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Four Winds Niagara

Bedrooms 10
Space 10,000 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Estate, 10 Bedrooms, 10.0 Bathrooms, (Sleeps 19)

See more details and photos on my website: We would love to welcome you to our slice of heaven --  a 10,000 square foot, 10 bedroom "Big Chill" house overlooking the beautiful Niagara River. It has gardens galore, river access, a tennis court and a large heated swimming pool, all on 7 acres and over 350 feet of riverfront on the lower Niagara River in Western New York. Formerly a day's carriage ride from Buffalo (now 30 minutes by car), the house was built in 1916 by one of our ancestors as a summer retreat. It has been updated over the years (including central air-conditioning throughout) but retains all the charm of an old country estate. There's lots to do in the area, including amazing Niagara Falls, but the property itself is a peaceful and rejuvenating place to spend time -- perfect for reunions with family and friends.

Property Manager
Kathy and Duncan Smith
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2017


Youngstown Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 19
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • All of the full bathrooms have been updated with granite counter-tops and new appliances.
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Bedrooms 6, 7, 8 and 9 are in the old maids' wing and share two bathrooms. Very charming suite of rooms!
  • Books
  • Foosball
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Please inquire if you would like information regarding private catering and/or cooking in-house.


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(8 traveler reviews)

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Four Winds Niagara
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Cannot be beat!!!!

  • 5 of 5

If you have a large party and are looking for a place close to Niagara Falls and Niagara-On-The-Lake...look no further!!! This beautiful home and property cannot be beat.

We were a group of 14 adults (7 couples) who spent a week here in July.

Every couple had their own beautiful room with attached bathroom. We cooked breakfast and dinner most nights and and never lacked any utensils to cook with. Our only problem was picking which porch or patio to eat each day. In the morning we enjoyed breakfast in the back of the house along the Niagara River watching the different birds in the bird feeders.

Cocktails at night were usually on a large porch overlooking the beautiful gardens and dinner was spent on a covered patio. The atmosphere was so beautiful, we never wanted to eat inside.

Many of us took long walks in the morning or rode bikes made available by Duncan, the owner. The tennis courts and pool were used every day. To tell you the truth many of us didn't want to leave the property and do the tourist thing. This home was very close to the Falls and Niagara- On-The- Lake and travel to Canada was no problem, even in the busy month of July.

The owners of the property, Duncan and Kathy were a delight. They provided everything we could have possibly needed. This home is immaculate and the surrounding estate is so impeccably maintained, especially the beautiful gardens.

We will find any excuse to rent "Four Winds" again. Duncan and Kathy, thank you for making our stay at Four Winds a week we will never forget.

Julie D.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Julie, for such a lovely review. What a great group of people you brought, and Kathy and I were delighted to know how much you enjoyed the house and grounds. We try to make it the kind of place that groups/families want to return to, and we succeed.
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A Dream Week

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect home for our 17-person family reunion, ages 7 to 75. Four Winds is a gorgeous riverfront estate with fantastic porches and lovely gardens. Duncan and Kathy have thought of everything in providing a fully-furnished retreat, and were the consummate hosts. In addition, with the swimming pool, ping pong, tennis courts, the birds and chipmunks, and so much more, the kids were never bored around the house. This was my family's 14th annual reunion, and Four Winds is one of the few to which we would strongly consider returning.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magnificent Estate

  • 5 of 5

Four Winds far surpassed the expectations of our 16 guests, ranging in age from 7 to 75. The house was spacious, immaculate, and there was a separate quarters off the kitchen where my daughters' family, including 5 boys, stayed and had complete privacy. There were many outdoor patios and the pool and tennis court were pristine. The attic playroom was huge and the boys were well entertained there. Duncan was always available to address any questions or concerns. The kitchen and appliances were state of the art. Bedrooms and living spaces were decorated beautifully with many antiques that highlighted the history of the estate. Bikes were available for rides into the quaint villages of Youngstown and Lewistown. Kids and adults loved visiting nearby Niagara Falls. We also saw a concert at the Art Park in Lewistown and attended a jazz festival there. Four Winds definitely set the bar by which all our future vacations will be judged. We definitely plan on returning in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home Away From Home Vacation Rental !

  • 5 of 5

What a Pleasurable Vacation with a great balance of things to do for people of all ages and different hobbies ! When the days activities away from Four Winds at Niagara Falls National Park or one of the local Golf Courses were done, the Pool, Game Room, Tennis Court, the Dock, A Quiet Patio or Porch was the perfect place to come Home to for a relaxing late afternoon and evening. The Fully Appointed Kitchen had every Item & utensil anyone cooking for a large group would ever need and the large gas grill allowed us to cook food for 18 people with everything done and ready to eat all at the same time. The large Dining Room allowed all of us to gather together and enjoy Game Nights with our favorite beverages which included Wines from the numerous local New York Wineries. The House was Spotless, Linens were Clean, Mattresses Comfortable, Bathrooms Clean & Recently Remodeled & Kathy & Duncan were accommodating beyond belief with tips on where and when to go to the attractions to avoid long lines and traffic. This is our third time renting a large property with the same group for our Family Vacation and while the other 2 Houses also were five star Houses, Upon leaving everyone commented "Four Winds Niagara Was The Best Vacation House Yet & this will be tough to beat with the next Vacation House". Thank You Kathy & Duncan for helping us have a memorable Vacation at your lovely Home !

