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Spectacular Oceanfront Victorian 'Cottage'

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Last updated: 06/01/2014

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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Cape May cottage description

Re-live Cape May's golden age in this ocean-front Victorian 'cottage'. If you want to know what summer life was like - for a lucky few, this is the place to be. Ocean views and breezes, high ceilings, massive period furniture, large, airy rooms, an expansive, fully-fenced garden, off-street parking for four cars - and much more - make this house truly unique. Double front porches overlook the ocean in front, and double back porches overlook the large garden. There are screened porches on the ground floor, front and rear. The elegant living and dining rooms were made for entertaining. Dine in the antique-furnished dining room, the gazebo or large pergola in the garden, the screened-in dining porch, the eat-in kitchen, or the brand-new family-room/play room, adjacent to the kitchen. There are seven bedrooms. Master Bedroom Number 1 has both ocean and garden views, with a bathroom ensuite with a combined tub and shower. Master Bedroom Number 2 has ocean views, with a bathroom ensuite with a shower. Two more bedrooms face the ocean, and three more face the garden. There are six full baths on all four floors. There is a second-floor sitting room with a satellite-TV/DVD. There is a top-of-the-line 'chef's kitchen', with a large, brand-new family-room/playroom adjacent to it.

The location could not be better. The house sits on the highest point in Cape May, with breezes from both the Atlantic and Delaware Bay. More than 70 windows and 'french' doors catch every breeze - and there's a three-zone central air conditioning system if there is no breeze.

In addition to being 100 yards from the sand, we are also 100 yards from the Washington Street pedestrian 'mall', with its shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors, grocery store, bakery, etc.

Our house was designed by one of America's premier architects, Stephen Decatur Button, who inspired Louis Sullivan, who, in turn, taught Frank Lloyd Wright. We are almost completely surrounded by other fine examples of Victorian architecture - plus, of course - the splendid view of the ocean. There is a stand of fine old sycamores behind the house that provides homes to a host of song birds.

In short, we have the best of all worlds - a grand old house with all modern conveniences in the best possible location.

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 5000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 13-16

          • Bedroom 1: 1 king

            En-suite Bathroom...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

            En-suite Bathroom...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 4: 1 double


          • Bedroom 5: 2 twin/ single

            Can be made up as a king-bed...moreless

          • Bedroom 6: 2 twin/ single


          • Bedroom 7: 1 twin/ single

            Day bed - a twin/single, with a trundle bed underneath...moreless

          • There are three sleep sofas, one in the second-floor sitting/television room, one on the main floor, next to a full bath, and a small one, suitable for a child, in bedroom number 4....moreless

          Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms

          • Outdoor Shower: shower


          • Ground floor bath: toilet, shower

            ground floor...moreless

          • Master No. 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

            second floor...moreless

          • Master No. 2: toilet, shower

            third floor...moreless

          • Hall Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

            third floor...moreless

          • Bathroom: toilet, tub

            main floor - with 'telephone'-type hand shower...moreless

          • Hall Bathroom: toilet, tub

            second floor - with 'telephone'-type hand shower...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Stunning ocean views, large, totally fenced garden with eat-in gazebo and pergola; Family Room/Playroom, children's playhouse; Wi-FI; all the sights, shopping, dining, etc., in the nation's oldest seashore resort are within easy walking distance....moreless


              • Books:

                There are hundreds of books of all kinds for adults and children in open shelves around the house....moreless

              • Books For Adults
              • Books For Kids
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player:


              • Foosball
              • Game Room:

                The Family Room/Play Room has games - including a large, heavy duty Foosball Table...moreless

              • Games:

                There are board games and jig-saw puzzles in the Family Room/Playroom...moreless

              • Games For Kids
              • Radio
              • Satellite / Cable:

                Direct/TV satellite, with HBO and multiple other movie channels....moreless

              • Stereo:

                There is a stereo receiver with DVD/CD player and internet radio tuner in the living room. Both televisions provide music from Direct TV...moreless

              • Television:

                Two large flat-screen TVs, one in the second floor 7th Bedroom/TV room, one in the ground floor Family Room/Playroom...moreless

              • Toys:

                There is a collection of toys and beach toys for children in the playhouse....moreless

              • VCR


              • Family
              • Historic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Bay/Sound
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Pond
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Synagogues
              • Water Parks
              • Winery Tours
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Eco Tourism
              • Gambling Casinos
              • Horseback Riding
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching

              Location Type

              • Beach View:

                We are 100 yards from the beach, with unobstructed views over the open Congress Hall Hotel Lawn....moreless

              • Beachfront:

                We are 100 yards from the beach, with unobstructed views over the open Congress Hall Hotel Lawn....moreless

              • Ocean View:

                We are 100 yards from the beach, with unobstructed views over the open Congress Hall Hotel Lawn....moreless

              • Oceanfront:

                We are 100 yards from the beach, with unobstructed views over the open Congress Hall Hotel Lawn....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Equestrian Events
              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hiking
              • Jet Skiing
              • Paragliding
              • Pier Fishing
              • Roller Blading
              • Sailing
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Surf Fishing
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Water Skiing
              • Wind-Surfing


              • Dining Room
              • Seating for 12 people


              • Air Conditioning:

                Three zones....moreless

              • Alarm Clock
              • Basic Soaps
              • Ceiling Fans
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Heating:

                Four zones...moreless

              • Internet
              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided:

                On request, for a supplemental charge....moreless

              • Living Room:

                The living room is 16 feet by 28 feet. It seats at least 10 people. It is adjacent to a screened porch which seats another 10. There is a small stereo system in the living room....moreless

              • Paper Towels
              • Parking:

                For four large vehicles....moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                For four large vehicles...moreless

              • Parking On Street
              • Security System
              • Telephone:

                For local calls only...moreless

              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided:

                On request, for a supplemental charge....moreless

              • Washing Machine
              • Wireless Internet


              • 4 Ring Stove
              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils:

                Pots, pans a food processor, and a full 'batterie de cuisine'....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Plates, glassware, silverware, etc., for ...moreless

              • Dishwasher:


              • Freezer
              • Grill
              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen:

                Huge, state-of-the-art, eat-in 'chef's kitchen' with top-of-the-line appliances and a full 'batterie de cuisine'....moreless

              • Lobster Pot
              • Microwave
              • Oven:

                Twin top-of-the-line GE Profile ovens...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                A starter supply of dishwasher soap, dish soap, paper towels, and coffee filters is provided....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Two refrigerators, one in the kitchen and another in the adjacent laundry room....moreless

              • Stove:

                Top-of-the-line Miele, 5-burner cook-top....moreless

              • Stove
              • Toaster


              • Beach Chairs
              • Boat:


              • Golf:


              • Kayak / Canoe:


              • Lawn / Garden:

                There is a large, fully fenced garden, with a children's playhouse, a large, screened gazebo set up for dining, and a very large roofed, floored pergola set up for dining....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Weber charcoal grill....moreless

              • Porch / Veranda:

                There are double porches running the entire 40-foot width of the house on the first and second floors in front and rear of the house....moreless

              • Screen Porch / Veranda
              • Tennis:

                The Cape May Tennis Club is open to the public. It is a 10 minute walk away....moreless

              • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
              • Water Sports Gear:




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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Early Autumn
              Sep 6 - Oct 31, 2014
              3 night min stay
              $5,000 $15,000
              Low Season
              Nov 1 - Mar 27, 2015
              3 night min stay
              $4,500 $12,500
              Mar 28 - Jun 19, 2015
              3 night min stay
              $5,000 $15,000
              High Season
              Jun 20 - Aug 28, 2015
              7 night min stay

              $9,000 $36,000
              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

              Additional information about rental rates


              • Cleaning $300
              • Taxes Not included



              June 28 - September 5 - $8500 per week

              September 6 - October 31 - $4500 per weekend, $5000 per week

              November 1 - March 27, 2015 - $4000 per weekend, $4500 per week

              March 28, 2015 - May 1, 2015 - $4500 per weekend - $5000 per week

              A fully refundable deposit of $2000 to cover the cost of damage, if any, also is required.

