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The Fairthorne Cottage Bed & Breakfast

115 Ocean Street , Cape May, NJ 08204-7381 USA (Show map)
77 Reviews
$225 - $295
per night

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Built in 1880, the Fairthorne Cottage has been lovingly restored into a charming Cape May bed and breakfast. Our romantic Cape May inn is located in the heart of this historic oceanside village, steps to the beach, shopping, and dining. The warmth of our Victorian Gothic style Cape May B&B welcomes you at the door with glass enclosed airconditioned front porch appointed with comfortable reading chairs. Our romantic Cape May getaway features contempory luxurious rooms with all king Sleep Number beds, fireplaces and some spa tubs. Breakfast is a special time at our bed and breakfast in Cape May, NJ with steaming coffee, fresh fruit, homemade baked goods, and savory entrees. Enjoy breakfast and our afternoon cookies, as well as complimentary parking, Wi-Fi, beach towels, beach chairs and bicycles. The perfect Cape May vacation awaits you at the Fairthorne Cottage!

Rooms & Rates

Alexandra Suite

This beautiful suite is located on the third floor of our inn. The room has dormers so if you're really tall you may not want to enjoy the charm it has to offer. The bedroom features a king Sleep Number bed, flat screen TV, ipod docking station and seating area with small fireplace. The private bath has a tiled shower. The corner jetted tub is located in it's own room with electric fireplace, ipod dock. Beach decor throughout, very relaxing, quiet and serene.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $225 - $295

Ashley Room

This spacious and cheerful room offers a King Sleep Number® bed, gas fireplace, and palatial linens. The private bath features a glass enclosed tiled spa shower. Additional amenities include a flat screen TV and iPod docking station.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $225 - $285

Julia Room

This romantic room offers King Sleep Number® bed, electric fireplace, and luxury linens. The newly renovated private bathroom features a spa shower. Additional amenities include flat screen TV and iPod docking station.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $225 - $285

Gabrielle Room

This light and spacious suite offers a King Sleep Number® bed, gas fireplace, and rich linens. The luxurious new bath featuring two person air-jet tub, separate shower with a rainshower head. Additional amenities include flat screen TV, and iPod docking station. Two comfortable club chairs for relaxing.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $225 - $285

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.8

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Can't wait to go back!

5 on February 21, 2014

My husband and I went here for our honeymoon in December and had an amazing experience. We stayed in the Alexandra Suite, which has 2 fireplaces, a sleep number bed and a whirlpool tub. It was so cozy, very pretty and the entire B&B was immaculate. The breakfast each morning was delicious and they have hot/cold drinks & snacks out all day. It is very close to shopping and the beach, which is very convenient. The owners of the B&B were so nice too. We plan to go here every year for our anniversary!

Absolutely WONDERFUL!!!!

5 on October 24, 2013

My husband and I visited Cape May and had the privilege of staying at the fine B&B! We stayed there on Sunday and Monday and found it to be a delightful experience. Diane is wonderful, room was fantastic, bikes were a nice treat and the breakfast is to die for! We will return and we will certainly stay at The Fairthorne! We thank you!! Dan and Gale

Fairthorne - Top notch!

5 on September 12, 2013

My wife and I stayed at this great B&B for an 8th summer season. Everything is top quality! There's not much else to stay other than Ed and Diane are great innkeepers and very nice people. A must stay for anyone new to the B&B experience. Beth and Peter, from PA

Fairthorne B&B

5 on August 25, 2013

Absolutely beautiful & relaxing! We've stayed here 3 times and already booked next year! Clean, quiet, outstanding breakfast and service! I wouldn't go anywhere else. Its within walking distance of the beach, shopping & dining! Highly recommended!! Thank you Ed & Diane once again for your wonderful hospitality! Karen & Chris Lee

Wonderful B&B

5 on June 20, 2013

Ed & Diane are wonderful hosts they make you feel very comfortable Everything is very clean, they update frequently. The breakfasts are 5 star We enjoy our stay every year!!!

This one is fabulous!

4.8 on May 28, 2013

The Fairthorne is a gem of a B&B. The owners are a warm and welcoming couple who make you feel right at home. The rooms are modern and comfortable with king size sleep number beds, and lovely, updated bathrooms. We have been going back for 13 years ever since our first visit. You won't leave the breakfast table hungry. Each morning is a new adventure in dining. Snacks and drinks are available 24/7. Put this one on your list; it's a keeper.

