The home is not owner occupied, leaving no personal 'clutter' behind! We enjoy it ourselves in the off times, but leave it renter ready and ask that you leave it as you find it. Each room has been newly updated or renovated. We will be there to greet you when you arrive and easily available throughout your stay. I have been in the hospitality business all my life and take pride in making sure your stay is enjoyable. The perfect location is one of it's best assets....so close to the Dreams Park you can hear the games being played and see the Fireworks every Thursday night from the back yard! The tour train goes right through the center of our property (no late evenings!)...listen to the whistle of times gone by...better yet take the scenic train from Milford to Cooperstown and see the house along the way! So close to Cooperstown and Oneonta's sights, etc.
In season we have an herb garden just outside your front door - please feel free to use anything there.
Interested in day trips while you visit? We are within 1 3/4 hours from Turning Stone (casino); Saratoga Horse Races; SPAC; Albany - visit our capitol - many theatres, museums, music venues, etc. While in Cooperstown visiting- the infamous brunch at The Otesaga Hotel is a must. Looking out over beautiful Otsego Lake enjoy your lunch/brunch and make plans to take the tour boat, go fishing, boating, sailing, swimming. There is a boat rental along the lake (fishing boats, canoes, etc.) and several spots to go swimming. Visit Council Rock, The Stone Bridge, Clarks Tower or take the Brewery Trail featuring local breweries including Brewery Ommegang and Council Rock Brewery (also known for it's friday night fish fry). Information and pictures of these sites and more will be available to you in our home. Photo's from local photographer Jonathan White are among the memorabilia collected for your enjoyment to look at. (Please note: some of the above are seasonal so be sure to check before you arrive)
Bedroom Set Up:
Master bedroom: 1 queen size bed
Fireplace bedroom: 1 double bed
Baseball bedroom: 2 twins.
Living room is large (25 x 14) with ample seating - leather recliner, large sectional and comfortable chaise with 50' TV. Games, puzzles and folding card table available. We are trying to maintain our homey and relaxing atmosphere that past guests have commented on, we are not the big party house, but the get away from it all house! There are no team parties allowed.
In 2012 we added our new second bathroom off of the Master Bedroom which is our largest new 'addition' to add to the comfort of your stay. We also installed in 2012 a new fantastic water system - the water tastes even better than it did before. For 2013 we have added WiFi (we had broadband hook up prior), and a new 24,000 BTU Air Conditioner that will be a nice improvement. It will be quiet and cool the entire house nicely. It also doubles as a heating unit when needed. Ceiling fans have been added in all bedrooms. New flooring has been put down in the entry and the large bathroom. A bistro set has been added to the Dining Room to seat 8 comfortably. In the spring of 2014 we put on a new roof (which of course you won't really notice, but upkeep is important!).
Our latest 'addition' is an entryway from the driveway... you are able to enter through the new entryway and up the stairs to make bringing in bags, etc. easier. Those of you who have stayed already know I like for your first entry to be from the front door for your first impression!
We do have plans for an upgrade for the 2015 season...will keep you posted.
BBQ grill; and fire pit on site (firewood available at nominal charge). Horseshoes available. My partner, a fisherman himself, and I are very happy that we added in 2012 - a four person Paddle Boat and small fishing boat - to fish in our newly stocked pond (for renters only!) Listen to the peepers while watching an awesome sunset. Early risers will enjoy the sunrise with the rolling hills as the backdrop.....you would never guess that you were in the middle of so much to do when you look out at the 40 acres and see wildlife. Sightings so far have been a white crane, heron, beaver, geese, deer, various birds, frogs (an unwanted snake by the firepit...they leave when the sun goes down!)
A deposit of 50% of rental fee is due within 7 days of booking, the balance (remaining 50% of rental fee plus mandatory 4% county bed tax and $300.00 refundable damage deposit) are due 60 days prior to arrival date. (If already past 60 days payment in full required) Note: State taxes and CLEANING FEES ARE INCLUDED in the price quoted. MO, cashiers check or check preferred form of payment. (Credit card payments are subject to 3.2% transaction fee.) I have not opted for the Book It feature as I like to email and/or chat with my renters. I like to be fair with everyone and doing it the old fashioned way seems to work better for me, and I have happy guests!
I make a point to return emails/calls promptly so please follow up with a call if I haven't reached you in a day! Your requests are important to me as they are to you!
We hope you enjoy our home and your visit to Cooperstown.
Please enjoy this article posted:
HENRY COOPER’S TOWN
JAN. 21, 2014 | 1:00 PM | BY: SOPHIE HAYS
LOCATION: CENTRAL NEW YORK
“New York is divided into more discrete regions than any other state I know of … Cooperstown doesn’t really fall under any of these regional categories. It’s its own stop.”
It’s a sunny summer’s day at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. On the short walk from the Museum’s back door to a gazebo overlooking Otsego Lake, Henry Cooper is greeted by every person he passes. After all, this is quite literally Henry Cooper’s town. His story of this place, founded by his ancestors, is about so much more than its predominant reputation as the capital of baseball. Instead, it is one of a wild and beautiful frontier that he’s on a mission to preserve.
Mr. Cooper’s family has always had roots in Cooperstown. His three times great-grandfather William Cooper, father of author James Fenimore Cooper, founded the village. “[William Cooper] basically built a farming community with the village of Cooperstown [at] its center,” explains our Mr. Cooper. “[James Fenimore Cooper] lived here after his father did. And really every generation since then we’ve continued to come back.”
Throughout his multi-faceted career and involvement between Cooperstown and New York City, Mr. Cooper has always been interested in greater explorations and odysseys. Mr. Cooper became very interested in the work of Jules Verne, which later led to his notable coverage of NASA’s space missions at “The New Yorker.” “I got to the New Yorker in about 1958, which was after Sputnik … and science suddenly became the zippiest thing around,” Mr. Cooper says. “Many people who are my age arrived at The New Yorker and in that period, many of whom had any scientific background, even the English majors would just gravitate to one science or the other … it was a very exciting time.”
Cooperstown’s success and growth after its founding truly begins with Edward Severin Clark, grandson of Edward Clark, a co-founder of the Singer Corporation Sewing Machine Company (and also a co-investor in, and builder of, Manhattan’s Dakota residential building). Edward Severin Clark and family bought 10,000 square miles of land around Otsego Lake, granting them enormous influence over the town. “The Clarks had about half the village on their payroll,” says Mr. Cooper. “They thought it was time to start various enterprises that would make the village more self-sufficient.” With a tourist economy in mind, Clark built many of Cooperstown’s prominent buildings and museums, including the still extant Otesaga Resort Hotel.
Another of those Clark-funded local enterprises was the Baseball Hall of Fame. Local legend tells the story of how baseball was invented by a Cooperstown native and Civil War General by the name of Abner Doubleday. “They started the Hall of Fame, and they called Cooperstown ‘the birthplace of baseball,’” explains Mr. Cooper. “And as the years went on, it became clearer that baseball was never really invented in any one place … Cooperstown morphed from being the birthplace of baseball to being the home of baseball — what it calls itself now.” The village quickly evolved into baseball mecca after the 1970s, when the sport was elevated from national pastime to a sport of religious devotion.
The Clarks built two other historic institutions: Fenimore House (now the Fenimore Art Museum, and site of our interview) and the Farmers’ Museum located just across the street. Set up like the old village of Cooperstown, the museum features living history displays of 1840s trades and farming traditions.