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100 Off Week in 2015 If Booked by 10/31/14 - 1/2 Mile from Dreams Park

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Last updated: 08/30/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
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Cooperstown house description

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.

Located on 40 acres, (Therefore the name Grandpa's Back 40 - where he used to raise sheep); the living room picture window views the horseshoe shaped pond and beautiful mountains in the background. View 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 - DECEMBER for many attractions in our area; enjoy the Glimmerglass Opera; Fly Creek Cider Mill and Leaf Peeping in the fall; hunting, fishing, boating and hiking on site; school vacation weeks - sledding, snowmobiling, cross country skiing; or just to get away from it all.

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 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!

BBQ grill; and fire pit on site (firewood available). 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 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 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:

JAN. 21, 2014 | 1:00 PM | BY: SOPHIE HAYS

“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

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.

Property Type

  • House
  • 1580 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Children Welcome:

            All children are to be under adult supervision, especially when in the boats or fishing....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

          • Convertible bed(s)


          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            master bedroom with private bathroom...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 double

            Fireplace bedroom...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

            Baseball Bedroom with memorabilia...moreless

          • Queen size Beds (1) 1 queen - frame is wicker - one of a kind from MacKenzie Childs, Double Beds (1) 1 double - this bedroom features the granite stone fireplace., Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 twins - this is our 'baseball' bedroom, chaise located in the living room for 7th person...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

            2 sinks...moreless

          • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

            single sink...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

            Seats 6 comfortably. We have added a bistro table with 2 high stools and a coffee/beverage station...moreless

          • Kitchen:

            Blender, can opener, coffee maker, fondue set, toaster oven, toaster, all utensils, plates, etc. ...moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Beverage area in Dining Room...moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Basic spices, salt, pepper....moreless

          • Toaster
          • Refrigerator
          • Dishwasher
          • Microwave
          • Seating for 8 people


          • Wood Fireplace:

            Non working gorgeous stone fireplaces located in living room and one bedroom. Electric fireplace inserts, one with heat, one just for ambiance....moreless

          • Heating:

            Baseboard hot water heat the 24,000 BTU unit heats nicely as well....moreless

          • Air Conditioning:

            New for 2013 24,000 BTU Unit...moreless

          • Towels Provided
          • Parking
          • Living Room seats 8
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Linens Provided
          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
          • Washing Machine
          • Parking Off Street

          Other Amenities

              • In season you will have access to vegetables in season from our garden and Herb garden. Horseshoe Pit. 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....moreless


              • Satellite / Cable:

                Full cable - no HBO, movie channels...moreless

              • Games:

                various board games and puzzles...moreless

              • CD Player
              • VCR
              • DVD Player


              • Mobile Phone:

                Cell phone service available...moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Lawn / Garden:

                'relaxation' area with firepit...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill

              Location & View

              • Water View:

                Large Pond - New for 2012 - 4 person PaddleBoat and Small Fishing Boat - for renters only...moreless

              • Mountain View


              • Restaurants
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services
              • Cross Country Skiing
              • Water Skiing
              • ATM/Bank
              • Sailing
              • Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Snowmobiling
              • Swimming
              • Cycling
              • Kayaking
              • Hunting
              • Fitness Center
              • Miniature Golf
              • Horseshoes
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Museums
              • Live Theater
              • Churches
              • Library
              • Recreation Center
              • Bird Watching
              • Scenic Drives
              • Boating
              • Sledding
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Shopping
              • Horseback Riding
              • Sight Seeing
              • Antiquing
              • Snowboarding
              • Golf


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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Labor Day weekend
              Aug 30 - Sep 1, 2014
              3 night min stay
              Off season fall
              Sep 2 - Nov 17, 2014
              2 night min stay
              $150 $225
              Fri, Sat
              Off season
              Apr 24 - May 28, 2015
              2 night min stay
              $175 $225
              Fri, Sat
              Dreams Park
              May 29 - Aug 28, 2015
              7 night min stay


              Changeover Day: Friday

              My Standard Rate
              2 night min stay

              Additional information about rental rates


              • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
              • Tax Rate 4%


              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 rental is more than 60 days from booking date: (check or money order preferred form of payment) One half due with signed contract 7 days after booking, balance due 60 days prior, including tax and refundable damage deposit. If booking within 60 days of rental - payment in full due with signed contract 7 days from booking.

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              Last updated: 08/30/2014
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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.


              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1963

              About the owner: 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! We enjoy gardening and have hopes to have a very successful garden on premisis that you will be able to take advantage of as well.

              Why the Owner Chose Cooperstown:
              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!

              The Unique Benefits at this House:
              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.

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              • Welcome to Grandpa's Back 40!  Front entrance of our Ranch home.

                Welcome to Grandpa's Back 40! Front entrance of our Ranch home.

              • New entryway from driveway with new stone wall...pergola to be added!

                New entryway from driveway with new stone wall...pergola to be added!

              • The maiden voyage with the paddle boat. They caught 5 fish!

                The maiden voyage with the paddle boat. They caught 5 fish!

              • Chillin


              • Large living room with 50 inch TV.

                Large living room with 50 inch TV.

              • Kitchen


              • Master Bedroom

                Master Bedroom

              • Here it is! Our new second bathroom just off the Master Bedroom.

                Here it is! Our new second bathroom just off the Master Bedroom.

              • Newly updated bathroom, new flooring, double sink.

                Newly updated bathroom, new flooring, double sink.

              • Fireplace bedroom - double bed.

                Fireplace bedroom - double bed.

              • Baseball bedroom

                Baseball bedroom

              • Side and part of back view.. swing chair to enjoy the view of the pond and field

                Side and part of back view.. swing chair to enjoy the view of the pond and field

              • Even Grandma took a ride....what a fun time.

                Even Grandma took a ride....what a fun time.

              • Enjoying the boat between games!

                Enjoying the boat between games!

              • Expansive living room.

                Expansive living room.

              • Dining room. Bistro table in corner, coffee & Espresso station.

                Dining room. Bistro table in corner, coffee & Espresso station.

              • Kitchen, new double oven.

                Kitchen, new double oven.

              • Master Bedroom, queen bed

                Master Bedroom, queen bed

              • Tile shower stall - new bathroom

                Tile shower stall - new bathroom

              • Fireplace bedroom

                Fireplace bedroom

              • Some of the memorabilia displayed.

                Some of the memorabilia displayed.

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              This listing was first published here in 2011.

              Date last modified - Friday, August 22, 2014

              $150 - $314 per night (USD)

              3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 7

              View calendar: Updated 08/30/14
              Minimum stay: 2-7 nights
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