The house is mostly Gothic Revival in character, but the huge Italianate-style tower with its massive Second-Empire-style roof makes it a unique Victorian classic.
The Charleston Room
The Natchez Room
The Abbey Cape May, LLC - a new Victorian lady vacation rental option!
We are excited about adding The Abbey to our Cape May Victorian rental options. Originally a bed and breakfast for many years, we purchased her in March 2012; between April 1 and July 21, 2012, our amazing team of contractors led by Rick Taylor of Taylor Builders renovated The Abbey to include 2 state-of-the art kitchens, 9.5 modern bathrooms, an outdoor shower, brand-new mahogany front porch, central and mini-split air conditioning systems throughout and much more! Whole house rentals now available!!
is a large room on the back landing, third floor. A queen-size bed is part of an eight-piece bedroom suite, including large sitting area.
is a small room on the second floor in the tower. It has a queen bed with an iron headboard.
The New Orleans Room
is a moderately large room on the second floor - queen-size, four-poster canopy bed and sitting area.
The San Francisco Room
The Newport Room
is a large master bedroom on the second floor with an ornately carved Walnut double bed - large sitting area with settee, armchairs and Victorian writing desk and side chair.
is a large room on the front landing of the third floor. It has two double brass and iron beds and turn of the century wicker furniture.
A sampling of some of the beautiful rooms, each with its own bathroom.
is a moderately large room with a queen-size, four-poster bed with upholstered side chairs and writing desk.
The Savannah Room
The Saratoga Room
is a moderately sized room on the back landing of the third floor. It has a queen-size walnut bed and two side chairs.
The most photographed home in Cape May and a Historic Gem - Victorian elegance meets a stunning Gothic Revival villa. In 1869, a wealthy Pennsylvania coal baron by the name of John McCreary decided to build an elaborate home on the shores of Cape May (costing $20,000). He contracted a famous architect, Stephen Decatur Button, to design his summer retreat, and the result was a beautiful gothic villa with an imposing 60-foot tower, stenciled and ruby glass arched windows. Three large, comfortable public rooms, nine large bedrooms, nine full baths and one half bath as well as shaded verandas round out this stunning historic building. Its location in the heart of Cape May's Historic District allows for strolling distance to everything. There is on-site parking for ten cars and a large side yard for barbeques, games, weddings, family gatherings, etc. The Abbey is one of a few buildings selected as possessing such architectural significance that its measured drawings are recorded in the Library of Congress. There are two state-of-the art kitchens. Period furnishings including mahogany trim, chandeliers, Persian carpets yet with comfortable sofas, beds and modern conveniences and amenities round out this house to make it the perfect Victorian vacation rental! For more Cape May info, click here.
Over time, several additions were built onto the house, and the porch on the north side was enclosed as were second floor porches so modern plumbing for bathrooms could be added. The property survived the 1878 city fire, unlike much of the rest of the city. Early in the 1900s, the original slate roof was replaced. By the time it was photographed for the HABS survey in the early 1970s, it was home to the Christian Science Society and painted white with a green asphalt-shingle roof. For a more detailed accounting, click here.
To view floor plans of each of the three floors, please click on links below: