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Bargain! - Syracuse Lake View. Private Pier To Swim/boat/picnic/fish. Remodeled.

Bedrooms 2
Space 872 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Updated 2 BR/1BA House Across The Street From A Pier To Moor Your Boat & Swim.

Our year-round cottage, fondly called The Birdcage, has the following features:

• Syracuse Lake view from house, with 12’ of lake frontage across the street from the house.

• Private pier to moor one boat or personal water craft, and fish. Pier is installed for the summer season, generally May 15th - September 15th.

• Shoreline great for picnics and sunsets. Shallow, sandy water for swimming.

• Open living space with 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath - Completely refurbished in 2016.

• Kitchen with stainless appliances, granite counter tops, & everything you need to cook but the food.

• Bathroom has a tub/shower and double sinks. The bathroom is on the first floor (bath towels provided).

• Both bedrooms are on the second floor (linens provided). Bedroom 1: king bed. Bedroom 2: two twin beds. With advance notice, they can be two rooms with kings or two rooms with twins.

• Wifi and a 40” TV that has a basic cable and a DVD player.

• Front and back porch. Outdoor dining on the rear porch.

• Pets are allowed, with some restrictions, and there is an extra charge.

• No smoking is allowed on the property.

The owners live in another cabin, which is an easy walk three houses down the street. It fronts Bonar Lake, which is a quiet, no-motor lake with great fishing. With prior permission, and at no charge, guests are allowed to access this site for the following activities:

• Row boat for access to Bonar Lake. Oars are provided, however guests must provide their own life jackets.

• Large lawn area for family games (that you provide) and the fire pit for storytelling, laughter and s’mores. Wood is available, but you must provide the material to start the fire.

Please note that if you wish to go to Lake Wawasee by boat, it must fit under the "railroad bridge", which has a low ceiling. We own a 20' Sea Ray, and when the water is high (generally in the spring), our windshield can be very close to hitting the underside of the bridge.

More Details

Ann Xanders
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2017

About Ann Xanders

Ann & Zum are your hosts at The Birdcage. Zum grew up in Syracuse, and this cottage has been in his family for almost 75 years. We have been married 36 years and have two sons who are both married to daughter-in-law’s that we are delighted are part of our family. We are thrilled to have one granddaughter. Zum and Ann both attended Wittenberg University. Zum continued his education at Indiana University Law School and currently practices law in Cincinnati, OH. Ann worked in corporate and private business, and now spends most of her time in real estate related activities. We both enjoy traveling to new lands and new cultures.

Ann Xanders purchased this cottage in 2015


Syracuse Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 872 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The double-sink, shower/tub bathroom is on the first floor and it is stocked with bath linens for four. Please bring your own beach towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , With notice before arrival, it can be configured as 1 King.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , With notice before arrival, it Can be configured as two twi
  • Two bedrooms are on the second floor. One bedroom has a king bed and one bedroom has two twin beds. With advance notice, the rooms can be reconfigured to be two rooms with kings or two rooms with twins.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Bargain! - Syracuse Lake View. Private Pier To Swim/boat/picnic/fish. Remodeled.
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews

Great property! Owners very helpful

  • 5 of 5

You can see the lake across the street beautiful views. Cottage very nice.

Maxwelton golf course around the corner. We enjoyed our stay at the Birdcage!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
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Super clean and modern!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this super clean and totally updated cottage. Ann was really welcoming and provided an extensive amount of information on the property and the surrounding area. We didn't get a chance to spend any time at the lake because we were busy at the Michiana Pottery Tour in Goshen. But we would love to come back and stay at The Birdcage again and enjoy the lakes and surrounding area. Top notch!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
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Wonderful! I would highly recommend The Birdcage to anyone wanting to travel to this area!

