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Charmingly Restored, Converted One-Room Brick Schoolhouse

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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

Please choose the "Contact Owner" option if your dates do not meet the 7 day summer season rental, we may be able to accommodate a shorter stay between rentals!

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

More Details

Wendy Gollnitz Santilli
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2017

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 Chautauqua-Allegheny

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.


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


Ripley House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • 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
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • 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
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen Bed (1), Sleep Sofa (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Charmingly Restored, Converted One-Room Brick Schoolhouse
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 54 reviews

Totally Incredible

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the schoolhouse was just awesome. Wendy was there to greet us on check in which was a lovely touch. The place is totally immaculate and beautifully decorated. We could not have been happier. The space has such a calm feeling of serenity. The bed was comfy and we really had the best time in the area. A real gem of a property and great value for money. We will certainly be back soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful get way in a lovingly restored 1883 on room school house

  • 5 of 5

A great place to stay. Quiet, secluded and extremely private. Perfect for a weekend get away and conviently located to the lake, restaurants and ecploring

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Frederick, MD

So cozy! Charming is the perfect description.

  • 5 of 5

We loved every second of our time spent at the schoolhouse rejuvenating. It's so peaceful and homey. We look forward to future stays. Everything was perfect. It's such a wonderful spot.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place, beautifully restored.

  • 4 of 5

Everything you need to cook or bake, we ate most meals there. Nice owners, we met them both. Love the surrounding aera.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Another Stay in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

For the third year running the School House provided a quiet. clean and serene summer get away. We truly love the facility and the owners, Wendy and Joe, are perfect hosts.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burlington, Ontario, CANADA

Love this place!

  • 5 of 5

Second time staying at the schoolhouse for my wife and I.... we love it and thats why we have been back twice! If we hadn't had 2 kids in the last few years we would have been back more often!

Great wineries all around, beautiful countryside, nice small towns, not a lot of traffic.

Nice area for a quiet getaway.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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