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BOOKING FOR FALL AND 2017, 1/2 mile from Dreams Park, Fishing, Boating, 40 acre

30 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Welcome to our home. We would like for you to enjoy and respect it as you would your own. Our goal is to create a wonderful 'experience' for you and look forward to new and past guests alike.

We are happy to announce that we are now able to provide all your needs for a fantastic wedding reception starting in the fall of 2016. Please email us for details. NOTE: this is only during the off season as we would like our Dreams Park guests to enjoy our peaceful setting as they have for the past 5 years.

Located on 40 acres, (Therefore the name Grandpa's Back 40 - where he used to raise sheep); view the horseshoe shaped pond, beautiful mountains and wildlife while being only .6 tenths of a mile from the Dreams Park and 5 miles south of Cooperstown. This home is available from APRIL - NOVEMBER for many attractions in our area.

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. We always try to be there to greet you when you arrive and are 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 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.

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, Clark's Tower or take the Brewery Trail featuring local breweries including Brewery Ommegang (several concerts throughout season) 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. (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 queen size bed

Baseball bedroom: 2 twins.

Living room is large (25 x 14) with ample seating - large sectional and comfortable chaise with large TV. Games, puzzles and folding card table available. We are trying to maintain our homey and relaxing atmosphere that past guests have enjoyed during Dreams Park season; therefore based on the hectic schedules we have during ball season we can not accommodate team parties . We have been renovating our home in our spare time with a few things left to do (mainly the completion of the deck). There is now a completely new kitchen with all new appliances. The large bathroom has been done over . New washer and dryer in laundry area. All fresh paint on ceilings and walls. New mattresses, towels and linens.

BBQ grill and fire pit and a little relaxation area. There has been a lot of use of our four person Paddle Boat and small fishing boat - they can be used for fun or to fish in our 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 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 (including bald eagles), frogs (an unwanted snake by the firepit...they leave when the sun goes down!) In season we have an herb garden just outside your front door - please feel free to use anything there.


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.

“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.”

–Henry Cooper

A little side note: the turn out for this years (2016) Hall of Fame Induction was over 50,000! We can only imagine what it will be when Derek Jeter gets inducted! That year I will be providing primitive camping (tents and campers) for a nominal fee. Porta potty's will be provided!

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Darlene (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

About Darlene

I am the grand-daughter of the original owner of this home. Grandpa built the home in 1963 and it has remained in the family since. I grew up on this property and am a graduate of Cooperstown Central School. Although my mother and I do not live in the immediate area any more, Cooperstown and it's surroundings are near and dear to my heart. I am an esthetician by trade and my significant other is a carpenter/contractor. I have 2 sons who, along with us, wish to maintain this house as a place for us to vacation as well as you!

Darlene purchased this house in 1963

Why Darlene chose New York

We have decided to share our home with vacationers because of it's great location, and easy access - it is located on St. Rt. 28, a 5 mile trek directly into Cooperstown. We enjoy looking out at and walking through the fields and watching the wildlife.

There is so much to see and do in the area that you could visit every season and find something else exciting!

What makes this house unique

The beavers have decided to take up residence as well - so we have an additional 'wildlife refuge' on the property. We are close to the Cooperstown Scenic Railroad train ride - it goes right through the center of our property! Most major attractions are within 20 minutes of our house.


based on 30 traveler reviews

BOOKING FOR FALL AND 2017, 1/2 mile from Dreams Park, Fishing, Boating, 40 acre
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

Perfect house for Cooperstown Dreamspark

  • 5 of 5

Just checked out this morning and we couldn't have been more pleased! It's so close to the don't have to worry about leaving an hour before games and a much added benefit that's probably overlooked, you are going to the park in the opposite direction of most everyone there! The line coming from Cooperstown to the field is a mile long most times of the day. You pull right out of the drive way, drive maybe 1 minute and you pull right into the park! It's close enough that you can run home in between games for a quick nap and snack or to run your kid to the house for a good, hot shower. If you have any siblings traveling with you, the pond will keep them entertained for hours on end and they especially like the free wifi lol The house is very neat and clean and all the renovations that are being done are top notch. There is a great outdoor area to have a bonfire at night and once done, the deck will be a much added feature! I'm a little jealous it wasn't done while we were there lol The backyard view is beautiful! The kitchen is fully stocked for all needs. The owner was so easy to contact and very communicative, it made our week at Cooperstown even more enjoyable!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Melissa! Although I can't take credit for the location, being south of the Dreams Park is wonderful! Love that traffic flow! And I appreciate your kind words about the house. It has been a rather stressful year with unforeseen renovations. Putting the deck on hold was certainly not in the plan, but every week we are closer to the end product as we get extra things done on Fridays if we can. It will be complete soon enough and would love for you to return to see it! Thank you for the team pin - I love the collection I have and can't wait to do the counter project I mentioned. Best regards!
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Excellent time !! Family time !!

