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Lovely little house- very private and peaceful

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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

Bonnie and John Rappole
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2018

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 Bemus Point

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.


Bemus Point Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • 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
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)


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Lovely little house- very private and peaceful
average rating of 4.9215684 based on 51 reviews

Magical, lovely cottage.......oct.29th till nov 1st was NOT long enough at all.

  • 5 of 5

we had the pleasure of staying at Bonny's brook cottage, we stayed 3 days and from the minute my hubby and i walked in. WE knew we were in love...The cottage is beautiful. tastefully decorated, Bonnie & John were the kindest folk's ever..the fireplace was beautiful. kept a nice ambiance at all times. the Bed was so comfortable it felt like we were home... I can't say enough about this little piece of heaven, but this summer we are staying 2 weeks, we are so excited 3 days were not nearly enough to enjoy all that is offered at this one of a kind cottage... thank you so much John & Bonnie.. i don't know how i missed this one for we have been renting cabins in Ohio for the last 7 years now...So with that being said This is our little piece of paradise now.. absolutely beautiful...comfy and oh so cozy, again we thank you for being the most gracious host's of any rentals properties we have been too.. See you in July... we are so excited to use the outdoor space. it has everything you could possible want or need...So quiet and magical. you would never know the cottage was there...absolutely stunning.. and the HOT TUB wow.. that is beyond words..drinking coffee in the morning watching the finches, bluejay's, cardinals etc simply suberb!!! ty again so much... Debbie & Dave

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed meeting you and are delighted that you are returning !!
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Great property and the owners Bonnie and John were as nice as can be

  • 5 of 5

The house was charming and well maintained. The property was incredible. There are a couple acres of yard around the house along with a nice small pond. There is enough room for doing all sorts of things and they provide activities (volley ball / badminton equipment, sand box, fire pit and BBQ, rope swing into pond, croquet, etc) good for the whole family. I was there with just my dog, who loved running around the property, but it would be a great place for a family or family group. There is a shaded back porch that over looks a creek that is the perfect place to stay cool. Other than the immediate area around the house, there are multiple acres of wooded land and a larger creek to explore (my dog was in heaven). I would highly recommend the property for anybody who wanted to get away from the hectic life. During my stay, I didn't see another soul, except for the owners who met me when I arrived.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have been coming down to the Chautauqua area for twenty some years and we have never seen the quality of linens and towels that were included with the rental and quantity ! Very pleased . The cabin is tastefully decorated and very clean and well kept . The property is simply beautiful, a warm fire welcomed us in the cabin when we arrived along with sparkling grape juice or wine if you prefer and crackers and cheese . Bonnie and John are some of the nicest people we have ever met , we will definitely be staying at this amazing property again ,Kathy & Norm

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We meet some pretty awesome and thoughtful guests too.....thanks for being so great!
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Bluffton, SC

Loved this quaint private cottage!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in this cute little cottage the week before my daughter got married and we absolutely loved it. We brought our 2 dogs who had a wonderful time also. We took a walk in the woods with them and they went swimming in the pond and had the greatest time. The cottage was very nice and clean, it was quiet and so relaxing. Our first couple of days there we really enjoyed sitting out on the deck - you feel like you're in a tree house. We grilled out and ate our dinner out there. The view is beautiful! The rest of the week was very busy for us due to the wedding so we didn't get to enjoy everything the cottage had to offer. I would have loved to sit by the fire pit one night and used the hot tub. We definitely would stay here again. Thanks so much Bonnie and John!

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This Cottage was just the get-away place that my husband and I desperately needed! Our nights were finally cool enough that we could enjoy both the wood burning fireplace inside and the firepit outside, and even our dog had a place in the pond to take a swim. Topping it off with the Hot Tub it was just the recipe for rest and relaxation that we were so hoping for. Thank you again Bonnie and John. We hope to come back soon! Grafton, OH 10/2017

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely meeting you and do come back soon!
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Elyria, Ohio

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted a relaxing weekend away from home and we could not have picked a better place to stay. We took advantage of everything that Bonnie and John had to offer -

- the house, deck, hot tub, fire pit and trails. Everything about our weekend was perfect and we especially want to thank Bonnie and John for their hospitality.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are so welcome......always a pleasure to meet wonderful people and we hope that you return.
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Bemus Point
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Bemus Point
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Bemus Point
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Maple-Springs Ellery Rd.
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Ellery Center
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $60
Refundable 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.