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Beachfront 2Br/1Ba Apt on Erie in historic home -Steam Shower, WiFi, Cable-55”tv

Dunkirk, NY, USA
  • Apartment1100 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay6 nights

2 Bedroom, 1 bathroom sleeps 5, Beachfront on Lake Erie , Historical home

When you arrive at this picturesque property you will find yourself nestled in the middle of a cove between Point Gratiot park and Canadaway Creek on 1.5 acres and 200ft of beachfront on Lake Erie. This listing is for our awesome 1000sq ft 2 BR/1BA upstairs apartment with a separate side door entrance. A King, queen and pullout twin are included in the rental. This unit is part of the original Hequembourg estate built in 1910. *Harminnie was the original name of this mansion from Major Harry and Minnie Hequembourg (Neighborhood named after him down the street) whom originally owned the entire bay from canadaway creek to crooked brook creek, and actually was a major contributor to the development of the area. He has an amazing background/history and upon arriving you will have a booklet with original pictures of the house and information about a camp he used to run for children in the early 1920's.

In front of our house there is about 5 feet of smooth rocks and then about 200ft of sandbar you can wade in and is perfect for swimming . On the beach you can spend time hunting for beach glass and driftwood, lay out and catch some sun or take a 10 minute walk down to the Dunkirk Boardwalk at the harbor to enjoy a bite to eat, a cocktail, or satisfy a shopping craving with a couple different shops. Dunkirk Harbor also offers a marina and a public launching facility to access Lake Erie. Local charters offer fishing trips to catch the famous walleye !.

Do you want to go fishing? Take a charter out of the harbor to try for a famous walleye or try and haul in a big one from the mouth of the creek, which is less than a half mile from the house.

Enjoy concerts and an art scene? Chautauqua Institute is about a 40 minute drive, you can enjoy their symphony, concerts, speaking venues and theater performances. Lake Chautauqua offers many attractions available by boat that includes Midway Amusement Park (great for younger children), Long Point State Park, shopping, and numerous restaurant/bar establishments. There is truly something for everyone there.

Consider a wine tour if you’re looking to venture away from the lake for a bit. Lake Erie Wine Country, just a 5-10 minute drive from the house is part of the largest grape-growing region east of the Rockies, extends roughly 45 miles from Silver Creek, New York to North East, Pennsylvania. At the end of 2011, it has become home to over 24 commercial and estate wineries. Check them out at http://www.lakeeriewinecountry.org/about-wine-country .

Other attractions within arms reach include Niagara Falls which is an easy 1hr and 15 minute drive, restaurants (10 minutes walking distance), ski resorts (Holiday valley 1 hr), snowmobile trails, nature trails, golf courses (5 miles), inland lakes, shopping, and a casino (1hr). Also there is a great mini-golf course that is fun for the whole family that is about a 5-10 minute drive from the apt. BILLS FANS (35 min from Ralph wilson stadium)

We are located 5 miles from the New York State Thruway (I-90), Exit 59 Dunkirk/Fredonia. From here, you will find that it’s a quick ride to and from the Buffalo (1 hr) or Erie (1 hr 10 min) International Airports.

This apartment unit is 2 Bedroom setup with 1 Queen Bed , 1 King bed and a pullout twin sofa in the living room with sleeping accommodations for 5 people. Features include: Breathtaking views of Lake Erie throughout the apartment. High Speed internet / Cable. LCD in living / bed room. Bathroom includes a Steam Shower with speaker (AUX hookup), back massage jets and foot massage.

Just an hour west down the shore, beach glass jewelry artists Lorie and Troy Dalrymple, owners of Beaches Jewelers, will host their fifth annual Ashtabula Harbor Beach Glass Festival on June 29 and 30. This street fair will close down the harbor’s Bridge Street with about 70 vendors and nearly 5,000 people.

If you would like additional room for more guests check out our listing B www.vrbo.com/838544


owner/property manager

Member Since 2013
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few days
english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Mar 12, 2018
About owner/property manager

My name is Austin and I have lived in California, S. Carolina and Florida but born and raised in Houston, Texas. I've worked for the Walt Disney Company at Disneyland Resort and The Walt Disney World Resort , managed a seafood restaurant in Hilton Head Island, and Served some of Houston's most prominent people at Houston Country Club, so I have a good idea of how to take care of people and what great service is. By renting from me you will be guaranteed to have a relaxing vacation and have the ease of mind that you can call me if you have any concerns or issues.

owner/property manager purchased this Apartment in 1980

Why owner/property manager chose Chautauqua County

I have gone great lengths to preserve the historic integrity of this house and have put together an album with photos and documents of the property 'Harminnie' Originally built and owned by Harry and Minnie Hequembourg back in 1910, it was a great estate, and the history is really interesting. Guaranteed you will never see a property as unique as this one.

What makes this Apartment unique

Steam shower w/speaker, 46" TV, High speed internet. Beachfront access. Breathtaking views of Lake Erie. Historical significance to the area.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • living room
        1 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower, Steam shower with Aux input for speakers. Back/foot massage
        • Brand new steam shower, and this thing is awesome! Jam out to your favorite tunes and get a back massage with the jets, or clear your senses with the steam !

