Secluded, woodland cottage, beautiful in all seasons (see Photos1, taken 25Nov2012, and 16) 3 miles east of Bemus Point, Chautauqua Lake, in western New York State.
Property is located on 100 acres of century-old sugar maple-hemlock forest along creek & ridges with spectacular spring and summer foliage (see photo 16), fall colors (see Photo 8) and winter snows (see Photo 10).
1 BR (one queen-size bed in master bedroom) (see Photo 2) and a loft with two double beds (see Photo 3).
Cool in summer with shaded deck, room air conditioner. exhaust fan, and ceiling fans.
Warm and cozy in fall and winter with stone fireplace (firewood provided) (see Photo 9), oil furnace (forced air).
Full kitchen (no dishwasher) (see Photo 5). Full laundry. Linens, silverware, dishes, cooking utensils, towels provided.
TV, Direct TV satellite service, VCR, and DVD. See calendar at right for availability.
My father, Albertus W. Rappole, bought the property in 1929 when he was 19, with help from his Grandmother, Velona Rappole. He and his father built the original single-room cabin in that year, using materials from the old Columbia Inn in Bemus Point, which had belonged to his Grandfather Rappole. The 160 acres was mostly pasture at the time. My two brothers, Robert and Bert, and myself were deeded the property from my parents in 1964. Both Robert and Bert lived in the cottage at various times in the 1970s and 1980s, expanding the original seasonal cabin into a cottage with all the normal amenities of a modern home. My wife, Bonnie, and I bought out my brothers' shares of the cottage and surrounding property in 1996. Having lived away from New York (Texas, Georgia, Minnesota, Virginia, etc.) for 40 years, we had planned to retire back to Chautauqua County, and live in the cottage. However, that plan would not have allowed our three children and their families space to visit. So we purchased a home in Jamestown, and kept the cottage available for their use. We rent it to others when they are not visiting.
“My family's association with this place goes back 95 years. My brothers and sisters and I grew up visiting it on weekends and summers, as did other members of our extended family and many friends, including my wife. We have lived in many different parts of the country and abroad since, but we always hoped we would be able to make it back to the county and the cottage on retirement.”
Snowboarding and Downhill Skiing - Peek'n Peek - 45 min; Holiday Valley - 60 min; Kissing Bridge - 60 min
Roger Tory Peterson Institute - birdwatcher's mecca; spectacular art and natural history exhibits - 10 min;
Chautauqua Institution - summer center for arts, education, religion, and recreation - 12 min;
Lilydale Spiritual Center (20 min);
Jackson Center (15 Min);
Lucy-Desi Museum (15 min);
Chautauqua Lake - Boating, fishing, swimming - 3 min.
Cross-country Skiing, Skate-Skiing, Telemarking - Two miles of trails on-site; hundreds of miles of trails at state parks (Long Point - 5 min; Allegany - 50 min), state lands, rails-to-trails, and famous Wilderness Lodge (30 min) -beautifully-groomed trails with challenging slopes suitable for skate-skiing and telemarking.
Midway Amusement Park - 5 min; Allegany State Park - 50 min;
Niagara Falls - 105 min; Long Point State Park - 5 min;
Seneca-Allegany Casino - 50 min;
State Parks - Long Point State Park - 5 min; Lake Erie State Park - 30 min; Allegany State Park - 45 min
Chautauqua Wine Trail - 20 min;
Southern Tier Brewery - 20 min;
Ice skating - rink open all year for public skating in Jamestown; hockey weekends Sep-Mar;
minor league baseball (Jamestown Jammers).
Whitewater canoeing- Cattaraugus Creek - 30 min; Letchwork State Park - 2 hr, 12 min
Hot Air Balloon Rides - Skysail Balloon Company provides rides over Chautauqua Lake and the region.
Major Transportation Hubs: Buffalo - 60 min; Buffalo Airport - 75 min; Erie, PA - 45 min; Jamestown Airport - 10 min; Interstate 86 interchange (Exit 10) - 5 min; Interstate 90 interchanges (Exits 59 Fredonia/Dunkirk and 60 Westfield) 30 min.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay. Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
Weekly Rate: $800
Monthly Rate: $3,000
$3,000/month; $800 for 4-7 nights ($3,000/month); $450 for 1-3 nights; plus county occupancy tax (5%); must be 25 or older to rent; no smoking permitted. Weekly rental only June-Oct.
We request a non-refundable $100 payment by credit card on booking for each week (or portion thereof) requested to hold the reservation, with the remainder due on check-in.
“The cottage sits on a hemlock-wooded ridge overlooking Bemus Creek (the 'Bonny Brook'). There are about 2 miles of hiking trails through the surrounding 160 acres (including 60 acres of my brother, Robert, and his wife, Barb's property. Most of the land is covered with maple-beech-hemlock forest with a rich variety of birds, mammals, and other wildlife, including deer, turkeys, coyotes, and bears. Eight species of birds come regularly to the feeders, summer and winter, and three species of squirrels - including Northern Flying Squirrels at night (the feeder is lighted). The pond is stocked with fish, and has two rope swings for adventurous bathers. Chautauqua County weather definitely provides four seasons, and Bonny Brook Cottage is a wonderful place to observe and enjoy each of them in an extraordinary setting; cool in summer, cozy in fall, winter, and spring.”