Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4
Bonnie and John Rappole
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 1996
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.
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Cottage in the woods
Everything you need for a peaceful getaway in the woods. We had a wonderful time bird and wildlife watching. Fantastic view of the creek and forest from the rear deck.
This charming, warm and lovely cottage is a little slice of heaven. It's spotless but very comfortable. Our hosts put a lot of care and thought and obvious love into it. Everything you need is here. Perfect for a family but perfect for just the two of us as well. Thank You, Bonnie and John for a wonderful stay!
The history, the views, the sound of the water and birds,...just the peace! We loved it.!
So happy to hear that you had a pleasant time at the cottage and that you appreciated the quiet beauty of it- just what our family has loved about it since 1929!!!
This property is amazing. The owners were very friendly and helpful. They provide all you need to enjoy and relax. The firepit and hot tub provided much needed relaxation. The property was well kept and clean. Beautiful views from the large back porch.
We will be back!! Thank you!!
We will look forward to seeing you again and thank you for visiting....it was a pleasure meeting you!
We loved our stay at your "cabin in the woods". The whole experience was wonderful from the moment we got there. Our grandson caught his first fish and was excited beyond words. The deck exceeded all expectations and the hot tub was fantastic. I had a grumpy little red-tailed squirrel who kept me company each morning as I had my coffee -- it was as if he was telling me "where's my cup?". We lost count of the numbers and types of birds feeding at the suspended feeders. They were a complete delight to watch. (BTW, however did you get the hooks into those trees to attach the wire that suspended the feeders? That was a question we and our family guests kept speculating about.) I only took one short hike -- there was just too much going on -- but loved following the path along the brook. Next time (and there will be a "next time") I will plan for one day just to explore the trails. Thank you so much for one of the most relaxing and pleasant get-aways we have had in many years. We're so happy to have found you.
It was a delight meeting you and your family and we are very happy to hear how much you enjoyed your stay......come back soon!
Amazing Honeymoon Getaway!
The home was amazing! The woods were wonderful and the cabin was very clean! :) The pond is grand as well and we even caught some fish. The location is perfect and the small town nearby has great restruants! :D I highly recommend!
Best Wishes to you both......it was a pleasure meeting you!
As my family drove to Bonny Brook for our second stay, we anticipated enjoying the cabin as we did last summer. We were not disappointed! Everything was wonderful!
Great to see you again!!!!
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.