About this listing
4 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, 3 bathrooms, big old tub, wood-stove, wraparound porch and a full kitchen, dining room make this your place to come home to after a day hiking or swimming or beer and wine tasting. Near Lily Dale, Chautauqua and Lake Erie. Relax around the fire pit in your Adirondack chair at dusk. We welcome people from all backgrounds and walks of life, and care deeply about the Airbnb message of diversity.
Spring is coming to The Canadaway woods. The red osier dogwoods line the pond and the ducks and geese are checking it out. The apples and hawthorns promise beautiful flowers but the maples are beating them to it! The porch swing and a couple of rocking chairs are waiting for you and a good book.
Three big bedrooms upstairs and a small one down, each with one full size bed, can accommodate up to 8 people. And 3 bathrooms means no lines! Each bedroom is furnished in local antiques and homemade quilts or coverlets. Two bathrooms open up off the hall, one with a shower, one with a generously sized claw foot tub. All the woodwork is grained beautifully, and each room has period wallpaper.
The first floor has a dining room with original pass through cupboard, kitchen, powder room, living room and parlor, where lots of board games are stored and thick orientals are underfoot. Or pull up by the radio! The kitchen is fully furnished. Most of the time, the birds, or maybe a chain saw far away. or a farm dog or chicken will be all you hear. The occasional car or truck is a surprise!
Choosing how to explore the area will be a challenge. Will you want to hunt for antiques? Chautauqua County is a mecca! Or quilts? The Amish women down the road in Cherry Creek and South Dayton have a lot to show you. Or maybe you want to do wine tasting at the vineyards on the other side of the hill. Are you ready for good music? Festivals in Fredonia, Chautauqua, barge music, beach music, are scheduled all (website hidden) the winter, cinema series and HD broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera are nearby.
Driving time from Buffalo is one hour, to Niagara Falls an hour and a half, and the Dunkirk-Fredonia Thruway exit is 10 minutes away. But you will be in a gentler, quieter, place out of the past.
The fees include the NYState sales tax and the Chautauqua County bed tax.
The whole house will be yours, plenty of parking, and a large porch to watch the sunset and the wildlife. The full basement is the mudroom. Gather around the firepit under the Norway Maple. There is plenty of wood in the woodpile.
Interaction with guests
I am on call for any problems, but usually just leave the key in a secure place for guests.
The Canadaway Woods and Arkwright are surrounded by parkland and hiking paths. The snows are reliable and substantial. Just down the hill is LilyDale, home of the American Spiritualist Community, and close by is Chautauqua institution, with its plays, concerts, lectures and charm. But beer, spirits and wine tasting opportunities abound.
There is plenty of parking in our driveways. In the winter the driveway is a challenge for cars that don't have 4-wheel drive or snow tires as it is downhill from the road.
If you like reading, playing games, hiking, antiquing, this is your place. Wifi is available. Do cook and eat in the kitchen or dining room next door, or on the back porch, an especially nice place for morning coffee. Be sure to wash up your dishes though. Antiques, wallpaper and orientals mean that gentle use is appropriate. The four double Bedrooms are comfortable and ample. If you are used to a lot of traffic, the occasional car or truck is a bit startling .Because cellphone service is very spotty in this valley, we have provided a land line so you won't be completely out of touch. But please keep close tracking of long distance calls and have people call you back to avoid charges. You can find good coverage up the hill, left on Bard, then right on Center.
I fell in love with The Canadaway area when I hiked through as a Girl Scout, and I fell in love with Merv in Coimbra, Portugal. Now I am lucky enough to live in with Merv in the cabin we built in the Canadaway Woods behind the Old House and the A-Frame. We have restored the Old House and the A-Frame to host our family and friends during Camp PapaNana, an annual weeklong retreat for grandchildren, neighbors, and extended family. But the houses pine for more company--which is where you come in!
Merv and I love to travel and cook in Europe, and have eaten very well in Portugal, France and Italy. We love antiques and good books and languages.
As our children were growing we hosted many exchange students and we hope that our houses will host many international guests. Merv speaks and reads French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and is working on his Mandarin Chinese. I speak Spanish and Portuguese.
We both were predicted to be foresters by the preference/aptitude tests we took in high school, and after careers in pharmaceutical marketing (me) and ministry/counseling (Merv) we are happy to be living in the Canadaway Woods and managing our forest!
Do come and visit!