Gingerbread House - Bed and Breakfast - Cape May New Jersey
 

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Gingerbread House - Bed and Breakfast - Cape May New Jersey

Gingerbread House - Bed and Breakfast - Cape May New Jersey

 Gingebread House Cape May NJ Joan and Fred Echevarria bought the Gingerbread House in 1979. Fred gave up his position as a clinical psychologist to move to Cape May and to restore the Gingerbread House. Gingerbread House - Bed and Breakfast - Cape May New JerseyJoan continued to commute on a daily basis to Philadelphia to work at an investment firm. This trek to Philadelphia lasted for 13 long years. She now works at the Gingerbread House full-time.
    The house has been meticulously and impeccably restored with tender loving care. The first part of the restoration took place by replacing or repairing all the major utilities - electrical, roofing, plumbing, foundation, installing a heating system, and a lot of painting and scraping. Fred and Joan's families gave them a lot of support by helping with the painting and other fun projects. After a few years of running the Gingerbread House , all the rooms were redone for a second time. Some of the modifications include adding and restoring bathrooms, knocking down walls to modify guest rooms, scraping and removing all the paint from the walls and woodwork, and wallpapering the entire house. Fred works tremendously hard at maintaining the Gingerbread House to perfection. Outside and inside painting, building fences, additions added to the rear of the house, tearing down chimneys, retrofitting and making windows and designing and planning for the Gingerbread House have kept this couple very busy.

    Fred has become a self-taught master craftsman. He has restored all the bathrooms by fabricating Corian counter tops Gingerbread House - Bed and Breakfast - Cape May New Jerseyand sink combinations along with Corian showers, backsplashes and windowsills. Gingerbread House - Bed and Breakfast - Cape May New JerseyHe has made the woodwork and the cabinetry in the bathrooms out of Teak wood. The shower doors have been made out of Teak wood and glass. Many guests say it reminds them of a ship. Fred has also designed and made the two double exterior front doors out of Teak wood and beveled glass. The transom glass above the double doors is also of Teak wood and ornate design of beveled glass panels. Fred has recently become interested in metal work. Also self-taught, he has designed the front door handles and assorted hardware out of titanium - a lightweight and very durable metal. The inlaid carnelian stones add a special touch to the glamour of the door handles. Throughout the house Fred's wonderful woodwork is evident. His designs are evident in the dining room Teak wood weather station, the rosewood barometer cabinet and the walnut shadow box coffee table. The coffee table is used as a display cabinet for Joan's seashell collection for the guests to enjoy. A three-panel large stain glass window (which blends with the wallpaper colors perfectly) was placed in the dining room in a Teak wood frame when Fred removed the clear glass window. Although off premise to their guests, Fred has refinished the kitchen with Corian countertops and such.
  
   Fred's handiwork is seen throughout the house. Fred has handcrafted the two front porches, arches surrounding the porches and the railings. Bob Villa actually signed one of the porch arches on his tour through Cape May. In order for Fred to make all of his goodies he had to build a workshop in the rear of the property so he'd have a place for his creative juices to flow.

  Joan has chosen to decorate the interior of the house with light and bright colors instead of the typical darker colors of the Victorian era. The wallpapers have been tastefully chosen to coordinate with the upholstery and pillow fabrics. She has made all the lace curtains throughout the house. One can see the art glass collection, the jack in the pulpit vase collection, animal teapot collection, cranberry glass and the paperweight collection throughout the house. The garden in the front yard, however small, is very mighty with some unusual flowers. The garden is one of Joan's hobbies and passions. The garden is adorned with blue thistles, phlox, balloon flowers, daisies, coreopsis, vinca and an assortment of other flowers to coordinate with the exterior colors of the house. When Joan isn't busy gardening, managing the Gingerbread House and taking reservations, she's hard at work in the kitchen preparing a wide assortment of baked goodies for breakfast and afternoon tea.

  Classical music is played in the parlor for the guests to enjoy. The wood-burning fireplace is an enjoyment in the wintertime as guests drink wine or have afternoon tea. The wicker filled front porch is a favorite gathering spot in the summer for breakfast, afternoon tea or just plain chatting with other guests, while listening to the sounds of the sea and enjoying the light ocean breezes.

  Gingerbread House - Bed and Breakfast - Cape May New JerseyOriginal artwork fills the walls at the Gingerbread House. Jane, Fred's mother, painted many watercolor paintings of Cape May homes and interior scenes, and then published a book. All of her pictures are on display at the Gingerbread House. Prior to buying and restoring the Gingerbread House, Fred was involved with photography. Many of his pictures are framed in handmade teak and cherry wood. Other artwork by a notable painter, Mary Whyte from Charleston, S.C. formerly of the Philadelphia area, fills the many walls. The artwork is bright and cheery to keep with the taste of the colors and feeling created in this house.

Gingerbread House - Bed and Breakfast - Cape May New Jersey  Authentic Victorian antiques fill each room with flair. The woods are either rosewood or walnut and much of the furniture has been hand refinished and restored. The marble tops range in color from white, taupe, peach and rose. Joan and Fred searched for the antiques from Newport, R.I. down to Charleston, S.C. and had many eventful experiences in their antiquing jaunts. The very beautiful secretaries, armoires, sofa sets, bed sets, chairs, tables, dining room servers are a few examples of the antique jewels throughout the house.

  Fred's talent in craftsmanship and Joan's personality and eye for decorating have made the Gingerbread House a success.

 

 

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Gingerbread House - Bed and Breakfast - Cape May New Jersey

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28 Gurney Street Cape May, NJ 08204
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