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Sumptuous Victorian with Ocean Views

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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:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 7 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 6 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, 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: 2005

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 01/02/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 5000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 16
  • Children Welcome:

    Terrific house for kids. Well-equipped playroom for children adjacent to kitchen, with pass-through for food and drinks. The playroom has a flat-screen TV, a professional-style foosball game, and lots of board games. Also, there are a large, fully fenced garden, a playhouse, lots of toys, games, and children's books....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 14-16

  • Master Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Master Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 5: 2 twin/ single

    Can be converted into king-sized bed if needed...moreless

  • Bedroom 6: 2 twin/ single


  • Convertible bed(s): 1 queen

    Sleep sofa on ground floor, next to full bath...moreless

  • Bedroom 7: 1 twin/ single

    Twin/single daybed with trundle - sleeps two...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 double


  • King size beds (1) In Master Suite No. 1, Queen size Beds (1) In Master Suite No. 2, Queen size bed in Bedroom No. 3, with ocean view on second floor. Bedroom No. 4, with garden view on third floor, has a double bed. Bedrooms Number 5 and 6 both have two twin/single beds. Bedroom Number 5 faces the ocean, and Bedroom Number 6 faces the garden. The two twin beds in Bedroom Number 5 can be converted into one king-sized bed. Bedroom Number 7 has a twin/single-sized daybed, with a trundle, so the room sleeps two. There is one queen-sized sleep sofa on the ground floor, next to full bathroom, with a closet and a dresser....moreless

Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    En-suite with Master Bedroom 1...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    En-suite with Master Bedroom 2...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, tub

    Ground-floor hall bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, tub

    Second floor hall bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 5: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Third floor hall bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom 6: toilet, shower

    Hall bathroom next to kitchen...moreless

  • Bathroom 7: outdoor shower

    Outdoor shower...moreless

Other Amenities

  • One of the country's very best beaches is 100 yards in front of the house....moreless


  • Books:

    Hundreds of books for adults and children are on open shelves....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Samsung Blu-Ray in second-floor sitting room/TV room/bedroom...moreless

  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    A playroom on the ground floor next to the kitchen has a large flat-screen TV, with an HDMI cable for games. It is equipped with a "professional" foosball game, and lots of board games....moreless

  • Games:

    Foosball and various board games in ground floor playroom...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Two Samsung HDTVs, one "smart TV" with Blu-Ray DVD player and DVR, the other with HDMI cable for playing games. etc....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Small stereo system in living room, with radio, CD/DVD, and Internet radio....moreless

  • Television:

    There are two large, flat-screen Samsung HDTVs, one in the second-floor sitting room/TV room/bedroom, with a ...moreless

  • Toys:

    Beach toys stored in the playhouse....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Games:

    HDMI cable installed with HDTV for use with video games in ground-floor playroom...moreless


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    The house is 100 yards from the ocean, with the Congress Hall Hotel lawn in front. There are unobstructed ocean views from four bedrooms, the living and dining rooms, two front porches, and two bathrooms....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    The house is 100 yards from the ocean, with the Congress Hall Hotel lawn in front. There are unobstructed ocean views from four bedrooms, living and dining rooms, and two front porches....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    The house is 100 yards from the ocean, with the Congress Hall Hotel lawn in front. There are unobstructed ocean views from four bedrooms, the living and dining rooms, and two front porches....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    The house is 100 yards from the ocean, with the Congress Hall Hotel lawn in front. There are unobstructed ocean views from four bedrooms, living and dining rooms, and two front porches....moreless

  • Village:

    The house is within easy walking distance of all Cape May has to offer - beach, tennis courts, restaurants, shopping, theaters, etc. Park your car in our parking lot and forget about driving....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    The dining room seats 12 at two tables. The dining porch seats 4. The table in the kitchen seats 6. The table in the playroom seats 4. There are tables and chairs to eat in the gazebo and pergola....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Three-zone air conditioning, with thermostats controlling each zone....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    In the laundry room off the kitchen...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    There is a four-zone heating system...moreless

  • Internet:

    There is Wi-Fi throughout the house....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room:

    There is a large (28 feet by 16 feet) formal living room with two large sofas and multiple chairs. ...moreless

  • Parking:

    There is ample off street parking for four large vehicles. There is also meter-free, on-street parking nearby in Congress Street, Windsor street and other streets north of the house....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking for four large vehicles...moreless

  • Telephone:

    5 Telephones - for local calls only...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    In the laundry room off the kitchen...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    There is Wi-Fi reception throughout the house and on the porches...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Cuisinart 10-cup electric drip coffee-maker...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    There is a full range of pots, pans, bowls, kitchen knives, etc....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    There are plates, dishes, cups, saucers, mugs, silverware, etc., for more people than the house can sleep. There is a full "batterie de cuisine". ...moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Kitchen Aid....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Top-of-the-line 'chef's kitchen' with Miele 5-burner cook top, GE Monogram double ovens, Kitchen-Aid dishwasher, etc. The kitchen is 28 feet by 16 feet, with space and equipment to feed a crowd....moreless

  • Microwave:


  • Oven:

    Two GE Monogram electric wall ovens...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    GE Profile with ice maker. Second refrigerator for extra storage...moreless

  • Stove:

    Miele 5-burnerr gas cooktop....moreless

  • Toaster:



  • Balcony:

    Double porches front and rear....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    A bicycle built for two is available. Other bicycles can be rented at several places nearby....moreless

  • Boat:

    Boats and skiboats can be rented at Cape May Harbor and in Wildwood....moreless

  • Gazebo:

    Large screened gazebo with dining table....moreless

  • Golf:

    Cape May National is five miles away....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    A large, fully-fenced garden has plenty of room for children to run around in. There are a children's playhouse, a screened gazebo and a large pergola (16 feet by 30 feet) with a ceiling and floor....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Weber charcoal...moreless

  • Tennis:

    The Cape May Tennis Club, which is a five-to-ten minute walk from the house has courts available to the public....moreless



from 8 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
  • Taxes Not included


Half the rent is due at the time of booking. The remaining rent and the damage deposit are due 60 days prior to occupancy.

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Atlantic City
150 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Washington Street pedestrian 'mall'
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Cape May - Lewis Ferry
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Cape May National
40 Miles
Nearest Train
Atlantic City
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Garden State Parkway
150 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Washington Street pedestrian 'mall'
100 Metres
Nearest Beach

Car: Not Necessary


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1942

About the owner: I am in my early 70s. I have loved Franny's Folly since I first started coming here as a babe in arms. It has been our family's gathering place since 1942. We think it is the best house in Cape May - and we aren't the only ones.

Why the Owner Chose Historic District, Cape May, NJ, USA:
This has been our family's summer home since the early days of World War II, because it was one of the few beach resorts that could be reached by train.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Ours is virtually the only remaining large Victorian in Cape May with unobstructed ocean views and a large garden. The location could not be better. The house sits on the highest point in Cape May, and gets breezes from both the Atlantic and Delaware Bay. There are more than 70 windows and 'french' doors to catch every breeze - plus a three-zone air conditioning system if there is no breeze. In addition to being 100 yards from the surf, 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 sea. There is a stand of fine old sycamores behind the house that provides homes to a host of song birds. The house has had, essentially, only two families since it was built. We are lucky to have almost all of the furniture and furnishings that were made for the house. We enjoy parking our car(s) in the driveway in back and just leaving them there. Cape May is ideal for walking and bike riding, and we do a lot of both. In short, we have the best of all worlds- terrific location, a great old house, and all the modern conveniences.

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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 70%
Calendar last updated: 01/02/2017

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  • View of the house and garden

    View of the house and garden

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Master Bedroom No. 1

    Master Bedroom No. 1

  • Bedroom No. 3

    Bedroom No. 3

  • Bedroom No. 5

    Bedroom No. 5

  • Kitchen


  • Pass-through from kitchen to family-room/playroom

    Pass-through from kitchen to family-room/playroom

  • Children's Playhouse

    Children's Playhouse

  • Franny's Folly

    Franny's Folly

  • View from Franny's Folly on July 4

    View from Franny's Folly on July 4

  • Dining Room and Breakfast Porch

    Dining Room and Breakfast Porch

  • Master Bedroom No. 2

    Master Bedroom No. 2

  • Bedroom No. 4

    Bedroom No. 4

  • Bedroom No. 6

    Bedroom No. 6

  • General Grant Rockers and Congress Hall

    General Grant Rockers and Congress Hall

  • Family-room/playroom


  • Foosball game

    Foosball game

  • View from house of garden, pergola, and gazebo

    View from house of garden, pergola, and gazebo

  • View from Second Floor Front Porch

    View from Second Floor Front Porch

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This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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