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The Southern Mansion: Genuine Southern Hospitality

Our estate has been completely restored to a boutique hotel and inn, to return you to genuine southern hospitality. We boast absolute privacy, gourmet food, and luxurious amenities will calm and delight your senses during your next vacation to Cape May.


Standard Queen
The standard queen is a cozy, smaller room with half tester bed and high ceiling. Popular to also combine with room 11 as an interconnecting double suite.

Standard King
An always popular large room on the main floor with a private entrance. Easy to get to and near dining area.

Deluxe Queen
Cozy, well size and popular first floor room with an elaborate high backed Lincoln bed and private entrance as well as close proximity to dining area.

King Deluxe 1
Large, extremely comfortable rooms in original building second floor bedrooms with twelve foot ceilings, crown moulding and double showers.

King Deluxe 2
Extremely quiet third floor room with curved cove ceiling, very large with King beds and double showers.

King Premier
King Premier elaborate grandiose 450 sq ft plus rooms with 12-13ft ceilings and elaborate crown moulding, sitting areas and larger bathrooms most have access to 100ft long deck or are bi- level.

King Superior
Our King Superior rooms are larger than our Premier King rooms, with something “special.”

Master Suite
The Master Suite - A fabulous 750 square foot room with 15ft ceilings. This room is always extremely popular for special occasions, weddings, anniversaries or just our guests who want the grandest and best.

Bedroom Amenities

• Private Bathrooms with Hand Painted Tile Showers (some claw foot tubs available)
• Magnified / Illuminated Makeup / Shaving Mirrors
• Hairdryers
• 32' Flat Screen TVs
• In-Room Phones
• Full Maid and Evening Turndown Service
• King Size Beds available in most rooms
• Original Antique Furniture
• Ice buckets

Hotel Amenities

• Concierge
• Full Gourmet Breakfast
• Original Antique Furniture
• Beach Chairs and Towels available in the summer
• On-site Parking
• Iron and Ironing Board available upon request
• Wi-Fi in common areas

Little Extras

Cheese & Fruit Platter with Assorted Crackers $75.00
Chocolate Covered Strawberries $50.00
Fruit Basket with Assorted Fresh Seasonal Fruits $75.00
Southern Mansion Gift Basket $85.00
(Includes Southern Mansion Water Color Print, Post card, Christmas ball and Southern Mansion puzzle.)
Southern Mansion Robe $75.00

Sample Breakfast Menu

Create your own: Peppers, Onions, Mushrooms, Spinach, Sausage, Bacon Bits
Cheeses: Sharp Provolone, American, Pepper Jack

Blueberry Hotcakes
Home made fluffy buttermilk batter with seasonal jersey fresh berries
Chef Brian’s Special

Pouched eggs atop a grilled baguette and topped with a scratch-made sun-dried tomato

Rosa sauce

Please choose one entrée per guest.


Cape May is a wonderful all season resort that has a huge variety of activities to suit an unlimited variety of tastes. There are endless Cape May activities nearby The Southern Mansion. If you come for the summer expect pristine beaches in all shapes and sizes both private and quiet or bustling with numerous sunbathers. Sailing , fishing, charter boats, airboats , surfing, or wave runners we have it all immediately available. Our personal world champion surfer is even available for private lessons. Gourmet and organic dining is available within a couple blocks walk. Since Cape May is known as 'The Restaurant Capital of New Jersey', all palates can be pleased from gourmet French or Creole to farm fresh local produce to seafood just minutes off the boat.

Nightlife ranges from jazz festivals, local theatre groups, movies to live music. Whether you prefer a happening night club or a romantic dark bar with stellar cocktails just walk down the street. To enjoy Cape May, take a leisurely stroll or bike and be amazed by the phenomenally restored Victorian buildings one after the other. Want to learn more historical tours abound? Just hop on a comfortable trolley or an even more relaxed horse and carriage ride to learn the town's history up close. Shoppers, Cape May is paradise for interesting boutiques and local crafts, from upscale to funky. Fabulous local farmers markets with the best homemade chocolate, fudge, local cheese , produce, fruits, and homemade products that New Jersey has to offer.

Visit and tour our award winning local vineyards and wineries or better yet enjoy a picnic and take home a case of fine Vino. The gardens of Cape May are well worth visiting and will satisfy the most discerning of horticulturalist. The Wetland and birding offer days of activities with Cape May being the largest migratory bird area in North America. The fall weather is sublime and tons of festivals from lima bean to wine abound to keep everyone busy. Winter is quieter but the holiday season in Cape May comes alive with all the Victorian Mansion decorated elaborately and open for touring and full of holiday hospitality. Enjoy being romantic in Cape May? Many people do, which is why Cape is the third most popular place to get married in America.

Come stay with us and enjoy all the wonders available. Stay as long as you can as at least a two night stay is needed to even start to get the taste of what Cape May is all about. Our staff at the Southern Mansion is full of secret information to make your stay unforgettable and ready to pamper you with Southern hospitality!

History Of The Mansion

Here is the story of how Southern Mansion became the Best Cape May Bed and Breakfast. In 1863, the Philadelphia industrialist George Allen built an American bracket, post and beam villa on the island of Cape May. Designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Samuel Sloan and constructed by Henri Phillipi, this seaside palace was used by Allen and his descendants as a country estate for the next 83 years.

In 1946, the last of Allen’s direct relatives, Ester Mercur, passed away. Her husband, Ulysses, sold the estate with all its furnishings for the pittance of $8,000. Purchased as income-producing property (and before Cape May began its own renaissance), the building was converted into a boarding house, and immediately a different type of clientele began to occupy the home. The earth-tone exterior was painted white, while the interior was partitioned into many small rooms. Unfortunately, the conversion caused structural weaknesses. During the next half century, little maintenance was administered to the house or the grounds. By the 1980&No.8242;s, the boarding-house license was revoked, and no income allowed for no upkeep.

For more history and other information about the Mansion, please see our website!

Contact Details

Address: 720 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ 08204

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This page was last updated: 26 January 2012

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