  • 5 of 5

5 star rental! Ann gave us helpful information on the area. The house is newly renovated with great furnishings & decor (make sure to view the photos) and spectacular sunsets over Syracuse Lake. The house is equipped with everything you need for a great vacation stay. One of the best VRBOs we have stayed in!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
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Clean and cozy

  • 5 of 5

We rented over Labor Day weekend for a wedding at the Oakwood. The house was very clean and had everything we needed. Ann was easy to get ahold of and available if needed.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Manchester, GA

Small on the outside, Big on the inside, GREAT Location

  • 5 of 5

This home is very nice with easy access from town. It's in a nice neighborhood surrounded by homes facing Syracuse Lake. Two big bedrooms upstairs, a full bath with 2 vanities, and a full kitchen and living room downstairs. Easy access from town and off the street. The owners have done a great job with a remodel, most likely in the last year or so. I'd highly recommend it if you're traveling to this area.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
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The Villages, Florida

Modern, clean cottage, with a convenient location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at this lake cottage. We were provided with everything we needed for a very comfortable stay. The owners were very accommodating and were extremely helpful when we had a question about the rental or the area. The location is near several lakes and quaint towns. Fishing was good, with the best just off their pier on Syracuse lake! We would recommend this property completely.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Ft. Wayne
Nearest Barpub
1.9 Miles
Huntington Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
0.9 Miles
Maxwelton Golf Club
Nearest Train
50 Miles
South Bend
Nearest Restaurant
1.3 Miles
The Channel Marker (also accessible by boat)
Nearest Beach
1.3 Miles
OUR PIER (shallow water) or Syracuse Lakside Park
Car: necessary

You can boat, ski, sail, canoe, windsurf, wakeboard, Jet Ski, tube, fish (ice fish in the winter!) and swim in Syracuse Lake. Bring your own vessel and use the public boat launch which is conveniently just over 2 miles away, or you'll find several places nearby where you can rent a pontoon for the day on Lake Wawasee. Other local amenities and attractions include:

• Access to the seven mile long Lake Wawasee through the channel that connects the lakes.

o Please note that if you wish to go to Lake Wawasee by boat, it must fit under the railroad bridge, which has a low ceiling (approx. six feet). We own a 21' Sea Ray, and when the water is high (generally in the spring), our windshield can be very close to hitting the underside of the bridge.

o A favorite stop on Lake Wawasee is the sand bar, where the water is only 3-4 feet deep. With its sandy bottom, shallow water and centralized location, it's the perfect place to take a refreshing swim, float in the sun, have a picnic in your boat, or socialize with other boaters.

• The Birdcage is on the 5 mile Syracuse Lake pedestrian/bike trail, which is part of the larger Syracuse-Wawasee Trail.

• Maxwelton Golf Club (Public), is just a 3 min. drive from The Birdcage

• Just a little over a mile down the street is the Syracuse Lakeside Park beach, picnic area and playground.

• Visit Oakwood Resort by boat or land, for dining, all the Chautauqua-Wawasee arts and entertainment activities, and lakeside or boat-in Sunday morning church services.

• We always enjoy the Saturday morning Artisans and Farmers Market.

• Public and private cruises with dining on the 70 foot SS Lillypad houseboat on Lake Wawasee.

• Free tennis at the high school, a movie theater and a bowling alley. Chubbys, the restaurant at the bowling alley has great "meal deals".

• The 3546 acre state Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area which offers hunting and fishing opportunities.

• Several local land and water festivals, such as the Tour des Lakes Bike Ride, Kiwanis Mini-Triathlon/Duathlon, Indiana Plein Air Artists – Art Sale, Kids Olympics, and many, many more.

• Free music concerts held in city parks on summer weekends at Lakeside Park and Chataqua-Wawasee.

• Fishing tournaments, with anglers seeking bass, northern pike, bluegill, and more.

• For football lovers, we are only 1 hour from the University Of Notre Dame.

Shopping and restaurants are plentiful in the Kosciusko County area. Local shopping is continually expanding and includes art & crafts, fashions, antiques, specialty groceries, and more. Take a look at Creative Fish Art Gallery, Absolutely Apparel and Gifts, and several antique/resale shops right near the main intersection in the heart of “downtown”.

The well-known Amish areas of Nappanee and Shipshewana are just short drives from Syracuse, and the Villages of Winona and the town of Pierceton (antique stores) are always an easy fun day trip.

There are many local restaurants: We love to boat–in to the Channel Marker for lunch and get fresh fish at Westmain Tavern for dinner. Other favorites include the waterfront Pier & Back Porch at Oakwood Resort, Huntington Bar & Grill (best beer selection), the long established and well known Frog Bar, and the specials at Chubbys.

Pier is available for use during the summer season. Generally May 15th through September 15th.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. Quotes are good for 24 hours. Our Pet Fee is a DAILY charge of $25.00, or $25/night.

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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