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our family reunion.

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing home and was ours for a week this August for our family reunion. There were 23 of us with an age range from 18months to 80! Some of us flew in from the UK and other family members live just across the border in Toronto and surrounding areas. We could not have chosen a better location to catch up and spend our perfect week together. Despite the number of us we never felt crowded there was always space to find a quite spot. The kids loved the pool, games room and had plenty of space to run off steam in the stunning grounds. The kitchen is very well equipped and we were able to cook for us all and had everything we needed. Kathy and Duncan were fabulous hosts and we knew where they were if we needed anything. They even indulged the tourist in me and arranged for the stars and stripes flag on the front of the house. One of the highlights was sharing Four Winds with the nesting eagles, there is nothing like an early morning swim with eagles flying overhead. For us it was a dream holiday and we made lots of lovely memories. Hopefully we will make it back again soon. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderfully Entertaining

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of our family vacation at Four Winds. This property truly entertained all 20 of us, teenagers to adults. Before heading out to one of the numerous activities off property, we spent our mornings together enjoying the beautiful gardens, watching the forever changing river, or observing the variety of wild birds, including bald eagles! As evening approached, we gathered together again at the pool, or the game room. An absolutely wonderful and magical place.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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See more details and photos on my website: Getting There:  The property is a manageable, if long, day's drive from Chicago, the Eastern Seaboard, Virginia, central North Carolina and most of Eastern Canada.  If one is flying, the property is about 40 minutes from the Buffalo-Niagara Falls International Airport with its rental car counters about 100 yards from baggage claim.  It's one of the easiest airports in America to get in and out of.Local Attractions:  There is an incredible number of things to do in the area, from cultural and historical to sports and recreation.  Here are just a few, all within a half-hour drive: * Niagara Falls - One of the seven natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls is just 10 miles away.  If you've never seen it, you must.  It is incredible and there are plenty of things to do there, foremost among them the "Maid of the Mist" boat ride that takes you to the very mouth of the Falls. Also lots of hiking trails in the gorge.  Go to [][1] and [][2] for more information. * Artpark - A wonderful park and arts facility just 3 miles away.  All summer long they host concerts by rock and pop artists and daytime arts activities for families.  There are hiking trails, fishing docks and picnic sites.  Go to [][3] for more information and a schedule of events. * Old Fort Niagara - More than 300 years old, Old Fort Niagara figured prominently in the colonial wars and the War of 1812.  It's a wonderful place to visit, even for adults, and there are several live re-enactments during the summer.  Go to [][4] for ore information. * Casinos - There are two large nearby casinos, both in Niagara Falls; the Seneca Niagara Casino on the U.S. side and the Fallsview Casino across the border.  In addition to gambling and restaurants they showcase big-name entertainment on a regular basis. * Villages of Lewiston and Youngstown - Our house is almost exactly in between two small villages -- Lewiston and Youngstown. Each are less than 3 miles away. Lewiston is the larger of the two and was voted one of the top 10 small towns in America in an on-line poll by USA Today and Rand McNally.  Charming and historical, it sports a large supermarket, several good restaurants and has two big festivals in August -- the Art Festival (2nd weekend in August) and the Lewiston Jazz Festival (last weekend in August), along with weekly concerts in the Gazebo on its main steet.  Lewiston was the final stop on the Underground Railroad. Go to [][5] for more information.  Smaller, Youngstown also has a market and a couple of restaurants, as well as a great farm market and its own weekly outdoor concert. * Jet Boat Ride - This is one of the top 5 adventure rides in America, shooting through the Niagara River's class 5 rapids.  A must-do attraction with departures from both Lewiston and Youngstown.  Go to [][6] or [][7] for more information. * Niagara-on-the-Lake - Across the border (and right across the river) is the beautiful town of Niagara on the Lake, the prettiest town in the Province of Ontario.  Lots of good restaurants and cute shops, it is also home to the Shaw Festival, a major Canadian theatre festival and the 2nd largest repertory theatre company in North America.  Go to [][8] and [][9] for more information. * Southern Ontario Wineries - Surrounding Niagara on the Lake are numerous estate wineries.  Southern Ontario has a particular micro-climate making it a prime wine-growing region.  Many of the wineries have tours, tastings and great restaurants.  Go to [][10] for more information. * Buffalo - Last, but not least, is the city of Buffalo, NY, with dozens of excellent restaurants (including many that will satisfy the palates of even the most sophisticated diners), numerous outdoor concerts, festivals and theater during the summer months and beautiful old homes and historic buildings to tour.  Go to [][11] for more information. [1]: [2]: [3]: [4]: [5]: [6]: [7]: [8]: [9]: [10]: [11]:


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $750
Pet Fee $200
Damage Deposit $1,500

Rates are for Saturday to Saturday. Check in time is 4:00, check out time is 10:00 am.

1/2 of rental amount payable within 7 days of booking. Remaining 1/2 plus damage deposit due 60 days before rental begins. Cleaning fee due in cash upon arrival. No refunds (we suggest you get travellers' insurance).

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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