  • 5 of 5

I couldn't have been more happy to spend the weekend at "grandpas back 40 " !! From the views to the accommodations to the lake , it was all perfect . We had a chance to hang out with our kids play board games eat together and get away from our technology if just for a few days . The house had history , class , and felt like home . Perfect for a weekend stay or longer , it had everything we we looking for .

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ever so much for your kind review. We are loving the fact that our guests are enjoying the finer things in! We enjoy it as our get away in the off season as well. A new deck off the back of the house, overlooking the pond, is currently being added. Mother Nature will dictate it's completion date, but we are hopeful it will be done for the beginning of the 2016 season. We would love for you to return to enjoy our new addition. Happy Holidays!
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So wonderful, we didn't want to leave this beautiful and cozy house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Darlene's house! The house was so cozy and the view is amazing! It is decorated very tastefully and each room has its own delightful theme and unique feel. We especially loved the fireplace bedroom, and I am sure kids will love the baseball-themed room! We also appreciated learning about the history of the house. It made it feel all the more special!

Darlene was so sweet and so great at communicating with us both before and during our stay.

In terms of area attractions, we highly recommend Brewery Ommegang (although it does tend to get crowded in the weekends), Fly Creek Cider Mill, and the Cooperstown Railroad train rides, which are delightful in their vintage charm.

We would love to be back again soon and we would recommend this wonderful house to anyone looking for an intimate and relaxing vacation!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ever so much! We love our baseball weeks and try to make it a great relaxing space for their stay....but also love our off season visitors! It is nice to hear that the home fits those needs as well and enjoy extending our season before and after the Dreams Park season. I wish to build a repeat visitor list with people such as yourselves....looking forward to your return!!!
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Dream Park Destination

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect home base for us (so to speak) for my player's grandmother and I to enjoy the Cooperstown experience. Less than a mile from the park, it was easy to come home between games to cool off and have some lunch. The house was clean and well furnished with baseball memorabilia and condiments in the kitchen. Just a wonderful and peaceful place to relax together, and the owner Darlene is a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Andy! It truly makes me happy to share my "little piece of heaven" with nice families such as yourselves. The relaxed atmosphere is exactly what want in our home. We hope if you ever return to the Cooperstown area you will stay with us again...We rent from April to November!
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Perfect location to Dreams Park!

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough about this cute little retreat. After a day of baseball it was nice to drive a minute away and relax by the fire. In the morning, my family and I would go out in the paddle boat and fish before heading to the fields, sometimes spotting a mommy and baby deer playing in the field. This cozy cottage was full of baseball memorabilia and making wonderful memories. Thank you Darlene for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Krista. I am always happy when guests take advantage of the pond. This summers rain has made it a challenge at times, but so far everyone seems to be making the best of it. The baseball memorabilia has been fun to collect throughout the years. Looking forward to your return!
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Excellent home, Close to Dreams Park

  • 5 of 5

My family had a great week staying in this quaint home! The location is the BEST for commuting to the Dreams Park. So close that we had plenty of time to come home in between games and grab a bite to eat. The house is clean and well taken care of. We would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Glimmerglass Opera, Farmers Museum, Fenimore House, Otesaga Hotel, Leatherstocking Golf Course, Glimmerglass State Park, Fly Creek Cider Mill, Hartwick and Oneonta State Colleges, Howes Caverns, Cooperstown Scenic Railroad, Ommegang Brewery.


Rates & Availability

Cooperstown House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off season fall
Sep 9 2016 - Nov 21 2016
2 night minimum stay
Off season spring 2017
Apr 14 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dreams Park 2017
Jun 2 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 4.0%

NOTE: You can have the option of the damage protection....or the $300 refundable damage will not be charged for both. Contract will be sent via email upon booking. NO TEAM PARTIES...If paying by credit card the fee I am charged will be added to your amount. There is no additional fee if paying by check.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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New York House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1580 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2 sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , single sink
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , master bedroom with private bathroom, new mattress 2016
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Fireplace bedroom, new mattress 2016
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Baseball Bedroom with memorabilia, new mattress 2016
  • Queen size Beds (1) 1 queen - frame is wicker - one of a kind from MacKenzie Childs, Fireplace bedroom: New queen platform bed - this bedroom features the granite stone fireplace., Twin or Single Beds 2 twins on new platforms - this is our 'baseball' bedroom, chaise located in the living room for 7th person in a pinch.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
In season you will have access to our Herb garden. Relaxation area and Fire pit also available. Please note we provide a start up amount of paper products (toilet paper and paper towels, kleenex) so that there will be some there until you can get to the store. We would kindly appreciate it if you leave the furniture where you find it to avoid scratching floors, or worse yet, hurting your back! Also, if you must move pillows, blankets, etc. from one room to the next kindly return them to thier 'home' when you leave. Thank you very much.

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