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Charmingly Restored, Converted One-Room Brick Schoolhouse

Bedrooms 1
Separate WCs1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

Our fully renovated, converted one-room schoolhouse, built in 1883, is located in a private rural setting on a semi-wooded one acre lot, complete with a meandering stream and plenty of property for relaxing. The 1200 square foot house has many of its original historic features, including hardwood floors with marks still visible where the school desks were bolted down, slate chalkboards, schoolhouse lights, and all ten of the original seven foot tall windows.

The floor plan is open and furnished with a mix of old and new, with a fully equipped stainless steel & granite kitchen that opens into a large dining and living area with 14 foot ceilings. The dining table seats six, and there are 3 bar stools for additional seating at the kitchen counter. There is a full bath on the first floor with a tiled walk-in shower. The living area has two couches, one with a queen size pullout bed. The loft bedroom has a queen size pillow top bed, a half bath and walk-in closet. There is a laundry room on the basement level.

The schoolhouse is located just 5.5 miles from downtown Westfield, NY and 16 miles from the world renowned Chautauqua Institution (Named best small town to visit in 2014 by Smithsonian Magazine) which offers concerts, theater performances and world famous speakers. You will be staying in the heart of Lake Erie Wine Country, with over 20 estate and commercial wineries located in the largest grape-growing region east of the Rockies, and extending roughly 40 miles from Silver Creek, New York to North East, Pennsylvania. Head west or east from the schoolhouse and you will hit wineries - we are very centrally located to the wine trail. We are 6 miles from the Barcelona Harbor (home to the first gas-lit lighthouse in the world) and the public beach on Lake Erie, and just 1.5 hours from the Buffalo Airport and Niagara Falls. There are several golf courses nearby as well as ski resorts, nature trails, numerous restaurants, shops, malls, museums, and a casino - most within a 30 mile radius. Enjoy some of the best fishing in the world with the Steelhead fishery found in Chautauqua Creek, or charter a boat for some Lake Erie fishing. There is so much to do, it is impossible to list it all here!

You must be at least 25 yrs. old to rent this property

Max occupancy 4 people

Keywords: cottage, house, historic, updated, classy, comfortable, country setting, private, eclectic, charming, romantic, cozy

More Details

Wendy Gollnitz Santilli
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About Wendy Gollnitz Santilli

My husband and I purchased this property in 2005 with a vision of restoring it into something that we could enjoy ourselves, and share with others.

Wendy Gollnitz Santilli purchased this house in 2005

Why Wendy Gollnitz Santilli chose Ripley

We both grew up in the area and we love where we live! Knowing how much our friends from out of town love the area too, we felt we couldn't go wrong investing in our own back yard.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ripley in Chautauqua County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Queen Bed (1), Sleep Sofa (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Charmingly Restored, Converted One-Room Brick Schoolhouse
average rating of 4.95 based on 60 reviews

A truly unique gem!

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I had a most wonderful stay at the little schoolhouse! It may be little for a schoolhouse but it was quite spacious for lodging. The high ceilings, tall windows, wonderful loft space and top notch kitchen make for a very open and spacious feel.

The charm and specialness of staying in such a historical place is a feeling that is hard to describe. The owners did an amazing job of saving the schoolhouse character and making it a lovely modern accommodation. My 8 y/o daughter spent almost every moment while at the schoolhouse teaching her imaginary class. She was very sad to leave the place. I shared her sentiment in not wanting to leave. Besides the schoolhouse itself, the setting is very peaceful and lovely with lots of trees to keep it cool in the summer with lots of privacy.

Wendy, who greeted us on arrival, is equally as charming as the schoolhouse. She really epitomizes the welcoming, friendly character of the people in this small town area. She truly cared about how we enjoyed our stay and is just a lovely person!

Please do be aware that you can hear trains frequently. The tracks are across the road a distance and out of sight. But, they do blow their horns as they pass the area. If you are a light sleeper it might be an issue. For me, the place was so awesome that I didn't mind.


  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful and cozy. The owners thought of everything a person could need while away. The location is perfect for the wineries. We will stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming property near wineries

  • 5 of 5

Would definitely stay again at this historic schoolhouse, that was decorated beautifully. It had the best of old and new. Loved our stay!!!❤️

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice weekend away.

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay for our weekend getaway. The place was very charming and you did a fantastic job on the restoration. A very unique place to stay!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to stay at the Schoolhouse. We enjoyed the local wineries and small surrounding towns. NW New York is beautiful in September and worth a visit!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing visit!!

  • 5 of 5

Such a darling little rental!! The house was very clean and restored beautifully! I Loved the property we had such a relaxing time staying here and exploring the area around Chautauqua County!!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
39.4 Miles
Erie International Airport Tom Ridge Field, Erie P
Nearest Barpub
5.5 Miles
Larry's Cantina
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Pinehurst Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Interstate 90
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Meeder's Restaurant
Nearest Ski
23 Miles
Peek'n Peak Resort
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Barcelona Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Double D.A.B Riding Stable‎
Nearest Point of Interest
Noble Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Johnson Estate Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
McClurg Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Abe Lincoln/Grace Bedell Statues
Nearest Point of Interest
Larry's Cantina
Nearest Point of Interest
Patterson Library
Nearest Point of Interest
The Main Diner
Nearest Point of Interest
The Bark Grill Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Vetter Vineyards Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Chautauqua Institution
Nearest Point of Interest
Barcelona Lighthouse
Nearest Point of Interest
Daniel Reid Pier
Nearest Point of Interest
Barcelona Market & Cafe
Nearest Point of Interest
Jack's Barcelona Drive-In Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
ZeBro's Harbor House‎
Nearest Point of Interest
Public Beach access
Nearest Point of Interest
Westfield Fisheries
Nearest Point of Interest
Chautauqua Creek Public Access
Nearest Point of Interest
Chautauqua Creek Public Access
Nearest Point of Interest
Sensory Winery‎ & Art Gallery
Nearest Point of Interest
Quincy Cellars Winery
Nearest Point of Interest
Village of Westfield
Nearest Point of Interest
Luensman Overview Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Lake Erie State Park
Car: necessary

23+ Wineries, Chautauqua Creek, Local Library, Local Hospital, Beautiful Local Churches


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £38.07
Refundable Damage Deposit £152.28

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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