        Location Type

          • Beach View
          • Beachfront
          • Lake View
          • Lakefront
          • Water View


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Air Conditioning
                        window unit for bedrooms
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        washer/dryer avalable for use located in the basement
                      • Heating
                        Forced Air Heating
                      • Internet
                        High speed Wi-Fi
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        Clean sheets provided upon arrival
                      • Living Room
                        w/ 46" TV and Time Warner cable
                      • Parking
                        Large parking lot, enough for a trailer if you bring a boat!
                      • Towels Provided
                        6 Towels / Hand Towels / Wash Cloths provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        washer/dryer avalable for use located in the basement


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            All new appliances!
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            cooking essentials provided
                          • Refrigerator
                            w/ ice maker
                          • Stove
                            24' Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Table with seating for 4
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • DVD Player
                                    Blu Ray player with apps
                                  • Games
                                    Board games, Bocce, Football, Basketball court
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    time warner cable
                                  • Television
                                    46" LCD TV
                                  • Toys
                                    Beach toys provided. Ask owner about possible use of paddle boat, paddle board, kayak, or canoe
                                  • Video Library
                                    many DVD's provided


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Back lake view patio available for use
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        Canoe & Paddleboat
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        over an acre of lawn to play around on!
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Grill and smoker available
                                      • Ski & Snowboard
                                        Holiday valley is just an hour away!
                                      • Tennis
                                        There is a basketball court for use


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                              • cinemas
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • library
                                              • marina
                                              • restaurants
                                              • winery tours

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • hospital
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • sailing
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • surf fishing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • water skiing


                                                              • This home was built in 1910 by a man named Harry Hequembourg who owned the stretch of land over the entire point gratiot cove originally. We have many documents encompassing the history of the property including photos and articles (home was featured in a better homes magazine in the 20s). This house is great for families and people that desire incredible views from our beachfront property on the shores of lake Erie! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                17 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Very soothing place...inside and out!

                                                                What a lovely place owned by a lovely family! The apartment has everything one needs and more! Beach Combing was our favorite morning ritual and didn't turn on the television once! I would recommend to anyone who wants to stay in a truly amazing place.

                                                                The property was beautiful and full of history. Wish we stayed for 2 weeks instead of one.

                                                                Paul O.

                                                                Very nice place to stay on Lake Erie. We really wanted for nothing. The historic building contained modern conveniences such as a fully equipped and modern kitchen and bath. If you stay here, leave all the kitchen gadgets at home, they provided everything. There is a paddle boat with life vest that we could take out on the water. We spent a nice couple of afternoons painting beach stones (the owners provided craft paint and brushes) and left them in the gardens for all to enjoy. Plenty of games, movies, etc. to keep you busy at night. I recommend reading through the historical packet that was there. It speaks to the history of the estate and how important the founder was to the area. There were laundry facilities to use as well.

                                                                The property owners/manager were very accommodating and a pleasure meet with. Austin and Jules are a real treasure. We were made to feel right at home. Our family looks forward to staying here again down the road. 5 Stars!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                I appreciate your gracious and articulate review along with your family's appreciation for the history associated with not only the city of Dunkirk, but also the Hequenbourg legacy. We look forward to hosting you again in the future!

                                                                The property was just beautiful.

                                                                Elaine W.

                                                                It was such a nice week with temps in the high 70's. The views were breathtaking as we were able to see many sunsets. Our dogs loved the large property to run and play ball.. The house-apartment was just the right size and had so much character. Secluded but close enough to shopping and eating.

                                                                Peaceful and relaxing!

                                                                CARISSA S.

                                                                Austin was super accommodating. We enjoyed being able to share our mini get away with our dogs! The property was beautiful and it was perfect "beach" access (the pictures do not do it justice)! It was relaxing and fun ( Austin had lots of activities to keep everyone entertained ). Also, private setting but close enough to drive to some neat places (additional beaches and Midway park). We hope to go back in the future! Great property!!!

                                                                A quiet family get away.

                                                                Daniel H.

                                                                My wife, daughter and I needed a place to get away. My wife Lisa is terminally ill with breast cancer and it was her desire to spend some quite family time listening to the waves break on the beach. We needed restful, quiet accommodations, comfortable and clean. This rental is all that and more. We were able to receive out of town guests for afternoon visits and quiet campfires on the beach, I was able to kayak one calm morning and watch a bald eagle soar overhead. The property owners were pleasant and helpful. The architecture, landscape, and decor truly wonderful. This vacation home was exactly what we were looking for. There are plenty of nearby attractions if you are looking for something to do, but we didn't venture further than Cold Stone Creamery just down the road for some evening ice cream. This rental receives my highest recommendation to anyone considering a stay along the shores of Lake Erie.

                                                                Thank you, Jewels and Austin for all of your hospitality and kindness.

                                                                Dan, Lisa and Cassandra.

                                                                Like our own private lakeshore

                                                                peggy h.

                                                                If you want a peaceful relaxing getaway on Lake Erie, this is it. Getting to the lake was only steps from the house. It was like our own private lake and shore. The sunsets were amazing. The house is beautiful and the apartment meet our needs. It was very hot the week we visited and the lack of air conditioning was little unsettling. But the experience and time to relax was beneficial. Jules and Austin were very accommodating to our needs.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                We offered a window A/C unit to the tenant toward the end of the stay which is now a standard inside of this unit. We apologize for the inconvenience.


                                                                Dunkirk, NY, USA

                                                                It is about an hour drive from Buffalo international airport, 1hr 15 minutes to Niagara Falls, 40 minute drive to Chautauqua Institute, 1 hr 15 minutes to Erie, PA International Airport . 2 1/2 Hours to Cleveland.


                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                Tax Rate

                                                                2 pet maximum in apt ($40 + $15 for the 2nd) Check-in 4:00pm & Check-out 11:00am

                                                                17 Reviews
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