History of the Lake Ontario Motel

Although the Lake Ontario Motel dates to 1990, the structure that houses the guest rooms has a much longer history. The structure began as a barn that was built in 1910. The farmhouse which still stands next door was built in 1840. During its first 100-odd years of existence, the building served many purposes, including: a dairy farm, a grainery, farm market, and even as a horse stable.

After the accompanying farm land was sold off in the late 1980’s the Toenniessen family purchased the barn and adjacent home with the idea of bringing quality accommodations to the town of Newfane. As part of the renovations, all the interior structures were removed, including a loft and dividing walls.

A new foundations was poured under most of the structure, and a completely new, modern interior was constructed. All renovations were made with an eye toward comfort and accessibility for all guests. The first three rooms were opened for occupancy in 1990, followed by 3 additional rooms in 1991. The next few years saw the completion of the second floor guest rooms.

Looking upwards toward the cathedral ceiling in the recreation area, you will see the exposed original hand hewn beams which demonstrate the quality of 19th century craftsmanship. As you walk through the front doorway, notice the sliding barn doors on either side. They mark the original entrance to the barn, and are still fully functional.

The Toenniessens are continually striving to add to the amenities offered, including a large shaded deck, gardens and barbecue grill. We invite you to stay at our ever expanding place near Niagara Falls, NY.