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Lovely little house- very private and peaceful

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 92 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 5

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.

Full bath

TV, Direct TV satellite service, VCR, and DVD. See calendar at right for availability.

More Details

Owner
Bonnie and John Rappole
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Bonnie and John Rappole

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.

Bonnie and John Rappole purchased this cottage in 1929

Why Bonnie and John Rappole chose New York

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Amenities

Bemus Point Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 92 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom is large with a double sink and full wall mirror. There is a tub/shower and commode and two windows; one looking out onto the lawn and the other into the woods.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Loft has 2 double beds, 2 end tables, and 2 reading lamps
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , queen bed, 2 bureaus, 2 tables with reading lamps, fan
  • The master bedroom has a single, queen-size bed. It has two picture windows, one of which looks out into the woods while the other looks onto the deck and woods beyond. There are two doors; one opening into the living room and one opening out onto the deck.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
Notes:
Stone Fireplace and Hearth (see Photo 9) - for cozy relaxation on rainy or snowy days and evenings. Firewood provided Spectacular views and walks in all seasons - Two miles of trails on 100 acres of property - spring peepers, fire flies, garden flowers, wild flowers, gorgeous fall foliage (see Photo 8) & winter snows (see Photo 10) . Satellite TV - HD Direct TV for football, hockey, basketball, movies, etc.; VCR; DVD players. Hot tub (see Photo 6). Charcoal grill Trails - 2 miles of hiking/x-c skiing trails (see photos 13, 14) along creek and ridges on property (see Photo 8). Hunting - deer, grouse, bear, turkey, squirrel hunting (no rifle) on 100 acres of property for renters only in season. Stocked Feeders Squirrels, chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, blue jays, etc. Stocked Pond 1/4 acre pond with dock (see photo 12), rope swings, fountain aerator - suitable for bathing and sunning (see Photo 7); pond is stocked with sunfish, blue guill, perch, and large mouth bass. Fire pit - fire pit with chairs by pond for evening cookouts; Large lawn with lawn games provided (croquet, bocce ball, badminton) (see photo 15); Sandbox - 15' x 15' clean sandbox with toys - covered when not in use; Large deck overlooking Bemus Creek with picnic table, lounge chairs and tables, awning (see Photo 6)

Reviews

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Lovely little house- very private and peaceful
average rating of 4.9302325 based on 43 reviews
Willoughby Hills, Ohio
5

Always a great stay

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed at Bonnie Brook. We had such a wonderful time the first time that we had to come back for my husband's 60th birthday. Our two grown children came and we had a great time, from playing badminton and Frisbee, to going in the hot tub at night. We also went to several wineries and to Beamus Point several times. The only drawback was no Wi-Fi, which was a problem for my teacher son who needed to get work done while he was there. We plan on coming back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Just what the doctor ordered .

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do it justice. This place is GORGEOUS!!!! Close to everything but far away at the same time. It's beautiful. The pond is stocked, caught a fish every cast. We never ran out of things to do & I haven't been this relaxed in a very long time. Thank you Bonnie & John. You and your lovely cottage made our family vacation definitely one to remember ! You guys were wonderful too!!

Peter, Summer, rylee & Owen.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you....you warm our hearts and we are so appreciative that you love the cottage and nature as much as we do!
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5

Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

The web site shows all the beauty that this cottage has, but it must be experienced to realize the true splendor this property has to offer. Once you absorb the landscape, the cottage was icing on the cake. John and Bonnie have it stocked with all the household needs (linens, towels, pillows, pantry...) very comfortable beds, quaint atmosphere. We enjoyed our welcome-gifts. They are very thoughtful in the details that made this so much fun. We definitely intend to return!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jamestown Pennsylvania
5

Relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home thay was decorated beautifully. Clean and all you could ask for to relax and enjoy nature. Loved watching the birds and flying squirrels. John and Bonnie meet us there with such lovely gifts of wine, cheese an coffee. What a surprise. Such great people. My husband enjoyed the pond and catching fish, the small one's gave him quite a fight Ha ha. Thank you for a lovely stay. We needed to relax.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great private vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

Such a cute, cozy place. My kids and I had a great time fishing in the pond, walking the trails and relaxing on the back patio. Bonnie and John were gracious hosts who gave us a warm welcome and were accessible throughout our stay. House was clean, hot tub was well taken care of, linens were nice and grill was clean. Cell service was spotty inside the house. We had a great week.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Cozy Cabin in The Woods

  • 4 of 5

I loved the ambiance of the cabin. I did not want to leave! Bonnie and John are the best for sharing their home with us. I cant wait to plan my next visit to the Cabin in The Woods!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Jamestown
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Bemus Point
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Bemus Point
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Bemus Point
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Buffalo
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Maple-Springs Ellery Rd.
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Ellery Center
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Peek-N-Peek
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Bemus Point
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Dining and Shopping.

* Fishing and Water Sports.

* Balloon Rides; Horseback Riding.

* Golf and Tennis.

* Night clubs, floating stage entertainment (in season).

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Hiking and biking.

* Driving trips to overlooks, state parks, Amish.

* Boating, swimming, fishing, tennis, golf.

* Culture - Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jackson Center, Lucy.

* State Parks.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Hiking, camping.

* Biking, swimming, playgrounds.

* Scenic visits to state parks, amusement parks.

* Lake Erie beaches.

* Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Lucy, Jackson, etc..

Snowboarding and Downhill Skiing - Peek'n Peak - 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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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $20
Damage Deposit $200

Must be 25 or older to rent; no smoking permitted.
$100.00 deposit is non-refundable.
June - August available for minimum 6- night rental only (Sunday after 4 PM check-in, Saturday 11 AM check-out) at $900 for each 6-night period or portion thereof.
We suggest that you purchase your own renters insurance for reimbursement of total if you cancel less than 30 days of arrival date
Check out time is 11 am and check in is 4 pm unless other arrangements are made ahead of time with owner.
Renters may bring small, well-behaved dogs (less than 40 pounds) at a charge of $20/night per pet.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.