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Polly English-Ramsay

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Romantic Lakeview Cottage with Hot Tub and Amazing Sunsets!

41 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths. Sleeps 4. Dog friendly! Parking: 2 car maximum.

Deep Creek Lake is listed in 1,000 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE! (US and Canada)

Looking for a getaway in Maryland?

The Birds’ Nest is a tastefully decorated, romantically secluded lake-view vacation home at Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. It’s an enchanting choice for a special occasion: honeymoon, wedding anniversary, girls’ weekend, or just a quiet escape.

Summer rentals run from Sunday to Sunday.

You bring your lovebird; The Birds' Nest will provide the atmosphere!

Nestled among tall oaks and lush rhododendrons, this tastefully decorated, 2-bedroom home is conveniently located at 296 State Park Road for year-round accessibility. It is 0.6 miles from Deep Creek Lake State Park and approximately 6 miles from The Wisp Ski Area. The charming little town of Oakland is about 5 miles away.

The lakefront, across the road from the property, offers one of the best views of the lake — the sunsets and star-watching are magical! You may swim or launch your kayak from here, though there is no dock facility.

The downstairs of The Birds' Nest has a well-equipped kitchen, one bathroom, a living room with a propane fireplace insert, a study area with WiFi access for your laptop computer, and a bedroom (double bed). Upstairs is a large bedroom (queen-size bed and a futon) with a sitting area overlooking the woods, a walk-in closet, a half-bath with washer and dryer, and a surprise nightlight! A flat-screen television with satellite connection, a DVD player (with video library), and a CD player are located in the living room downstairs.

High-quality bed linens and towels are supplied at no extra charge; bring your own toothbrush!

Relax in the sunken hot tub in a very private resort-like setting after a day of outdoor activities.

Enjoy the landscaping and seasonal waterfall on the property.

The deck offers a view of the lake and has a picnic table with a gas grill. There is a fire-ring outside The Birds’ Nest for toasting marshmallows and telling tall tales!

We welcome your house-trained family dog, too. Fee required per animal. There is a new dog park beside the HART For Animals facility in McHenry which is free for use.

Wild animals love this location and visit regularly. We do ask, however, that you do not feed the bears!

Our goal is to fulfill the need for a superior rental vacation home that is not a “McMansion”! The house is 900 square feet of well-planned space with high-quality furnishings. It sleeps four people comfortably, with separation between the bedrooms for privacy.

Keywords: cabin, cottage, lake front, lake view, cozy, romantic, secluded, getaway, escape, relax, intimate, pet-friendly, washer and dryer, hot tub, deck, fireplace, fire ring, fully equipped, WiFi, Christmas and seasonal decorations, value, discount.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Polly English-Ramsay (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Why Polly English-Ramsay chose Deep Creek Lake

Location! Location! Location!

View! View! View!

The Birds' Nest is a special home equipped lovingly for the comfort of adult guests.

House-trained dogs are welcome with fee but must not be left alone in the house.


based on 41 traveler reviews

Romantic Lakeview Cottage with Hot Tub and Amazing Sunsets!
average rating of 4.9268293 based on 41 reviews
Stewartstown, PA

A Special Place and Person

  • 5 of 5

We felt like you were a friend before we even met – and were so excited to finally talk face-to-face. You are what makes The Birds’ Nest so special – a truly kind and thoughtful woman. May all the goodness you have given to others come back to you a thousand times over.

The Birds’ Nest is your legacy – full of the warmth and caring that you personally demonstrate to all who share this space. We felt comfortable and cared for from the moment we drove up the driveway. Our welcoming committee of Maggie and Macavity were heartwarming for us – still grieving the loss of our Peek-a-boo. The house was spotless and invited us to settle in and relax. We came to Deep Creek to get in some serious training for upcoming triathlons and marathons – which we did but our time here at Birds’ Nest between training provided the perfect recovery time of rest and relaxation.

Our visits with you were a highlight of the week. We wish we had more time to get to know you better – you have so much to share and we feel like we have so much in common. Not only did you make us feel like old friends – you welcomed our friends who spent a day here with us.

Thank you for sharing The Birds’ Nest with us – but most of all for sharing yourself with all who pass through here.

Barb and John

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barb and John, What a delight it was to meet you. Your enthusiasm for enjoying the area on your bikes as well as on foot and swimming was contagious. You must be well prepared for your adventure this weekend as you participate in the Savageman Triathlon. I will be looking out for you and wish you success and enjoyment! I am delighted The Birds' Nest provided everything you needed and a relaxing soak in the hot tub at the end of the day must have been welcoming! Thank you for choosing The Birds' Nest.
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Pawleys Island

Paradise in Deep Creek Lake

  • 5 of 5

It’s almost impossible to describe the transformation of one’s soul after spending a week at The Bird’s Nest!

