knew immediately it was perfect for their active family. She brought other family members to look at several properties, never revealing which home she had chosen. As soon as her son walked into this home he said, "Oh, Mom, this is it!" And it was!

This 5 bedroom, 5½ bath beach home is located on the historic Loop Canal just 1½ blocks from the ocean and 2 blocks from downtown Bethany. This location fulfills the family's desire to have easy access to all the recreational activities the area has to offer, including kayaking right out their back door. The design features a spacious main living area on the upper level anchored by a central kitchen that is infused with natural light and provides plenty of space for their large extended family to gather both inside and out for meals and conversation. Warm pinewood floors and a stone-faced gas fireplace keep it cozy while teal accents and plantation shutters complete the coastal cottage appeal.

This is just one of the outstanding properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 26th Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour.

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

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Clever use of an architectural window details a bathroom in this Loop Canal home

Clever use of an architectural window details a bathroom in this Loop Canal home

It's About Time for these owners in Downtown Bethany

This is the fourth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26th and 27th, 2017 from 9:30 AM until 4 PM.

The owners call their newly constructed five bedroom beach house "It's About Time" because it took them twenty years of renting in Bethany and talking about purchasing before they finally took the plunge in 2015. The three-story home is just a block away from the beach and the center of town, offering easy access to everything they've always enjoyed here.

Their goal was to build a warm and inviting home with a coastal chic, understated elegance that was tasteful, timeless and comfortable.

The owner has done most of the interior furnishing herself, calling her design aesthetic "tonal textural design." Custom window seats, suspended beds, distinctive tile applications and dramatic lighting all showcase her knack for creating one unique focal point in every room. Her style is punctuated by stunning custom chandeliers, pendants and sconces that add an elegant sparkle to the layers of warm white, taupe and soft subtle blues that evoke the ocean nearby. Weathered wood inlays between the great room columns lend architectural definition to the open floor plan and can also be found adding background interest to the master bedroom. Weathered wood appears again in the beamed vaulted ceiling at the top of the front stairs, highlighting the dramatic twig chandelier tucked into the turret and creating a perfect spot for relaxation with a view of the ocean.

This is just one of the outstanding properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 26th Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour.

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

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A beamed vaulted ceiling with a dramatic twig chandelier graces the top of the stairs in this downtown Bethany home.

Downtown Bethany home blends custom woodworking with decorating gems

This is the fifth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26th and 27th, 2017 from 9:30 AM until 4 PM.

Years of vacation visits to the Delaware shore led the owners and their children to Bethany Beach where they found that the happiness level and ready access to the ocean were the perfect spot to re-create an updated version of their original California surf shack from years ago. Connecting with a builder and architect who shared the husband's longtime love of surfing made for a perfect alliance.

They opted for a modest three bedroom, three bath home of 2500 square feet where the spaces are functional and efficient and are distinguished by interesting interior nooks and pleasing exterior roof lines. An open floor plan with plenty of windows bathes the space in natural light, keeping it bright and airy despite the northern exposure and wooded neighborhood.

Bright green shakes on the chimney hint at the colorful touches that permeate the design and décor inside. Soft gray walls serve as a neutral backdrop for fun pops of color seen in the mustard yellow pocket doors, green kitchen tile and multicolored accessories. Other inventive elements include a fireside hideaway for their beloved yellow lab and a pair of cozy high-perched lofts that connect their college-age kids' bedrooms.

The husband is an accomplished amateur woodworker whose creations combine well with his wife's refurbished found treasures, adding a distinctly artistic touch to their décor. She enjoys balancing his rustic wood elements with an occasional bit of "bling," as seen in the glass teardrop chandelier in the dining room, chosen to contrast with the bulk of the distressed wood table he created below. Just one year after completion the family is finding their new home has fulfilled their longing to always be near the water.

This is just one of the outstanding properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 26th Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour.

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

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This stunning teardrop chandelier contrasts with the distressed table which it illuminates in this downtown home.

Spectacular Bethany Breezes cool this downtown Bethany home

As former proprietors in Sea Colony, the owners of this downtown Bethany home had many fond memories of family vacations in Bethany when their children were young. After several years' absence they were ready to return to build new memories in Bethany with their three adult kids. Their long search for a lot within walking distance of the beach and with enough space for a pool was finally successful. Overlooking the town's iconic totem pole their new 3200 square foot home is close enough to the ocean to be dubbed "Bethany Breeze."

The heated backyard pool, adjacent to the fully-outfitted family pub, is embellished with custom tile work and is guarded by a friendly mermaid. The interior décor is a warm blend of traditional and contemporary coastal styles accented with tropical artistic touches from the wife, a talented graphic artist. Her goal was to create an oasis of calm with shades of coastal blue to soothe her busy family when they escape the stresses of the family business back in Virginia. They now look forward to creating new memories in the town they loved so long ago.

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A barrel high-top table is featured in the kitchen of this downtown Bethany home.

112 year old historic Bethany cottage will delight this year's tour patrons.

The owners had vacationed with their four children at her parents' Ocean City condo for years but longed for a family home they could call their own. When they discovered the aging 1905 Drexler cottage in Bethany Beach they were intrigued by its history. The house had been owned for generations by the family of former State Senator Louis Drexler and had operated as a bed and breakfast for some time. Despite the heavy toll the years had taken on the home, they saw great potential and jumped at the chance to buy and restore this diamond in the rough to its original charm.

Beginning in March 2016 the wife, acting as the general contractor, worked with their builder to complete the exterior and interior transformation in just six months. The goal throughout the process was to retain as much of the five bedroom home's original character and to enhance its charm with appropriate upgrades and cosmetic improvements. The original dark cherry tongue and groove walls and ceilings now shine with multiple coats of white paint that highlight architectural details as well as their quirky imperfections. The choice of a bold navy exterior paint led to a subtle Americana décor and a new name for the house: "Blue Haven." The home was originally oceanfront but has been moved three times over the years, now resting just 80 steps from the ocean and one block from town. The owners enjoy watching the daily parade of summer visitors passing their front porch and love experiencing small town living. This warm and inviting home reflects a new generation who cherish its history and are committed to preserving it for the future.

This is just one of the outstanding properties that will be open to those who purchase tickets for the 26th Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour.

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

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Charming colors and hardware grace the exterior of this historic cottage in downtown Bethany.

Volunteers Needed

Please support the Beach and Bay Cottage Tour by volunteering during the Tour. We always need persons to help with parking attendants at the Tour homes and Host and Hostesses at the Tour homes. Please volunteer for one half-day.

Contact

Phone: 302-537-5828

E-Mail:  info@beachandbaycottagetour.com