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Lake Chautauqua Victorian

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,920 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, sleeps 8

This is a fully restored authentic Victorian house located on beautiful Lake Chautauqua, New York. A perfect oasis ideal for couples or families wanting to escape and unwind. The house has porches and gardens on three sides for outdoor dining and relaxation and comfortable indoor rooms. There is a modern gourmet family 'eat in' kitchen with marble counters, modern appliances, stained glass, heart pine floors with a gas fireplace for chilly mornings. Additionally, there is a front parlor with TV, dvd player, card/puzzle table and a sitting room with wet bar for quiet conversation. The 1/2 bath is located on the first floor The second floor has three bedrooms each with a queen sized bed. There are two full bathrooms on the second in the master suite and the other shared. The third floor has a bedroom with twin beds.

Property Manager
Sandy Osborn
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 9, 2018

About Sandy Osborn

My husband and I purchased this shell of a cottage in wiring, plumbing, kitchen or porches. We had always wanted to restore a Victorian House and this tiny cottage called to us. The neighbors called it 'Tottering' because it looked like it would fall over...or totter at any time. We spent several years restoring and bringing this treasured beauty back to her original glory with updated modern conveniences and appliances.

Sandy Osborn purchased this house in 1994

Why Sandy Osborn chose Dewittville

Our neighbor was able to locate a picture of what the house looked like in the 1880s and in that way we were able to replicate the porches and keep the original victorian 'feel' while restoring and updating this labor of love. Of course there is all new wiring, plumbing, flooring and appliances to make a comfortable, modern house while retaining the victorian theme inside and out.

What makes this house unique

Tottering was thoroughly insulated during the restoration process which makes for a very quiet atmosphere whether the outside has a beautiful day or a winter storm roaring. Every room has a ceiling fan to provide maximum comfort even on the warmest of days. The kitchen has a window air conditioner that can be used when needed.

Every effort has been made to decorate simply and elegantly...stained glass windows in the kitchen and wet bar area, marble and butcher block kitchen counters...heart pine floors and kitchen cupboards carry the pine 'theme' throughout the house with restored Victorian doors and hardware obtained from a Victorian House the same age as Tottering.

There are porches on three sides of the house...for dining 'al fresco' or just for relaxing at any time of the day. Wicker and lounge chairs and a swing make it an inviting place to just 'be'. The simple, elegant decor at Tottering makes it easy to come in, put up your feet and relax and unwind. Of course there is 'WiFi', a DVD player, TV, Radio with speakers in the sitting room and kitchen and a card table with a puzzle top for puzzle lovers.


Dewittville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1920 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Half Bathroom -
  • 1/2 bathroom on first floor; 2nd floor has two full bathrooms. Both have vintage claw foot tubs and separate modern shower stalls. One bathroom is in the master suite; the second full bathroom is shared by the other bedrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 1 master suite plus 2 additional bedrooms on 2nd floor all have queen sized beds; 1 bedroom on 3rd floor has twin beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
'Tottering' as the house is called has a fully equipped gourmet kitchen with large butcherblock prep island, marble countertops, dish washer, microwave, coffee maker, blender, mixer, gas fireplace, washer/dryer, tv/dvd player, wet bar, 2.5 bathrooms. The house includes WiFi, a TV/DVD player, Puzzle/game table. The porch on the Chautauqua Lake side has tables, chairs and chaises for al fresco dining and relaxation. There is a charcoal grill on the patio next to the porch and abundant herbs planted in the gardens and flower boxes for your pleasure. Maximum 8 guests including infants and children June, July and August have 7 day minimum stay with Friday 4p.m. check in; Friday noon check-out. September through May have 3-Day minimum stay requirements. NO SMOKING/PETS


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average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Terrific time at The Tottering

  • 5 of 5

If the Tottering is not available for your vacation, change your vacation dates. It is a gem. Porches on front, side and back provide sun or shade any time of day, the surrounding lawn and gardens are colorful. Short walk to the lakefront.

The cottage is cozy and well stocked with every need: you could even bake a pie if one were so inclined. The kitchen is ample and the island allowed 3 people to prepare food without being in each other's way or access to,sink or refrigerator.

