The Bird's Nest
Cooperstown, New York, United States 13326
The Bird's Nest: Great things really do come in small packages!
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Please note: During June, July and August this cottage is rented exclusively in conjunction with The Treehouse, our 5 bedroom home at the discounted weekly rate of $2500.
Just you and your Honey...Okay well, maybe you and your Sweetie AND a kid or two...looking for a special place to escape for a day or two of relaxation and re-connection time? Lakeside and hidden in the woods on the East side of Otsego Lake, just 7 miles from world famous Cooperstown, New York is the super-comfy, post and beam carriage house apartment known as The Bird's Nest. Reserve the Bird's Nest as an intimate retreat or in conjunction with The Treehouse ( 5-bedroom hand crafted log home) and invite a total of 16 guests for a very memorable stay at the lake.
Nestled amongst the massive hand peeled rafters supporting all-cathedral ceilings above a 3-bay, The Bird's Nest is ideal for your group of "1" to 4 guests. The bedroom, with skylight and exterior door to woodside private balcony, sports a pair of well dressed twin beds and flat screen TV. The Great Room, with vaulted wainscot ceilings and skylight, provides a full kitchen and dining area. Take in sweeping views of the lake from the handcrafted queen bed (with plush pillow top mattress). French doors open to a lakeside balcony. Another flat screen TV can be enjoyed from the comfort of the bed or from the sitting area. The full bath also features tall cathedral ceilings and is well appointed.
The cottage-feel of The Bird's Nest is ideal for newly-wed honeymooners, (and not-so-newly-wed honeymooners!), anniversaries, birthdays, writers/poets/song-writers retreat, a place to reconnect with your mate...or even a hideout to simply spend some time away from the world. Quietly and privately located at the end of a 1/4 mile driveway, The Bird's Nest has been thoroughly and professionally decorated, is air conditioned in summer and heated with toasty radiant floors in the cooler months. Spend a night or two in this romantic cottage and return to life re-energized and full of new purpose!
Away From It All
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Deck / Patio / Balcony
Dishes & Utensils
First Aid Kit
Iron & Board
Lawn / Garden
Lock on Bedroom Door
Minimum Age Limit For Renters
Private Living Room
Sports & Activities
cross country skiing
Rates and Availability
|Weeknight||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay||Max Stay|
|Standard Rate||$450 / night||$450 / night||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Winter 2020Jan 10 2020 - Apr 09 2020||$300 / night||$300 / night||N/A||N/A||2 nights||N/A|
|Spring 2020Apr 10 2020 - Jun 04 2020||$300 / night||$300 / night||N/A||N/A||2 nights||N/A|
|Early Summer 2020Jun 05 2020 - Jul 23 2020||$600 / night||$600 / night||$2500 / week||N/A||7 nights||7 nights|
|Hall of Fame 2020Jul 24 2020 - Jul 27 2020||$2100 / night||$2100 / night||N/A||N/A||3 nights||N/A|
|Late Summer 2020Jul 31 2020 - Sep 03 2020||$400 / night||$400 / night||$2500 / week||N/A||7 nights||7 nights|
|Fall/Holiday 2020Sep 04 2020 - Jan 03 2021||$350 / night||$350 / night||N/A||N/A||2 nights||N/A|
This house is amazing! Beautiful inside and has everything you could possibly need for a great vacation. Location on the lake is perfect! Our kids loved the water trampoline and being able to catch fish right from the dock or kayaks. We created wonderful family memories at this house and we hope to get back very soon.
Thank you, Karen for such a nice review! And we are very happy you and your family enjoyed your visit! Whenever Liz and I are in Cooperstown, we always choose to stay in The Birds Nest, if its available. We especially like the radiant heated floors in the winter! We would be pleased to welcome you back any time your travel plans bring you back to central New York! Best, Liz and Bill
We rented the Bird's Nest along with the Treehouse. This rental consists of a queen sized bed with a small room to the side with twin beds. We also rented the Treehouse from the same owner, using the Bird's Nest for the extra space and to keep it from being rented to another party. The two properties are connected, and we are so pleased we did this! It gave us extra refrigerator space, even though we did not need to extra sleeping space. We rented both properties to house our family as we honored our parent's 50th wedding anniversary. This property, as the Treehouse, is quality all the way and the owner, Bill, spared no expense! Beside the amazing views and the rustic, yet elegant atmosphere, it is QUIET and very private. You will be so glad you rented this property, you will want to come again! You will not be disappointed.
