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
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Enchanting Bed and Breakfast

5 on September 07, 2015

We reserved our stay at the Dormer House for a mini-vacation - 4 days/3 nights. It was perfect. We enjoyed the Victorian atmosphere especially the antique furniture. Breakfast was always on time, delicious and plentiful that was served on a quiet old fashioned style porch. The owners were always friendly and helpful. The B & B is located on a quiet street surrounded by beautiful trees and landscape. Our room was clean and private. We stayed in the two room, honeymoon suite, that had its own entrance. We did not want to go home. We will definitely be coming back again.

3rd stay-we must like it!

4.4 on September 03, 2015

Quaint, larger property. Charming, very quiet suite. We've stayed in 3 different suites, each was very nice. Very clean. Street is active with horses and bicyclists but few cars. About 3 blocks from the beach, so no late night rowdiness. Easy, ample parking. Needs a little maintenance, but so does every Bed and Breakfast I've ever stayed at. Breakfast is good but there are basically no options and food is hearty. While the food is tasty, some healthier options, even just yoghurt and fruit, would be appreciated. Two cold cereals were offered, but both were sugared. There are some more upscale Bed and Breakfasts in Cape May, but they are much more expensive. Factoring "value" and "location" in the equation, this is the best. Not a place for small children, though older children are welcome. Beach chairs and towels available, along with an exterior shower. They have a bike rack but do not lend bicycles.

Great stay

5 on August 30, 2015

Great stay, good breakfast and nice rooms!

Wonderful Stay

4.6 on August 27, 2015

Having never stayed in Cap May, I booked a room at the Dormer House via the internet and was pleasantly surprised. Dormer House is conveniently located on a quiet tree-lined street. The suite was spacious, comfortable, and clean. Breakfast was homemade and delicious. The staff was friendly and accommodating. The beach and the Washington Street mall are each a short walk (about 4 blocks) from the Dormer House. We enjoyed looking at the houses and other buildings during our walks. Off street parking and use of beach chairs and towels were a great bonus. Our stay was very enjoyable and we will return again.

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3.4 on August 16, 2015

room was ok but bathroom can use an update or just a deep clean around woodwork

Birthday getaway

3.6 on August 12, 2015

We spent one night at the Dormer and had a wonderful time. Check in was easy, hosts were attentive (even brought an iron/iron board to our room upon asking). The afternoon treats and tea were delicious, all homemade baked goodies. Unfortunately we were unable to stay for breakfast so can't rave about that, but I heard they have delicious scones and zeppoles! Within close walking distance to washington avenue to go to shops and restaurants. Beware of uneven sidewalks!

Highly Recommended

5 on April 28, 2015

Our first time staying at a B&B in Cape May and it was amazing. The room was much nicer than the pictures on the website! The breakfasts were amazing and Diana is so nice and friendly. Definitely check them out on your next visit to Cape May!

Another perfect weekend!

5 on January 06, 2015

We can't say enough about our second stay at the Dormer House. Dennis was so helpful in taking our last minute reservations, and went out of his way to accommodate us with our late arrival. When we pulled in at 8:00pm, everything was exactly as promised. The room was perfect, and as usual, the bed was very comfortable. We wanted to see the Christmas lights throughout the town, and of all of the B&B's, the Dormer House lights were the most amazing. A delicious breakfast welcomed us in the morning. Thanks to all of the staff for another perfect visit. It's great to have a destination spot in this wonderful shore point! We'll be back for sure.

Magical Christmas visit

5 on December 12, 2014

We stayed for two nights at this lovely B&B and have nothing but praise for the accommodations and the hospitality. Since its the Christmas season the house was decorated beautifully. We took one of the evening trolley tours and The Dormer House by far was decorated the best. The breakfasts were delicious and the owners daughter was a gracios hostess. We would definitely stay again.

Christmas time in Cape May

4.0 on December 09, 2014

Very nicely decorated both inside and out for the Holiday season. Probably the best Holiday lighting in all of Cape May, NJ.

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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