The living areas are cozy and there are little retreats tucked away in master bedroom, sitting area and wingback chairs by the gas burning fireplace. Afghans are plentiful for cool evenings on the deck or anywhere. Books, puzzles, games: something for everyone.

Pt. Chautauqua itself is a beautiful neighborhood on the historic register with homes and cottages whose architecture make an iinteresting walk. The cottage was lovingly restored by the owners whose progress is documented in 3 photo albums, very interesting viewing.

The owner met us upon arrival , was helpful, and was available via text or email during the stay for questions, if necessary.

We would definitely rent again when we need a place that sleeps 8. Two and one half baths were nice. When 8 year old granddaughter made a wish upon the first evening star, it was that she was" staying a whole week! " Alas, she only was there for a long weekend.

Good job, Sandy and family.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Tottering is a special place --- beautiful and relaxing with a warm "at-home" environment. My family and I had a great time just enjoying the peace and quiet and unplugging from the daily routine. The house is simply beautiful, comfortable and spacious. We love to cook so we thoroughly enjoy the gourmet kitchen. Our favorite place to dine is the back porch area which is spacious and cozy. The owners are very accommodating and are always interested in the comfort of their guests. In addition, if you have any questions while you are staying there, you can reach the owners at any time. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and are planning to return as often as possible.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Step Back in Time to Victiorian Elegance

  • 5 of 5

Tottering is dream. You can feel the history of this charming, genteel house as soon as you see it. The owner has built a 2-story addition to update the house with a modern kitchen, dining area and a spacious master bedroom suite at the top of the winding staircase. The guest rooms are cozy and the whole house clean and well kept. Furnishings are comfortable and unassuming, like a visit to grandma's! Find peace and rest for your spirit in any season at Tottering.... a snowy winter's quiet time by the warmth of the kitchen stove heater... or lemonade on the deck surrounded by flowers.... or a cool walk to the lake in the red, gold and orange of autumn. On one of several stays at Tottering, my husband and I spent a Valentine's weekend enjoying the Lake Chautauqua Wine and Chocolate tour! The countryside around the lake is stunning. Just a short drive away you can find fun and affordable restaurants like Guppy's, Bonar's in Mayville for breakfast, and don't miss The Ellery Cow for a tasty experience of rural New York! The owners are easily reached by phone for any questions or problems. I have recommended staying at Tottering to my friends and they all have been well pleased.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your gracious comments of your impressions about 'Tottering'. We have made every effort to create an oasis...a wonderful getaway....comfortable and easy for ourselves and our guests....and we are delighted when our guests enjoy this treasure as much as we do!
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Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
Point Chautauqua Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Route 430
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Guppies Tavern
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Peek n Peak
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Point Chautauqua
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Lake/water activities/swim/boating.

* walk; golf, tennis, picnic, fishing.

* Chautauqua Institution; classes, educational opportunities.

* Shopping; flea markets, craft fairs.

* Wine tours in Chautauqua county.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Walk, play tennis, lake activities.

* Visit Chautauqua Institution off season.

* puzzles, games, dvd player.

* Read.

* Relax and unwind!.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Lake/water activities.

* family reunions.

* Midway Amusement Park.

* Point Chautauqua Beach.

* Visit Niagra Falls (1 hour drive).

Point Chautauqua is like a 'gated community' without being a 'gated community! Quiet, very little traffic, great for walking...the beach and lakefront are only 5 mins. away. Lake activities abound...boat rental is nearby in Mayville, N.Y. Restaurants and casual eateries from Bemus Point to Mayville and Westfield. Guppies, The Ellery Cow and Midway are a couple of our favorite restaurants. The Midway Amusement Park (State Park) is ideal for children with a classic Carousel and Amusement Park rides perfect for smaller children.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $85

Rates are $225.00 per night. Additionally, here is a 5% bed tax on the rental rate required by Chautauqua County, New York.
June, July and August have 7 day minimum stays with check in on Fridays at 4 p.m. and Check out on Fridays at noon.
$85.00 cleaning fee

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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