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All the benefits of staying in Chautauqua without the restrictions and hassles!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3 bedroom 4 bath with additional main floor study/br and basement sleeping area


***Main House is available weeks 4, 6, and 7***



First off, this property actually has 2 units for rent and each has its own kitchen. There is the main house plus a separate main level 2 br 1 bath apartment. The main level apt can be rented with main house for additional room (additional rent and subject to availability) or rented separately as VRBO listing 863151. Each unit has separate private entrances. However when rented together an interior door can be unlocked providing a "lock off" scenario allowing interior access between the units if desired.

Located in a residential neighborhood on Elm Lane right at the entrance to the North gate of Chautauqua intuition 25 steps to the trolley with shuttle pick up every 15 minutes. This is a well maintained 3 unit home with a picturesque setting of mature trees, privacy and adjacent to the Chautauqua institution.


******Main House******


Main house is a 3 br 3 bath home and sleeps 6-12 (plus additional sleeping in basement "dorm") with app 2500 sq feet between main and upper levels. Vaulted ceiling in living room with balcony and fireplace with large sliding glass doors gives way to an open spacious feel. Home is fully furnished and comes complete with Wi-Fi and television.

The kitchen is bright with wonderful natural light from the sliding glass door which leads to a huge partially covered double back deck.

Privacy galore with direct Chautauqua Institution access, no drive or long walk required! Fantastic walking trails convenient to the lake amenities.

Upstairs-3 Bedrooms sleeps 6 to 9 plus a sofa bed in study/den. Master Bedroom has private 3/4 bath, while other 2 bedrooms share a full bath.

Additionally, large dorm-like sleeping area in basement allows for up to 4 more additional guests!


More Details

Property Manager
Scott McVicker
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Scott McVicker

We are a 'Chautauqua Family' for sure! Mom attended Chautauqua on an art scholarship when she was 17 years old and fell in love with the unique charm of the world renowned Chautauqua Institute. Fast forward many many years (my how time flies) and now we have aunts and uncles owning homes next door and one block over, with family and friends galore relishing any chance to visit and recharge their batteries in the ambiance of Chautauqua!

Scott McVicker purchased this house in 2005

Why Scott McVicker chose Chautauqua

Easy! Location!! This property has the unique characteristic of being the only one of its kind! How so? It sits right at the gate to the Chautauqua Institute (30 steps front yard to Chautauqua North/Elm Gate!), with all the benefits and convenience of being actually in the Institute. Result- you have the same convenience but with so much more privacy and flexibility including:

1.) Guests do not need gate passes to visit you!

2.) No restrictions on guest visiting hours!

3.) No expensive Chautauqua parking passes required with plenty of parking space available on the property!

4.) Priced less than half of what you would pay just 25 yards away!

5.) Huge Yard! Space Space and more space!

What makes this house unique

2 units to choose from! (See other VRBO listing 863151. Its all about cost/benefit with renting at the Chautauqua Gateway House! You get all the convenience of staying in the Chautauqua Institute with additional flexibility not available from a rental inside the institute, all for about 1/2 the cost you would pay for similar rentals only 25 yards away!


Chautauqua House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , Basement Sleeping/Bedroom area
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Direct Access to the world renowned Chautauqua Institute on beautiful Chautauqua Lake in beautiful Western New York State


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All the benefits of staying in Chautauqua without the restrictions and hassles!
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Rochester NY

Gateway House was a tremendous experience and value!!!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough how much we enjoyed staying at the Gatewayhouse! It was the best of both worlds! We were steps from the Chautauqua Institute Trolley, or a short 6 minute walk to Bestor Plaza, but at the same time not forced to have the $65 daily gate pass! My husband could pick and choose the best times to pay for gate passes and usually opted for the 2-8 pm pass for only $13! Same with my teens! We saved hundreds in gate pass costs alone! Given that the Gateway house was half the rent for our other option 100 feet away on Stoessel and we saved over 2k for the week!

The property itself was fantastic, loved the huge yard and back deck/patio for hanging out. Being able to have our parents in the attached 2 br apartment was priceless! They were always a few feet away and we could walk between the units thru the interior door when needed while having the much needed space/privacy. Finally Nina was THE BEST and accommodated anything/everything we needed and a mere phone call away. Can't wait for 2014 season! Julie T-Rochester NY

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I -90 and I -86
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Holiday Valley
Car: not necessary

Located 25 steps from the North entrance to the famous Chautauqua Institute, this wonderful property offers all the convenience and benefit of staying at the Chautauqua Institute with the flexibility of off ground accommodation including offsite parking guest privileges without Chautauqua gate passes etc.


Rates & Availability

Chautauqua House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Chautauqua 2017
Jun 24 2017 - Aug 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

Please visit for other pricing options including separate attached and lower apartments

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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