              Half the rent is due and payable with the booking. The remaining half is due and payable 60 days prior to occupancy. A damage deposit of $2000 is due and payable 60 days prior to occupancy.

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              45 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Atlantic City
              150 Metres
              Nearest Barpub
              10 Miles
              Nearest Ferry
              Cape May - Lewes Ferry
              10 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              45 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Atlantic City
              3 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Garden State Parkway
              100 Metres
              Nearest Restaurant
              Dozens, on the Washington Street pedestrian 'Mall'
              100 Metres
              Nearest Beach

              Cape May is famous for its beaches, and the best is 100 yards in front of the house. Also: Tennis; The Cape May Tennis Club has courts open to the public about one-half mile away. Golf: There are three golf courses open to the public within about 10 miles. Deep sea fishing: There is a multitude of charter fishing boats. Boating: There is a small-boat rental operation. Two live theaters (in summer), two movie multiplexes, and a good selection of restaurants and bars enliven the evenings. For children: There are lessons on sailing, tennis, basketball, baseball, etc. The Cape May Nature Center offers lessons on the ecology of the Cape May wetlands. There is an excellent little zoo in Cape May Court House and an interesting park around the light house at Cape May Point. Cold Spring Village, is reminiscent of Williamsburg, with arts and crafts, a petting zoo, etc. At Wildwood, four miles away, there is a boardwalk lined with miles of roller-coasters, bumper cars, Ferris wheels, etc.


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1942

              About the owner: I am retired. My wife still works. We do a good deal of traveling around the world for business and pleasure. We seek out places of historical and artistic interest. We do not look for beaches - because we have never found one better than Cape May.

              Why the Owner Chose Cape May:
              This is our family's home. Four generations of our family has loved it and cared for it. We think it's the best house in Cape May - and we are not the only ones.

              The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
              Franny's Folly is the only large, Victorian single-family home left in Cape May with ocean views and a sizable garden. It combines the best of the old and new - original Victorian elegance and all the modern conveniences. Gilt mirrors, 'gazoliers' and furniture that were made for the house, plus central air conditioning and central heating, a state-of-the-art kitchen, six new and updated bathrooms, a children's playhouse and a family-room/playroom, a large, fully-fenced garden, a large pergola and gazebo for dining outdoors, sea-views from four bedrooms, two porches, the living and dining room. There are two master-bedroom suites and five additional bedrooms, and on and on.

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              Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian



              • Franny's Folly

                Franny's Folly

              • Living Room

                Living Room

              • Dining Room

                Dining Room

              • Master Bedroom No. 2

                Master Bedroom No. 2

              • Bedroom No. 4

                Bedroom No. 4

              • Bedroom Number 6

                Bedroom Number 6

              • Top of the Line Kitchen

                Top of the Line Kitchen

              • Pass-Through from Kitchen to Family Room

                Pass-Through from Kitchen to Family Room

              • View from House to Pergola and Gazebo

                View from House to Pergola and Gazebo

              • July 4 at Franny's Folly

                July 4 at Franny's Folly

              • View from Second Floor Front Porch

                View from Second Floor Front Porch

              • Living Room - 2

                Living Room - 2

              • Master Bedroom No. 1

                Master Bedroom No. 1

              • Bedroom Number 3

                Bedroom Number 3

              • Bedroom Number 5

                Bedroom Number 5

              • Bedroom No. 7/TV Room

                Bedroom No. 7/TV Room

              • Family Room/Play Room

                Family Room/Play Room

              • Play House

                Play House

              • The House and Garden

                The House and Garden

              $1,286 - $1,500 per night (USD)

              7 Bedroom / 6 Bathroom
              Sleeps 16

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              Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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              Member since: 2006
              Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
              • Calendar last updated 06/01/2014
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