One of the oldest structures in town, this quaint cottage once belonged to James Bradley, the founder of Asbury Park. Full disclosure, we are still a work in progress (our loving restoration of this house will probably continue forever) but every is room comfortable and fully functional with many 21st century amenities.
You will have exclusive use of the garden bedroom which sleeps two, and has a separate entrance through the shady back garden. This bedroom has its own full bath (with tub and shower.) There is a cable TV and internet access in this room as well.
Garden bedroom guests have full run of the downstairs--so feel free to share our kitchen, hang out in the living room, lounge in the sun room, rock on our front porch or use the gas grill in our back yard.
We are pet friendly (we have 2 dogs of our own) so well socialized dogs are welcome.
We are within walking distance of all Asbury Park attractions, 3 blocks from the shops and restaurants of Cookman Avenue, 5 blocks from the ocean, and 4 short blocks from the NJ transit train and bus stations.
John was very welcoming and went out of his way to connect prior to date of stay.
john made us feel welcome from the start. he was warm when we arrived, and he had the perfect balance of letting us know what was up and giving us our space. great host. the space was exactly what we needed, a sweet little room, nice light, with a backyard for us to have some private space. just be sure you are very comfortable with your roommate...
John and Maria were wonderfull hosts. Very understanding about my giant schnauzer rembontiones and destroying a couple of things along the way. They were very helpful about telling me where to dine and the easiest way to go about it around town. The icing on the cake was when they offered me, in the morning a fresh Quiche right out of the oven with a cup of coffee, what else would you ask for as you are having your morning cigaret and wondering what to do about breakfast ? Strongly recommended . Easy going and real people. Also they offered me a ride from Manhattan to their hose in Asbury Park, which made my travels so much easier, so I have such a large dog. Thanks to you both so you made my experience so much more manageable. I will sure be back. Mauricio Pommé.
My experience in John and Maria's home by the shore was even greater than promised! They are both so kind and inviting, that you feel at ease right away with them. They clearly love their home very much and are happy to share its offerings with their guests. John was even kind enough to provide a ride down as we were leaving from about the same place at about the same time anyway! The room was exactly as promised--having the private entrance and bathroom was great, and yet I still felt apart of their home. The couple invited me for wine and cheese and great conversation as they seem to love to do. I definitely would have taken John up on his offer to go flea marketing with him, but I was there for one purpose--the beach! The beach was lovely and so easy to get to with plenty along the boardwalk to keep you busy. If it's high season I would definitely suggest getting there before 11 to get a good spot, but even still it wasn't nearly as crowded as some other beaches can get. John and Maria also have great suggestions for food and drink and I would listen to them for sure!
Now, if you're like me--a solo traveler--just beware, that while John and Maria will do all they can to make your experience great, that not all of Asbury will do the same. Seems more of a place to go with friends, family or loved ones. I always travel alone, but even in Turkey and Poland, I felt more of a connection to people than I did here. Course if you're just looking for some beach time, it's fine!
John made us feel welcome and was very accommodating. The room was small but clean. The bed was a futon and I slept well on it but my friend found it hard to be comfortable. John and his wife seem like very nice people.
We enjoyed our stay at Johns! Close to downtown. Nice patio to hang out in. John was quick to respond to any questions and great to talk to!
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