House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, sleeps 8
About Sandy Osborn
My husband and I purchased this shell of a cottage in 1994...no 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.
Max guests: 8
Minimum age of primary renter: 21
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Terrific time at The Tottering
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.
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.
Step Back in Time to Victiorian Elegance
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.
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!
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.