Cindy, Thank you for the wonderful comments. Liz and I are always happy when our guests are happy! The Birds Nest is our favorite place to stay when we are in town!! You and your family were great guests and we hope you'll consider a return visit as Preferred Guests:) All the best, Liz and Bill
We loved our stay here! Everything was very clean and ready for our arrival. The cabin is so cozy and very nicely decorated. It sleeps four people very comfortably. The views from the windows are outstanding. The lake access was so convenient and even though we didn't swim or boat it was lovely just sitting out on the chairs by the lake to relax. It's very close to downtown Cooperstown so our drive to local restaurants took just 10-15 minutes. The owner was so helpful in providing us useful information about things to do in the area so that was an added benefit that we enjoyed. I would highly recommend this cabin apartment and look forward to returning!
Angela, Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments. Liz and I take every chance we get to stay in The Birds Nest for many of the same reasons you mentioned. BIG isn't always better; The Bird's Nest delivers a lot in a small package... the exposed logs and heated floors add to the atmosphere and sense of security. We look forward to welcoming you back as a member of our Preferred Guest Program!! Thanks for being great guests! Bill and Liz
This was our first experience in a log cabin. WOW! We loved having 2 decks to enjoy the surrounding views. Very romantic and cozy. Very quiet. Our son was playing / staying at Dreams Park and this apartment was perfect for us to bring him home for an evening so he could enjoy the lake too. The owner was VERY kind and courteous. Perfect location about 20 min. to dreams park, 10 minutes to the HOF. Nice place!
Drew, welcome to log home living! One of my favorite features of the Birds nest is the exposed log roofing rafters and beams...they create a feeling of security and warmth. I love spending time there during the winter...when the wind and snow are whipping, yet the radiant heat floor provide a toasting environment!!
I rented the Bird's Nest with the neighboring Treehouse in early April for a big group of friends - 14 of us in total - for a trip to Cooperstown to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame and Brewery Ommegang. The two homes (which are essentially connected) together were perfect for our group. The view of Ostego Lake was breathtaking. We had three people sleep in the Bird's Nest and 11 sleep in this house. I stayed in the neighboring Treehouse, but the members of my group who stayed at the Nest said they really enjoyed it. This house was clean and well-maintained. Bill, the owner of the house, left great instructions for where to find things in the house, etc. Bill was a pleasure to work with, always quick to respond, and gave great recommendations for transportation, food, and shopping around that area. Mel's at 22 was great for dinner. Ommegang was a blast - their lunch is great. We also did a tour and tasting. And the HOF is obviously amazing for any baseball fan. If I'm ever planning to be in Cooperstown again with either a large group or with just my wife, I would definitely rent this house on it's own or in tandem with the neighboring house.
We could not have asked for a better group of guests! Thanks so much for choosing our homes for your stay in Cooperstown. We truly hope you'll consider another stay should you plan a trip back to our upstate New York paradise!!
Very private and clean..... Close to Cooperstown about 10 minute drive. nice view of lake and within walking distance. .
Thanks for your kind words and Liz and I are happy you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to welcoming you back...perhaps during the summer or even the winter when you'll be surprised to see how different our area looks during the seasonal changes!
The Birds Nest was a perfect choice for our extended weekend visit to the Baseball Hall Of Fame. It was a surprise trip for my husband's 50th birthday. It's a short drive to town and provided all we needed for our weekend stay. We would love to return in the warmer months to take advantage of the lake access and views. We took our son to the nearby Glimmerglass park and he enjoyed the playground and we soaked in the wonderful view of Otsego Lake. Bill was very informative and resourceful and provided all of the local tourist spots and favorite restaurants. The Birds Nest was impeccably clean and we loved the heated floors! I definitely recommend this property to anyone who is looking for a nice, quiet getaway.
Our rural country location and lakeside location really does lend itself to a variety of seasonal activities. Many people find the summer months to be the prime time to visit. But the Fall with all the colors, and even the Winter when the lake is frozen and there's piles of snow...these can be the best times to enjoy our area's quiet and beauty.
