A uniquely historic and charming waterfront property has 3 old stone dwellings + Bunkie, dating back to pre 1800. Restored by its architect owners, this property makes for a one of a kind, fantastic small family compound, artist retreat, or a wonderful setting for a gathering of special friends. See "History" below for more of the story.
The Lakehouse (The Main)
The Main is the largest unit and the unique center of activity. It has 2 bedrooms and a sunroom or 3 bedrooms as needed. The master bedroom is large while the other 2 are a decent size with spectacular sunrise views over the lake. The Main has 1 ½ baths and a new kitchen with a small porch for entertaining while cooking. The “Great Room” 14’ x 36’ with a 13’ high open ceiling and a huge fireplace will likely be the center of your shared experience after your relaxing day on the beach and you have had cocktails in the sunroom.
Sleeps 2 or 3 couples with additional 4th couple on convertible couch in the Great Room - movable partitions are available for privacy (the Main is not recommended for more than 2 couples for longer stays) –– master bedroom king converts to 2 twins if needed
The Cottage (The West)
The West has extreme charm, a fantastic living room or “mini great room” with large windows that let the sun stream in and a fantastic view of the water or deer grazing in the morning. There is also a beautiful fireplace for those cosey nights on the shoulder seasons. It has one good sized bedroom with a queen bed. There is a convertible couch in the living room for an additional couple with portable privacy screens. The West also has a new well equipped kitchen.
Sleeps 1 couple + additional couple – convertible couch in living room for additional 1 or 2, privacy screens available (Not recommended for more than 1 couple for longer stays)
The Studio (The Atelier)
The Atelier is the one that seems to become everyone’s sentimental favorite. It is a 34’ by 14’ stone structure with huge open ceiling. It has a sleeping loft for 2 overlooking the main space and can accommodate others on the convertible couch below (but only if you want them). This is ideal for couples. The kitchen looks like a kitchenette with a cook top and a microwave but the kitchen has full capability as the microwave is actually a large convection oven at the same time.
Note that historically and today, the Atelier is often and can be used for gatherings – arts and entertainment events, birthdays, Thanksgiving dinners.
Sleeps 2 + 2 (Just 2 well acquainted adults is probably the best way to enjoy this space)
The Chapel was a chapel – we are still piecing the history together but the important part is that the Chapel serves as a 400 sqft bunkie. At approximately 10 sqft each you can fit 40 kids – just kidding - but your kids or teens may be happy to stay here away from you (that may work for some of you parents). Note that there is no plumbing – give the kids some snacks and a pitcher of water (preferably not a plastic bottle) but you will have to leave a door open for the biological functions of your kids or guests who sleep here.
In addition to its visual charms, you won't find another place like this. The earliest building are said to date to pre 1800 and the construction of the two stone structures ("The West" and "The Main") are consistent with that era. It is said that British Army officers pre and/or during the war of 1812 billeted on this site.
The large tract of property along Stockton Lane that included the Kimble Estate was purchased by Dr. Charles Stockton, a UB professor of medicine who was one of several physicians to attend to president William McKinley after he was shot (and later died) at the hands of an assassin at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901.
Anna Kimble (related and/or otherwise close to one or more Stocktons) presided over this property from somewhere in the1930's to 1969. Ms. Kimble was a bohemian arts lover and supporter of the Albright Knox art gallery in Buffalo as well as other arts and cultural organizations. Anna Kimble built "The Studio" to match the older Main and West structures circa 1930 to house arts events, musical performances and recitals on the property. We have been told (with some authority) by some who recall that the arts events held here made for an excellent excuse for some beverages, socializing and "wine therapy".
Pulitzer nominated playwright A. R. Gurney's mother was a friend of Ms. Kimble and had the opportunity to know her. In the immortalized as the prime character in a play performed around the world by Pulitzer nominated play right A. R. Gurney for which this property is the actual setting. We encourage you to read What I Did Last Summer while you are here (we have scripts if you are interested).