We stayed at The Barnwell Inn for four nights this September. Tara and Mark Barnwell were excellent hosts and very accommodating. They are also very knowledgeable and helpful. When we made our reservations, Tara shared information about the local hospital so that we could make arrangements for my husband's dialysis treatments while we were there (the hospital is a stone’s throw from the inn). Their advice regarding area attractions and restaurants was spot-on. The two of them are incredibly friendly. If I didn’t know better, I’d have thought I was visiting relatives in Cooperstown.
The house itself was warm and inviting. We stayed in the downstairs suite, which consisted of a sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. Our sitting room had a television, refrigerator and a door out to a private porch where we ate lunch one sunny afternoon. The bathroom, which was updated in recent years, was roomy and a hair dryer was provided. Overall, the rooms were clean and cozy. Off-street parking is provided.
To elaborate more on the pair being accommodating: My husband has special dietary needs and they went out of their way to prepare something for him (a no-sugar added apple tart was YUMMY). As others have noted, The Barnwell Inn will spoil you with their breakfasts. Breakfasts are served at 8:30 am on weekdays and 9:00 am on weekends. Breakfast there is more than muffins and scones---way, way, way more. We put on a few pounds eating their breakfasts alone. Each day was an egg dish (quiche, for example), bacon, fresh biscuits, a fruit platter, and a dessert each day (we had an apple tart, peach cobbler, cheesecake, and French toast-like cake). Warning: You'll need to walk off that breakfast! Unfortunately, the inn is only a few short blocks from Main Street, where you can go to the Hall of Fame, Doubleday Field, and shopping—so you might want to jog to burn more calories.
Overall, we enjoyed ourselves immensely and would recommend that you consider staying at The Barnwell Inn if your vacation plans include Cooperstown.