We stayed at the Bird's nest during peak Autumn foliage season and had a nice time. The cottage was clean and well kept, and perfect for some quiet and relaxing time away from most action and noise (don't expect Internet or cellphone service). The grounds are beautiful, and literally right on Ostego Lake. The location is convenient to Cooperstown, Sharon Springs, and Glimmerglass state park and opera house. We'd definitely stay again if ever in the area.
Thank you for your nice comments! Being located in a pretty rural area it can be difficult to obtain cell service. We are fortunate to have line-of-sight to a Verizon cell tower in the distance and for non verizon subscribers we are happy to offer landline service. AND, the big news is that we now have full, unlimited high speed internet service! So, come on back and fire up your devices!
We rented the Bird's Nest for a weekend getaway to Cooperstown and it was simply an amazing place! The beautiful setting on Otsego Lake was picturesque and we enjoyed just kicking back and watching the ducks swim by. It offered all of the seclusion for a romantic getaway, but was still just minutes to the Cooperstown festivities. Inside, the Bird's Nest was immaculate, cozy, and warm, with exquisite decor and possibly the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. It was fully furnished with a kitchen so it had everything we needed for a nice relaxing weekend. We will definitely be returning to Cooperstown and will stay at the Bird's Nest again. Thank you Liz and Bill!!!
The wildlife on and around the lake is amazing! All types of ducks and geese make use of the lake...and its fascinating to watch the hawks and eagles as they go about their hunting and fishing. During the cooler months before the lake fully freezes, its not unusual to spot a mink, muskrat or beaver swimming along the shoreline. Sitting quietly at the shoreline, its not hard to day dream about life in the area 100 years ago!
We rented the Bird's Nest for Memorial Day weekend and couldn't have been happier. We got great use out of the dock, the kayaks, and the balconies. The owner was super helpful in giving us directions and answering all of our questions before the trip. The apartment is in a great location that gave us the best of both worlds: peace and relaxation, with proximity to all the things we wanted to do while in Cooperstown. Would definitely rent again, and recommend to anyone.
Sometimes, small can be better! We decorated The Birds Nest with our guests needs in mind...all of the essentials set amongst the large diameter log beams and rafters...comfortable convenient and inviting. And we invite you to try it in the winter when the lake is frozen, the snow flying and the radiant floors keeping you warm and toasty!
We rented the Bird's Nest along with the Treehouse, Oneida and Cayuga for our daughter's wedding in Cooperstown. The Bird's Nest was perfect for my niece, her husband and two small children (who were flower girl and ring bearer). It provided them with a nice hideaway from all the activity in the Treehouse, but with all the same amenities. It had everything they needed! We all had a wonderful time in these magnificent homes. Thanks again Bill! We hope to be back soon.
"Hide-a-way"...a perfect description for our Birds Nest...whether as an artist/writer's retreat, a romantic couple's escape or a small family getaway...this is the place to hide away from day to day life, to unwind, recharge. Plan your escape to rejuvenate today!
We rented the tree house and the bird's nest for our wedding weekend in Cooperstown. Groomsmen and significant other stayed in the tree house and we stayed in the bird's nest. 13 people in all and we had tons of room in the house and plenty of parking for 7 vehicles. After the rehearsal dinner we enjoyed an evening of drinks on the deck. Friday morning we had breakfast in the cabin and found the kitchen stocked with everything we needed to cook a big meal. Saturday was dreary but we found the basement stocked with board games and foosball. This cabin met our every need. Favorite part of all was the private setting. Would highly recommend this to anyone considering it!
Cooperstown is becoming well known as a wedding destination and every year our homes are being discovered as perfect alternatives to the typical hotel experience. Lots of space. Room to gather. Private and exclusive. Bring your friends...Bring your family...take home memories to cherish for life!
my wife and I and another couple stayed on this property for six days and five nights, between the beautiful accommodations the sunsets the fire pits and that beautiful lake it was amazing. I would certainly return and check out his other beautiful properties on the lake
Our little Nest is large on comfort! And with direct access to the waterfront and lake...our guests vacation in style. Perfect for a weekend, or a week, to enjoy a bit of the diverse offerings of central New York!
