$1489 / night
Total guests, Nights

The Abbey (John B. McCreary House) – Home 2295786 House

  • 9 bedrooms
  • 26 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

The Abbey (John B. McCreary House) – Home 2295786

  • House
  • 9 bedrooms
  • sleeps 26
  •  min stay varies

Excellent Excellent – based on 15 reviews

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House / 9 bedrooms / 9 bathrooms / sleeps 26

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child Friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


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, 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, 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 and custom cabinetry. All bathrooms have undergone renovation as well.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Twin beds
    Bedroom 3: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 4: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 5: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 6: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 7: 2 Full beds
    Bedroom 8: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 9: Queen Bed
    Beds in other rooms: 3 Sofa beds
  • 9 Full baths


  • Air conditioning
  • Private garden
  • Patio
  • Deck
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Satellite TV
  • Video player
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Ceiling Fans

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

Trolley, horse-drawn carriage, bike, golf cart are all great ways for getting around town.

Interaction with guest

Keys will be made available either at an agreed-upon place on property or they will be handed to the guest by owner or owner agent.


Check in time: 14:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through FlipKey using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $1,000.00
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 8 weeks before check-in.

8 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

1. Follow all of the trash and recycling rules.
4. Empty the dishwasher and remove all food from the refrigerators/cupboards – wipe out as appropriate.
5. Vacuum and sweep (please sweep the front and back porches).
6. Wipe out microwave(s).
7. Wipe out ovens.
8. Make up the beds with bedspreads, pillows, etc.


About the owner

Barbara T.
Average reply time:
2 hours 4 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 Apr 2019
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English





15 reviews

Very Good

“The Most amazing Victorian House”

Reviewed 3 Nov 2013

People use the word "amazing" too often these days but I have to say it applies to The abbey. My husband, friends and I rented The abbey over a recent fall weekend and could not have had a better time. The house is large, clean, wonderfully decorated and the details wowed everyone.It's right in the center of town, a 5 minute walk from all of the shops and attractions. Plenty of bedrooms and bathrooms,large kitchen and great porch to sit outside and watch the world go by. If you need,there is plenty of room for at least 8 cars in the driveway. A big plus in a town where parking is at a premium. If you appreciate Victorian architecture, antiques and modern amenities, then The abbey is for you. Thank you, Barbara, for letting us into your wonderful home.

Response from the owner You are so very welcome, Diane! We hope you, your family and friends will return - thank you for caring for and appreciating The Abbey - we love hearing stories of the wonderful memories that are made at The Abbey.

“I never want to stay anywhere else!”

Reviewed 23 Sep 2013

We had an amazing experience at the abbey! My family of four (kids ages 2 & 4) stayed there for 4 days along with 3 other families (all with kids the same age). There was plenty of room for everyone & we even had unused rooms. Split 4 ways, the price was very reasonable. And we loved the fact that we could rent by the night (whereas most places require a week-long rental). The home is beautiful. Honestly breathtaking. And it is so well maintained. Initially, we were a little concerned that the kids would wreak havoc on the antiques; however, we were happy to find upon our arrival that there weren't many breakables within reach. Although this is a beautiful "bed and breakfast" style home, I was happy to find many comforts of a more modern home. For example, the beds were very comfortable and not squeaky, the bathrooms have been redone and are in great condition, the televisions/DVD players are new & impressive and the kitchens are fabulous. With so many people, it was great to have 2 kitchens to spread out in. And they have a Keurig coffee nice! Another thing we loved about the place was the beautiful porch, where we would relax after the kids went to bed. The abbey couldn't have been in a better location. It is one block from the beach, an arcade and the mall. We received excellent service. The owner and the property manager communicated regularly and quickly. They were more than accommodating. Also, I appreciated the fact that the owner, Barbara, emailed us the night we left to let us know that our security deposit would be refunded in full (a major victory given the 8 kids). There is really nothing negative about the house. There are a lot of staircases, which can be dangerous with toddlers, so I recommend bringing a gate if you are traveling with young ones. Honestly, though, I never want to stay anywhere else again. My 4 year old daughter summed it up best when she asked me, "Mom, is this 'castle' a dream?"

Response from the owner Love, love, love your daughter's question - she is welcome anytime along with her family and friends :) Thank you for appreciating all the hard work; we're so glad the house was so comfortable for you, allowing you to enjoy your stay in Cape May. We look forward to your return!

“Amazing rental!!!”

Reviewed 29 May 2013

We stayed here for a group get-together of about 40 people to celebrate our wedding. The house was just perfect this type of event--the rooms are gorgeous and unique, there is a lot of communal space indoors and outdoors in porch/yard for people to hang out together and there is a huge kitchen for preparing/storing food and drinks.The owner of the house is extremely nice and responsive--she answered all of our questions right away and showed us the house twice before we rented it so that we could plan for our event. I cannot recommend this place enough! Thank you!

Response from the owner I am so glad The Abbey worked out so well for your wedding celebration - it is so nice to know that our guests are happy with the accommodations for such an important event. We hope you will visit again :) Thank you for caring so well for The Abbey.

“The abbey was fabulous!”

Reviewed 24 Oct 2012

We loved the house, it was everything that we hoped it would be. The rental process was organized and easy. We enjoyed exploring the house as much as the rest of the activities that were part of our girl's weekend!

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How do I find more info about the property?

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If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to send the owner a message.

What if I have questions before I book?

Send Barbara (the owner) an email through the contact form on this page. Alternatively, if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

How do I contact Barbara (the owner)?

Send an email through the contact form on this page. Or if there’s a phone number on this page, you can call them.

If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your booking to view Barbara the owner's contact details or send them a message.

What's the difference between 'Book your stay' and 'Contact the owner/manager'?

Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online and send Barbara (the owner) a booking request. You’ll find out within 24 hours whether they’ve accepted - no money will leave your account before then

Or send Barbara (the owner) an inquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

What is a booking request?

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How do I know what it will cost for my stay?

Simply enter your dates in the Ready to book? form to calculate the cost of your stay.
Click Book now to see a full breakdown of the price.

You can also request a quote from Barbara (the owner) through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

How do I know if my booking request has been accepted?

You’ll receive an email within 24 hours to let you know. Or you can check in Manage your booking. No money will leave your account unless it’s accepted.

How do I pay for my vacation?

Use the Ready to book? form to pay provisionally online. You can pay by credit/debit card or PayPal. Barbara (the owner) will have 24 hours to accept the booking and no money will leave your account before then.

If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your booking.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call Barbara (the owner) before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage your booking.

How do damage deposits work?

In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

How can I view and manage my booking?

Go to Manage your booking to view all your booking details, pay the balance of your booking or cancel it if you need to.

How do I pay the balance of my booking?

You can pay the remaining balance of your booking at any point. Simply go to Manage your booking and click Pay now.

We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage your booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I withdraw my booking request?

You’ll need to contact Barbara (the owner) to do this. Send them a message in Manage your booking or through the contact form on this page.

How do I cancel my booking?

Go to Manage your booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I make changes to my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your booking page. To change your dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Barbara (the owner) a message.

If Barbara (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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