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Chautauqua - Large 5 BR Lake House

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10-14)

This home is a large 5 bedroom lake house built in the 1880's with all modern amenities. There is a large eat in kitchen, dining room, living room, sun room, game room, large covered porch and 1/2 bath on the first floor with 5 bedrooms and two baths upstairs. The house is ideal for a large group and/or families with plenty of area for children to play and adults to relax. The first floor has plenty of common area to accommodate everyone without feeling crowded. There is a detached garage for additional storage of any recreational equipment you want to bring and a grass driveway with plenty of space. Cable TV and Blueray player with Netflix access; as well as internet access via cable modem and Wi-Fi are provided.

The home is located in the private lake community of Point Chautauqua which is located in Dewittville, NY. We are 10 minutes from Bemus Point and the Chautuaqua Institute. The house is ideally situated 150 yards from the water and 100 yards from the community field which includes a tennis court and baseball field.

Keywords: House, Cottage, Home, Chautauqua

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Daniel Rood
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 14, 2018

Why Daniel Rood chose Dewittville

My family and I have been coming to Point Chautauqua for over 50 years and my parents and cousins have shared a house since the 1960's. We purchased this huge house after renting it for several years during our family reunions.

This house is thought to be the third house built at Point Chautauqua and was completed in the late 1880's as the home of Ward Cadwell whose family owns and operates a cheese shop in Dewittville. We are only the fourth owner of this home in over 125 years.

Point Chautauqua was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and has been designated a historical site by the State of NY.

What makes this house unique

The Point Chautauqua Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. Portions of the text below were adapted from a copy of the original nomination document. [1] Adaptation copyright © 2009, The Gombach Group.

The Point Chautauqua Historic District in Chautauqua County, New York is located on a peninsula along the shores of Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York State. The site is approximately three miles from the village of Mayville. The Point Chautauqua Historic District is a planned resort community that was laid out in 1875 as a Baptist camp meeting to the design of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. Within a generation, the religious retreat had evolved into a resort community, which continued to develop in that mode throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The eighty-acre Point Chautauqua Historic District is characterized by its serpentine street system, which ascends the steep wooded slopes of its lakeside site, and its collection of single-family residences from throughout the period of significance.

The Point Chautauqua Historic District occupies a promontory on the northeastern shore of Lake Chautauqua, an eighteen-mile-long, irregularly shaped body of water confined within a deep valley. The hills rise 'en echelon' above the lake on either side, displaying the rounded forms typical of this glaciated sector of the Appalachian Plateau. At an elevation of 1,309 feet above sea level, Lake Chautauqua is one of the highest large fresh-water bodies of water in the country. Its waters drain through the Allegheny River into the Ohio-Mississippi system. These natural features have provided the district with a lush, sloping landscape bordering a curving waterfront. The Point Chautauqua Historic District covers a hilly area ascending steeply (105 feet) from the shore of Lake Chautauqua.

Point Chautauqua Historic District is almost directly across the lake from the Chautauqua Institute


Dewittville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (5) One room with two twins, second room with bunk beds with a trundle
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Chautauqua - Large 5 BR Lake House
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews

Charming large home with lots of character

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. The reason for our stay was for a nearby wedding/family reunion and this house added to the joy of this occasion. There was enough privacy for those of us who stayed in the house as well as plenty of room to host other family members for dinner. The porch was incredible and loved having a bonfire in the fire pit. Lake Chautauqua was just a short stroll down the hill.

The house was adequately stocked with household supplies, linens and towels.

We'd love to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words and we are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay.
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Fun week at the the lake

  • 5 of 5

We had spent some time at Lake Chautauqua in the eighties with our children and friends. We had very happy memories of those times and the week at the Rood house was just as enjoyable. The home is clean, well located and all systems were operating. We had some difficulty with the gas grill but the owner replaced it quickly. Highly recommended for people that enjoy boating, fishing or just sitting on the porch and talking.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Classic accommodations in nice, quiet neighborhood.

  • 4 of 5

Great location for our extended, far-flung family get-together. The house was clean, had lots of charm, and owner accommodating. Would rent again.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Chautauqua Lake Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

Great location, well equipped and very comfortable vacation home for large families. Enjoyed the golf course, walking the community for exercise and with the babies in strollers and the great lakefront swimming area!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great family gathering vacation home

  • 5 of 5

This place had all the comforts of home with a big kitchen for cooking family meals, plenty of comfortable sitting areas all throughout the house, plenty of sleeping areas and bathrooms, but the best place of all was the porch. We spent most of our evenings on the porch. It's a wonderful place for playing music, eating meals, and enjoying leisure time with family. We also enjoyed the beach area and public park, except for a very grouchy man who would frequently come by and bark at us for breaking some rule. The problem is, there are no rules posted anywhere, so we didn't know the rules. Other than that, our stay was fabulous.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great old house!

  • 4 of 5

Our group had a great times. There were 12 of us in all ranging from 78 to 5 years old. The area is beautiful and there is so much to do. Panama Rocks was one of the best places we went. The house was perfectly situated for all of our wanderings. We brought kayaks and bikes. The porch and 1 st floor were marvelous. It was great to sit outside on the porch in the evening. All 12 of us could fit on the porch and hang out. The only thing we didn't like were the windows, which I understand are being replaced. Great idea. The house is a lovely old house with lots of character. I would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A dock for fishing and a Mooring with motorized dingy for transporting to the mooring


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 6.0%

Weekly rates for Saturday to Saturday stay is $1,850 from June thru Labor Day. The Week of 4th of July is $2,000.

May or post Labor Day stays are $250 per night with a minimum stay of 4 nights.

No additional taxes or cleaning fees are charged.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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