My wife and I spent a June Friday to Sunday at the Bird's Nest, which is the smaller house just next to the main house. At the end of a road through the woods, the privacy you have at this property is fantastic. The private lakefront pier, which included kayaks, a canoe, is simply superb. The lake is clear and great to swim in, and is quite large, with tremendous views. We had breakfast on the deck overlooking the lake each morning, with birds chirping and a gentle breeze in the trees--spectacular. The Bird's Nest itself is a well designed and well kept small house which we greatly enjoyed. Good air conditioning unit! The landscaping is thoughtful and nicely done. Bill the owner was easily reachable, friendly and very helpful. We are fairly picky about accommodations, generally staying in high end, well reviewed B&B's or resorts, and this experience ranked up there with anything in recent memory. The Bird's Nest is a real standout for its value. Cooperstown itself is a gem of a town--well manicured with plenty to do in the nearby surroundings. This house is just a few minutes drive from it all, but sitting on the private pier on the lake, you feel miles away due to the unusually beautiful setting and privacy. A real "wow" experience.
Hotel and restaurant reviews are so critical to today's consumers. Same holds true for vacation rental homes. Yet, the large rental brokers provide NONE! Liz and I, along with our staff, work hard to deliver exceptional service and accommodations. And when one of guests takes the time to submit something like..."A real "wow" experience!"...it makes the hard work well worth the effort! Book your "wow experience" today!!
My wife and I had a totally enjoyable stay at The Bird's Nest. This cottage has everything a couple or small family could want...comfortable beds, 2 flat screen TV's, and an awesome lake view. We will be back!
Views..."the ability to see something" Reviews..."an evaluation or an analysis" We got lots of great views and reviews!! Come see for yourself...Book your getaway today!
Our kids were delighted to explore the snow covered wooded area on the property and we had many deer sightings during our stay. The home was cozy and comfortable, with stunning views and heated floors. Exactly as pictured. Homeowners were a delight to deal with, providing us with restaurant and shopping suggestions in advance of our trip. Cooperstown is very quiet in the off-season, so if you want to check out the baseball hall of fame without the long lines then plan a road trip for winter or early spring. The house was perfectly situated to town and close to the farmers museum, which has a fun maple syrup festival in March complete with a pancake breakfast. Ommegang Brewery is also nearby, with wonderful food and tastings, and the tour was great for the kids. We hope to return again soon!
The Bird's Nest is the perfect accommodation for a romantic getaway or a fun escape for a family of 4. During the winter and early spring, this is Liz's and my favorite property to stay in when we are in Cooperstown. The cottage's massive beams and comfy furnishings, along with those great views create an ambiance that can't be beat! The old adage, "Great things come in small packages" has never been more true! Call us today and plan your visit!
Had a wonderful time. My wife and I go away for our anniversary every September usually to the city for a show and the like. This year we decided to do something different. We considered the ocean but we have done that in the past as well. Being lifetime Upstate NY residents we decided on something closer to home and knowing that we have beautiful lakes within an hour of our home we decided on Cayuga (Glimmerglass) lake. It was quiet and very picturesque even more so as we went after the Labor Day holiday. We enjoyed the view from the deck looking out to the water and even witnessed an Eagle doing some "Fishing". The accommodations are clean and well kept and the owner Bill very hospitable. We would strongly recommend and would go back again.
The listing description was absolutely accurate regarding the property and amenities. The pictures on the website were beautiful and when we arrived at the cabin we were not disappointed! My husband and I loved this spacious and beautiful cabin! There were wonderful lake and mountain views from the living area windows and from the spacious outdoor deck. The cabin itself was extremely neat, clean, well taken care off, and beautifully designed. The basement was spacious and serves as a fabulous game room! I would recommend this cabin to business associates, friends, and relatives! The owner was extrememly helpful and seems to have impeccable taste. We enjoyed hiking in Glimmerglass State Park...lake water is crystal clear! We went to the center of town and enjoyed The Fenimore Cooper Art Museum and just taking in all the beautiful homes, parks, and lake views. We hope we can visit again! :)
Our lake is quite literally crystal clear! Perfect for swimming, fishing, boating and kayaking during the warmer months. And during winter when the lake freezes over, it becomes a huge ice skating rink. Get a bon fire blazing in the fire pit and bring along your hot chocolate, wine, (or what have you) and explore the lake like most people never will!
