INTRODUCING THE COTTAGES AT BEACH PLUM FARM (SUMMER PREVIEW)
Come home to Beach Plum Farm, where alarm clocks are the sounds of the rooster crowing and every night the stars put on a show.
When Curtis Bashaw and his partner Will Riccio acquired the land that is now Beach Plum Farm in 2007, the vision was to grow food for Cape May restaurants and to perhaps one day build a home. They were inspired by the farming heritage of South Jersey and knew that the economy here was always a mixture of tourism, fishing, and farming. In fact, the Millers and Cakes, owners of Congress Hall for a good part of the 1800’s, also owned a farm in West Cape May where they grew food for the hotel.
As the years have passed Beach Plum has become much more than land that grows food – it has become a destination for thousands of visitors each year to see the animals raised and witness the food grown. The farm stand opened in 2011 under a tent. The barn was added in 2015 giving the farm market a permanent home. A kitchen was added to that in 2016 allowing people to enjoy breakfast and lunch and special farm-to-table dinners. When the opportunity arose to acquire the original farmhouse and barn for the land that became Beach Plum, Bashaw and Riccio jumped at the opportunity.
And so the vision was born to create cottages and barns on the farm for people to stay and participate in the rhythm of farm life. To arrive and leave your car and be given keys to a golf cart and bicycles. To have the fridge stocked with fresh eggs and meats at turndown in the evening so that you can cook your own breakfast in the morning – or to come to the main barn and join others for breakfast; to participate in the egg harvest, or potato or strawberry or whatever harvest; to take a dip in the pool set in an orchard or simply to wind down the evening sitting around a campfire, enjoying the night sounds on the farm. Our farm team will offer personalized service to help you enjoy your time at Beach Plum Farm.
There are five residences on the farm – two cottages and three barns – sleeping from 2 – 12 in various configurations; featuring cooks kitchens, screened porches, wood stoves and comfy rooms.
The Whaler's Cottage: Sleeping 2 – 8, this cottage dates back to the late 1700’s, making it one of the oldest homes on Cape Island. Philip Hand was a descendant of Mayflower pilgrims who found their way to the southern tip of New Jersey chasing the burgeoning whaling industry. Philip established a plantation and when his daughter Martha was married, he built a home on a parcel of land as a wedding gift. With its winding staircase and fireplace from the 1700’s and special kids loft, the Whaler's Cottage will take you back to the frontier days on Cape Island and was the homestead for what has become Beach Plum Farm.
The Winona Cottage: Sleeping 2 – 12, this cottage is one of the original Sears, Roebuck, and Co. mail order homes. Called the Modern Homes program, Sears sold over 75,000 homes between 1908 and 1940. The Winona was a popular model between 1927 and 1932. The arts and crafts cottage vibe runs throughout the house with its beautiful floors and airy screened southern facing porch.
The Barns: Sleeping 2 – 8, the Carriage Barn dates to 1850’s and was used as a carriage house. Converted to a home in the 1950’s, it has been restored featuring the original beams and beadboard. The Owl Barn is set atop a rise next to a towering dawn redwood. The Hidden Barn is nestled in a grove of evergreens. Both were built in 2018 by the same Lancaster County, Pennsylvania family who built the farm’s main barn in 2015. Using Pennsylvania Hemlock and old fashioned mortise and tenon joinery, the timber frames were raised on a chilly March day and are held together with wooden pegs. All three barns have a rustic charm, full kitchens, spacious screened porches and wood stoves.
The cottages and barns are equipped with full kitchens, living rooms, dining areas, screened porches and washer/dryers. They also include Cape Resorts signature bedding, complimentary WIFI, access to the farm’s swimming pool as well as Congress Hall’s beach service.
During our Summer Preview, the cottages are available for Saturday to Saturday rentals. They will be fully set up with linens upon arrival and include a weekly tidy.
The introductory preview prices will be available for the summer of 2018 only.