Outstanding B&B

5 on December 19, 2012

We have been guests at the Fairthorne for the past 15 years and always enjoy our visit not matter what the season. Ed and Diane are warm and gracious and make you feel like family. We rate all catagories as "outstanding" and look forward to future visits and the ambiance that Diane and Ed create. Paul & Eleanor

Fairthorne hits a 'home-run' - once again!

5 on August 25, 2012

Have been avid fans the past 8 years of this B&B. Although they've 'downsized' the property, there's no downsizing of quality service! A 'must-stay', especially for the 'newbie' B&B traveler. Beth & Peter

5/12 Can't Wait to Return!

5 on May 28, 2012

We just spent another lovely weekend down in Cape May- and the Fairthorne Cottage is THE place to stay! The hospitality, cleanliness and delicious breakfasts are top notch- Ed and Diane are extremely gracious. The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated. If you'd had enough of typical Victorian decor, Ed and Diane have put an entirely new spin on comfort and seaside holidays. This was our original honeymoon site many years ago when it wasn't the Fairthorne- and now it's our most favorite place to stay. We've stayed almost everywhere else in Cape May- but we've rarely returned to other places. It's near the Mall and eateries are within walking distance. If you're like us, you're tired of always driving somewhere. Relax and enjjoy what Fairthorne has to offer- we'll be back!

Our favorite B&B in Cape May!

4.8 on May 24, 2012

The Fairthorne Cottage is our favorite B&B in Cape May. We've been coming here for over 10 years. We just visited on May 15 & 16, and Diane continues to makes the most delicious breakfasts! All the rooms are extremely clean, very spacious, and the beds are the most comfortable to sleep on. Diane & Ed are great Inn Keepers and are always updating their B&B with beautiful up to date touches. We wouldn't stay anywhere else when we visit Cape May. We can't wait to return! Rick & Sandi

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Location Type

National Historic District, Victorian Seashore Resort, Oceanside, Small town


Philadelphia, PA (PHL) 95 miles

Directions to property:

Garden State Parkway south to end ( exit 0 ) continue into Cape May to center city, 2nd light turn left on to Ocean Street, continue 2 blocks and the Fairthorne is on the left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Fishing, Golf, whale watching, tours, Birding, Performing Theater, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Telephone, Wi-Fi , Bicycles, Beach chairs & towels, 24 hour hot & cold beverages & snacks, in room Ipod docking station, on-site parking

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, In-room internet, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 1pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No Age 12yrs. and above welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights on weekends,3 nights Jul, Aug. and Holiday weekends
  • Accepted payments S, y, s, t, e, m, ., C, o, l, l, e, c, t, i, o, n, s, ., G, e, n, e, r, i, c, ., L, i, s, t, `, 1, [, S, y, s, t, e, m, ., S, t, r, i, n, g, ]
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card for security
  • Cancellations: 4 week notice- no charge within 4 weeks if we rent entire nights reserved no charge, otherwise we charge 1 night.This includes early departures.



Ed and Diane Hutchinson

Languages spoken


About the innkeepers

Ed and Diane are both retired from Bell Atlantic - NJ after 30 years service. We are local to the area and raised our children in Cape May. Diane loves working the Inn , cooking and tending the guest and she does all the decorating of the Inn. Ed is very active in community work and Kiwanis, both local and District level. The Inn consist of two buildings which makes up the nine guest rooms.

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  • Time Served: 9 am
  • Serving Location: Outdoor patio - summer, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Special Package

Pamper Package

Indulge with this luxurious package, including 2 nights lodging, (1) 60 min in room massage or (2) 30 min massages, split of champagne, dinner for two at one of Cape May’s finest restaurants, breakfast each morning. Midweek $595.00, Weekends $770.00 plus taxes and gratuities. See our website for details.

Extra Indulgences

Enjoy a Cheese & Fruit Tray and Bottle of Wine (choose white or red) $65. Or indulge in Chocolate Truffles, Strawberries & Premium Champagne for $85. See our website for additional romantic packages & ad-ons.

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Details Diamond Collection

115 Ocean Street , Cape May, NJ 08204-7381 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free $50 gift card with a $250+ gift card purchase