Had a great time at the Bird's Nest! Rested up our first day, had a warming fire in the fire pit. Next day spent at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Two beautiful sunsets during our short stay. Highly recommend this gorgeous cottage on Otsego Lake. Owner quite helpful in assuring all was taken care of for our stay. Thank you !
That's what a great vacation is often all about...new experiences, some serious rest and relaxation... and many fine memories! Reserve your's now!
What a great place to spend time doing nothing, yet we did a lot. My wife and I fished from the dock, just caught some sun. we even made a fire in the fire pit, all this and we never left the place. I had to talk my wife into going to the Hall of Fame and Flying Creek Cider Mill, both were fun, but the best was hanging out at the Birds nest outside or inside. We had a blast. Thanks Bill for everything , hope to be back soon.
When I began construction of this property, the Bird's Nest was the first structure to be built. I commuted back and forth weekly from our home in NJ during the building process. While on-site and working on the Bird's Nest, I spent many nights sleeping in the cottage from the time it was weathered in right through completion. I recall thinking many times that there was no need to build the main house...this little cottage had it all! Who could ever want more? Well, looking back I believe I was right...this cottage makes for the perfect getaway. Give it a try...you'll love it!
We could not have been happier with our stay at the birds nest. Both the accomodations and the location exceeded our expectations in every way. Pictures cannot do justice to the view of the lake from the deck and balcony, as well as when you're seated around the fire ring only feet from the shore. The detour that was in effect earlier in 2013 is open now, making Cooperstown a very short drive, and you're only 0.6 miles from the entrance to Glimmerglass State Park. We literally DID paddle across the lake to the park's beach and soaked up the view of Lake Otsego from a different angle. The Baseball Hall of Fame has been on my bucket lost and we decided to finally cross it off this year, and staying at this amazing little cottage tucked away on this gorgeous lake front made the trip better than I could have hoped for. Cooperstown itself is a fun little town to visit, and making your stay at this property will make the time you spend NOT sight seeing just as memorable as the rest of your trip.
The Bird's Nest is ideally located just a short drive to town but yet privately and quietly located on a beautiful lake. Radiant heated floors make this cottage a perfect fall or winter retreat...watch the snow swirl from the big comfy bed positioned just inside the lake-facing french doors. Read, relax, snuggle...
Very well maintained place with a lot of charm and a great view of the lake.
Up the massive wood steps and through the glass entry door...you are surrounded by huge Douglas fir beams and posts. Looking out over the forested land and the beautiful lake from this special perch up in the trees...The Bird's Nest!
Spent a perfect weekend at the Nest. Scenic, peaceful, private - just the experience we were looking for. I'm ready for more morning coffee overlooking the lake! thanks!
It doesn't matter the time of year...spring, summer, winter or fall, a relaxing morning cup of steaming hot coffee or tea while taking in the views of the lake, the woods or watching some of the local wildlife through the french doors or the tall gable windows is always a perfect start to a Cooperstown vacation day!
My family and I recently stayed in the Lakeside Cottage. We were there for the Cooperstown baseball tournament. We also had 4 other families staying at the big house attached. The Cottage was perfect for our family of 4. We had lots of room and could make our own meals as well. The views of the lake are spectacular and we also went out on the lake in the provided conoe and kayaks. As far as proximatey to Cooperstown it was an easy 30 minute drive. I'd highly recommend staying here.
The Bird's Nest provides the main house guests some extra room and privacy. With it's fully equipped kitchen, flat screen TV's and full bath, the cottage makes a wonderful honeymoon location, private retreat or anniversary celebration destination! The recent severe weather (summer 2013) has damaged the lake road resulting in a detour route to Cooperstown. The road should be open by Fall 2013 and the direct route is 12 minutes to town and 20 minutes to Dreams Park.
My wife and I spent 3 nights in "The Nest" and we can't wait to come back next Spring! We felt like we were literally living in the tree tops. We have visited Cooperstown in the summer previously so we really appreciated the lack of crowds on Main Street and in the restaurants. Our favorite destination was Brewery Ommegang...perfect for dinner and watching March Madness!