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“Simple beach get away”

Ashley Rose Victorian Inn
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Ashley Rose Victorian Inn
Ranked #28 of 40 Cape May B&B and Inns
Reviewed 20 February 2009

I have stayed at the Ashley Rose for 10 days for the last 2 summers. I found the apartments clean, comfortable, well stocked and pleasant. The amenities are not luxurious, but simple and what one expects of a beach vacation: nice outdoor showers, communal grills, bike racks and outdoor deck/patio. The location is perfect as it is within 3 blocks of the beach and the downtown area, but quiet and private. Sally has always been accessible and accomodating and I recommend this place to others.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 February 2009

Clean, cozy, cute, and convenient! The Ashley Rose Cottage was perfect for my small family. The accommodations were well kept, and the short stroll to the ocean manageable, even with my three year old. We enjoyed the sweet decor, outdoor showers, the grill, and the deck to full advantage. The central location - between the walking mall and the boardwalk - was perfect.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 February 2009

The Inlet Cottage at Ashley Rose is truly a little escape from hectic everyday life -- a cozy and comfortable retreat -- and a great location.

Jan and Michael (Returning Guests)

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank PAJmw
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Reviewed 21 April 2008

Seven bedrooms in the beautiful main house, one huge living room and giant dining room table, and a lovely view from the front porch of all the action in town! It looks like a giant barbie dream house -but even the males in our group enjoyed it! The location is an easy walk up the street to the beach, an easy walk down a street to the old town main street with shopping and the best pizza we have ever tasted (Mario's) We came for the Cape May jazz festival but ended up missing most of the performances because we were having so much fun hanging out at the Ashley Rose!
I stayed in Cape May one November in a beach view "hotel" (converted motel) and was appalled at how ugly the motel/hotels were that were located along the boardwalk. So, we tried this house. Our extended family has never taken a vacation together and we were afraid that "bed and breakfast" meant close quarters and frayed nerves. But this house is beautifully designed with plenty of privacy for each room, private bathrooms (some tiny but still quite nice) and high ceilings and gorgeous molding. However, it is not so fancy that we had to worry about the toddler in the group pulling over a priceless antique. We have already asked to return next year and are so excited we found such a lovely spot. I have to admit there were many tourists that stopped by and took a picture of "our" house while ten of us were enjoying the spacious front porch and we smiled proudly as though we owned the place! I thought the cape may area was pricey in general but after looking at the neighborhood on www.zillow.com, these are multi million dollar mansions and worth the price, especially considering it was more fun to cook at home than take a huge group out to a restaurant for each meal.
Soothing and peaceful, and its no big deal to bring my own sheets/towels. I've read the other reviews and while I'm not an experienced B&Ber, I thought Sally was wonderfully accommodating, answering all our questions. As to the front porch, as the big group who used it a lot this last weekend, we would have welcomed all the other guests from the other cottages but I'm sure some groups are not that open to this arrangement so it seems fair that the main house group (there were a LOT of us, we used all the rockers!) would take priority. So much to see and do, I can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: April 2008
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Reviewed 7 July 2007

We just returned from a week-long stay at the Ashley Rose. We are a large group of family members who visit Cape May yearly and always like to rent a large victorian home so that we can all be together. We had always loved the outside of this home, and hoped to stay in it one day. We were thrilled when we found out that we could rent the main entire main house.
Upon arrival we were delighted to find the home clean, the bedrooms large, and the bathrooms ( 5 full, 1 1/2) great for our large group.
The kitchen is nicely stocked with cooking supplies, and the living and dining areas are bright and large.
To respond to a previous reviewer, there are cottages that are rented out in the back and they do not have front porch priveleges.
This is made clear on the website. When renting an entire house (therefore paying SUBSTANTIALLY MORE) you are obviously entitled to extra priveleges. We were entilted to use of the porch and the 2 parking spaces in the driveway. Many of the older homes that rent rooms do not provide all of the guests with porch priveleges, but all of the Inns do.
When in doubt about priveleges such as these always find out
from the owner before booking.
The Ashley Rose is a beautiful home with tons of room and an easy walk to beaches and dining. We loved it.

Stayed: July 2007
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Reviewed 17 June 2007

We were not told ahead of time that we would not have access to the front porch of this inn - that is one of the reasons we stay at an inn in a place like Cape May, to while away the hours reading in a rocking chair on the porch! Not to mention that the photos Sally sent us of the inn included beautiful pictures of the front porch.

So the first thing that happened after we arrived, was we got kicked out of the porch by the people who were staying in the part of the inn which apparently did get granted this "special privilege."

My husband wrote a letter to Sally, demanding a partial refund, and she wasn't even around enough to pick the letter up.

The room was also smaller than we'd been led to believe, and there was a broken lamp in it.

The kitchen was great, and the location was great, but there are many other choices that have those offerings.

We travel a lot, and I can't remember ever complaining before - we're pretty easy to please. But this place was a definite no-go.

Stayed: July 2006
2  Thank lauracohenromano
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Reviewed 11 September 2005

Very "Clean" and great location. We made last minute plans, unforseen circumstances........and Sally was able to accommodate us. She explained that we were renting a room, similar to an apartment and had to make our own bed. Not a problem, I understood completely and did not mind in the least. She supplied linens. We did, however, find that we could not sit in the main room of the Inn to watch television. Sally was concerned that it would bother the guests staying in adjacent rooms. We were staying only one night so it did not affect us. We sat on the front porch, very peaceful. We walked to dinner, breakfast, the mall, and the beach.

So goes the story of the Bed, not Bed and Breakfast. I'm sure this is a great place for reunions where you would have the run of the house.

  • Stayed: September 2005
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3  Thank MP
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Additional Information about Ashley Rose Victorian Inn

Address: 715 Columbia Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204-2307 (Formerly The Victorian Rose)
Region: United States > New Jersey > Jersey Shore > Cape May County > Cape May
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Ranked #28 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Cape May
Price Range: £56 - £151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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Ashley Rose Victorian Inn Cape May, New Jersey

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