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GENESEO – The historic Cornerways house is about to blossom into a fairy-tale bed and breakfast with sleek golden show dogs, a beautifully refurbished and extravagant interior, and gourmet meals, as fascinating Floridian competitive ballroom dancer, mariner, veterinarian, self-proclaimed dreamer and woman of the world, Dr. Carol Dingman, establishes it as a summer abode for herself, her nearly 95-year-old mother, her two show golden retrievers Carson and Wookie, her Yorkshire mix Humphrey, and her Yorkie terrier Gucci, who is paralyzed and bound to a special supportive wheel cart that Dingman designed herself.
Dr. Dingman, who is finalizing paperwork and assembling furniture for her new venture from her current home in Florida, says that though the house, featured and sold by AB Cole Real Estate, has been unoccupied for five years and needs a little TLC and basic repairs, she can see it being a beautiful spot for local folks to party, stay, and enjoy her healthy meals. She says she will be in town again the first week of May to again carefully look over the mansion and determine what needs to be done.
“I am hoping very very soon to have it up and running,” chimed Dr. Dingman. “It is a lovely home, and with a little love it will be amazing. I think any house can be amazing with love. Inside has repairs to be done, plaster is peeling, paint is chipping, and the wallpaper has to be repainted or replaced. I love refurbishing houses. My dad was a carpenter and my Bachelor’s is in Geology from California, so I could go on and on about plaster.”
Though she joked that she would have to get chains on her tires to handle our snow, Dr. Dingman added that she has had the support of Livingston County residents from the beginning and cannot wait to officially join the county and the Chamber of Commerce.
“I can’t say how nice people have been to me,” said Dr. Dingman. “Everybody has really gone that extra mile for me, and they didn’t have to. I want to work locally. I think it is important to keep this within Geneseo and our county. When I join the Chamber of Commerce, that will likely be one of our first parties.”
Dr. Dingman says her capabilities will not stop there, however.
“This is of course all in the future, but I’d like to have rehearsal dinners there, and brides can come in and take pictures, especially on the beautiful inner staircase,” said Dr. Dingman. “I have just under two acres there, so we won’t be able to host more than 50 people at a time, but you know I’m fine with that, I don’t like big crowds and the house should have a private feel.”
Dr. Dingman, who operates her veterinary practice out of Orlando, added that eventually she will move in full time with her mother as well as her two show dogs, golden retrievers Carson and Wookie, as well as her Yorkie mix Humphrey and Yorkie terrier Gucci, who loves to romp with his friends in his special ‘wheelchair.’
“This will all take time, first we have to get the house back to where it has to be,” said Dingman between sorting paperwork for the upcoming weeks. “I think this will be an incredible business for me, especially after I retire. But I do want to open a small practice locally as well. But that’s, well, even further up the road! The ultimate vision is to have three of these, one in the country, one in the mountains, and one by the ocean.”
PHOTO CAPTION: (Photo/Sean Russel)