The Dormer House

800 Columbia Avenue , Cape May, NJ 08204 USA (Show map)


One of the great summer houses of the 1890's. You'll enjoy the essence of gracious living in modern day comfort. Wake-up to a delicious country breakfast in our sunroom at tables for two and rock away on our loooong porches for tea and sweets in the afternoon. A/C, private baths, flat panel wide screen tv's pillow top mattresses, jacuzzi suites, on-site parking, conveniently located. "Come for the tea...Stay for the night". Ask about our specials.




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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.5

B & B Good Location

3.2 on January 16, 2016

Staff friendly and attentive, but the room ceiling fan clicked most of the night and the room was excessively hot. The shower was hard to access due to the deep rim around the tub. Breakfast room was lovely and the food was attractive and good. Next time I'll chose a different room.

Festive B&B

5 on January 16, 2016

We stayed over New Year's Eve and it was lovely, as usual. They treat everyone royally with tea in the afternoon and wonderful breakfasts. We sat in the parlor in the afternoon and enjoyed the quiet, beautiful decorated house.

Always Amazing...

5 on January 11, 2016

The Dormer House is our favorite B & B in Cape May. Price is right, breakfast is delicious, staff is courteous, rooms are authentic and quaint, and it is a perfect location. We stay there every time we visit Cape May. Barbara and Stephen Signorile

It's great during Christmas too

5 on January 10, 2016

We just completed our second stay this year. We wanted to experience the Christmas season in Cape May. Once again our stay was lovely. We did the Christmas Candlelight House Tours where we visited a number of homes decorated for Christmas including the Emlen Physick Estate. Most had the Victorian flavor and were very nice, but both my wife and I agree that the Dormer House was by far the prettiest of all those we saw. We requested the same room, Dorothy Thompson. Breakfast was very tasty and my wife LOVED the scones. She's begging me to contact the Dormer House to get the recipe. :-) If we were ever to return to Cape May we will try to stay here again.

An Amazing Stay

5 on January 07, 2016

Our stay was a Christmas gift from my mother. The Dormer House was beautifully decorated inside & out for the season. Our room was elegant, spotless and comfortable. The huge tub was an added bonus. Breakfast was delicious and the staff courteous and caring. We will definitely be coming back!

Charming, romantic and festive

4.0 on January 05, 2016

Friendly, family run with great breakfasts. Great stay for the holiday season!

Cape May Dormer House

4.0 on January 04, 2016

Our stay at the Dormer House was a very pleasant experience. The location was great within walking distance (a couple of blocks) from the main shopping and dining area. Diane, who ran the Dormer House could not have been a more hospitable hostess. We will definitely try to get back there again and again.

Beautiful Stay at Christmas Time

5 on December 26, 2015

My wife and I stayed at the Dormer House for 4 days right before Christmas and it was wonderful! The house is lit up with so many lights, it stands out from any other B & B during this time. It felt like Christmas there, and the innkeepers are spectacular. They are friendly, offer suggestions for dinner, and will just take the time to talk to you. Their breakfasts are amazing! You can tell everything was hand made, and you were definitely full when finished. Then in the afternoon, there is tea and once again, all kinds of home made pastries and different every day. The room was gorgeous, and there was hot tub in it that opened up to the rest of the room, and it was amazing. Everything about our stay here was perfect, and can't wait to do it again next year!

Holiday Getaway

5 on December 20, 2015

Beautiful B&B, It was decorated so nice for Christmas. Breakfast was great and our room was beautiful.

Lovely stay

3.6 on December 16, 2015

Lovely long weekend at the Dormer House. Diana is a wonderful host, very helpful and friendly. She had our room ready at noon, even though check in isn't until 3:00. Beautifully decorated for Christmas - all cars stop in front of the Dormer House to take photographs. Terrific front porch and beautiful parlor room on first floor. Convenient walk into town. Generous breakfast, and nice afternoon tea. Highly recommended.

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Rooms & Rates



  • Maximum Capacity: 2


Location Type

Island, Oceanfront

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Bath robes, Board games, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, VCR, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

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

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  • Check In:: 2:00PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Please inquire
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% deposit when reservation is made,balance due on arrival.
  • Cancellations: Refund given minus a $20. bookeeping fee, only if we are able to re-rent your entire stay.



Lucille and Dennis Doherty

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  • Time Served: from 8:30 to 9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area