The Southern Mansion

The Southern Mansion—another Cape May B&B—offers guests the royal treatment in terms of stately accommodations and modern accouterments.

Courtesy of

The Southern Mansion
Cape May
720 Washington Street
Number of Rooms: 25

Barbara Bray-Wildes, formerly of Philadelphia, was vacationing in Cape May in 1994 when she came across an abandoned property that was once a private estate and later a boarding house in the heart of town’s historic district. “It was actually dilapidated,” Bray-Wildes recalls. “But the place was huge, and it had a good chunk of land.” After noticing a “For Sale” sign, she purchased it and began a restoration project that took two and a half years to complete.

Inspired by Samuel Sloan’s original lithograph of the house titled “The Southern Mansion,” Bray-Wildes re-opened the historic home with that name in the spring of 1996, hoping to bring southern hospitality to Cape May.

Every morning, guests are served a full gourmet breakfast at private tables. Popular entrees include create-your-own omelets, blueberry hotcakes topped with fresh berries, and pouched eggs atop a grilled baguette with sun-dried-tomato rosa sauce.

The royal treatment doesn’t stop there. Each of the B&B’s 25 rooms offers a private bathroom with a hand-painted tile shower (some have claw-foot tubs), illuminated makeup/shaving mirrors, cable TV, full-maid and evening-turndown service, king-size beds (in most rooms), and original antique furniture. “I want guests to feel like it’s their own private mansion,” Bray-Wildes says.

But if you decide to leave your estate, the beach, shops and restaurants are only a five-minute walk. Also, Cape May is the top North American birding spot, and spring is the best time to cast an eye as more than a million shorebirds pass through the area during May.

May and June weekend rates range from $240 to $395, for two people per night. Weekday rates are discounted, ranging from $195 to $310.

Click here to leave a comment
There are no photos with those IDs or post 52130 does not have any attached images!

By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly.

Required not shown
Required not shown