The Wigwam

Cooperstown, New York Summer Rental


Situated on 12 acres of land on the banks of Lake Otsego, the Wigwam is the perfect summer escape for a family or group of friends. While there is a lot to do in the surrounding area, you can easily spend all day enjoying what the Wigwam itself has to offer.

Rise early and go canoeing, play a round robin on the tennis court, take a dip in the lake off the private dock, and read a book in the hammock. Then wash up in the outdoor shower, watch the sun set across the water from the covered porch, cook up a delicious dinner with local ingredients from the farmersí market in the large modern kitchen, and relax by the fire before bed.


The Wigwam has much to offer through its various rooms and facilities. The large living room provides a working fireplace, comfortable seating areas, and a gaming table. The well-lit kitchen has two refrigerators, two dishwashers, two sinks, a double oven, an eating table, and a pantry with washer and dryer. A cozy library contains a fireplace and plenty of morning light. And the beautiful dining room has a bay window facing the lake and includes a long table at which the whole gang can sit and enjoy dinner after a busy day.

Originally a farmhouse built by a French-American in the 18th century, the Wigwam was bought and renovated by Henry Lansing Wardwell in approximately 1882. Wardwell gave the Wigwam to one of his five daughters in the early 1920s. The Wigwam has been passed down through generations and is currently co-owned by four siblings and their families. Renovations have been continual, most recently in the kitchen, living room, and porte cochere in 2004.



The house sleeps up to 10 people.

“Alleyne’s room”: 2 twin beds, private bath
“Rosalie’s room”: 2 twin beds, shared bath
“Allen's room”: 2 twin beds, shared bath
“Wardie’s room”: 2 twin beds, shared bath
“Jack’s room”: 1 king bed, private bath
“Bunk room”: 2 twin bunk beds, shared bath
“Henry’s room”: 1 twin bed, private bath

For additional accommodations, the Carriage House, which is on the Wigwam property, can also be rented. Please visit the Carriage House link to read more about it.