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 room4.2
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.4

A wonderful four days

4.0 on October 30, 2017

Service deserves a 5 but the system isn't taking it. The room was pleasant, the food was delicious and varied, The staff always responded quickly to questions and requests. And really, it was a bargain in comparison with other local B & B's. And, also it was clean. A nice quiet October week in Cape May- just what we wanted.

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4.6 on October 23, 2017

We just spent another 3 nights in beautiful Cape May. This is our fifth stay at The Dormer House and my husband and I really enjoy it. The room is spacious and comfortable, the service is excellent, and breakfast is always tasty. Tea time is an extra treat with delicious cookies and sweets. This time we came with friends from Colorado and had a delightful visit sitting on the front porch in the afternoon and in the comfortable living room in the evenings. The location is perfect. We parked the car in their off-street lot on arrival and didn't take it out again until departure. We walked to the beach, shopping, restaurants, and historic sites. Another wonderful fall vacation in Cape May.

just like home

4.0 on October 09, 2017

friendly quiet all your needs taken care of

Great place for a relaxing stay in Cape May!

4.4 on September 13, 2017

The Dormer House is a beautiful property in Cape May, originally built in 1899, with plenty of charm and decoration. Beds are comfortable and rooms have many authentic Victorian appointments. Being so old, there are some cracks in the plaster and such, but that adds character. Overall, a very beautiful building. As for the 'breakfast' part of the bed and breakfast, there's fantastic! Easily the best breakfasts I've had in Cape May. Every morning is a select plate, made fresh when you sit down at either the open front or enclosed side porch. There's always coffee and tea available as well. Unlike most place in Cape May, Dormer House has ample parking for the guests in a large parking lot behind the house. Situated in a quiet neighborhood, there's very little traffic, but you're right on the route the horse carriages take on their tours. Definitely a must-stay in Cape May!!

Karen & Mike

5 on September 11, 2017

My husband and I stayed here Aug 25. 2017 thru Aug 27, 27, 2017. Its a wonderful place to stay. Breakfast was delicious, room was very nice. Dennis advised us of places to go in the area. We highly recommend this establishment. Its a

Very nice place to make as your home away from home for a week at the beach

4.0 on September 10, 2017

I highly recommend this Inn for anyone planning a trip to Beautiful Cape May. Great location friendly inn keepers and delicious breakfasts.

The Dormer House

5 on September 01, 2017

My husband and I have come to Cape May for years, marking important events or milestones in our lives. In fact the Dormer House was where my Husband met my sister, niece and father for the first time over 30 years ago. Our son's first vacation at 6 weeks old was celebrated at the Dormer House and now we've come full circle, having just dropped our daughter off to college and us becoming Empty Nesters. Coming "Home" to the Dormer House and Cape May was exactly what we needed to mark yet this next phase of life. We will comeback to the Dormer House in a heartbeat. The staff is excellent, the food-delicious, the company lovely and the accommodations-great!

Great location, large rooms

2.0 on August 28, 2017

Dormer a House could easily be my go to place if they made a few updates, especially cleaning carpets and upholstery, offering choices at breakfast and air conditioning common areas. They have parking! The rooms are big! But we were not happy with the old mattress and the dust under the edges of all the furniture and elsewhere. To their credit, it is a more affordable option for b and bs in this area, but that is no excuse for dirt, old sheets and threadbare towels.

Great Stay

3.6 on August 21, 2017

Dormer house is a wonderful place to stay in Cape May. It is the perfect location, has a parking lot, wonderful breakfast and great staff.

wonderful stay

5 on August 18, 2017

warm facility, friendly staff and great location

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Rooms & Rates



  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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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 $30. bookeeping fee, only if we are able to re-rent your entire stay.




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