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Property Details

Updated: May 4, 2015
House, 9 Bedrooms, 9.5 Baths, 25 Sleeps

Renovations complete (7/21/12) to include new kitchens and baths, redecorated front parlor and library, new porches, air conditioning, new bedding and completely new exterior paint!! 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 and single beds), all richly decorated with antiques, chandeliers, mahogany trim, high celings and Persian carpets. 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, weddings and family gatherings and more. A large modern kitchen renovated in 2012 features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry and new flooring. A second galley kitchen also features stainless steel appliances, granite countertops as well as custom cabinetry. All bathrooms have undergone renovation as well. Rates range from $4500-11000 weekly; the nightly rate ranges from $1100-1400.

  • Sleeps 25
  • 9 Bedrooms
  • 9 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Barbecue
  • Internet

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I wanted to thank all of you for all that you did to support a marvelous family vacation for my mother-in-law and the families of her five adult children. We sat down to amazing dinners in the dining room every evening, and every day we enjoyed the incredible house, the beach, the birds, biking, shopping, sitting on the porch, and playing badminton in the yard.
Aug 2011
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The Abbey (John B. McCreary House)
+1 -240.271.9597
Cape May South NJ Shore
Gladwyne, PA

Victorian Gem in heart of Cape May

  • 5 of 5
We recently rented this nine bedroom, nine bath house for four days so that friends and family from near and far could see our daughter in a play at East Lynn Theater. The house is the most photographed in Cape May - a real Victorian gem that was completely renovated about a year ago. We have rented houses for about 30 years and have never rented one the was so well equipped. The house is beautifully decorated with period furnishings and the fully up to date kitchen is well designed for entertaining! We used every bedroom - and also had a successful party for the cast and crew of the play. Everyone found that the house, in addition to being beautiful inside and out, was also quite comfortable and practical for a large group. The owner is very accommodating, and there is a linen service that delivers just what you need to the house before you arrive. I could not recommend this property more highly.
  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: It was a delight working with you and hosting your group at The Abbey. I am so pleased the house accommodated you so well - I am most appreciative, too, of your respectful care of the property. I hope you will consider returning!
The Abbey (John B. McCreary House)
+1 -240.271.9597
Cape May South NJ Shore
San Francisco

Annual family outing a success

  • 5 of 5
Our rather large family has been vacationing in Cape May for years. The Abbey was absolutely perfect for us - the large double kitchen area was a life saver, the large front porch and yard were perfect for lounging, and of course having all of the individual rooms with private baths was outstanding. Being able to park all of our cars easily was a definite plus, and the location near the beach and center of town was ideal. Highly recommend the property - we will definitely be renting again.
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Receiving testimonials like this makes all that we put into lovingly restoring this property and modifying it to host large families all the while keeping the historic charm worth it all! Thank you for caring so well for the property, and we are so very glad you will be returning!
The Abbey (John B. McCreary House)
+1 -240.271.9597
Cape May South NJ Shore
Succasunna, New Jersey, USA

Perfect Historic Cape May Home!

  • 5 of 5
The Abbey is the perfect rental for large families!
This amazing historic home has 9 bedrooms and 91/2 bathrooms.
Our entire family was very comfortable with air conditioning in every bedroom and throughout the entire home. We vacationed during a very hot week and everyone was cool and comfortable.
The two modern kitchens were a treasure! They became the focal point, as most kitchens do, of our nightly dinners and celebrations! The owners equipped the kitchens with all the comforts of home.
The enormous front porch and spacious lawns provided our family with room to quietly read books or enjoy lawn games together.
The Abbey is perfectly located on a quiet street; walking distance to the beach, shops and restaurants. We seldom needed to take our cars out of the 10 car parking lot the entire week.
We have looked and stayed at many homes in Cape May, but never have we found one that truly met our family's needs. We hope The Abbey will be our yearly get away for many years to come!
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: It is always gratifying to hear that our Abbey guests were able to enjoy a wonderful family vacation and make great memories - we look forward to your return!
The Abbey (John B. McCreary House)
+1 -240.271.9597
Cape May South NJ Shore
Olney, Maryland

Amazing trip!

  • 5 of 5
The Abbey is a breathtakingly beautiful house that is well kept and managed. It is a perfect blend of an authentic historical experience and modern convenience. We were very pleased with everything it had to offer.
  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We are always grateful when our guests are comfortable and able to spend time together making memories - we hope you will return!


Activity and Interests



bicycle rental





whale and dolphin watching





bird watching



Rental rates


  • Nightly Rate: $1200 - $1500

    Weekly Rate: $4500 - $12500

    Monthly Rate: $0 - $0

  • 2015 Rates:
    Jan 1-Apr 4: $4800; $1200 per night except New Years: $1500 per night
    Apr 4-May 25: $6000; $1200-1300 per night
    May 25- June 13: $7500; $1200-1300 per night
    June 13-20: $8900 per week
    June 20-27: $9800 per week
    June 27-July 18: $11,500 per week
    July 18-Aug 8: $12,500 per week
    Aug 8-Aug 22: $10,500 per week
    Aug 22-Aug 29: $9,500 per week
    Aug 29-Sept 5: $8000; $1400 per night for Labor Day weekend
    Sept 5-Oct 3: $6800; $1200 per night
    Oct 3-Oct 24: $5900; $1200 per night
    Oct 24-Dec 31: $4800/$5800 holiday week; $1200 per night except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years: $1500 per night
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Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa


  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Downtown
  • Ocean View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf


  • 9 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4
  • Bathroom 5
  • Bathroom 6
  • Bathroom 7
  • Bathroom 8
  • Bathroom 9
  • Half Bathroom


  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 8
  • Bedroom 9


  • Outdoor Grill

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • 9 bedrooms that sleep 20 in beds and an addiional 6 in convertible beds for a total of 26. 9.5 bathrooms 1 large modern kitchen, newly remodeled 2012; 1 galley kitchen, newly remodeled 2012 1 block from the beach 1 block from shopping, restaurants, recreation wraparound porch large back deck on-site parking for 10 cars air conditioning period furniture and decorations but with modern amenities 1 king bed, 6 queen beds, 2 double beds, 2 single beds, 3 queen sleep sofas

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