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Lovely little house- very private and peaceful

36 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Bemus Point - Bonny Brook Cottage

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 5

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.

Full bath

TV, Direct TV satellite service, VCR, and DVD. See calendar at right for availability.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Bonnie and John Rappole
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 October, 2016

About Bonnie and John Rappole

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

Why Bonnie and John Rappole chose New York

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


based on 36 holidaymaker reviews

Lovely little house- very private and peaceful
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 36 reviews

Fall color cottage

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

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!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Cottage in the Woods

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's so wonderful to hear that our cottage is appreciated and loved by guests....it truly is a wonderful place and has something for all ages to enjoy.
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Lovely rustic cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to escape the rat-race. Thanks Bonnie & John!

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Exceptional from start to finish!

  • 5 of 5

The owners have thought of everything for a wonderful stay. My husband, dog, and I enjoyed beautiful walks on the trails, cozy nights by the fire, and relaxing soaks in the hot tub. Also I might add that this home was decorated lovely and had every amenity we needed. We had a fantastic time and plan to return.

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Bemus Point
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Bemus Point
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Bemus Point
Nearest Train
75 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Maple-Springs Ellery Rd.
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Ellery Center
Nearest Ski
35 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Bemus Point
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Bemus Point, Chautauqua Allegheny

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £82
Tax Rate 5.0%

Must be 25 or older to rent; no smoking permitted.
$100.00 deposit is non-refundable.
July and August available for weekly rental only
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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bemus Point, USA

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom is large with a double sink and full wall mirror. There is a tub/shower and commode and two windows; one looking out onto the lawn and the other into the woods.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Loft has 2 double beds, 2 end tables, and 2 reading lamps
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , queen bed, 2 bureaus, 2 tables with reading lamps, fan
  • The master bedroom has a single, queen-size bed. It has two picture windows, one of which looks out into the woods while the other looks onto the deck and woods beyond. There are two doors; one opening into the living room and one opening out onto the deck.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
Stone Fireplace and Hearth (see Photo 9) - for cozy relaxation on rainy or snowy days and evenings. Firewood provided Spectacular views and walks in all seasons - Two miles of trails on 100 acres of property - spring peepers, fire flies, garden flowers, wild flowers, gorgeous fall foliage (see Photo 8) & winter snows (see Photo 10) . Satellite TV - HD Direct TV for football, hockey, basketball, movies, etc.; VCR; DVD players. Sirius - X M Radio Hot tub (see Photo 6). Gas grill and Weber charcoal grill (charcoal and electric lighter supplied); Trails - 2 miles of hiking/x-c skiing trails (see photos 13, 14) along creek and ridges on property (see Photo 8). Hunting - deer, grouse, bear, turkey, squirrel hunting (no rifle) on 100 acres of property for renters only in season. Stocked Feeders Squirrels, chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, blue jays, etc. Stocked Pond 1/4 acre pond with dock (see photo 12), rope swings, fountain aerator - suitable for bathing and sunning (see Photo 7); pond is stocked with sunfish, blue guill, perch, and large mouth bass. Fire pit - fire pit with chairs by pond for evening cookouts; Large lawn with lawn games provided (croquet, bocce ball, badminton) (see photo 15); Sandbox - 15' x 15' clean sandbox with toys - covered when not in use; Large deck overlooking Bemus Creek with picnic table, lounge chairs and tables, awning (see Photo 6)

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