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Spectacular Oceanfront Victorian 'Cottage'

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Last updated: 01/02/2017

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Sleeps:16
  • Bedrooms:7
  • Bathrooms:6
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

7 Bedrooms, 6 Full Baths, Sleeps 16.

Re-live Cape May's golden age in this ocean-front Victorian 'cottage' built in 1881. 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, private 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 and/or the covered pergola in the garden, the screened-in dining porch, the eat-in kitchen, or the brand-new family-room/playroom.

The property provides everything needed for a wide range of life-styles. The classic living and dining rooms are perfect for formal entertaining, but there is plenty of space for just 'hanging out' - on the four large porches front and rear, in the second floor sitting room/TV room, in the new family room/playroom, the screened in gazebo, the covered and paved pergola, the children's playhouse, or anywhere in the large, fully-fenced garden. You can dine formally in the dining room, in the intimate screened dining porch adjacent to the dining room - with a lovely view of the garden, or in the very large kitchen, the family room/playroom next to it, with a 'pass-through' in between. You can also eat outdoors, in the screened-in gazebo or the pergola.

This is the perfect place in Cape May - everything is within easy walking distance - or you can just stay at home and get lots of enjoyment there.

There are seven bedrooms, including two master bedroom suites, one on the second floor and the other on the third floor. Both have unobstructed ocean views and ensuite bathrooms.

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 state of the art kitchen, with a Bosch 5-burner gas cook-top, twin GE Monogram ovens, etc., etc., a large table for those who like to eat in the kitchen, and another table in the adjacent, brand-new family-room/playroom, with its handy 'pass-through' to the kitchen.

The large family-room/playroom has a new flat-screen TV connected to the DirectTV satellite, a large, 'professional' foosball game, and a collection of board games, jig-saw puzzles, etc. It is a perfect place for young people to hang out evenings and on (hopefully rare) rainy days.

Keywords: Ocean-front, single-family home


Member since: 2006

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 01/02/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 5000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 16
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • 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

  • 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

  • Outdoor Shower: shower


  • 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: etc....moreless

  • 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:



from 2 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Spring
May 25 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,250 $1,834
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$6,500 $19,500
High Season
Jul 1 - Sep 4, 2017
7 night min stay

$10,000 $40,000

Changeover Day: Saturday

Sep 5 - Nov 22, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,000 $1,667
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$5,000 $15,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $2,000
  • Cleaning $300
  • Taxes Not included


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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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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 as good as Cape May.

Why the Owner Chose Historic District, Cape May, NJ, USA:
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.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 01/02/2017

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  • The House and Garden

    The House and Garden

  • 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

  • Family Room/Play Room

    Family Room/Play Room

  • Play House

    Play House

  • 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

  • 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

  • Franny's Folly

    Franny's Folly

  • View from Second Floor Front Porch

    View from Second Floor Front Porch

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