Ocean City is completely recovered from Hurricane Sandy, and our home is more beautiful than ever! If you need more space, please see our other adjacent property, VRBO Listing ID #476419.
Take a step back in time as you relax in our lovingly restored & completely renovated Victorian, furnished with beautiful antiques & lovely decorations. This extraordinary home is unlike any other in South Jersey, furnished like a lovely bed and breakfast. Built circa 1915, enjoy wide-plank hardwood floors, carved oak staircase, original stained glass window, antique oak fireplace with a two-tiered mantle & electric insert, gorgeous mahogany bar, pocket oak doors, 2nd antique fireplace, wide trim, & arched doorways. The spectacular kitchen has top of the line upgrades including Corian counters, a Miele dishwasher, glass-top convection oven, built-in microwave, refrigerator/freezer, all small electrics and complete service for 20!
Enjoy wonderful ocean breezes on our brand new, lovely, expansive, wicker-furnished, brand new wrap around deck with pretty hanging baskets & plenty of seating: 3 wicker love seats, a wicker sofa, 8 wicker chairs, & 2 glass top dining tables. From the over-sized, breezy deck, enter into a breathtaking foyer with beautiful antiques including a Victorian organ, secretary desk, china cabinet and Victorian hall tree. The spectacular oak staircase leads to the seven beautiful bedrooms on the upper floors. Entertain in the elegant antique furnished living room with ocean views, two gorgeous sofas, two arm chairs and a lovely antique fireplace with an electric insert. Enjoy cocktails at the rich mahogany bar with the ambiance of a European tavern. The bar area features a custom made wet bar with mini-fridge, 27” hdtv with cable, and additional seating for four. The family room has 42” hdtv, a brand new, leather, queen-size, sleeper sofa and a love seat, adjacent to a full bath, making this an optional 8th bedroom! The spectacular over-sized kitchen has Corian counters, lots of cabinets, a glass-top convection roast / convection bake stove, refrigerator/freezer, built-in microwave & a Miele dishwasher. The hand-crafted kitchen table seats 14 and is terrific for meals, playing games (we have dozens), or watching tv on a 32” hdtv with cable.
The pretty bedrooms are located on the top two floors of the house, a floor above the living areas for privacy and quiet. Six of the seven bedrooms have been fully renovated (1 was renovated 8 years ago and will be again in 2015), all are beautifully furnished, and all have HDTV/DVD combinations with limited cable. On the second floor are four amazing bedrooms, all with quaint tooth-brushing sinks. Tranquility has a queen size, four poster bed, antique highboy dresser, chair, spectacular chandelier and hand-painted medallion. Dreamscapes has a pyramid bunk bed (single over full), lovely dresser, and enclosed laundry nook. PLEASE NOTE: for 2015 rentals, this room will be renovated and will include a queen size bed, NOT a pyramid bunk. Serenity has a beautiful antique highboy, comfortable arm chair, and a queen bed. Memories is the first of two master suites, completely renovated in December 2013. With unbelievable ocean views, this spectacular room features a four-poster queen bed, Queen Ann wingback chair, antique highboy, and a private half bath (water closet and sink). The charming, updated full bath on the second floor has gorgeous pine wainscoting, new flooring, a lovely pedestal sink, new toilet, and a new tub with a beautiful ceramic tile surround.
The third floor features Romance, the second master suite with a queen bed, exquisite Victorian dressers, a gorgeous wingback chair, beautiful stained glass ceiling fan, breathtaking ocean views, a private full bath, and an oversized Jacuzzi for two. Also on the third floor is the Renoir Room with two full size beds, a hand-painted Renoir dresser. Just renovated with newly refinished hardwood floors, Harmony is the 7th bedroom with a queen bed and dresser. The Renoir and Harmony bedrooms share a 'Jack and Jill' powder room.
Enjoy our 2.5 Mile Boardwalk (completely intact following Hurricane Sandy), Surfing Beach, Amusement Piers, Water Park, Mini-Golf, Tennis, Basketball, Shuffleboard, Fishing Pier, dozens of restaurants & hundreds of shops. At the bay, you will find many more activities: fishing excursions, a pirate ship, dolphin watching, & water sports including jet skiing, boating, fishing & para-sailing.
Rentals include WIFI, air conditioning, 10 beach tags & 2 off-street parking spaces.
We are located at 815 5th Street, across from the OC High School. In our 10 years as owners, we have hosted numerous family reunions, weddings, civil unions, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations & many friends’, couples’ & girls’ weekends, retreats, leadership and youth group events. Our guests are always delighted with the condition of our home, the furnishings, & the many extras we provide. While you might find other large homes in Ocean City, not one comes close to ours. We take great pride in maintaining our gorgeous home in the Victorian style while providing our guests with modern amenities. We invite you to read our many superb guest reviews & schedule a visit; you'll absolutely love our home as have thousands of guests in the past 10 years.
