This historic gem is the most photographed home in Cape May. Built in 1869 by a wealthy Pennsylvania coal baron, John McCreary, its architecture is a mix of Victorian elegance meeting Gothic Revival. Architect Stephen Button designed this beautiful Gothic villa to feature a 60' tower. He also designed her with stenciled and ruby glass arched windows. This home features 4 large public rooms, 9 bedrooms and 9 1/2 baths (mixture of double beds, queen, king and single beds), all richly decorated with antiques, chandeliers, mahogany trim, beautiful wallpaper and Persian rugs. Shaded verandas and porches offer relaxing spaces for reading, watching the horse-drawn carriages go by or enjoying the summer breezes. Our location in the heart of Cape May's historic district puts you within walking distance of great shopping, restaurants, art galleries and, of course, our wonderful beaches and cool Atlantic Ocean. There is on-site parking for 10 cars and a large side yard for bbqs, games, and family gatherings and more. A large modern kitchen renovated in 2012 features granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry and new flooring. A separate galley kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and custom cabinetry. All bathrooms have undergone renovation as well. Rates range from $4800-$12500 weekly; the nightly rate ranges from $1200-1500.
We were introduced to Cape May by dear friends when they suggested that our families share a vacation rental house. We fell in love - and continued the tradition for several more years, often commenting on our walks around town that it would be so fun some day to own one of the fabulous Victorian houses.
Fast forward to coming back to Cape May to vacation as a couple after saying goodbye to our parents and needing to rest and heal. And the dream of owning a Victorian home was awakened to reality as we began exploring town and deciding where we would like to begin this new adventure. After looking at dozens of houses, we walked into The Breakers and knew this was the “one.” In May of 2011, we became the proud owners and began to make the necessary renovations to offer it for summer whole house vacation rentals. During our stays in Cape May overseeing these improvements, we would walk by The Abbey, a quintessential Cape May landmark property, and couldn’t help notice that it was offered for sale and desperately needed love. We toured the house, my husband was completely enamored, saying it was a “man’s house,” and we purchased it in March 2012. Between April and July, we completely renovated the property and offered it for whole house vacation rentals in late July.
In May 2013, we sold our home in Maryland and have since made our home in West Cape May, where we can have a very hands-on approach to caring for these two properties and our guests.
|Address: 34 Gurney St, Cape May, NJ|
|Zip Code: 08204|
|Nearest Airport||Atlantic City International Airport||40 minutes|
|Nearest Bar||Royal Edward - Chalfonte||3 minutes|
|Nearest Beach||Cape May City Beach||3 minutes|
|Nearest Golf||Cape May National Golf Club||12 minutes|
|Nearest Motorway||Garden State Parkway||10 minutes|
|Nearest Restaurant||Merion Inn||3 minutes|
|-||Nightly rate||Weekly rate||Monthly rate||Min. Stay||Change-over|
|Rate summary||$1,200 - $1,500||$5,800 - $12,500||-||2 Nights||-|
We had a wonderful weekend with our families (21). Our children and siblings and their spouses thoroughly enjoyed staying at The Abbey and celebrating our 40th Anniversary in style. This is a fantastic, gorgeous, wonderful house you have! It allowed multiple rooms to have many conversations and catching up, playing games, and, of course, in our true family fashion, gathering around the table for meals - did not have to turn on the TV once! Thank you for sharing The Abbey with us.
LK - weekend of 5.5.17 to 5.8.17
Stayed May, 2017