|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Secluded, woodland cottage, beautiful in all seasons (see Photos1, taken 25Nov2012, and 16) 3 miles east of Bemus Point, Chautauqua Lake, in western New York State.
Property is located on 100 acres of century-old sugar maple-hemlock forest along creek & ridges with spectacular spring and summer foliage (see photo 16), fall colors (see Photo 8) and winter snows (see Photo 10).
1 BR (one queen-size bed in master bedroom) (see Photo 2) and a loft with two double beds (see Photo 3).
Cool in summer with shaded deck, room air conditioner. exhaust fan, and ceiling fans.
Warm and cozy in fall and winter with stone fireplace (firewood provided) (see Photo 9), oil furnace (forced air).
Full kitchen (no dishwasher) (see Photo 5). Full laundry. Linens, silverware, dishes, cooking utensils, towels provided.
TV, Direct TV satellite service, VCR, and DVD. See calendar at right for availability.
My father, Albertus W. Rappole, bought the property in 1929 when he was 19, with help from his Grandmother, Velona Rappole. He and his father built the original single-room cabin in that year, using materials from the old Columbia Inn in Bemus Point, which had belonged to his Grandfather Rappole. The 160 acres was mostly pasture at the time. My two brothers, Robert and Bert, and myself were deeded the property from my parents in 1964. Both Robert and Bert lived in the cottage at various times in the 1970s and 1980s, expanding the original seasonal cabin into a cottage with all the normal amenities of a modern home. My wife, Bonnie, and I bought out my brothers' shares of the cottage and surrounding property in 1996. Having lived away from New York (Texas, Georgia, Minnesota, Virginia, etc.) for 40 years, we had planned to retire back to Chautauqua County, and live in the cottage. However, that plan would not have allowed our three children and their families space to visit. So we purchased a home in Jamestown, and kept the cottage available for their use. We rent it to others when they are not visiting.
Bonnie and John Rappole purchased this cottage in 1929
My family's association with this place goes back 95 years. My brothers and sisters and I grew up visiting it on weekends and summers, as did other members of our extended family and many friends, including my wife. We have lived in many different parts of the country and abroad since, but we always hoped we would be able to make it back to the county and the cottage on retirement.
The cottage sits on a hemlock-wooded ridge overlooking Bemus Creek (the 'Bonny Brook'). There are about 2 miles of hiking trails through the surrounding 160 acres (including 60 acres of my brother, Robert, and his wife, Barb's property. Most of the land is covered with maple-beech-hemlock forest with a rich variety of birds, mammals, and other wildlife, including deer, turkeys, coyotes, and bears. Eight species of birds come regularly to the feeders, summer and winter, and three species of squirrels - including Northern Flying Squirrels at night (the feeder is lighted).
The pond is stocked with fish, and has two rope swings for adventurous bathers.
Chautauqua County weather definitely provides four seasons, and Bonny Brook Cottage is a wonderful place to observe and enjoy each of them in an extraordinary setting; cool in summer, cozy in fall, winter, and spring.
My wife and I go away every year for our anniversary. I will say that over the past 13 years we have always chosen a different place to stay just to check out different areas. However Bonnie and John's cottage has caused us to break those rules.
We stayed here again (and looks like again next year) because the place is so nice and the location is awesome. You can't get much more private than this folks. You will not hear a car although my wife was startled by walking up on an unsuspecting deer. lol We saw quite a few flying squirrels this time. (Hint: At nighttime, turn on back deck light and just chill in the hot tub on the deck and watch em. I think they only come out at night?)
Bonnie and John think of everything to make your stay enjoyable.
Thanks Bonnie and John. We will see you again next year.
What a lovely cottage with a spectacular view! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay as did our dogs. John and Bonnie were so gracious and accommodating. Walks in the woods, close to all Chautauqua has to offer, a relaxing deck and private setting. Could not have been more restful and special. We will definitely be back!
This lovely little cottage is the perfect place to go when you need a break from the hectic days of everyday life! The property is absolutely breathtaking! The cottage reminded me of a cottage you'd read about in storey books, as a child. It's equip with everything you'll need for your stay. The back deck that overlooks the valley and Bemus Creek, outdoor hot tub, hanging bird feeders, pond with beautiful fountain, fireplace, etc. made our stay feel like a fairy tale! I would recommend this beautiful little cottage to anyone looking to get away and just relax and enjoy the best that nature has to offer! I will definitely return to this beautiful little cottage, hopefully for a longer stay!!
