Four bedrooms, 2 living rooms, wood stove, 3 bathrooms, a big old tub, and a full kitchen and dining room make this your place to come home to after a day skiing or hiking or beer and wine tasting. between Holiday Valley and Peak and Peak.
The Canadaway woods are a winter wonderland, with snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing right out the front door. Lake effect snows off Lake Erie cover up to 250 inches a year. But our intrepid plow keeps the driveways open, though 4-wheel drive or snow tires are important because of the hill up to the road. Holiday Valley is half an hour, and so is Peak and Peak. At the end of the day, relax by the wood stove over a hot cup of tea. Three big bedrooms upstairs and a small one down 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!
Right down the road is the A-Frame, another Airbnb refuge. Maybe your friends have booked that!
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.
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.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$32 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$1000 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$2250 /month|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
Where to begin? First off, this place offers such a unique experience of living in a well maintained farmhouse from the mid nineteenth century. When we first walked in, we felt incredibly comfortable and immediately peaceful and serene. The surrounding areas offer such a wide variety of outdoor recreation. But it is the incredible generosity and graciousness of Nancy and Merv that put this trip over the top for us. It's obvious that they are passionate about this area and will ask and guide you towards whatever you look forward to doing. We cannot wait to get back in the spring.
Oh, and by the way, her baking is incredible!
The Old House is very charming. Nancy communicated instructions with me very clearly and had a very detailed manual with the old house's quirks as well as restaurant recommendations and sites to see. She even left us fresh baked blueberry muffins using fresh blueberries from the neighbor's blueberry patch. It was a very nice touch to have a few essentials in the fridge as well. The house has all the essentials you would ever need.
The water smells a bit like sulfur and if you have allergies the old house carries some old dust with it, so beware and bring your allergy medicine!
Overall, a very charmed stay and I would recommend it to anyone.
Lovely 1863 farm house restoration, very comfortble with lots of space, 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms, and furnished with period antiques and wall hangings. it was a delight to arrive from a long days drive late at night and to find such a lovely gem that is very comfortable and friendly for us guests. My own home is an1855 stone house and we have antiques as well, so am very comfortable with this surounding. Highly recommend this listing to all..
Nancy was extremely welcoming with bread and juice at the Old House. Thanks to her, we were able to take in many fun activities in the area. It was a beautiful house that let us travel back in time with such beautiful furnishings and designs. Some of the best times we had were enjoying a delightful breakfast on the porch. Very serene and peaceful. Thank you for such a wonderful time.
Staying at the Old Farmhouse was an amazing experience - Nancy made us feel right at home and we couldn't have asked for a cozier spot to stay during the weekend. Fresh bread, juice and even a porch swing welcomed us when we arrived and even in the hot summer months, the rooms stayed cool and we all slept comfortably. I would definitely recommend this home to anyone looking to get away upstate for some peace and quiet but still wants to be close to Main Street in downtown Fredonia.
Nancy's home is wonderful! We enjoyed the quiet of the country and watching deers eat apples while we ate our dinner. Would surely stay here again---if only even for Nancy's delicious coffee cake. YUM!
Nancy is like everyone's best friend who lets you stay in their home.
We just were on the go so much we would have liked to talk more about life with her. Thanks you to your hubby too.
Such wonderful home baked bread she made and helped us get a
start on a venture in the area. Extras she left us made it warm and welcoming. Words can't describe the area......we had great memories to add to our life.
Thank you Nancy, the experience was priceless.
Kathe Lynn Gaarde - Bonnie L. - Bonnie W. - Suzanne
Great place to get away from it all. Sat on the back porch with morning coffee and watched young turkeys with their Ma Ma . Saw a deer drinking out of the pond. Very relaxing and beautiful. Merv and Nancy were great hosts! Experience it you will be glad you did.
We had a lvoely stay at the Old House with our young daughters (2 and 4 years old). The house and property had many areas to relax and explore and the local area offered many excursions to farms, beaches, creeks, etc that were the right pace for our us and our girls. We would definitely like to visit again and the girls are already asking when we will be going back!!
The Old House is a gorgeous getaway from modern distraction. Nancy and Merv were fantastic hosts. Thanks very much for the delicious bread, farm-fresh eggs, juice, and jam and the warm welcome. The 1860s house is restored and furnished in period pieces with some changes for modern needs (electricity and bathrooms), but it keeps its 19th Century feel. It felt like a true trip into the past. We went with small children who loved swinging on the swing and exploring the world around them, though we had to put up a handful of breakables. It's in a very rural location, but a quick, pleasant drive to any number of places like Lake Erie, Lake Chautauqua, and any number of small towns. We love it!