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Irwin Bay Cottages

Irwin Bay Cottages can be found in Mayville, New York, which is located on the Chautauqua Lake and near Lake Erie. The business has seasonal cabins that are available from the last week of April to the middle of October as well as vacation rentals that can be reserved year-round. According to the owners, the cabins were initially built during the 1930s and 1940s. They have made several significant changes in an effort to improve the quality of the business. The owners would like visitors to feel relaxed at the establishment. All of the units come with private bathrooms and screened porches, and guests can also utilize the barbecue grills outside. A boat dock resides on the lake, allowing patrons to take their boats and other watercraft out. Another activity that people tend to participate in at the lake is fishing. 


Irwin Bay Cottages consists of nine seasonal cottages and two year-round vacation homes. The cottages are smaller than the vacation homes and are fully furnished with bed linens, bedrooms, living areas, bathrooms, and screened porches. One of the vacation homes contains a seven-bedroom, three-bath unit, and the other has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The cottages can be rented from the end of April to the middle of October. Among the accommodations, the lakefront cabins tend to be popular due to their views of the surrounding area, which include Cottage 5 and Cottage 6. Irwin Bay Cottages provides cable TV, boat docks, a fish cleaning station, and a play area. Charcoal and barbecue grills are also available for use.

Guests can enjoy various activities, including fishing and boating, without leaving the property. The owners mention that they do not have any pontoon boats or jet skis available for patrons to rent, but visitors can bring their own and use them on the lake at their leisure. People can also find some for rent through other companies nearby on the lake. The boat dock is available to occupants who would like to take their boats out on the lake.

The establishment is located about one mile away from Chautauqua Institution, which tends to be a popular attraction in the area. The owners also mention that they are “in the middle of wine country” and that there are many opportunities for guests to take part in outdoor activities. Lake Chautauqua is available for boating and fishing as well as Lake Erie, which is northeast of the property. Wineries can be found in the vicinity, providing occupants the opportunity to eat at some of the local restaurants and go wine tasting. The Panama Rocks Nature Preserve is another attraction that people may enjoy visiting while spending time in Mayville. Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes away from the business, one can also find Niagara Falls. According to the owner, a popular attraction that guests frequently visit is the National Comedy Center, located in Jamestown, New York.


The owners explain that the goal for Irwin Bay Cottages is for guests to “feel relaxed” over the course of their stay. One of them also mentions that they like to give their patrons the freedom to do “as little or as much as they want.” In an effort to achieve their goal, they try to interact with their visitors frequently, making an effort to adapt to the preferences of the occupants. If people would rather be alone, the owners intend to give them space, but if others want to talk or have questions, they are happy to communicate.

There are several policies that the owners have in place that visitors are expected to abide by while they are at Irwin Bay Cottages. Smoking is prohibited inside any of the buildings. Pets are also not allowed to be on the grounds. A quiet time is observed, starting at 11:00 p.m. each night. While the establishment does not host any events or activities, it does provide a community campfire that is supplied with wood where people can gather if they would like.

The business has received a number of guests, and a few of them have left reviews of their experiences at Irwin Bay Cottages. One person recently posted, “Of all the places my wife and I have traveled to fish, this was by far the best. The cabins were in excellent condition and clean. The owner was fantastic. It was a wonderful vacation, and we caught lots of fish.” The company’s busiest season is typically during the summer, which is due to the weather conditions and the broader range of activities that are available in the surrounding area. Families and group gatherings constitute the typical demographic of patrons that spend time at the establishment, as reported by one of the owners.


The cottages of Irwin Bay Cottages were initially built in the 1930s and 1940s, and the name “Irwin Bay” is derived from the location of the establishment, which is also the name of the bay where the cottages are found. The current owners mention that they have been managing the property for the past 20 years, with their focus on creating a place for “families to enjoy quality time together.” They also mention that they enjoy “meeting people from different places” and that it is a highlight of their job in the hospitality industry.

Over the years, the owners have made significant changes to the establishment by remodeling every cottage and house in an effort to improve the overall appearance and guest experience. They mention that they have yet to make any specific plans for the future of their property besides continuing to maintain the business.

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5088 W Lake Rd
Mayville, New York 14757
United States


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