Our historic home, set on a bluff above the Cohansey River, just a few steps from Bridgeton's villagey downtown and 1000-acre park, offers a sophisticated welcome to visitors to city or region. From single visitors to groups of up to 5, our cozy, cosmopolitan & comfort-driven accommodations combine easy access and central location with privacy, green views, big skies and bold sunsets. Philly, Cape May and AC are barely an hour away, NYC & DC only 2 1/2. Lots to see, do...and have for breakfast!
The older "farmhouse" kitchen/dining room section of this sensitively updated historic house goes back to the 1820s; the more elegant additions are Victorian--1870 to 1900. Our two BnB rooms are on the second floor of the later "front" section, directly across the hall from each other with a sense of seclusion from 'our section,' but also with easy one-flight access to the dining-room/kitchen for breakfast. Retro in feel but with A/C and other amenities, the two bedrooms look out over West Commerce St, a "gateway" access road lined with handsome Victorian homes. The main BR (first pictured) is spacious and gracious, fitted with (among other things) an old-fashioned four-poster DOUBLE-bed (please note!). It contains its own recently restyled step-down bathroom with tiled floor and shower. Larger groups or families (one or two additional adults or children) can add the twin-bedded room across the landing for an additional $50. But note that bathroom access is through the main room, so larger groups need to work out sharing and privacy. (There is another half-bath for emergencies directly downstairs, but to maintain some guest privacy we book only one family or group at a time.) Both bedrooms in themselves combine personal privacy with easy access to rest of the house. The large master BR will also accommodate a young adult or child in a fold-out bed or a baby in a collapsible crib for only $15 more, rather than pay for the full second room. (But even moving a full twin into that main BR for another adult can be arranged for an additional $25.)
PLEASE consult the calendar for higher-priced periods on holidays, etc.
Parking is off-street, in the driveway at the back of the house, which functions as our main entrance at the back patio. Guests enter through our multi-purpose "slate room" into the connected kitchen/dining room areas. From there it's straight upstairs into the guest-bedroom section of the house. These are the spaces we tend to share, along with the spacious back yard. Take your pick of breakfast in the dining room or a bit more family style in our retro kitchen--or in ideal weather even on the back patio!
We're both tourism aficionados and love to offer advice on what to see, walking, biking, driving, boating--even kayaking!--as well as where to go and how to get there. (Sandy and Flavia have slightly differing versions!) Plus we love guest feedback, so don't hesitate to share your experiences.
Because this is our home, we're normally here when guests are, and like to make personal arrangements about the timing of your comings and goings.
More details in the "House Manual" section, if you book.
We're available and on call as needed, but we try to give guests space too. Breakfast can be a little more private in our spacious dining room or join the chef for that cozy in the kitchen feel! As you can tell from reviews, Sandy is a great (and entertaining) breakfast short-order chef--it was his profession for a time. We both love food. Expect us to talk about it at least a little! Flavia speaks Italian and manages in French and Spanish.
Weekday mornings during the school year school buses will climb the West Commerce Street hill outside our front windows for a few minutes (September to June--not weekends, not holidays, not in the summer). Otherwise it's amazingly quiet here (our guests tell us), and because we're so high above the road with the park virtually at our back, we're also quite sheltered for a house on a principal secondary road at the edge of the downtown. PLUS we're a block away from Route 49 with access to all of the South Jersey "Bayshore" and its extraordinary ecotourism amenities as well as every delight from the Delaware Bridge to the glorious Jersey beaches (stay here, save a LOT of money!). If you like boating or biking or birding, this is the 'gateway'! Satellite maps will show the parks, lakes and river bluffs virtually next door. (More about the area in the Description section.)
Gracious is as gracious does--we expect our guests to be kind and respectful of us and our treasured things (and every one has been so far!). Pets will be considered on a case by case basis. We ask that you not bring alcoholic drinks to your bedroom and there is absolutely no smoking anywhere inside the house. Please take safety precautions on our stairs and around our yard, as you would in any space that is new and unfamiliar. Because this is our home, we're normally here when guests are. This makes us quite flexible (we hope without being intrusive) as to schedules, and ready and able to work things out easily ahead, whenever you need to come or go or have breakfast very early or very late.
Me, I'm made of opposites--LOVE to travel and HAVE traveled (my bucket list stretches out of sight with places I've never been), but my favorite vacation is still "to go without leaving." Sure I love the life of the mind. But give me any combination of good food, color, love, babies, wine, company, a balmy day and a persimmon sunset, and the joy-ometer might just tickle "ecstasy." As for Sandy--think of him as hospitable, charming, witty, yet a lover of the earth and all things earthy, and add an encyclopedic memory and a genius for coins, cards, and other collectibles so on target that he's known as the emeritus professor of Stuff University. Ah, and then there's his talents for breakfast-making! It must be experienced--no one leaves our home without it!