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The Abbey (John B. McCreary House) in Cape May

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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.

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Barbara Tillman 240-271-9597

house rental amenities

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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vacation rental rates

2015 Rates:

Jan 1-Apr 4: $4800; $1200 per night except New Years: $1400 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; $1200 per night except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years: $1400 per night


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Annual family outing a success

Review submitted: August 21, 2013   Date of arrival: August 10, 2013

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.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car

Owners 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!

Helpful votes: 4 / 4


Perfect Historic Cape May Home!

Review submitted: July 29, 2013   Date of arrival: July 20, 2013

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!

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Owners 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!

Helpful votes: 4 / 4


Amazing trip!

Review submitted: June 10, 2013   Date of arrival: June 2, 2013

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.

Recommended for: families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway, sight seeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway

Owners response: We are always grateful when our guests are comfortable and able to spend time together making memories - we hope you will return!

Helpful votes: 3 / 3


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Barbara Tillman 240-271-9597

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