My partner Polly and I both love collecting antiques, renovating houses, traveling, and reading. I have four children ages 17 to 25, and the youngest enjoy spending their summers at the beach with us. While my primary job is managing The Victoria Inn, I have lots of other “part-time” jobs. Polly and I are both adjunct professors in the Continuing Studies Department at Villanova University, teaching in the Paralegal Certificate Program. I teach real estate and estate planning and Polly teaches Information Systems. I have my law degree from Widener and my LLM from Villanova. Polly has a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies, her Master’s in Information Systems from Drexel University, and is currently pursuing a Six Sigma Certification. Polly works for ADT Security as a Senior Analyst, Environment, Health, Safety and Wellness. I am an attorney with a small practice limited to estates and real estate. Fortunately, Polly is quite handy and enjoys making improvements to the Inn. I’m constantly redecorating, so returning guests always find something new! We are both avid antique collectors and have a small shop in Seaville, NJ. Most weekends, time permitting, we are at estate sales, garage sales, or antique stores. It’s one of our favorite ways to spend an afternoon. We’ve had so much fun renovating, furnishing and decorating our house. If you are looking for a true home away from home, this is your vacation home!
WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! We love old homes and the family-friendly atmosphere of Ocean City - a fun, safe place to vacation. Ocean City was named the greatest family vacation resort by Travel magazine! It's comforting to allow the children to explore the town without worrying about bars on every corner as found in so many other south jersey beach towns. We are located one block to the newly expanded beach (April 2013) and 2.5 mile boardwalk. Every block of our fabulous beach is guarded, & the 7th Street beach is a guarded beach only for surfing. With so much to do, you can walk anywhere and avoid paying for parking! The boardwalk has two great amusement piers, a water park, several mini-golf courses, music pier, arcades, surf shops, a movie theater, dozens of stores, and every kind of 'fun food' imaginable: ice cream, pizza, salt water taffy, caramel corn, water ice, candy, fudge, French fries, seafood, smoothies, cotton candy, and more. We are just a couple of blocks to the 100+ shops and many restaurants on Asbury Avenue, a great shopping venue for a girls' weekend or a break from the hot sun! Less than one block from our home you will find 12 tennis courts, a track, football field, shuffleboard courts, basketball court, & beach volleyball. You can even rent bicycles for a morning ride on the boardwalk. Just a few blocks away is the bay where you can rent jet skis, go deep sea fishing, crabbing, enjoy a whale & dolphin watching cruise, go parasailing, or enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many outdoor cafes overlooking the water.
We are fortunate to live in one of the units year-round. We truly enjoy hosting special events. The Inn is conveniently located 20 minutes to Atlantic City’s casinos & terrific shopping outlets; 30 minutes to historic Cape May with its famous zoo, many antique stores, dozens of shops, Victorian homes & fantastic restaurants; an hour to Philadelphia, & 2.5 hours to New York City.
The Victoria Inn is a truly unique setting for summer vacations, intimate weddings, fabulous birthday parties, memorable anniversaries, festive holiday celebrations, & fun-filled family reunions. As partners, Polly and I especially enjoy hosting civil unions and weddings, & we will gladly assist you in planning the perfect event. Our lovely, fully enclosed courtyard, reminiscent of a French Cafe, has seating for 40 at fabulous wrought iron tables & chairs with many potted, hanging & climbing flowers, & hundreds of tiny white lights. With accommodations for up to 40, the Victoria Inn provides a reasonably priced retreat venue, ideal for corporate, youth & spiritual retreats. Meeting space for large groups is available just a few blocks away. We will gladly assist with reservations.
From mid-June to the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, weekly rentals only. From September to mid-June, a 2-3 night minimum stay is generally required.
In addition to celebrations, guests have gathered for Creative Memories Scrap-booking, Mah-Jong weekends, yoga and spiritual retreats, & many youth groups. Ocean City also hosts many special events including the M.S. Bike-a-thon, ALS walk, antique car show, Spring & Fall Block Parties, craft shows, art shows, Easter Egg Hunt with 100,000 eggs, Decorated Hat Parade, Halloween Festivities, Trick-or-Treating, Hayrides on the boardwalk, Music Festivals, Breakfast with Santa & Free Horse & Carriage Rides! Just steps from our house are all of the fabulous First Night (New Year's) Activities with fireworks, rides, musicians, shows & magicians.
Conveniently located to AC, Phila & NY International Airports & local transit.
Ocean City is fully recovered from Hurricane Sandy! Voted the Best Family Resort by the Travel Channel, & the best beach in NJ for 2009! Multi-million dollar beach replenishment project complete for the 2013 season. Lovely, guarded beaches and a surfing beach 2 blocks away! Summer events include musicians & weekly events on the boardwalk, sand sculpture contest, parades, family nights, a fabulous farmer's market & more! Enjoy the gorgeous beach, 2 mile boardwalk, 2 amusement piers, water park, mini golf, track & football field, tennis courts (8 clay & 8 turf), beach volleyball, jet ski rentals, surfing lessons, spas, salons, unique shops, & antique stores. Stroll the boardwalk & visit Fudge Kitchen, Shriver's Salt Water Taffy, Kohr Bros Ice Cream, Manco & Manco Pizza, George's Candies & dozens of shops! 20 minutes to Atlantic City casinos & shows, 30 minutes to Historic Cape May & the Cape May Zoo, 70 minutes to Philadelphia, 2.5 hours to NY City! Many events are planned throughout the year including Street Rod Weekend, Spring & Fall Block Parties, craft shows & Easter, Halloween, Christmas & New Year’s events!