Ms. Polly felt like a friend long before I arrived and her peacefulness cannot help but to seep into your soul.

DCL is a beautiful area that called me from past memories. It’s been 15 years since I’ve been here and I’ll promise myself this: it will not be that long before I again return.

The state park is a wonderful place for a nature lover and her dog. Kayaking every day restores me. No alarm clock, no work, no worries.

Swallow Falls is a great hike!

I ate at Ace’s, Uno’s (w/my dog) and Cornish Manor. All were good! Went to Canoe on the Run but left w/o eating.

The hot tub at the end of my day was just what these tired bones needed.

What was the best part? Ms. Polly! She was a delight! She gave me lots of information, where to go and how to get there. Maggie was almost always at her side! I’ve made a friendship here! Take the kayak and paddle all the way down to the right as far as you can. If you are lucky you will see the bald eagle proudly showing who is boss!

Lake swimming! Oh to this Carolina girl it was heaven!! Cool and refreshing – I came here looking for an answer – I didn’t find it, I found so much more.

Thank you for sharing The Bird’s Nest!

I will always remember you and my time here. I will keep you in my prayers!

Jane & Bailey the Boxer

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jane, It was great to meet you in person, and Bailey, too! What a wonderful time you had taking full advantage of the lake and surrounding area. Like me, you clearly enjoyed your daily dog walks to DCL State Park and kayaking at different times of the day. I saw an eagle again yesterday soaring majestically overhead! This is a fabulous location for staying put or exploring and sunset from the lakefront is hard to beat. I look forward to seeing you here again one day.
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Columbia, MD

Bird's Nest cottage

  • 5 of 5

Clean as a whistle, cozy and comfortable. It was a great get-away-from-it-all place. I recommend it.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad your family enjoyed The Birds' Nest, Jeannie. The new floor covering will be installed next week. The bright red sofa is here and waiting to be put in place. The chairs will be arriving soon! I think you will be delighted by the updates on your next visit!
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it was perfect.

  • 5 of 5

the bird's nest was the perfect place for us to have our girl's weekend. We loved the hot tub, the location, the fireplace, everything. It is perched high enough on the hillside that it had a lovely view. Polly, the owner, was so sweet and attentive and even shared with us the history of the property.

We went hiking and attended the wine festival, but most of the time we were just enjoying each other's company in this lovely, cozy home.

We will be back next year!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a delight to share the story of The Birds' Nest with guests. This fall will see some changes to this special little cottage. New floor covering and some replacement furniture are on order. I am delighted that these four friends found everything they needed for their girls' reunion. It will be great to welcome them back next year!
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Wonderful getaway!

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed our week at the Birds Nest. Polly is a wonderful hostess doing everything possible to make your stay enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad The Birds' Nest offered the things you wanted. Pleased, too, that your husband played on two of the local golf courses. We hope to see both of you and your pet, Charlie, here again at some future date!
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Oxford, PA

PERFECT Vacation Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough wonderful things about The Birds' Nest! I am still missing it! We were looking to "get away from it all" and we did. We had the most relaxing time swimming, hiking and kayaking. My favorite activity was sitting on the deck with my book and a cup of coffee and listening to nature. The Birds' Nest comes equipped with everything you could possibly need on a vacation -- just bring yourself! Very clean and cozy with all the modern amenities. While there you have the illusion of being out in the middle of nowhere when in reality everything (restaurants/markets/shops) are 5-10 minutes away. There are many activities within a short drive which was very nice! We brought our black lab who absolutely LOVED it! The state park is a short walk from the cottage with many hiking trails -- which we did every day. Or walk down the driveway to the lake and swim and kayak and come back and relax in the hot tub! Polly is a true gem and will answer any questions you may have! We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that The Birds' Nest filled all your needs for the perfect vacation, Karen. So glad you took advantage of everything that is offered. A vehicle is needed to get here but it can have a vacation while its owners are enjoying themselves doing the things you listed right from this spot! We hope you will return for another dose of fun and relaxation!
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Car: necessary

The Birds' Nest is located in a highly desirable area. It is convenient to Deep Creek Lake State Park, shopping, restaurants and other services.


Rates & Availability

Swanton Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Columbus 3-nights
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 10 2016
3 night minimum stay
Veterans Day Weekend
Nov 10 2016 - Nov 14 2016
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Weekend
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas Weekend
Dec 22 2016 - Dec 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
New Year's Weekend
Dec 29 2016 - Jan 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Swanton Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Internet
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Hand basin. Washer and dryer.
  • 1.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Master bedroom has one queen size bed and one futon
  • Queen size Bed (1), Double Bed (1), Futon (1)
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • 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
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Seasonal waterfall on property, fire ring, surprise nightlight

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