The Abbey (John B. McCreary), a Victorian Beach House Rental

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Last updated: 10/22/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

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 $4500-$12000 weekly; the nightly rate ranges from $1100-1400.
Keywords: The Abbey, at Cape May, is a large Victorian, Beach, House, Rental, 1 block from the beach.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Families with children OK - no prom parties....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

    Short staircases front and back. All formal bedrooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floors; however two new queen sleep sofas will be housed on the first floor with an accessible full bath with large walk-in shower....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 26, Beds for 20-26

Bathrooms: 9 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Charming historic home full of period antiques, high ceiling, unique architecture whose original plans are kept in the Library of Congress, but with all the modern amenities of a contemporary beach house....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    1 block from the beach and newly-constructed convention center....moreless

  • Downtown

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 22 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    First floor - central air conditioning; all bedrooms and separate bathrooms will have mini-split units for heat and air conditioning....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace:


  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking for 10 cars...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:


  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    (2) One large kitchen, newly remodeled April 2012. Refinished hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, gas and electric range, huge refrigerator, microwave, island with seating and sink, custom cabinetry, dishwasher, farm double sink, double ovens - large family friendly. Second kitchen - butler's galley kitchen with gas range, microwave, double farm sink, small fridge, custom cabinetry, refinished hardwood floors....moreless

  • Microwave:


  • Oven:



  • Deck / Patio:

    Front wraparound porch; large back porch...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill


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from 6 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 22 - Dec 31, 2016
Oct 23 - Dec 31, 2016
2 night min stay
Jan 1-Apr 1, 2017
Jan 1 - Apr 1, 2017
2 night min stay
Apr 1-May 13, 2017
Apr 2 - May 13, 2017
2 night min stay
Apr 13-Jun 10
May 14 - Jun 10, 2017
2 night min stay
June 10-17, 2017
Jun 11 - Jun 17, 2017
7 night min stay

June 17-24, 2017
Jun 18 - Jun 24, 2017
7 night min stay

June 24-July15
Jun 25 - Jul 15, 2017
7 night min stay

July 15-Aug 12
Jul 16 - Aug 12, 2017
7 night min stay

Aug 12-19, 2017
Aug 13 - Aug 19, 2017
7 night min stay

Aug 19-26, 2017
Aug 20 - Aug 26, 2017
7 night min stay

Aug 26-Sept 2, 2017
Aug 27 - Sep 2, 2017
7 night min stay

Sept 2-30, 2017
Sep 3 - Sep 30, 2017
2 night min stay
Sept 30-Oct 21, 2017
Oct 1 - Oct 21, 2017
2 night min stay
Oct 21-Dec 31
Oct 22 - Dec 31, 2017
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Lease Processing $25
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,000
  • Taxes Not included


$1300-1500 for Holiday nights; add $1000 for Holiday weeks

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 10/22/2016
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Lighthouse, birdwatching, horse-drawn carriages, trolley, music venues


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

Why the Owner Chose Village Green, Cape May, NJ, USA:
We love Cape May, an amazing town, and we want to share it with others.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The Abbey has been a landmark B&B in Cape May for years. We are transitioning her to a whole house vacation rental where large families and groups of friends as well as businesses can gather and make wonderful memories.

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Speaks: english

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The Abbey

    The Abbey

  • Galley Kitchen

    Galley Kitchen

  • Main Kitchen

    Main Kitchen

  • Natchez Bedroom

    Natchez Bedroom

  • New Orleans Bedroom

    New Orleans Bedroom

  • Newport Bedroom

    Newport Bedroom

  • Brighton Suite Large Bedroom

    Brighton Suite Large Bedroom

  • Brighton Suite Bathroom

    Brighton Suite Bathroom

  • Savannah Bedroom

    Savannah Bedroom

  • Laundry Room

    Laundry Room

  • Library and Dining Room

    Library and Dining Room

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Kitchen - Double Wall Ovens and Powder Room

    Kitchen - Double Wall Ovens and Powder Room

  • Main Kitchen

    Main Kitchen

  • Charleston Bedroom

    Charleston Bedroom

  • Natchez Bathroom

    Natchez Bathroom

  • New Orleans Bathroom

    New Orleans Bathroom

  • Brighton Suite Bunk Bed Room

    Brighton Suite Bunk Bed Room

  • San Francisco Bedroom

    San Francisco Bedroom

  • Saratoga Bedroom

    Saratoga Bedroom

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Library


  • Back Porch

    Back Porch

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Monday, October 24, 2016

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Village Green, Cape May, NJ, USA #404675

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