We loved the Bonnybrook cottage! Bonnie and John have a beautiful place and the hospitality is exceptional. It was just like being at home. We loved the pond and caught a fish every cast. We played badminton and enjoyed the hottub. The flying squirrels were fun to watch. We traveled to the Falls and Erie, PA which were spectacular so we really needed a few more days to enjoy the rest of the cottage. I guess we'll have to come back next year :)! Thanks again for the welcoming gifts. We loved the wine and cheese. Your place is a little piece of paradise. Thanks for helping us make wonderful memories in western NYS.
When you enter the cottage you get a feeling that you are in a very special place. It is super clean, cozy and has every amenity you could ask for. The owners have provided everything for your comfort and convenience. When you walk out on the deck you feel like you are in a tree house. There are many trails for hiking and the pond is great for fishing, especially for kids, a fish is caught with every cast. There is a hot tub on the deck where you can relax and take in nature as you are not used to seeing it. It is amazing. We highly recommend a stay here. You will not be disappointed.
Top Thing to do in City:
* Dining and Shopping.
* Fishing and Water Sports.
* Balloon Rides; Horseback Riding.
* Golf and Tennis.
* Night clubs, floating stage entertainment (in season).
Top Thing to do in Budget:
* Hiking and biking.
* Driving trips to overlooks, state parks, Amish.
* Boating, swimming, fishing, tennis, golf.
* Culture - Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jackson Center, Lucy.
* State Parks.
Top Thing to do in Family:
* Hiking, camping.
* Biking, swimming, playgrounds.
* Scenic visits to state parks, amusement parks.
* Lake Erie beaches.
* Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Lucy, Jackson, etc..
Snowboarding and Downhill Skiing - Peek'n Peek - 45 min; Holiday Valley - 60 min; Kissing Bridge - 60 min
Roger Tory Peterson Institute - birdwatcher's mecca; spectacular art and natural history exhibits - 10 min;
Chautauqua Institution - summer center for arts, education, religion, and recreation - 12 min;
Lilydale Spiritual Center (20 min);
Jackson Center (15 Min);
Lucy-Desi Museum (15 min);
Chautauqua Lake - Boating, fishing, swimming - 3 min.
Cross-country Skiing, Skate-Skiing, Telemarking - Two miles of trails on-site; hundreds of miles of trails at state parks (Long Point - 5 min; Allegany - 50 min), state lands, rails-to-trails, and famous Wilderness Lodge (30 min) -beautifully-groomed trails with challenging slopes suitable for skate-skiing and telemarking.
Midway Amusement Park - 5 min; Allegany State Park - 50 min;
Niagara Falls - 105 min; Long Point State Park - 5 min;
Seneca-Allegany Casino - 50 min;
State Parks - Long Point State Park - 5 min; Lake Erie State Park - 30 min; Allegany State Park - 45 min
Chautauqua Wine Trail - 20 min;
Southern Tier Brewery - 20 min;
Ice skating - rink open all year for public skating in Jamestown; hockey weekends Sep-Mar;
minor league baseball (Jamestown Jammers).
Whitewater canoeing- Cattaraugus Creek - 30 min; Letchwork State Park - 2 hr, 12 min
Hot Air Balloon Rides - Skysail Balloon Company provides rides over Chautauqua Lake and the region.
Major Transportation Hubs: Buffalo - 60 min; Buffalo Airport - 75 min; Erie, PA - 45 min; Jamestown Airport - 10 min; Interstate 86 interchange (Exit 10) - 5 min; Interstate 90 interchanges (Exits 59 Fredonia/Dunkirk and 60 Westfield) 30 min.
|Refundable damage deposit||$100|
Must be 25 or older to rent; no smoking permitted.
$100.00 deposit is non-refundable.
June - August available for minimum 6- night rental only (Sunday after 4 PM check-in, Saturday 11 AM check-out) at $900 for each 6-night period or portion thereof.
We suggest that you purchase your own renters insurance for reimbursement of total if you cancel less than 30 days of arrival date
Check out time is 11 am and check in is 4 pm unless other arrangements are made ahead of time with owner
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.